By: Winnie Wright
November 14, 2013
Lowndes County, GA - Hingson and Warren were recognized in the 2013 National FFA Agriscience Fair awards which were presented onstage during the fifth general session of the 86th National FFA Convention. The National FFA Agriscience Fair is a competition for FFA members who are interested in the science and technology of agriculture. It is held each year during the National FFA Convention & Expo and sponsored nationally by Cargill, John Deere and Syngenta.
To qualify for the National FFA Agriscience Fair students must be in grades 7 - 12, conduct a scientific research project pertaining to the agriculture and food science industries and present their findings to a panel of judges with a display and report. All national participants are selected as the state winner at their state agriscience fairs and earn national competition eligibility after being placed in the top - 15 within their respective categories.
Hingson earned national recognition in Plant Systems with a project he has been researching for two years. He found that he could control plant growth by implementing cooler soil temperatures as opposed to using expensive chemical growth regulators. He is the son of Jaimi and Heath Hingson.
Warren was recognized for her work in Food Systems. Her research indicated that the sugar content of blueberries would increase by improving the environmental conditions in which they were grown. She is the daughter of Amy and Kevin Coggins.
Amazingly, all members of the Lowndes FFA exhibiting in the National FFA Agriscience Fair were tapped as “Top Three” in their divisions. They went onstage in the fifth session to learn their placings, as follows: 2nd place - Emily Warren and Hunter Corbett – Environmental Systems team, and, Landon Herring and Ben Herring – Food Systems team; and, 3rd place - Camille Schroer and Kaylee Griffin – Social Systems team.
Three members of Lowndes FFA were recognized for excellence with their SAE projects. They were each recognized as National Finalists in their respective areas: Reaud Sims – Integrated Research, Kayla Barker – Plant Systems Research, and Ben Herring – Speciality Crop Production. Additionally, Herring won a 10-day educational travel seminar to Costa Rica, for which proficiency finalist may apply.
These Lowndes FFA members can be watched onstage in the recorded sessions viahttp://www.ihigh.com/ffa/.
Ben Bennett represented the Georgia FFA Association in a bid for national office. Devin Johnson competed in the Preparaed Public Speaking event.
The Lowndes FFA Chapter was recognized by the National FFA Organization as a “Two Star” chapter. This designation was awarded for the Chapter’s work in member, chapter, and community development.
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through Agricultural education to 579,678 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,570 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.