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Marua Scarpantonion of Manville in school greenhouse surrounded by plants Maria Scarpantonio


Maria Scarpantonio of Manville, a senior in the Agricultural Science Program at Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School (SCVTHS) recently placed second in the NJ FFA Land Judging Career Development Event at the NJ FFA Career Development Events (CDE's) held at Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS) New Brunswick Campus. Land judging is an event where students analyze soil characteristics, determine management requirements and determine the land's best uses. Nearly fifty students from approximately fourteen schools through­out New Jersey competed at the events.

SCVTHS Agricultural Science Instructor Erik Fargo spoke of Maria’s accomplishment stating, “Maria worked tirelessly each year she prepared for the Competition. The well-organized and artistic handbook she made for her own Land Judging studies helped greatly. Maria's handbook has been a standard for younger students to follow over the past two years.”

A total of 15 SCVTHS Agricultural Science students competed in Land Judging, Milk Products and Processing, Fruit and Vegetable Identification, and Turfgrass Management at the NJ FFA Career Development Events. Students chose to prepare for competitions based on their planned pathway of study. FFAs CDEs and Leadership Development Events (LDEs) help round out students for high demand and high wage careers. Students are rewarded for their efforts in placing with each CDE and LDE. The Turfgrass Management CDE is sponsored by Rutgers SEBS Turfgrass Program within Rutgers Plant Biology offering scholarships.

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