Special to the Sun-Gazette
The Bradford County FFA was well represented at the 85th annual State FFA Activities Week and Convention, which was held June 10-12?at University Park.
The students' main goal was to participate in state-level career development events and other activities.
The Bradford County FFA gathers for a photo at the 85th State FFA Convention.
Bill Watkins, owner of Hess Farm Equipment, was recognized by the State FFA Association for his support of the Bradford County FFA.
Dave Rockwell, co-owner of H. Rockwell and Son, was recognized by the PA State FFA Association for the company’s support of the Bradford County FFA.
Troy FFA students Brooke Ostrander, left, was the runner-up in agricultural education proficiency, and Tricia Hojnowski, was the runner-up in equine science proficiency and the northern region record book winner.
Some of the areas in which the students participated were state nominating committee, delegate, dairy evaluation, aquatics and wildlife, tractor driving, horse evaluation, public speaking and land-use evaluation.
At the end of each of the three days, all FFA members, advisers and guests got together to recognize the accomplishments of the members and other associated individuals.
One such recognition was that of Hess Farm Equipment and H. Rockwell and Son for their support of the county FFA activities. From the tractor driver safety program to the support for activities, displays and landscapes at the state Farm Show, each business always is willing to assist in many ways and their contributions are greatly appreciated, organizers said.
Another accomplishment during the convention was the election of Mara Tate, of Athens, to the state office of sentinel. Michala Kuhlman, of Northeast Bradford, is the outgoing state chaplain and recognized her adviser, Brian Piferr, and her parents during the last two sessions.
Other noteworthy awards include those of:
Tricia Hojnowski, of Troy, for her Northern Region winning record book and equine science entrepreneurship runner-up;
Trisha Machmer, of Canton, for being selected to the state nominating committee; and