The Pocahontas County High School Forestry team was named National Champions at the annual National FFA Convention October 24 through 27 in Indianapolis, Indiana. From left: forestry teacher Scott Garber, Kyle Cohenour, Jacob Jones, Mathias Solliday and Brandon Puffenberger with a representative at the convention.

Suzanne Stewart
Staff Writer

Nearly two weeks after the Pocahontas County High School forestry team was named National Champions at the National FFA Convention, forestry teacher Scott Garber is still in shock.

“It still hasn’t sunk in, yet,” he said. “Not even close. This is the first first place. We got second in 2014, twelfth in 2015 and seventh in 2011.”

The team of seniors – Kyle Cohenour, Jacob Jones, Mathias Solliday and Brandon Puffenbarger – worked so well together, that all four were gold medalist, which helped them come out on top above the other 47 teams in the competition.

“We were the only team out of forty-seven to have all four individuals receive gold medals,” Garber said.

The competition has elements which require the students to work separately, but for the most part, they work together, which is where the…

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