FFCS students earn awards at SUNY Cobleskill’s Ag High School Day

Student wearing an FFA sweatshirt holds a plaque
Jennifer Keehan

Twenty-six Fonda-Fultonville High School students and their teacher Ms. Sheri Boardman participated in SUNY Cobleskill’s Ag High School Day on Friday, Sept. 29. In addition to tours and opportunities to meet with professors and FFCS alumni, each student selected an agriculture-related contest to compete in while on campus.

Jennifer Keehan competed in the dairy skillathon contest and earned first place. The contest was comprised of 50 quiz-type questions related to the dairy cattle industry.

“Our agriculture program gives us a great opportunity to compete in something other than sports,” Keehan said. “I have a hobby farm, I participate in 4-H and I show animals at the county fair, so it’s nice to be recognized.”

three students standing on grass hold plaques
Jake Shaw, Trevor Cotter and Jacob Belfance

Jake Shaw, Jacob Belfance and Trevor Cotter worked as a team in the agriculture sales competition, in which they had 45 minutes to develop a sales pitch for a brand of dairy cattle grain. They gave their pitch to a group of judges and placed third as a team!

“The whole thing was pretty competitive, and we had a blast,” Shaw said. “I’m taking the plant science course and I’ve really enjoyed it.

FFCS was one of 35 schools represented at the event, which drew 945 students.