Agriscience Fair

Caitlyn Baker and Paige Kirby

COLUMBUS — Westfall FFA Chapter members Sara Stewart, Gaven Colahan, Blair Brainard, Ivy Hammond, Caitlyn Baker and Paige Kirby recently participated in the State Agriscience Fair. The event allows members to showcase agricultural research projects and compete in one of five different categories including Animal Systems, Environmental Science, Food Products and Processing, Plant Systems, and Power, Structural and Technical Systems.

Gaven Colahan studied the differences in using chicken eggs and duck eggs in baking while Drew Glick studied the effects of temperature on the staling process of bread. Both received honorable mentions in Food Science Division 2. Sara Stewart analyzed the effectiveness of different drinks on the hydration of her body during sporting events. Justin Trapp determined the effectiveness of dish washing methods. Justin and Sara received bronze ratings in Food Science Division 2.

Blair Brainard and Ivy Hammond received second place and a silver rating in Social Systems Division 4. Thier project consisted of gauging the community perception of confinement vs. free-range swine housing.

Caitlyn Baker and Paige Kirby tested the “Five-second rule” in dealing with food contamination once it has been dropped on the floor. This pair placed first in the state in Food Products and Processing Division 4 and received a state GOLD rating. They will move on to the national prescreening process this summer.

The Westfall Agricultural Education Department is a satellite program of the Pickaway-Ross Career and Technology Center. 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.

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