Wheaton FFA dairy food evaluation team places first at state

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Wheaton FFA members Vanessa Cook, Emily Killion, Ana Lowry and Skyler Scates pose with a plaque the group won for getting first place in the dairy foods career development event at the 86th Missouri FFA Convention. Contributed photo

COLUMBIA -- The Wheaton FFA Chapter placed first in the dairy foods career development event (CDE) at the 86th Missouri FFA Convention.

There were 45 teams in the competition.

Team members are Vanessa Cook, Emily Killion, Ana Lowry and Skyler Scates. Cook placed first, Lowry placed second, Scates placed fourth and Killion placed 35th out of 169 Students. The Wheaton advisors are David Bolton and Eric Roller.

The participants in the competition taste-test milk samples for flavor, identify 14 different types of cheese, and use a scoring system to test milk products according to USDA standards. The hands-on portion of the event is combined with an intensive written examination.

Sponsored by University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, this CDE is one way the FFA prepares student members for career success. CDE's engage students in learning and make a real connection to lifetime goals.