Winners of the National FFA Agricultural Technology and Mechanical Systems, and Veterinary Science Career Development Events (CDEs) were announced Friday morning at the 85th National FFA Convention.

The National FFA Agricultural Technology and Mechanical Systems CDE is a competitive event that allows students to apply classroom knowledge to real-life situations. Activities in the event included a written exam, a team event, demonstration of problem-solving skills, and hands-on performance activities. Areas of emphasis included environmental and natural resource systems, machinery and equipment systems, structural systems, energy systems, and electrical systems. Each team in the event competed at the state level for the privilege of participating in the national event. The Baker FFA Chapter’s Ag Mechanics team won the State FFA contest and represented Oregon at the national event. The team placed 14th out of 40 teams with a gold medal overall. Team members Joel Rohner and Mark Voboril each received individual gold awards and Cameron Kerns and Mickayla Hall received silver awards.

The National Veterinary Science CDE pilot contest allowed students to take their experiences in veterinary science class into the real world with handling and restraint of animals, clinical practices, a written examination, animal, parasite and instrument identification, and a 15 minute team presentation. Members Luke Coomer, Jennie Foltz, Kellie Freels and Wyatt Lee practiced all summer with Dr. Matt Kerns from the Animal Clinic in Baker City to be prepared for this trial event. The team placed 35th out of 80 overall and Luke Coomer placed 10th in individual rankings.

The Baker FFA would like to extend a special thank you to Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations for sponsoring the Agricultural Technology and Mechanical Systems CDE and Pfizer Animal Health for sponsoring the Veterinary Science CDE. Without the support of these sponsors, we would not have the opportunity to compete in these contests.

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