Westhill High School Senior Naomi Solares and Junior Catherine Caragine, both Stamford Regional Agriscience and Technology Program students, recently qualified to compete at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis this month.
Solares, the Stamford FFA Chapter President, qualified at the state-level in the FFA Employment Skills Competition to be eligible for the national competition. She was required to submit a cover letter and resume, as well as complete a phone interview, an in-person interview and a networking activity. Additionally, she competed in a regional competition at the Big E in September, where she participated in practice mock interviews with a corporate human resources professional from MGM.
Caragine, the Stamford FFA Chapter Treasurer, qualified for the national competition by placing first in the statewide Agriscience Fair in the category of food processing and food systems for her project on the process of spherification to benefit both consumer and medical industries. She also competed in the regionals at the Big E and placed second in her division.
"The Agriscience staff is extremely proud of our competitors for working so hard and earning their spot at the National level,” said WHS Agriscience Teacher and FFA Advisor Danielle Jeffries. “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for our student leaders to showcase their abilities, develop leadership skills, and explore new educational and career opportunities in Agriscience."
A total of 12 Stamford FFA students and two of their teachers are attending the National FFA Convention and will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of leadership, education and networking opportunities. Last year's conference was attended by more than 64,000 FFA members from all over the world from as far as Japan and the Virgin Islands.