The Zane Trace FFA Food Science career development event team placed first out of 20 teams in the Ohio FFA Food Science competition held Saturday, Dec. 5, at Ohio State University's Parker Food Science building.
The group is the first Zane Trace CDE team to qualify for the National FFA Finals.
Senior Mariah Cox led the team with a state runner-up finish, which earned her a $2,000 scholarship to Ohio State. Fellow team members Nathanael Freeman, Katie Shelby and Ann Shelby placed 14th, 29th and 35th respectively.
The event tested the students' ability to make decisions related to food quality and safety, sensory evaluation and food analysis equipment. The students also completed a team project for the contest in which they created a nutrition analysis and marketing plan for a cracker made from ancient grains. Students will represent Ohio in the national finals in Indianapolis during the National FFA Convention in October.
Pictured: Zane Trace FFA Food Science CDE Team members, from left, Nathanael Freeman, Ann Shelby, Mariah Cox, Katie Shelby