This past Thursday (1/19), the Florida FFA Association held the state finals for the Environmental Science and Natural Resource Career Development Event (CDE) at the Florida FFA Leadership Training Center in Haines City. Earlier this year, the state preliminaries were held and the top 10 teams from across the state advanced to the state finals. I am excited to announce that after all results were tabulated, the Orlando-Colonial HS FFA team placed 2nd in the state, and the Cypress Creek HS FFA team earned the 4th Place State Honor!
The purpose of the Environmental and Natural Resource Career Development Event (CDE) is to stimulate student interest and promote environmental and natural resource instruction and provide recognition for those students who demonstrate skills and competencies through classroom and laboratory learning. In this competitive event, the students had to take a comprehensive exam covering environmental science, demonstrate skills in water quality testing, properly use a global positioning system (GPS), discuss proper environmental management practices in a team presentation and correctly identify tools and species of animals found in the environment.
By placing in the top 5 at the state level, both the Orlando-Colonial HS FFA and the Cypress Creek HS FFA teams will be recognized at the Florida FFA State FFA Convention in June where they will receive their team awards.
CTE/Agriculture Education/FFA…making student success a natural environment