BETHLEHEM-WOODBURY — The Woodbury FFA State Champion Dairy Judging team took a 12-day tour of Scotland and Ireland, where they toured dairy farms throughout the two countries and were able to judged at the Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh, Scotland, and the Charleville Agricultural Show in Ireland.
They earned the opportunity to attend this trip when they placed second at the World Dairy Expo Invitational FFA Dairy Judging Contest in Madison, Wisconsin last October. The trip was sponsored by Dudley Diebold and family from Toplands Farm in Roxbury.
The team was comprised of Julia Wisniewski of Prospect, Claire Delohery of Sherman and Taylor Wilkes and Hayley Gillette of Bethlehem.
Ms. Wisniewski graduated in 2018, but the other three team members were seniors and missed their graduation to attend the international competitions.
Coach Bill Davenport also arranged for them to graduate in Scotland at the Royal Highland Show, the same day as their classmates were walking across the stage at the Warner Theater in Torrington. The recent graduates were able to pose with a three year old Scottish Highland Cow named Bramble, who was shown at the Royal Highland Show.
Mr. Davenport also retired as of Monday, July 1 from Nonnewaug High School.
“After teaching agriscience here at Nonnewaug for 33 years, I cannot think of a better way to have spent the last two weeks of my career than to spend it in Europe with this great group of girls on their trip of a lifetime. They worked really hard over the past few years to get to this level and I am so proud of them and what they will accomplish in their future,” Mr. Davenport said.
Mr. Davenport accepted a position as the University of Connecticut 4H Extension Educator for Litchfield County where he began his second career on Monday, July 8.