The Pettisville school board listened to presentations from four National FFA Convention winners during its Monday, Nov. 6 meeting.
Chrysta Beck, PHS ‘14, was named the 2017 American Star in Agriscience, the top award given by the FFA at the convention. Her presentation to the school board was made via live Internet video, since she is a senior at Mississippi State University. She has plans to become a veterinarian with a specialty in poultry.
Three current students, Jordan Skates, Gretchen Lee, and Kayla Wyse, were present at the board meeting. Each told about their projects that won national awards in the Agriscience Fair at the convention in Indianapolis, Ind., Oct. 24-28.
Skates’ project involved a study of wetlands. She earned second place in the Environmental Science category.
Lee studied oregano oil as a treatment for a roundworm parasite, which resulted in a second place in the animal science division.
Wyse studied the effects of different light conditions on sweet potatoes. Her project earned first place in the plant systems category.
All the FFA presenters said their education was greatly enhanced through their participation in FFA.
John Poulson, longtime Pettisville Agriculture Education teacher and FFA advisor, attended. He commended the board for supporting student involvement in FFA.– D.J. Neuenschwander