National convention

3 Roy-Hart FFA teams heading to the national convention |

MIDDLEPORT — Royalton-Hartland Central School District achieved a major milestone for itself, as several student teams earned high spots in the Future Farmers of America competitions at the New York State Fair and won the most of FFA awards that the Roy-Hart chapter has never received at the state level.

Four teams won first place in the nursery/landscape, milk quality and product, environmental/natural resources and wildlife identification categories. Two teams took second place, in Agronomy and Nursery/Landscape. Different teams earned third place in wildlife identification and fourth place in meat evaluation.

“This is the first time multiple teams have faced off and won at the state level in one summer,” said Matthew Sweeney, Roy-Hart agriculture professor and FFA adviser. “It is a true testament to the passion these students have for agriculture. …. They have shown their dedication to the agricultural education program at school as well as their dedication to the FFA and show what they have learned in class.

The team that won first place in the Milk and Product Quality category consisted of John Konstanty, Joshua Kennedy, Sophia Santella and Vanessa Grant.

The team that won first place in nursery/landscape consisted of Lorna Becker, Nicholas Armenia, Sophia Santella and Joshua Kennedy.

The team that won first place in environmental/natural resources consisted of Joshua Kennedy, Nicholas Armenia, Cayla Burch and Vanessa Grant.

The team that won first place in wildlife identification consisted of Joshua Kennedy and Nicholas Armenia.

First-place winning teams in all categories except wildlife identification qualify for the FFA’s national convention and exposition, scheduled for Oct. 26-29 in Indianapolis. There is no national wildlife identification category.

“We’re really excited to go to this national level, so students can show off the knowledge and skills they have in these competitions,” Sweeney said. “We are going to have extensive study sessions until then so that we can adequately prepare for it.”

Roy-Hart has already sent students to the FFA national convention. According to Sweeney, in 2016 the school team won bronze in horse evaluation and in 2019 a team won silver in environmental/natural resources.