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Horticulture team members, from left, Vita Failla, Jeanette Kneisley, Leah Hess and Carly Railing.

MILLERSVILLE, Pa. — Two teams of Penn Manor High School agricultural education students earned top honors at the National FFA Convention & Expo, held Oct. 26-29 in Indianapolis.

The Manor FFA Floriculture team of Vita Failla, Leah Hess, Jeanette Kneisley and Carly Railing placed fifth in the nation out of 45 teams, earning a gold ranking.

Team members had to identify 50 flower and equipment specimens, solve 10 floriculture problems, take a general knowledge test, create and price a $55 arrangement and a $25 corsage, create advertising media, transplant young plants, and work as a team to create planters for sale.

They earned 795 out of a possible 800 points on the team activity. Leah, Jeanette and Carly earned individual gold medals, and Vita earned a silver medal.

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Livestock evaluation team members, from left, Logan Broderick, Ezekial Smith, Chloe Perry and Jenna Smith.

The Manor FFA Livestock Evaluation team of Logan Broderick, Chloe Perry, Ezekiel Smith and Jenna Smith earned a silver ranking, placing 30th of 45 teams.

The students had to evaluate nine live animal classes, give four sets of oral presentations on why they placed a class of animals in a certain way, complete a team activity on animal genetics and take a general knowledge test.

Logan and Chloe earned silver individual medals, and Zeke and Jenna earned bronze medals.

Also during the convention, the Manor FFA chapter was recognized as a two-star premier chapter out of three possible stars, based on the members’ leadership, community building and advocacy for agriculture. Chloe Perry and Jenna Smith accepted the award.


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