At the WCA Pond
AP Environmental (APES) visited Whitko Career Academy to collect water samples from the pond and run chemical tests (pH, total alkalinity, temperature, turbidity, phosphate, and nitrogen).
Students are using this information to create mini-models of the WCA pond to learn more about the state of the pond's water quality. Students will add goldfish (a carp species) just like the grass carp that was released earlier in September. Students will collect qualitative and quantitative data weekly for 8 weeks. Ultimately leading to the creation a mini-poster with information based on their findings and suggestions of biological interventions for the WCA pond.
Whitko FFA Team Wins State Meats CDE
The Whitko FFA Meats Team recently won the State FFA Meats Evaluation & Technology Career Development Event. The event was held at Danville IN on 9/26/2020.
Team members Jordyn Leininger, Katie Sharp, Hailey Arnold and Maggie Wolf were members of the state winning team. They would normally advance to compete for national honors at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, in October. But the National FFA cancelled all National competition back in August of 2020.
The Meats Evaluation & Technology Career Development Event develops the abilities of students to evaluate meat animal products in order to optimize economic returns to producers and industry as well as to meet the needs of consumers. The event motivates students to become knowledgeable consumers of meat and meatanimal products. Participants take a written examination, identify retail cuts, complete a meat formulation problem and evaluate six placing classes and were asked questions on two of those classes.
Whitko FFA was 1 st overall, Heritage FFA was second followed by Danville FFA and Indian Creek, 3 rd and 4 th place, respectfully. Individually Jordyn Leininger was second overall, Katie Sharp was 5 th and Hailey Arnold was 8 th overall.]
Coach of the team is Roger K. Carr, Whitko Agriculture Teacher and FFA Advisor. This is his twenty-eighth State Champion Meat team he has coached, over thirty seven years. “I’m very proud to be back at Whitko and inspiring young people. It’s been over six months since competing in any competition due to covid-19. This group was fun to coach and considering they've never competed in meats judging I’m very happy with the success they earned. They worked hard, set high goals and most importantly they expected a lot from themselves. There was no awards program due to the Coronavirus and on the way home hearing the words “we won” was awesome. Students were very excited and that was very special," adds coach Carr.
Whitko also had the 6 th place team in the state with members consisting of Lexi Funnel, Robert Werstler, Emma Jackson and Brianna Deaton.
FFA is a national organization of over 600,000 members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture. FFA is an integral part of the agricultural education program in public schools. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
Homecoming 2020 with the Wildcats!
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