FFA excels in Career Development events

Three FFA chapters gathered at Hood River Valley High School Wednesday, April 17, for the Shop Skills and Floriculture Career Development Events (CDE) contests.

Hood River Valley FFA members took the lead in every event. HRVHS offers over 15 different career and technical education courses to its students, four of which prepare students for this particular FFA CDE. Preparation classes for this specific event include Ag Welding and Fabrication, Ag Metals, Ag Woods, Ag Mechanics and Construction, and Floriculture.

FFA offers many CDEs ranging from public speaking and job interview to tractor driving and livestock judging. Students learn the skills necessary in these agriculture classes to compete and test their skills in this hands-on event. First place winners in each shop skills event are as follows:

Arc Welding: Christian Marquez

MIG Welding: Christian Marquez

OXY-Acetylene Welding: Kimberley Gomez

Plasma Arc and Drilling: Nash Kelly

Electricity: Nick Heckman

Plumbing PVC and Copper: Stan Ocheskey

Woodworking: Jordan Lee

Floriculture Results:

First — Breezy McElheran

Second — Sara Zeman

Third — Genesis Quezada

FFA advisor Nita Bozarth said, “We would like to thank floral design judges Cathy Walls and Linda Fifer for all of their professional advice and assistance.”

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