John Picklesimer, Evan Hufford, and Mallorie Wippel took home 2nd place awards.
Westfall FFA Chapter members recently participated in the State Agriscience Fair. The event allows members to showcase agricultural research projects and compete in one of five different categories including Animal Systems, Environmental Science, Food Products and Processing, Plant Systems, and Power, Structural and Technical Systems.
John Picklesimer and Evan Hufford placed 2nd in the Environmental Science category. The team studied the water quality of Deercreek Lake by taking survey samples of macroinvertebrate populations in two locations -- upstream from Williamsport's water treatment plant and downstream from the plant's effluent pipe.
They also utilized LabQuest interfaces with sensors to determine water temperature and pH and utilized information from the USGS monitoring site in Williamsport. The study indicated very good water quality in both locations.
Mallorie Wippel placed 2nd in the Plant Systems category with her research on the effects of humic acid organic soil additive on field soybeans compared to garden soybeans.
Other Westfall FFA Chapter members that participated in the State Agriscience Fair include Shy Mertins, Cierra Schleich, Leslie Shepherd and Dalton Williamson.
The Westfall Agricultural Education Department is a satellite program of the Pickaway-Ross Career and Technology Center.
FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
Pictured left to right: John Picklesimer and Evan Hufford