18 Jul 2012
- Written by Carolyn O'Neal
Sussex Technical High School student James (J.T.) Carpenter won first place in the Delaware Agriscience Fair competition. His winning project, Nesting Habits of Wood Ducks: Distance Away from Water, focused on wood duck box total usage percentage and total hatch rate percentage along the Broadkill River.
J.T. established and monitored 67 wood ducks for nearly three years to compile his award-winning data. This project was an extension of his senior project. J.T. is now qualified to compete at the National FFA Convention and Expo to be held in Indianapolis, Indiana, this October. His project will also be displayed from July 20-28 at the Delaware State Fair in the 4-H/FFA Building (ice rink building) along with the Sussex Tech FFA Landscape Display.
Four other Sussex Tech FFA members competed in the Forestry Career Development Event (CDE) competition held at Redden State Forest in late June. The Sussex Tech team placed fourth overall in the competition. Team members were Drew Fox, Benny King, Marshall Brown, and J.T. Carpenter.
During the past school year, Sussex Tech FFA members have also competed in the Delaware Envirothon, placing fifth out of 14 teams; Environmental CDE, placing second and qualifying to compete at the Big E Regionals in Springfield, Massachusetts; and Forestry CDE, placing fourth. Members are scheduled to compete at the Delaware State Fair in Tractor Driving and Landscape Display.