DACC FFA Students Claim Top Spots at Food Science & Technology Career Event

November 13, 2014

On November 4, 2014, the Big Walnut - DACC FFA Chapter sent four students to the Sub-District Food Science and Technology Career Development Event at Elgin High School in Marion County. This competition was open to students in all schools in Delaware, Marion, and Morrow Counties.

At this event, students completed six stations including three sensory stations and three food safety and quality stations. In the sensory evaluation, students identified aromas commonly used in food products, completed three triangle taste tests to determine differences in products, and identified the flavors from unknown beverages.

The food safety and quality stations tested the students on their ability to identify equipment commonly used in food processing, identify food preparation sites violating good management practices, and allowed students to analyze customer complaints and classify what may have gone wrong in the production process. After the event, students took an online test, with that score being factored into the overall score of the event.

The students from Big Walnut placed first in the contest out of seven participating teams.

Troy Herrel was 1st overall, Ben Kessler was 2nd, Ali Carter was 6th, and Lex Marvin was 8th out of 48 students.

DACC Instructor, Jeffrey Stimmell, is particularly proud of their work considering that three of the students are freshmen, and the other is a sophomore. This contest is generally participated in by upperclassmen, so this great showing is extra special.

The students have now qualified for the District 6 contest on November 20th, hosted at Big Walnut High School.