The Fairfield Union FFA Forestry Management Team was the State Champion and Placed 12th nationally during the National FFA competition. Only being in existence for five years, the team won the school's first state championship in a career development event since 1975.
Coached by Judd Baker, team members include Nick Barrett, Ben Beiter, Josh Starner, Hannah Beyer, Kaitlyn McPeak, Trevor Thomas, Seth McCrady, and Jacob Wolford.
Of note, Fairfield Union had three of the top five state finishers: Ben Beiter placed 3rd, Josh Starner placed 4th and Nick Barrett was the individual champion, also placing 23rd at the national level.
On December 11, 2019, team members, Barrett, Beiter, Starner and Beyer had the opportunity to visit the State House where they were recognized on the Senate Floor.
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