Allentown FFA Earns Top Spots at New Jersey FFA Fall Competitions

November 22, 2022

ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)–On Thursday, November 17th, 2022, the Allentown FFA participated in Fall Career Development Events, hosted by the New Jersey FFA Association at Rutgers University, School of Environmental & Biological Sciences (SEBS). The Allentown FFA earned top spots in Land Judging, Fruit & Vegetable Identification, Turf Management, and Forestry.

Allentown FFA Members won 1st in the State for the Land Judging & Homesite Evaluation Event. During this event, members evaluate soil texture, determine slope, erosion, and other factors that will determine land use. Team members included (and their rank):

  • Sean Cary- First Place
  • Derek Voorhees- Second Place
  • Gavin Byrne- Fifth Place
  • Brayden Jany- Ninth Place

Land Judging has qualified to represent New Jersey at the National Land & Range Judging Contest in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma this May.

Fruit & Vegetable Identification also placed 1st in the State. In this contest, members must identify 50 different types of fruits and vegetables, judge fruits and vegetables based on appearance and other quality standards, and complete a written exam on the produce industry. Team Members included (and their rank):

  • Sophia Jones- First Place
  • Maddin Emmons- Eighth Place
  • Adam Ugi
  • Paige Conroy

Forestry placed 2nd in the State. Members in this contest measured and identified trees, completed a forestry business plan, evaluated common tree disorders, and completed a written exam on the forestry industry. Team Members included (and their rank):

  • Matthew McCormick- Second Place
  • Anna Holman- Eighth Place
  • Cody Ponzio
  • Rafferty Burden

Turf Management earned 3rd in the State. In this contest, students identified common turf and weed species, identified common turfgrass equipment, evaluated a turf site, and completed a written exam on turfgrass. Team members included (and their rank):

  • Kathryn Giovanelli- Fifth Place
  • Allison Josielewski-Tenth Place
  • Lilly Haines
  • Kaci Byrne

The National FFA Organization is a school-based national youth leadership development organization of more than 735,000 student members as part of 8,817 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. To learn more about the Allentown FFA, please visit