The Big E — September 13-15, 2019 proved to be a hugely successful weekend for the Amanda-Clearcreek FFA at the Eastern Regional (Big E) Career Development Event contesst in West Springfield, Massachusetts.
The A-C Forestry CDE team consisting of Garrett Drake, Bryson L’Huillier, Jake Shamblin, and Trevor Spence placed first in their respective contest. The students were asked to diagnose forest disorders, manage forests, and forest inventory while applying approved silviculture practices. In addition to their first-place team win, Trevor Spence took home second place laurels, while Bryson L’Huillier placed fifth, and Jake Shamblin secured a seventh-place finish.
Aaron Sharp, senior, placed first in the Extemporaneous Public Speaking CDE. This contest requires participants to use a randomly chosen topic from a pool of 125 possible topics. Then, contestants must research the topic for 30 minutes, and deliver a 3-5 minute speech in front of a panel of judges.