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Woodstown FFA Captures Team First At National Convention
For Immediate Release: November 18, 1997 Contact:

Hope Gruzlovic


Governor Christie Whitman and New Jersey Agriculture Secretary Art Brown, Jr., today congratulated Woodstown FFA's four-person team for capturing top honors in the Dairy Cattle Evaluation Career Development Event at the National FFA Convention in Kansas City, MO, last week. This is the first time New Jersey FFA's 70-year history that a Garden State team has won a national career development event at the annual convention. The winning team members are Skippy Coles, Courtney Harris and Todd Eachus, all of Pilesgrove and Tim Coleman of Elmer. Team coaches are Cheryl Lowe and Chris Tice. Because of their individual scores on the team, Coles, Coleman and Eachus will also receive special scholarship awards from the event sponsors, Associated Milk Producers, Inc., of New Ulm, MN, and Babson Brothers/SURGE of Naperville, IL. "This award demonstrates how strong agriculture education is in the Garden State and how it helps students meet the core curriculum content standards we've established for our high school students," Governor Whitman said. "It's also a tribute to the dedication of the Woodstown team, their coaches and their community. It's a win that the State FFA organization and agriculture educators around the state can all be proud of." "These young people are to be congratulated on this outstanding achievement," Brown said. "This is one of the most difficult career development events offered at the national convention and they outperformed competition from 44 other states, including the top five milk-producing states in the nation." The Dairy Cattle Evaluation Event tests students' ability to select and manage high-quality dairy animals, using live animals, herd management records and written criteria concerning cattle traits.

The Woodstown FFA Chapter is one of 36 chapters in New Jersey. The State FFA Organization now boasts 1,800 members as part of the 449,500 members in 7200 chapters across the nation.