Taylor FFA members competed both virtually and in person in the State Agriscience Fair and Leadership Development Events.
FFA members competing in the Agriscience Fair choose an agricultural issue or problem to research and test through experimentation. Jack Hoyle was named the Overall winner of the 2020 Arkansas State FFA Agriscience Fair with his Agricultural Power Systems project testing the use of agricultural wastes as biofuel to power small gas engines.
The team of Wesley Alexander and Graham Grundy placed first in the Environmental Natural Resources Division, testing the effectiveness of various types of cover crops. They will compete in a virtual National Agscience Fair Competition this fall.
Grace McLelland also placed third in the plant systems division.
Jack Hoyle also competed in the Extemporaneous Public Speaking Leadership Development event. District qualifying competition was held virtually and the district winners moved on to an in-person state competition held at FFA Camp Couchdale.
Contestants randomly draw a topic about the agriculture industry, then have 30 minutes to prepare a speech and present their speech to the judges.
Hoyle was named the winner of the state extemporaneous public speaking competition and will represent Arkansas at the national competition.