The Meridian FFA Chapter attended the 82nd annual FFA State Leadership Conference in Twin Falls, April 10 – 13. Students participated in workshops, sessions and assorted activities. Meridian qualified members in two Career Development Events (CDE’s) for the National FFA CDE’s in Kentucky this Fall.
The Agricultural Sales team won top spot this year. Justin Nesbitt was first high individual in customer prospecting, Cole Pendell and Madison Tucker received second high individuals for their sales presentations, and Christina Schram was 4th high individual in customer relations. The team will have the opportunity to represent Idaho in November, at the National FFA Convention in Lousville, Kentucky.
Brett Wilder earned top spot in the prepared speaking contest with his speech on Listeria and food safety. This will be Brett’s fourth trip to the national contests in four years; he attended for Creed Speaking his sophomore year, Extemporaneous speaking his junior year, and as chairman for the Parliamentary Procedure team his senior year.
Janine Johnson was runner up in the Extemporaneous speaking contest. Extemporaneous speaking requires a contestant to write a speech on a topic that is drawn out of a hat. They then have thirty minutes to compose and memorize that speech.
Also receiving a second place was the Agricultural Business team. Lead by Justin Nesbitt who was the fourth high individual, the team also included Ashley Cecil, Christina Schram, and Ciara Wilmur. This CDE has participants taking a test on agricultural business, economics, and accounting topics.
The Meridian FFA scrapbook also received a second place award. Consisting of 90 pages, and weighing 25 pounds, this is the year’s compilation of pictures, articles, and other items gathered along the way. It must match the chapters program of work, including activities that represent student, chapter, and community development. The book is created by the chapter reporters, Ashley Cecil, and Megan Duff, along with Historians Nicole Trammel, Brandon Walton, and Toby Carleton, as well as other members from the chapter who assisted.
Six Meridian FFA members were on hand to receive their State FFA Degrees; Matthew Stokes, Justin Nesbitt, Mitchell Jackson, Melissa Goetz, Megan Duff, and Ashley Cecil. These members went through sifting at an earlier date, but were given their charms in Twin Falls. Nine members total from Meridian, earned this degree.
Other teams participating in the State CDE’s in Twin Falls included the Nursery Landscape team (4th place), the Horse Evaluation Team (6th place), and the Floriculture team. Brett Wilder (Kindschy-Lawrence, Mundt, and Alumni Tractor Raffle) and Melissa Goetz (Wedum) also received scholarships while they were there. Janine Johnson also received and Alumni Tractor Raffle Scholarship.