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
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.