Three Talented Young Boys

by Ruth Ward

National FFA Convention 2013

Did you ever wonder how to keep bees away from you? Wonder what the best insulation is for your home or picked up some jerky and wondered if there were a better tasting one?

Three boys from High Springs Community School took on this challenge for the Florida State FFA Convention in Orlando. They each placed first in their respected categories. Cody Emerson was chosen as the Overall State Winner in his Division. Winning first place at the state level allowed their projects to be forwarded to the National Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter for the opportunity to represent Florida at the National Agriscience Fair. Only fifteen students from each category were chosen to compete at the National level from a pool of winners representing all fifty states and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Making it to the National level is an honor and takes lots of hard work and dedication.

Cody Emerson was in 6th grade, Moss Caballero 8th grade and Tim Myers 7th grade traveled to Louisville, KY during the fall to represent the school’s Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter at the National Agriscience Fair.

The National FFA Agriscience Fair is a competition for FFA members from grades 7th-12th who are interested in the science and technology of agriculture. To qualify, students must conduct a scientific research project pertaining to the agriculture and food science industries and, present their finding to a panel of judges.

Cody Emerson won 1st place in the Food Products and Processing category with his project “Which Red Meat do Consumers Prefer” which tested consumer’s preferences for red meat used in jerky. They tested beef and deer meat and found that people preferred the taste of the beef but preferred the appearance of the deer jerky.

Moss Caballero won 3rd place in the Power, Technical and Structural category with his project on energy efficiency. He tested soil, hay and RF30 insulation to see which would be the best insulator. Surprisingly the soil was the best.

Tim Myers placed 9th in the Animal Systems category with his project on bee repellents. Tim has bee hives in his yard and tested baby oil, vanilla extract and bee dun. The baby oil proved to be the more effective.

Cody Emerson was the only 1st place winner from Florida and the youngest to ever take first place at the National level.