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2015 National Forestry Team

 6th in the Nation!!!

   Brett Barnett, Kenzie Bastian, Chloe Ford, and Kylee Phalen
of the David Crockett FFA Chapter represented Tennessee in the 
2015 National Forestry CDE, placing 6th in the National Contest, 
winning a Gold Emblem Award.

39 states competed in the CDE (Career Development Event). Only 13 of these teams were named Gold Emblem Award winners in the CDE, given to those teams who are the best competitors. Of the 24 National FFA CDE's held this year, only 5 Tennessee teams won Gold Emblem Awards.

The team qualified for the national contest by winning their state contest in June; only state-winning Forestry CDE teams are allowed to compete and have the privilege to represent their states. Florida placed 1st, Minnesota was 2nd, Virginia was 3rd, Illinois was 4th, and Washington was 5th. The contest was held during 2 days at the National FFA Convention in Louisville, KY.

The National Forestry CDE is a competitive event that tests students' skills and knowledge in the area of forest management. Event components include a General Knowledge Exam, Tree Identification, Timber Cruising, Disorders Identification, a Chainsaw Practicum, Topographic Mapping, a Compass and Pacing Practicum, and a Forestry Issues Interview. A Team Activity was also a main component of the contest, requiring teammates to complete management practices together in a timed activity. The CDE helps FFA members think critically, communicate clearly, and perform effectively in a competitive job market.

Kenzie Bastian placed 7th High Individual, winning $400. Brett Barnett placed 28th High Individual, Chloe Ford placed 31st High Individual, and Kylee Phalen placed 62nd High Individual in an enormously competitive 2-day event. Out of 2850 points, the team finished 171 points from 1st place.

More importantly, the team gained incredible leadership skills during months of preparation and at the contest. Their study habits alone has prepared them for college success. They truly stood out among other states.
 Their experience will be remembered a lifetime.

 David Crockett FFA members Kenzie, Chloe, Brett, and Kylee are the

2015 State FFA Forestry Champions!

Kenzie Bastian, Chloe Ford, Brett Barnett, and Kylee Phalen win the State FFA Forestry CDE, defeating 15 other teams. The contest, held at Camp Clements in Middle Tennessee, is a 2-day state contest comprised of 8 individual events and 2 team events, which include: general knowledge exam, mapping interpretation, compass/pacing practicum, tree identification, equipment identification, disorders identification, chainsaw safety, and tree measurement. The contest is hosted by state Foresters.

Out of 3100 total points, the David Crockett FFA team scored 2105 points, winning by 60 points. Individual scoring was:

                                                               - Kenzie Bastian – Senior – 2nd high individual – 527 points (73%)                                                                                                                        - Kylee Phalen – Sophomore – 3rd high individual – 511 points                                                                                                                                 - Chloe Ford – Junior – 6th high individual – 506 points                                                                          - Brett Barnett – Junior – 22nd high individual – 435 points

The team is currently preparing to compete in the National FFA Forestry CDE in October.



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