The Chapter Award, contested among 106 of the state’s more than 1,000 chapters, was judged in Waco at the annual State Degree Check-in June.
The College Station FFA Chapter became eligible for the award after completing a written application describing the chapter’s program of activities (POA). Judges evaluated the POA, which contains activities specific to student, chapter, and community development. Overall, the chapter created over 15 activities during the school year related to quality standards set by the National FFA Organization in these three categories.
Members of both chapters also competed in the State FFA Agriscience Fair, where they conducted a scientific research project pertaining to the agriculture and food science industries and then presented their findings to a panel of judges with a display and report.
AMCHS members Ryan Bouse and Kayla Hanson placed first in the Food Products and Processing Senior Division with their project, "The Evaluation of the Effectiveness of High Tannin Sorghum Bran Antioxidant Capabilities." Travis Rooney, also from AMCHS, placed first in the Senior Division Plant Systems with his project, "The Effect of Genotype and Environment on Popping Sorghum."
CSHS member Meghan Griggs tested various types of cleaning agents for use in the floral industry, while the team of Darby Merritt and Mason Kaase, also from CSHS, tested a selection of weed barriers for consumer use and earned third place.
Britina Robinson Pesak and Sheridan Clinkscales are the chapter advisors at College Station High School. John Templeton and Chris Tondre advise the AMCHS chapter.