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October 24, 2016

Kennewick High School FFA earns awards at national poultry evaluation event

Four Kennewick High School students won a team Silver Award and individual awards for their skills during a poultry evaluation event at the recent FFA National Convention in Indianapolis.

The four students—freshman Caitlyn Carter and seniors Ashton Davis, Morgan White and Jack VanHoorelbeke—placed 22nd in the nation at the event, says agriculture teacher Dan White. They were among 50 teams and 200 students in the competition.

Carter, the only freshman competing in the event, brought home an individual Gold Award while each of the seniors won individual Silver Awards.

Poultry evaluation is a career development event that tests students on their knowledge of the production, processing and marketing of chickens, turkeys, processed poultry products and eggs.

The Kennewick High team earned the right to compete at nationals after winning the state poultry evaluation competition in September.

White says the students’ accomplishment at nationals is made more impressive in that all four had not worked in poultry before last spring when they started training and competing at regional and state events.

“We were up against kids who’d done this for two to three years. I am very pleased with how they did,” White says.