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PHOTO GALLERY - Northern Adirondack Central FFA wins big at state fair

Matt Carter an Kaleb Sample are pictured here in the final line up.

Matt Carter an Kaleb Sample are pictured here in the final line up. Donald Jones

— The Northern Adirondack Central School chapter of FFA was awarded 32 ribbons at the New York State Fair for entries in various contests.

According to Donald Jones, the school’s FFA advisor and agriculture instructor, this is the second year in a row the school took first place in dairy handling, winning student Matt Carter a trip to nationals in Indianapolis, Ind. Jones said though Carter took top honors, he did not grow up on a farm, and has been working for the past four years with Homer Bushey, a former NAC agriculture teacher.

Kaleb Sample came in fourth for dairy handling and will be going to The Big E in West Springfield, Mass., to compete.

Both Carter and Sample have been showing with the FFA for four years.

Alden Kerr also took the first place individual in the state for meats, but because it is a team event, he is not heading to nationals. The Junior Team came in first in the state for meats, and first for natural resources and placed in almost every event they tried, said Jones.

NAC also took home second as a team in junior dairy judging with a team of Dalton Gilmore and Aubrey Kerr.

Jones gave special thanks to NAC Superintendent Laura Marlow, Principal Michael Loughman, the district board of education and community supporters.

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