On December 23, members of the Amanda-Clearcreek FFA Chapter competed in the District 7 Agricultural Communications Career Development Event, held at the Amanda-Clearcreek High School. The team, consisting of Noah Smith, Emma Dearth, Paige Hinton, and Aaron Sharp placed first in the District 7 competition. This first place ranking qualifies them to advance to the state competition which will be held on February 10 at the Ohio State University.

This contest prepares students for careers in journalism, radio and television broadcast, web design, marketing and more. It requires contestants to develop a 15 minute presentation describing how they will broadcast an agricultural event to the public. In addition to this, members of the team must complete and editing and AP style test. Finally, there are 4 practicum areas that each member of the team competes in; opinion editorial, letter to the editor, news release, and news story. Noah Smith did letter to the editor, Emma Dearth did the news story, Paige Hinton did the news release and Aaron Sharp did the opinion editorial practicum area. This year’s team chose to promote a local agricultural field day as a way of spreading awareness to members of the community. According to Noah Smith, “This contest has taught me correct editorial practices and has benefited me in my English classes. I went to state last year and I look forward to competing at state once again.”

Since the year 2000 the Amanda-Clearcreek FFA Chapter has been extremely successful in this contest area. They have won the state Agricultural Communications CDE 9 times and have been in the top 5 every year except for one. The Agricultural Communications teams have also experienced tremendous success at the national level where they have placed in the top 5 in the nation numerous times. We are extremely proud of this years team and would like to wish them luck at the upcoming state contest!