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Clermont Middle FFA students win state championship


Clermont Middle School FFA students recently won a state-level Career Development Event (CDE) designed to bring to life through industry focused, hands-on situations their lessons on the production and management of citrus fruit. The competition aligns with classroom curriculum and allows students to use what they learn to demonstrate mastery.

 “These events allow students to develop the ability to think clearly, communicate clearly and perform effectively in a competitive real-word environment,’’ said Michael Garner, Agriscience instructor and FFA advisor at Clermont Middle. “The primary goal is to develop individual responsibility, foster teamwork and value ethical competition and individual achievement.”

 For the Citrus CDE, each student was required to identify a wide range of specimens in four different areas:

1) Fruit ID and Rootstock trees

2) Plant Identification (weeds)

3) Citrus Diseases and Disorders

4) Insects classified as Pests, Pathogens, Parasites and Predators

 In addition, the students had to take a test on citrus production in Florida.

 “These students worked diligently mastering the content and it showed in an outstanding performance against 20 other teams,” Garner said.

 Congratulations to our state champions!