Members of the Warner Robins High School FFA chapter will travel to the national FFA competition to be held in Louisville, Kentucky, in October.
Bonnie Lawrence, Eric Montoya, Johuna Granville and Katherine Hofmann were selected to compete in a FFA Career Development Event in the area of Milk Quality and Products.
According to information provided by the FFA, Milk Quality and Products is one of 24 career development areas that cover job skills. In the Milk Quality event, students will evaluate milk samples and be tested on their knowledge of milk production and marketing.
Veronica Sanders, Warner Robins High School FFA teacher and agriculture education teacher, said the category actually was not one offered by the Georgia FFA.
“It has been over 20 years, there just had not been any interest in it,” Sanders said.
But the Warner Robins High School students, spurred on in part by the fact that their school farm cannot maintain cows like other FFA programs in the county -- didn’t want to miss an opportunity to learn about milk.
“I think it really started because we were learning about the milk industry in class, and their interest was really sparked in learning about milk and the process that takes it from the farm to the table. The students thought that just because our farm doesn’t have cattle, doesn’t mean they can’t compete in the CDE,” Sanders said. “They are creating their own path, which is something that we stress in FFA and at Warner Robins High.”
The students have been studying for the event, including reviewing previous exams, tasting cheese and milk samples and even practicing test taking itself.
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