Members of Foresthill High school’s FFA Natural Resources team recently earned 3rd place in the nation at the national FFA Environmental and Natural Resources Career Development competition in Indianapolis, Indianapolis on October 28th. Winners of the event were announced Friday at the annual awards ceremony at Lucas Oil Stadium in downtown Indianapolis. The event was held in conjunction with the 94th National FFA Convention & Expo which hosted over 50,000 students from across the country.

The top ten individuals and the national winning team members received cash awards to recognize their success in the event.  The Foresthill team of Clay Cantrell, David Reinhardt, Sloan Farinha, and Kelly Cantrell achieved third place overall in the event. Each team that competed at the nationals, first competed at local and state levels for the privilege of representing their home state at the National FFA Convention. The Foresthill team won the state competition last spring. Florida and Georgia were the only teams to beat California at nationals, earning 1st and 2nd respectively.

Additionally Clay Cantrell and David Reinhardt both earned cash awards, for placing 2nd and 12th individually out of 140 students.

The Environmental and Natural Resources CDE is a competitive event that allows students to apply classroom knowledge to real-life situations. Each member tested individually in their knowledge of soil profiles, water quality, waste management, animal and plant ID, data interpretation, environmental science and the use of global positioning units(GPS). The scores from these tests were added together to determine the individual placings. To determine the team placing, all member’s individual scores were added to the group’s presentation score. In the presentation, they had to analyze a problem related to waste management and then prepare a 10 minute presentation for a panel of judges.

The team had a great experience and eventually made it back to California after many flight cancellations! David has graduated, but the remaining team members look forward to another season of Natural Resources and they have a goal of trying to win the state championship in Forestry this year, so that they can return to Indianapolis next fall!

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