Three short weeks ago, thirteen anxious FFA members from Dayton, Oregon competed at the 85th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. With the hard work and dedication put forth in the weeks preparing, these students excelled in each of their events.
In the Agricultural Sales Career Development Event, we came out on top, winning the event as a team, for the second year in a row, against 39 other teams. The members were Claire Hammond, Raegan White, Julianne Benson, and Anna Kameshima, coached my Greg Wildhaber and Mitch Coleman. Individually, Claire Hammond received a gold emblem, Raegan White received a gold emblem and placed 9th overall, Julianne Benson received a gold emblem, and Anna Kameshima received a silver emblem. This CDE event demonstrates your skills in customer relations, promotion, advertising, and sales. The activities included in the completion are individual sales, a team event, and an individual written exam.
The Dayton FFA chapter also had four members compete in the Food Science and Technology Career Development Event where teams compete in a team event, an individual written exam, and two practicum’s that tested their food and safety, and sensory knowledge. Here Ellie Forness, Anna Forness, Joanna Kubes, and Kathryn Harris took 11th place and received a silver emblem. Ellie Forness received a Gold emblem, Anna Forness received a Silver emblem, Joanna Kubes received a Gold emblem, and Kathryn Harris received a Gold emblem.
The last team that competed for our chapter consisted of Mitchell White, Hannah Barth, Jakob Janssen, and Melanie Dickson in the Agronomy Career Development Event. The team competed against 34 other teams, and came home with a Silver emblem. Jakob Janssen and Mitchell White each received a Silver emblem, while Hannah Barth and Melanie Dickson received Bronze emblems. The National FFA Agronomy event allows students to apply knowledge to real-life situations. They are tested on their knowledge of agronomic science with a team event, an individual written exam, and a series of practicum’s; identification of seeds, insects, soils, crops, weeds, equipment, and other practices.
Luke Wildhaber competed in the Prepared Public Speaking Career Development Event. He continued to the top 16 and received a Silver emblem. The Prepared Public Speaking CDE is for members who have the ability to prepare and deliver a factual speech on a specific agricultural issue from memory and respond to questions. It’s a way for members to develop skills to communicate in a powerful, organized, and professional way, as Luke did.
As well as competing, we had 10 graduated FFA members receive the American degree, which is the highest degree a member can obtain. McCord Coleman, Emilia Craig, Talia DeHart, Jennifer Goddik, Jake Katzler, Dustin Laster, Amber Landon, Austin Sweeney, Katelyn Tompkins, and Grace Wildhaber were the recipients.
The 85th National FFA Convention was a success for the Dayton FFA chapter. Each member grew in their agriculture skills and knowledge by competing, going to sessions, and experiencing all Indiana had to offer. We thank our community and all the people that made this trip possible.