The Walker Valley High School FFA Chapter from Cleveland will send members to Louisville, Ky., as they vie for national honors in the area of Dairy Cattle Handlers’ Activity. FFA members who will represent the chapter in the event include Brian Ownby. The chapter adviser is Jason Kincaid.
“Through participation in this activity, students receive technical training and acquire skills necessary to display a cooperative, courteous, helpful and positive attitude,” said Melissa Dunkel, CDE education specialist.
Dairy Handlers Activity is one of 25 national CDEs, covering job skills in everything from communications to mechanics. Individuals handle the cattle used for selection in the dairy cattle evaluation and management CDE. Handlers demonstrate their abilities and are awarded medals during the awards banquet held annually. CDEs help students develop the abilities to think critically, communicate clearly, and perform effectively in a competitive job market.
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural to 557,318 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,498 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.