WORTON FFA is not just a club of "farm kids" at least not at Kent County High School.

They are "dedicated students who are part of a strong leadership group that is paving the way for the future in more than just corn and cows," says KCHS chapter advisor Liza Goetz. Students compete in a variety of content areas that include, but are not limited to, food science, dairy judging, nursery and landscaping, and ag mechanics.

For the first time in more than 15 years, KCHS is sending representatives as part of the Maryland delegation to the national Future Farmers of America convention and expo Oct. 24 to 27 in Indiana.

Also, club member Cassidy Schirmer has qualified for nationals on her own after winning the state FFA competition for dairy handling.

Representing Kent at the convention in Indianapolis are: Goetz; chapter President Haleigh Baxter, chapter Vice President Lucas Simpkins and Jennifer Quinn. They will attend workshops and various other activities that will help them cultivate leadership skills and advancement in FFA, according to Goetz.

Each student is responsible for raising about $900 to pay for the trip. "As of right now we are up to about half of the money needed, but we have a little more to go," Goetz wrote in email Wednesday.

Group fundraisers are planned for the weeks leading up to the convention.

On Saturday, from 8 to 11:30 a.m. there will be a car wash at Chestertown Lumber. On Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., the popular bake sale will return to Molly's restaurant and sporting goods store on state Route 213 near Kennedyville.

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