LeAnna Shearer of DeKalb FFA finished 16th overall at the National FFA Food Science Contest in Louisville, KY on November 1st. Shearer, a sophomore at DeKalb High School, merited a gold status in the food science contest by out performing 150 of the nation’s best competitors. The food science competition consists of various aspects including sensory food evaluation, food safety practicums, and a written test. Shearer was joined by her teammates of Ellen Shearer, Leah Hefty, & Kylee Stout to put together a food product and marketing plan for the team competition. The team finished 22nd in the nation. Individually Ellen Shearer finished gold, Hefty & Stout finished silver merit. The National FFA Food Science Contest was sponsored by Kraft and General Mills. DeKalb FFA also competed in the national forestry contest that was sponsored by Husqvarna . The team of Fox Clifford, McKenna Clifford, Tyler Foster, and Preston Jennings had to determine timber management practices for Bernheim Forest as well as identify trees, forest diseases, harvesting practices, and more. After a challenging competition, the team finished 34th, bronze award. Individually McKenna Clifford earned a silver, while Tyler Foster, Preston Jennings and Fox Clifford all earned bronze. Both teams qualified for the nationals by winning the state competition last April.