INDIANAPOLIS – More than 20 agricultural teachers and college professors from throughout the United States met recently in Indianapolis to determine which FFA members and teams will have the opportunity to compete for top honors in the 2019 National FFA Agriscience Fair.

Alexus Butler, Ashlynn Shea, Alexus Messer and Chase Ahlers of the Junction City FFA chapter have been chosen to compete as national finalists this year. Each member qualified in the following category and division:

· Alexus Butler, Division 5, Social Sciences

· Ashlynn Shea, Division 3, Social Sciences

· Alexus Messer and Chase Ahlers, Division 4, Food Products & Processing Systems

The National FFA Agriscience Fair is a key competition. It's part of the annual National FFA Convention and Expo, which will take place Oct. 30 through Nov. 2 of this year in Indianapolis. To qualify, FFA members working as individuals or teams in grades seven through 12 are required to conduct a scientific research project about the agriculture or food science industries and win their state’s FFA agriscience fair.

Individuals or teams compete in one of six categories. These categories are: animal systems; environmental services/natural resource systems; food products and processing systems; plant systems; power, structural and technical systems; or social science. FFA members compete in six divisions, including individuals in grades 7-8, teams grades 7-8, individuals grades 9-10,teams grades 9-10, individuals in grades 11-12, and teams grades 11-12.

First place winners in each state have qualified for national pre-qualifying judging. The panel of judges reviewed entries and selected a maximum of 12 in each category and division to move on to the national competition.

For a complete list of results, check here: https://www.ffa.org/participate/awards/agriscience-fair/.

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