Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Ansonia FFA Hosts Arbor Day Field Day

Submitted by Ansonia FFA Reporter Olivia Wright

Pictured here is one of Ansonia’s finest, Rygh Fortkamp,
who stole the spotlight in the log toss competition.
The Ansonia FFA hosted an Arbor Day Field Day competition, sponsored by The Matt Light Foundation, at Chenoweth Trails on Thursday, March 27th. This competition consisted of multiple events that agriculture students from Ansonia, Newton, and the Upper Valley school could participate in. One of the competitions that challenged the students was the forestry competition. Here, students were asked to identify various types of trees and a variety of different pieces of forestry equipment. The teams also engaged in timber cruising, which challenges their abilities to measure and calculate the amount of lumber (logs) that could be harvested from a tree. The Ansonia team swooped into first place in this event. The top scoring individuals for this event were:
1st place, Amber Bergman of Ansonia
2nd place, Hunter Herrick from Upper Valley
3rd place, Noah Schnipke, also from Upper Valley
Another activity that the FFA students participated in was the landscaping competition. Here, participants were asked to identify landscaping tools and various types of common landscaping plants. This event concluded with students showcasing their talents by completing a landscaping design test. The Upper Valley school won this event. The highest scoring individuals for this event were: 1st place, Zac Gordon from Upper Valley
2nd place, Robert Christman of Ansonia
3rd place, Beth Cain from Upper Valley

The final activity for this exciting competition was the forestry olympics. Students participated in the two man saw, canery hook race, and the log toss. The Ansonia team soared to first place in this event, next up was Upper Valley, and finally Newton.

There was a great turnout for this event and all of the students had a great time, despite the rainy conditions.

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