BESSEMER, Pa. — The Mohawk FFA chapter traveled to Harrisburg, Pa., Feb. 21-22 to the Agricultural Cooperation Establishes Success Conference.
A record high of 1,088 students from 82 different chapters attended between the two weekends.
Mohawk brought 12 of their own for ACES during the second week.
This year ACES collected canned goods for people in need and they helped raise hunger awareness. During the conference the group donated, delivered, and sorted over 1,088 pounds of food.
Members who attended were Brandon Ball, Allison Ball, Samantha Clark, Tyler Claypool, Scott Kastner, Kayla McAnlis, Mandy McKee, Cassie Musser, Aaron Ordak, Brandy Pauline, Jessica Porschien and Kristina Wilkins.
On Feb. 24, Tyler Claypool went to the Hoss’s State Officer Dinner at Hoss’s Restaurant in Meadville, Pa., and met Tim Mihoerck, Pennsylvania state vice president, from the Penns Manor chapter. Claypool also met members and advisers from other schools.
The livestock judging team is made up of five members who are all freshmen including Kelsey Buchanan, Johnathan Nieberline, Jessy Norman, Ashtan Roberts and Carey Williams.
The Aggies competition was a good learning experience to prepare the judging team for the State FFA Livestock judging day, which is March 28.
The team placed 22nd out of 43 teams.
On Feb. 25, Tom Orr and D.J. Jordan participated in the District 7 Agriculture and Industrial Diagnostics career development event at Westfall High School and placed 10th.
In Division I, freshman Hayley Younce placed fifth with a score of 731.5.
The competitor in Division II was Kyle Wiley, a sophomore who placed fourth with 835 points.
Shelby Emmons, a junior, placed seventh in Division III with a score of 846.
Taylor Donley, a senior, placed eighth in Division IV, scoring 759.5 points.