Sound Students Earn National Recognition


Two Sound School Juniors place  Third in the Animal Systems Category, Division IV of the National Agri Science Fair 

Elizabeth Fontana and Lili Filppu.

New Haven, CT— November 1, 2018 — Elizabeth Fontana and Lili Filppu of the Sound School Regional Vocational Aquaculture Center In New Haven, CT represented Connecticut at the National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianapolis, IN October 23-26, 2018. 

After competing at the state FFA Science Fair competition in May 2018 earning a first-place finish, Ms. Fontana and Ms. Filppu sent their application for consideration to more than 20 agricultural teachers, state leaders and college professors from throughout the US to compete at the national competition. Their project, which investigated plant based and animal-based feeds for Convict Cichlid growth, arose from a personal interest in veganism and a sustainable option for feeding fish. Individuals or teams compete in one of six categories – animal systems; environmental services/natural resources systems; food products and processing systems; plant systems; power, structural and technical systems; or social science – in six divisions – individuals in grades 7-8, teams grades 7-8, individuals grades 9-10,teams grades 9-10, individuals in grades 11-12, and teams grades 11-12.

The pair competed in the Animal Systems Category Division IV.
On October 25, they were announced as finalists and on October 26 they were awarded THIRD Place out of 12 competing teams in their division from around the country.

The 2018 National FFA Agriscience Fair is sponsored by Cargill, Chevrolet, John Deere and Syngenta. The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 653,359 student members who belong to one of 8,568 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is also supported by 344,239 alumni members in 2,051 alumni chapters throughout the U.S.

About National FFA Organization

The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 653,359 student members as part of 8,568 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is supported by 344,239 alumni members in 2,051 local FFA Alumni chapters throughout the U.S. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at and on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog. About National FFA Foundation The National FFA Foundation builds partnerships with industry, education, government, other foundations and individuals to secure financial resources that recognize FFA member achievements, develop student leaders and support the future of agricultural education. Governed by a 19-member board of trustees composed of educators, business leaders, individual donors and FFA Alumni, the foundation is a separately registered nonprofit organization. About 82 percent of every dollar received by the foundation supports FFA members and agricultural education opportunities. For more, visit