[r53] Rep. Cherry and Sen. Gard Honor FFA and 4-H Groups (1/28/2008)

Monday, January 28, 2008

Start Date: 1/28/2008 All Day
End Date: 1/28/2008
(STATEHOUSE) Jan. 28, 2008 - Rep. Bob Cherry (R-Greenfield) and Sen. Beverly Gard (R-Greenfield) honored the Eastern Hancock 4-H and FFA groups on the House and Senate floors Monday in concurrent resolutions. These organizations received both group and individual wins at national competitions.

"These groups of young people have done a wonderful job in their competitions," Rep. Cherry said. "It is a privilege for me to be able to honor them in front of my peers for their achievements in their various areas of study."

The members of the Eastern Hancock 4-H that were honored won first place as a team representing Indiana at the Southeastern U.S. and FFA Livestock Judging Contest recently held in Raleigh, N.C., and had members who won first place and second place during individual competitions that took place at the same event.

The members of the FFA group that were present had taken top honors at the National FFA Livestock Judging Career Development Event. Members of the team also took fourth and eighth place in individual competitions. The team now will represent the United States of America at the Royal Highland Stock Show in Edinburgh, Scotland, this fall.

"I am proud of the agricultural education program in Hancock County and it was an honor to recognize the outstanding contributions of our local FFA chapter and 4-H organization on the Senate Floor," state Sen. Gard said.

In the Livestock Judging Career Development Event, the students were tested on their ability in activities such as selecting and evaluating livestock, including seven evaluation classes of beef, sheep and swine, a written examination on livestock production and quality grading of slaughter cattle.  The team competition was based on production performance records.

This is the first time that the national champions in both 4-H and FFA have come from the same school.  During the resolution Scott Jacobs, a teacher at Eastern Hancock High School, which is where the team members attend or graduated from, spoke on behalf of the students in front of the General Assembly. The parents of the honorees were also present for the resolution.