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INDIANAPOLIS --

During the week of October 19-22, Indianapolis, IN was flooded with blue jackets as over 60,000 FFA members were expected to attend the 89th National FFA Convention. The Branch Area Career Center FFA chapter was well represented at the National FFA Agriscience Fair with two nationally recognized entries.

Cailyn and Payton Hines won the Michigan State FFA award for Animal Systems during the Arthur Berkey Science Fair. The sisters developed a breeding program with a focus on breed purity in Hampshire hogs. They were then selected to compete at the national level with fourteen other entries. Once at the National FFA Agriscience Fair, they were named third place overall for their research. Cailyn is currently a freshman at Iowa State while Payton is a junior at Quincy High School in Quincy, MI.

Loren King, a freshman at Michigan State University, has been working on a drone with many technological tools that will be appreciated for farm uses. He entered his unit in the Arthur Berkey Science Fair at the Michigan FFA State Convention and won the Power, Structural, and Technical Systems category which qualified him to apply for the National FFA Agriscience Fair. He was selected to compete at the national level.

King was also applying for an opportunity to compete at the national level in the Agriscience Research Integrated Systems proficiency award. As the current Michigan FFA State President, he was involved in a committee that offered new technology-based proposals to the delegates at the National FFA Convention, serving as the chairman. This busy young man participated in several meetings, interviews and sessions at the convention.

He learned of his top three placing in the Agriscience Fair for his efforts with the drone after attending one of his numerous engagements. The next day, each of the top three finalists were brought onstage where the winning entries were announced. King was given the top prize for the drone project and expressed a great deal of excitement for the announcement. He was recorded saying “Wow!”

King’s future plans include considering a national FFA officer position while he serves his year as the president and going on the International Leadership Seminar at Cape Town, South Africa. He is looking forward to seeing a mango farm, wildlife preserve, and farmer’s market while there and understanding cultural and agricultural differences. He wants to incorporate these experiences with his future plans and after seeing his determination, this is one name anyone working in the agricultural field will want to remember.

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Loren King winning the Power, Structural, and Technical Systems category for the National FFA Agriscience Fair at the 2016 National FFA Convention. He is the current Michigan FFA State President. Courtesy photo

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Cailyn and Payton Hines with their award-winning agriscience fair entry. The sisters won third place in the nation for their research on breed purity for Hampshire hogs. Courtesy photo

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