FFA: Whitaker Named National Finalist in Agriscience

White House – Jaycee Whitaker, of the White House Future Farmers of America (FFA) Chapter was named the state winner of the Tennessee FFA Power and Technical Systems Division 3 this summer. This is earned after competing against the top individuals from across Tennessee.

The agriscience fair recognizes student researchers studying the application of science principles and emerging technologies in agricultural contexts and enterprises. Participants must conduct a scientific research project pertaining to the agriculture, food, and natural resources industries and present their findings to a panel of judges with a display and report. Students can compete in the agriscience fair in the following categories: animal systems, environmental services/natural resource systems, food products and processing systems, plant systems, power, structural, and technical systems, and social science.

Jaycee wanted to know which solar panel material would be more efficient- crystalline or thin film.  After conducting her experiment, she found sufficient evidence to support her hypothesis that crystalline solar panels would be more efficient.  Her advisor, Mr. Akridge, noted, “Winning this award this year was particularly challenging since Jaycee had to work around shutdowns and roadblocks this summer due to the pandemic.  She worked hard to be named state champion in June and we are very proud that she was named a national finalist this September.”  Jaycee will compete at the national level at the National FFA Convention to be held virtually this October. 

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. Nationally, there are 669,989 FFA members, aged 12-21. The Tennessee FFA Association is comprised of more than 14,000 members from over 220 high school chapters, 7 middle school chapters, and 8 collegiate chapters across the state of Tennessee. To learn more about FFA visit www.tnffa.org.

Jaycee Whitaker

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