Earp takes first place in Nat'l FFA Organization Food Science competition
A freshman from Texas Tech University's Department of Plant and Soil Science was recently honored at the 89th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis. Ryan Earp, a plant and soil science major from Florence, was part of a four-member team that placed second in the National FFA Food Science and Technology Career Development Event.
In addition, Earp garnered first place honors among 'Top Placing Individuals' at the competition. Earp is a Texas Tech Terry Scholar. The Terry Foundation is a Houston-based scholarship program founded to provide scholarships to outstanding Texas high school graduates for attendance at public colleges and universities within the state.
Representing his hometown of Florence's FFA Chapter, Earp's team participated in a timed team product development project, and each individual participated in practicums involving food sensory evaluation and food safety and sanitation, as well as a written exam.
Program officials noted that team was awarded a trip to the International Production and Processing Expo in January. The Florence FFA team included Samantha Barnett, Breanne Havins, and Alexis Woljevach.
The top ten individuals and the national winning team members received cash awards to recognize their success in the event. The cash awards and the food science and technology event are sponsored by Kerry Taste and Nutrition and U.S. Poultry & Egg Association.
The National FFA Food Science and Technology CDE is designed to test a student's basic knowledge of food science as well as the student's ability to apply this knowledge to practical situations.
The event, held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, was one of many educational activities at the National FFA Convention & Expo in which FFA members apply classroom knowledge to real-life situations.
The National FFA Convention is held each October with nearly 65,000 FFA members and guests from across the country in attendance. Members participate in general sessions, competitive events, educational tours, leadership workshops, a career show and expo, volunteer activities and much more. It is one of the largest annual student conventions in the country.
Written by Norman Martin
CONTACT: Eric Hequet, Department Chair, Department of Plant and Soil Science, Texas Tech University at (806) 742-2838 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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