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Madison AMP students enjoy success at state championships

The Madison FFA (Future Farmers of America) sent 28 AMP (Agriscience Magnet Program) students to the Texas FFA State Convention in Dallas, July 8-12.  The convention is a gathering of students from across the state to elect state officer representatives for the FFA, to compete in events, and to promote leadership development.  The AMP had seven student leadership representatives and 21 science fair competitors exhibiting thirteen different research projects.  The Texas FFA State Science Fair competition is divided into six categories in which there are four different divisions, which means that there are a total of 24 different State Champions.  Of the 24 State Champs, Madison FFA students walked away with five winners.  These include:


Junelynn Gamao & Ian Melendez

Non-Zygotic Embryo Encapsulation: A Novel Approach to Encapsulation of Non-Zygotic Embryos for Modern Plant Embryogenesis

Taylor Kalka & Garren Wetzel

Watts the Deal: A Studey Analyzing Efficiency, Cost, Lumens and Temperature Ratings of Light Bulbs.

Allison Zimmerhanzel & Alyssa Miller

Sweet Caroline: A Study Analyzing Gelsemium sempervirens Ability to Sentiencly Identify Preferred Trellis Material

Juan Garcia-Martinez & Josh Saleen

Duct It: A Study Testing Tensile Strength of Popular Brands of Duct Tape

Jordan Rayburg

Ultraviolet Utensils: A Study Testing the Ability of Ultraviolet Light to Sanitize Utensils Against E. coli

In addition to the State Champions, students of the AMP also posted five second place, two third place and one fifth place state finishers.  All of the science fair projects qualified for the Commissioner of Education Science Fair in Austin.  The nine students involved in the five winning projects, each earned a $1,000 scholarship.  Additionally, these students qualified to compete at the 86th National FFA Convention and Expo in Louisville, Kentucky from October 30 – November 2.  These nine students will join the four qualifiers from the Madison FFA State Champion Vet Science team who qualified in May to also attend the nationwide convention.

In addition to the science fair winners, the Madison AMP was recognized with a Superior ranking in the National Chapter Award and it received the Golden Horizon Award as well.  Finally, the Madison AMP was able to honor longtime Madison Assistant Principal and FFA liaison, Nathalie Hall, with the Honorary Lone Star Degree.

Click here to see AMP students that were featured on a Dallas area news report during the convention.  Search the video titled “FFA Convention in Dallas”.

Posted on July 22, 2013