By JANET KEHRES
Daily Globe Correspondent
PLYMOUTH - The 2017 Plymouth FFA Poultry State Champion team has been preparing for national competition since winning the state contest last April.
The team placed sixth in the 2016 state contest and advanced to a first place finish in 2017. Team members include: Emily Kanney, Douglas Reer, Madeline Baker, and Jared Lewis. The team is coached by Mrs. Rosie Reer. The group will be heading to national competition at the National FFA Convention on October 25, 2017.
To quote Douglas Reer, “How much can one really study about a chicken? You would be amazed at what we four students have learned. We have spent many hours studying manuals on raising, butchering, breeding, and calculating many variables about the poultry industry. We are mastering poultry breeds and parts as well as embryology, endocrinology, and physiology. The team has learned the scientific name of a goose (anser anser) and the scientific name of a chicken (gallus gallus). We have also learned how to calculate complex mathematical equations used in poultry production as we collaborate as a team.”
The FFA chapter would like to invite the community to participate in two events as they send the team off to the national competition. The first event is the good cluck supper which will be held on Tuesday, October 24th at 5:30 pm in the PHS Cafeteria. Chicken of course will be the main course and drinks will also be provided. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share and RSVP to email@example.com or 419-687-8200 Ext. 22107 by October 20th. The public is also welcome to help send the team off from Plymouth High School from 7-7:10 am or from the Village Square at 7:15 am on October 25th.
The Plymouth FFA consists of 65 members. Their advisor is Laura Ringler.