Kacey Reinholtz, 2012 graduate of the Middletown Agriculture Science and Technology program at , recently participated in an agricultural study trip to Costa Rica sponsored by the National FFA Organization.
Reinholtz, an East Hampton resident, was invited on the trip as a 2011 National FFA Proficiency Award finalist in Specialty Animal Production.
Reinholtz, along with 50 other award-winning agriculture students from across the nation, were chosen to participate in the experience, which took place during June 12-22.
Reinholtz toured agricultural enterprises such as an organic dairy farm and the Dole banana and pineapple plantations. She also experienced outdoor activities such as a zip line tour of the rainforest canopy, hiking the famed swinging bridges, and white water rafting. She enjoyed learning about the native culture, heritage, farming techniques, and exploring the beauty of the country.
Reinholtz is a member of the Mattabeset FFA Chapter, the youth leadership organization associated with the Middletown Agriculture Science and Technology program based at Middletown High School. The Middletown Regional Agriculture Science & Technology Program is available to high school students from Chester, Clinton, Clinton, Deep River, Durham, East Hampton, Essex, Guilford, Haddam, Killingworth, Madison, Middlefield, Middletown, Portland, Rocky Hill, Old Saybrook and Westbrook.
The National FFA Organization is the nation’s leading agricultural youth leadership organization with over 7,000 FFA chapters in the United States, serving 540,379
FFA members. For nformation, call (860) 704-4599 or see www.middletownschools.org.