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Forestry shines at Nationals

Photo by Greg Bird
Instructor Cameron Lee and the MCHS Forestry team (Tony Privett, Austin Tucker, Brandon Spradlin, and Jonah Starrett) placed 8th at the National competition last weekend.

By Greg Bird

The McCreary Central High School Forestry Team placed eighth in the National FFA Forestry Career Development

Event held in Indianapolis last weekend.

Tony Privett, Austin Tucker, Brandon Spradlin and Jonah Starrett represented MCHS at last weekend’s event, which featured 158 students representing 41 states pitting their skills in forest management against each other. The students showcased their forestry knowledge in events such as tree identification, forestry issues, tree/forest disorders identification, general forest knowledge and others.

The top 10 finish for the team marked the second time in school history the school placed that high in the competition. As a whole the MCHS team ranked Gold, with the overall score placing in the top 25 percent of all teams.

Three team members, Privett, Starrett and Tucker came away with individual Gold rankings, and Spradlin earned a Silver ranking.

Starrett placed 12th overall individually and was honored with a $400 scholarship prize.
The Forestry team also placed 10th in the National 4H competition earlier this year.

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