Congressman Bruce Westerman Recognizes Hermitage High School Forestry Team

March 29, 2017

On August 4th, 2016, the Hermitage FFA Forestry team placed first in Arkansas, first among seventeen states that competed in the 37th annual National Forestry Invitational and the National FFA Forestry Career Development Event. The Hermitage FFA Forestry team was comprised of Ethan Boykin, Hunter Sanders, Cade Wilkerson, and Connor Wilkerson all of Hermitage, Arkansas.

During the Forestry Invitational, 4-H teams competed for overall team and individual awards in events such as tree identification, insect and disease identification, forest evaluation, and a written forestry exam. The National FFA Forestry CDE tests students’ skills and knowledge in forest management.

As the only registered forester in the House of Representatives, I recognize the many hours that these young men dedicated to competing on a national level and I admire them for their hard work.

Additionally, special recognition is due to Mr. Taylor Gwin who coached the Arkansas Forestry Team, the parents of the team members, and the Bradley County Extension Service, all played a crucial role in making this victory possible.