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National Convention Accomplishments - Crane FFA Chapter, OREGON

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The Crane FFA Chapter returned from a very successful trip to the 2012 National FFA


Convention & Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana. Of the 560,000 members in the FFA Organization

nationwide, more than 56,000 FFA members attended the national convention.




Crane FFA members Rebekah Titus, Mariah Thompson, and Natasha Culp earned a Gold Emblem Award and 11th place in

the National Agricultural Communications CDE, an event which the chapter received 1 st place

statewide last spring. They competed against the state winning teams from every state across

the nation. This was the first National CDE that the Crane FFA Chapter has ever competed in.

The National FFA Agricultural Communications CDE is a competitive event that tests students'

skills in all areas of the agricultural communications field and evaluates how well they can apply

classroom knowledge to real-life situations. Participants attend a simulated news conference and

use the information gathered to complete individual practicums in writing, electronic media and

design. Prior to the event, students compile media plans and a 15-minute presentation related

to innovative agricultural practices and marketing tools. Members also compete in an editing

exercise and a general communications quiz.




Royal Henricks and Hannah Buermann, Crane class of 2011, received their American FFA

Degree; the highest degree attained in the organization. Henricks attended the convention with

the chapter and is currently attending Blue Mountain Community College. He has plans of

becoming a high school agricultural science teacher and FFA advisor. Erik Davies was also

awarded a Silver Emblem for his accomplishments with his National Proficiency Application on

his forage production FFA project.




In addition to the competition, Crane FFA members participated in the “Rally to Fight Hunger.”

More than 10,000 FFA members packaged over 1 million meals to be shipped overseas in

coordination with Kids Against Hunger, a humanitarian food-aid organization. Crane FFA

assisted in packaging 26,000 boxes. This rally kicked off the National FFA Organization’s

global “Feeding the World–Starting at Home” initiative, a movement to help students understand

the issues and effects of global hunger.




Crane FFA members that attended the National FFA Convention were: Rebekah Titus, Maria

Thompson, Natasha Culp, Elizabeth Davis, Erik Davies, Wyatt Clark, Jacob Rothgeb, and Royal

Henricks.




Thank you to the Roaring Springs Ranch, Tree Top Ranches, the Diamond Hotel, and everyone else who helped make this trip possible for these students.






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