N.J. Biotech Students Excel at National FFA Agriscience Competition

12/1/2012 7:00 AM

TRENTON, N.J. — Biotechnology High School FFA members placed first in three of the 24 Agriscience Fair categories, second in four of the categories, and third in one of the categories at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind.

The Agriscience Fair is a competition for FFA members who are interested in the science and technology of agriculture. It is held annually at the national convention.

“We are proud of the Biotechnology FFA members, whose intense science and math coursework helped them excel in agriscience on the national level,” said New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher. “Advanced science, math and technology skills are necessary for New Jersey agriculture to stay competitive.”

The competition recognizes students studying the application of scientific principles and emerging technologies in agricultural enterprises. The students conduct a scientific research project pertaining to the agriculture and food science industries and present their findings to a panel of judges with a display and report. Twenty-one Biotech students participated in the fair’s pre-qualification round after placing first in the state event held last spring and 15 students advanced to the national competition.

The students’ first place awards included:

Food products and processing systems, division 2: Kevin Kenneally, Freehold, N.J., for the project, “The Antibacterial Properties of Honey from Different Floral Sources.”

Plant systems, division 4: Lakshmi Iyengar, Holmdel, N.J., and Michelle Zhao, Marlboro, N.J., for the project, “Natural Cream for the Crop?”

Power, structural and technical systems, division 4: Danny Greenberg, Colts Neck, N.J., and Gianna Tempera, Colts Neck, N.J., for the project, “Effect of Various Light-Focusing Techniques on the Electrical Output of a Solar Cell.”


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