St. Leon, IN—On November 14th, 13 members from the East Central FFA Chapter competed in the Area 1 Forestry Career Development Event at South Ripley High School. Contestants had to use their skills in forestry to complete an exam and identify different species of trees by their leaves, seeds, and wood samples. East Central’s top-ranking team placed 2nd. That team consisted of Madison Shumate, Madison McAdams, Alex Dudley, and Heath Doll. This team has the opportunity to compete at the state contest on December 14th. Other members that competed include Adrien King, Bradley Kolb, Elizabeth Stout, Lewis Darringer, Kylee Starost, and Evan Kuhn. We also had 3 middle school members compete including Danny Callahan, Lloyd Darringer, and Issac Hartman. Our top placing individual was Madison Shumate placing 5th overall. Congrats to all members that participated!