Dobson agricultural science students took first place in floriculture and food science at the Superstition District Career Development Event. Teams are eager to vie for state championship titles this later month.
The mettle The mettle of 21 diligent Dobson High competitors was tested at the Superstition District Career Development Event, hosted by ASU’s Polytechnic campus.
Dobson agriculture students volunteered hours a week since early August to step up their game and bring home the gold.
CDE competitions test high school students’ knowledge of industries and schools of thought, to enhance their opportunities for good jobs in the future.
Competitions include veterinary technician, floriculture, food science, wildlife, FFA Creed speaking and more.
Contests include identification of tools and other materials in such skills as muzzling a dog in vet tech, designing a centerpiece in floriculture, finding the relative humidity of an area in wildlife and creating a marketable product in food science.
Dobson FFA traditionally has done well at the Career Development Event but, with the graduation of most veteran team members, remaining competitors were faced with the daunting task of filling their shoes.
Alumni eased the transition as coaches on their respective teams: Marley Smith for wildlife, Morgan Fisher for vet tech and Gaby Figueroa, who had graduated years earlier and started her own floral business before returning to coach the floriculture team.
As Superstition District contests loomed, competitors spent countless days after school working to better their scores from previous years and prove themselves worthy to vie for state championships.
Dobson’s wildlife team earned second place in Superstition District competition. Members are Jesse Roth, adviser; Marley Smith, coach; Cody Young, Samantha Pedigo, Ellie Rollins, Anthony Herndon and Alex Desjardins, students; and Darcy Cook, adviser.
Dobson did not disappoint. Most students placed in the top five or top 10 in individual events. All teams placed in the top three. Floriculture and food science took home first-place plaques.
Although the results were gratifying, competitors are still buckling down to prepare for state, less than two weeks away. By evaluating their skills, Superstition District provided an opportunity for students to see their flaws and correct them in time to bring home greater glory.