Capital Press | FFA http://www.capitalpress.com Capital Press Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:31:20 -0500 en http://EOR-CPwebvarnish.newscyclecloud.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/staticimage/images/rss-logo.jpg Capital Press | FFA http://www.capitalpress.com Cedarcrest FFA Landscape Team competes at national convention http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20171204/cedarcrest-ffa-landscape-team-competes-at-national-convention http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20171204/cedarcrest-ffa-landscape-team-competes-at-national-convention#Comments Mon, 4 Dec 2017 10:25:23 -0500 Kendra MutchCedarcrest FFA Reporter http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017171209972 DUVALL, Wash. — On Oct. 25-26, the Cedarcrest nursery/landscape team competed at the FFA National Convention in Indianapolis, Ind. The nursery/landscape competition included a team activity and skills event, knowledge exam, landscape estimating calculations, written and verbal customer assistance, propagation and identification of plants, plant diseases/disorders, pests, beneficial insects, and tools.

The team placed 16th overall with team members earning individual recognition as well. Kailea Alves earned bronze level placing. Megan Reid placed in the silver level. Ben Benson and Kendra Mutch received gold level awards. Out of nearly 150 competitors, Ben placed 20th and Kendra placed 10th individually. Competing at national level allowed each team member the opportunity to discover personal areas of interest in agriculture, and learn more pertaining to horticulture, landscaping and plant sciences.

The opportunity for the landscape team to compete at national convention was made possible by the following sponsors:

• Cherry Valley Horticulture Club

• City of Carnation Fourth of July Committee

• Civic Club, Duvall, Wash.

• ECOPRO

• Flower World, Maltby, Wash.

• Jo’s Fleece Fields. Don and Jody Stanwick, owners of Jo’s Fleece Fields, provided opportunity for the team to work for their farm/feed distribution business.

• JP Landscape, Duvall, Wash.

• Kim Klingenberg, Keller Williams, Kirkland Wash.

• King County Farm Bureau

• Paradise Lake Nursery, Maltby, Wash.

• The Ross Family

• Sally Grimes, who employed the landscape team to assemble a greenhouse.

• Washington Crop Improvement nonprofit agricultural organization.

If you are interested in learning more about the Cedarcrest High School horticulture program, contact the Cedarcrest FFA advisors at: thomass@rsd407.org

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FFA tractor raffle has raised awareness of the importance of ag education http://www.capitalpress.com/Idaho/20171201/ffa-tractor-raffle-has-raised-awareness-of-the-importance-of-ag-education http://www.capitalpress.com/Idaho/20171201/ffa-tractor-raffle-has-raised-awareness-of-the-importance-of-ag-education#Comments Fri, 1 Dec 2017 08:59:37 -0500 Sean Ellis http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017171209992 CALDWELL, Idaho — A simple tractor raffle that set out to raise some scholarship money for Idaho FFA members has turned into something much bigger.

The raffle is a program of the Idaho FFA Foundation and the tractors are hauled around the state each year to generate interest and boost ticket sales.

The tractor is usually accompanied by FFA members who act as real-life advocates for agriculture education and the FFA program.

The tractor raffle has become a visual symbol of Idaho’s FFA program and has raised awareness of the importance of agriculture education across the state, supporters say.

The foundation was able to award $51,000 in college scholarships last year and the tractor raffle was a big reason why, said Idaho FFA Foundation Executive Director Laura Wilder.

“The tractor raffle has had a huge impact on the overall support to FFA and helped raise awareness about the need for scholarships,” she said. “The tractor raffle is really what started our scholarship program.”

The tractor raffle was started in 2011 by Middleton farmer Sid Freeman, past president of the Idaho FFA Alumni Association, and his wife, Pam.

Farmers and agribusinesses have donated the tractors, which are professionally restored by the Freemans with help from people involved with the farming industry.

Fifty percent of the money raised by the raffle tickets goes to fund scholarships, 40 percent goes to the foundation’s general fund and local chapters to help support FFA programs and the rest is used to cover the raffle program’s costs.

Since it began in 2011, the raffle has raised $120,000 through ticket sales, $35,500 in banner sponsorships by dozens of agricultural businesses and $60,000 from in-kind contributions, Freeman said.

The money has been used to award $107,000 in scholarships and another $22,000 will be awarded in April.

Idaho FFA Executive Director Clara-Leigh Evans said the raffle not only raises money for scholarships for FFA members, “but as the tractor travels the state with tractor raffle volunteers, it raises visibility and awareness of the Idaho FFA Foundation and its important work.”

Besides raising general awareness of the importance of agriculture education, the campaign has also resulted in many agricultural businesses partnering more closely with the Idaho FFA program, Freeman said.

“The awareness campaign that the tractor raffle became was unintentional,” he said. “But it was big. It was really big. We were just trying to get rid of a tractor and raise some money for scholarships and this whole awareness thing became way bigger (than imagined).”

While FFA members sell tickets for the annual raffle, they are acting as advocates for agriculture education, said American Falls High School ag teacher Mark Bietia, who has had several students receive scholarships through the raffle program.

“It has increased ag education literacy and awareness throughout the state,” said Bietia, co-chairman of the Idaho FFA board of directors.

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California FFA’s Giving Tuesday fundraiser nets nearly $45,000 http://www.capitalpress.com/California/20171130/california-ffas-giving-tuesday-fundraiser-nets-nearly-45000 http://www.capitalpress.com/California/20171130/california-ffas-giving-tuesday-fundraiser-nets-nearly-45000#Comments Thu, 30 Nov 2017 11:15:31 -0500 http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017171139985 GALT, Calif. — Donors to the California FFA Foundation’s jacket fundraiser stepped up in a big way on Nov. 28, as they teamed with Blue Diamond Growers to raise enough money to purchase nearly 600 blue jackets for members who can’t afford their own.

At $75 for each jacket with a tie or scarf, that’s nearly $45,000.

The organization nearly met its goal of raising enough for 668 jackets, or two for each of California’s 334 FFA chapters, the foundation explained on its website.

That’s a big jump from the $6,500 goal the California FFA set and reached on Giving Tuesday in 2016. A big reason for the increase was Blue Diamond Growers, which matched individuals’ donations.

The push started last year as FFA advisers realized some members didn’t have the means to purchase their own trusty blue-and-gold jackets and had to borrow them for competitions and other events.

The FFA held its first jacket fundraiser in conjunction with the Sacramento area’s Big Day of Giving in May 2016, during which local residents and businesses donated more than $22,000 to support FFA and agricultural education.

Giving Tuesday is a United Nations Foundation-sponsored movement to encourage philanthropy at the beginning of the holiday season. Started in 2012, Giving Tuesday always falls on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, on the heels of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

California has about 88,000 FFA members statewide and is led by more than 760 advisers and agriculture teachers.

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Meridian FFA has a fantastic fall http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20171130/meridian-ffa-has-a-fantastic-fall http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20171130/meridian-ffa-has-a-fantastic-fall#Comments Thu, 30 Nov 2017 09:16:16 -0500 Ellie HigginsMeridian, Idaho, FFA Reporter http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017171139997 In the months of September and October, many huge events have taken place for the Meridian FFA chapter. Recruitment and agriculture education was present in many forms, and for many different ages! From our first meeting, to the return of the Agriculture Exposition, the Meridian FFA chapter started off the year with a bang.

The annual Luau chapter meeting took place on Sept. 18 from 6 to 9 in the evening at Rocky Mountain High School. This meeting is the first one of the school year, and is the biggest recruitment event for the Meridian FFA Chapter. Many students attended to learn more about FFA, try on and order their jacket, pay their dues, and meet existing chapter members and officers. Attendees ate a luau-style pig, listened to reports, and played games with other members.

The Boise Valley District leadership workshop took place on Sept. 11 from 6 to 8 in the evening at Ridgevue High School. Over 35 Meridian FFA students attended the workshop to learn more about leadership. The workshop was facilitated by the District Officer team, including Cameron King and Ashton Shaul from the Meridian Chapter and District Advisor Ms. Russell. Those who attended went to four different stations, and participated in activities to meet other members and learn new leadership skills.

The Meridian FFA Agriculture Exposition (Ag Expo) took place from Sept. 26-28 in the Meridian High School Career Technical Center. Every first grade class in the West Ada school district attended this event between 9 in the morning until 2 in the afternoon on one of the three days it was held. There was a total of approximately 3,000 first grade students that attended the Ag Expo, all of which went to many different “stations” including tractors, different livestock and small animals, commodities, and much much more. Our members served as both tour guides and speakers, effectively helping to plan and run this huge event, and to teach kids about agriculture.

The district competitions for the Range and the Soils Evaluation Career Development Events (CDE’s) were held at Allied Seed in Melba on Thursday, Sept. 28. Participants in the district Range CDE workshop included Hailey Buffham, Cameron King and Miranda Hruska. Participants in the district Soils Evaluation CDE included Kyleigh Davis, Kennedy Cox, and Jadia Wilson, with the team placing 3rd overall. The Range team later competed at state, on Oct. 11 at Burley. The team placed 6th overall, with Hailey Buffham placing 10th individually and Cameron King placing 14th individually. These CDEs taught competing members more about different land uses and plants that are found in Idaho.

Finally, at the 90th National FFA Convention that took place in Indianapolis, Indiana from Oct. 25 to 28, 18 Meridian FFA members attended to compete, grow their leadership skills, and experience FFA at the largest FFA convention in the nation.

From Oct. 23 to 24, members were able to tour at three different equine venues, including Churchill Downs, KESMARC Rehabilitation, and Juddmonte Stud Farms. Two teams and one individual attended to compete. The Veterinary Science CDE team, composed of Courtney Chambers (9th individual), Ashlyn Schiers, Kiara Wetzel (gold rankings), and Alexa Phillips (silver ranking), received gold and placed 8th in the nation with advisor Mr. Steve Wilder.

The Food Science CDE team, composed of Rachel Mansfield (8th individual), Courtney Marshall (gold rankings), Isaac Livesay, and Carly Connery (silver rankings), received gold and placed 9th in the nation with advisor Ms. Liz Russell.

Mallie Miller competed individually in the Employment Skills CDE. She received gold and placed 2nd in the nation with advisor Mrs. Renee Peugh. Additionally, Kaitlin Muniz attended as a part of the National FFA Chorus, and Caitlin Martin attended to apply for a National Proficiency award.

Members that attended to experience the convention were Ellie Higgins, Mollie Hiscox, Cameron King, Dani Turnbough, Trinity Martin, and Kaitlyn Steppe, with Joe Wieting and Ashton Shaul presenting our National Chapter award. Overall, every member was able to grow their personal skills because of this event.

On Nov. 6 was the annual Meridian FFA Alumni Auction at the Meridian High School Career Technical Center. The money that our Auction raises goes towards senior scholarships, FFA jacket scholarships, and making state and national trips affordable for our members.

Overall, the months of September and October were incredibly successful for the Meridian FFA chapter. We would like to thank the host schools for each of these events, the generous sponsors that make these events possible, and the parents and advisors that help us to achieve great things like this.

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Quincy FFA competes in potato, tractor CDEs http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20171130/quincy-ffa-competes-in-potato-tractor-cdes http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20171130/quincy-ffa-competes-in-potato-tractor-cdes#Comments Thu, 30 Nov 2017 08:32:34 -0500 http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017171139998 Seventeen members of the Quincy, Wash., FFA traveled to Columbia Basin Tech in Moses Lake to compete in the 2017 Washington State FFA Potato Grading CDE and Tractor Operators CDE. The students competed well and brought home state hardware in both competitions.

The Tractor CDE team members had to complete a 50-question tractor safety and maintenance exam, complete a team tractor parts identification practicum and then an individual driving practicum. The driving practicum requires members to drive a tractor and trailer tandem through a slalom course through 5 cones in reverse then forward through the same five cones and then back the trailer into a parking spot with 6 inches of clearance all the way around — and all in a 2 minute and 30 second time period.

Competitors are penalized for riding the clutch, changing directions, rubbing a cone, knocking over a cone, excess speed, and 1 point per second for going over the allotted time period.

The team of Chase Schuler, Gavin Sahli and Chase Morgan brought home the sixth place team plaque. Also driving for the Quincy team were David Cozar and Nate Gonzalez.

The Potato CDE team members had to Grade 100 russet potatoes as US No. 1, US No. 2 or Culls, evaluate 4 classes of seed potatoes, identify 10 samples of blemish potatoes and then grade 10 potatoes and give oral reasons as to why they graded as they did.

When all the points had be tabulated the team of Eli Westra, Erin Brisbine, Dave Sulisto, Sierra Reynolds and Jordan Clark brought home the 3rd place team plaque. Eli was the 7th place individual and Erin the 10th place individual, each earning a State Award.

The team of Taran Brown, Jane Kennedy, Ryan Smith, Rosey Combs, Noah Nielson and Cody Main placed 17th in the 32 team field. Other standout individual performances were Dave Sulisto in 14th place, Sierra Reynolds 15th and Taran Brown 16th out of 147 individuals.

The Tractor team would like to thank Washington Tractor for their assistance in the team training. The Potato team would like to thank Blakal Processing, Jones Produce and Boorman Farms for their help in preparing the team.

Next up on the CDE trail for the Quincy FFA is the Apple Evaluation CDE.

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Meridian FFA plans three-day Ag Expo http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20171130/meridian-ffa-plans-three-day-ag-expo http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20171130/meridian-ffa-plans-three-day-ag-expo#Comments Thu, 30 Nov 2017 09:30:56 -0500 Ellie HigginsMeridian FFA Chapter Reporter http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017171139995 Little kids, big education! At the Meridian FFA Chapter Agricultural Exposition (Ag Expo), every first-grade student in the West Ada School District attends to learn what agriculture is really about.

The Ag Expo is a three-day-long event, starting at 9 a.m. and ending at 2 p.m. on the Sept. 26-28. Each first-grade class spends on average of 2 hours at the Ag Expo, and travels to 26 different stations. These stations range from tractors to live animals, dairy products to livestock feeds, tack to camping safety, and much more.

Members of the Meridian FFA Chapter put on a huge portion of this event. Tour guides lead each first-grade class, making sure that every student is comfortable and having fun. Speakers run each station, sharing their own knowledge about the species or topic they are teaching.

Finally, many dedicated members work to put on this event by setting up items, loading and unloading supplies, and working together to ensure that the best possible event is being put forth.

Community members and family are welcome to attend the Ag Expo open house that will take place 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27. We hope to see you there!

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2014 Idaho initiative has benefited ag ed, FFA programs http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20171129/2014-idaho-initiative-has-benefited-ag-ed-ffa-programs http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20171129/2014-idaho-initiative-has-benefited-ag-ed-ffa-programs#Comments Wed, 29 Nov 2017 10:08:55 -0500 Sean Ellis http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017171129905 BOISE — An initiative designed to shore up the state’s ag education programs has provided significant benefits since it was approved during the 2014 Idaho Legislature, supporters say.

The Idaho Ag Education Initiative garnered more than $1 million in additional ongoing state funding for agriculture education programs.

It was backed by the Idaho FFA Association, Idaho FFA Alumni Association and Idaho FFA Foundation and was supported by the state’s farming industry.

The Legislature approved an annual $25,000 start-up grant for ag education programs and created common Idaho quality standards for all ag education programs and $10,000 incentive grants based on those standards.

Lawmakers increased “added cost” funding — money provided by the state for costs associated with certain programs that are above normal classroom costs — for ag education classes from $10,260 to $15,000 per full-time instructor.

They also approved funding for a full-time FFA Association executive director. That position had been part-time.

“There has been significant growth in the program since” the initiative passed, said Steve Wilder, an FFA instructor at Meridian High School. “The number of FFA members and teachers has gone up, there has been great reward from those grants and the full-time FFA coordinator has had some definite benefits.”

According to Idaho FFA Executive Director Clara-Leigh Evans, there were 3,965 FFA members and 81 chapters in the state in 2014 and there are now 4,708 members and 95 chapters.

During 2014, there were 120 agricultural and natural resource teachers in Idaho and there are 148 now.

There were 45 applications this year for the $10,000 incentive grants and 30 were awarded, and four new programs were started this year, said Marc Bietia, co-chair of the Idaho FFA board of directors and an ag education teacher at American Falls High School.

“The initiative has been successful. FFA membership has increased and so has overall enrollment in ag education classes,” he said.

But Bietia said the real success of the initiative, in his opinion, is increased communication with the local community and agricultural industry that has resulted from the review process that is part of the incentive program.

In his American Falls ag education program, up to 50 local businesses have input into what students are taught and the ag industry directly influences the curriculum.

“I think that the most valuable part of the whole process is the line of communication developed between the program, our administration and our stakeholders,” he said. “That was the intent of the (incentive program) all along.”

The incentive grants have helped increase the quality of ag education programs, said Shawn Dygert, who teaches ag education classes at Kuna High School.

“We’re rewarding programs for pushing toward excellence,” he said.

His program is using an incentive grant to help fund a major capital improvement on its greenhouse.

“It’s really helping,” he said of the initiative. “We’re seeing program improvement and enrollment increasing.”

Bietia said initiative supporters will meet with other stakeholders to discuss the possibility of seeking additional ag education funding.

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Washington FFA Evergreen Leadership Tour kicks off membership year http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20171128/washington-ffa-evergreen-leadership-tour-kicks-off-membership-year http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20171128/washington-ffa-evergreen-leadership-tour-kicks-off-membership-year#Comments Tue, 28 Nov 2017 15:40:38 -0500 Seth SmithWashington FFA State President http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017171129913 PULLMAN, Wash. — On Sept. 18-22 the Washington FFA State Officers, along with Tye Taylor, the Washington FFA national officer candidate, completed the annual Washington FFA Evergreen Leadership Tour.

The 2017-2018 state officer team traveled to all nine Washington FFA districts in five days, along with Abbie DeMeerleer, the Washington FFA executive director and Dennis Wallace, the new Washington FFA state advisor.

The tour started Monday morning at the Stanwood-Camano Fairgrounds. Later that afternoon the team headed south to Castle Rock High School for their second stop on the tour. By the end of day one the team had interfaced with 208 students.

Day two included stops at Elma High School and at Enumclaw High School. Wednesday the state officer team did presentations for 314 students at Ellensburg High School and Manson High School.

The fourth day of the tour started off at Quincy High School and ended at Deer Park High School. By the end of day four the state officers saw 357 students. On Friday the tour concluded at Colton High School.

Overall the Evergreen Leadership Tour impacted approximately 1,345 students at 82 different high schools across the state of Washington.

The state officer team facilitated workshops on leadership and FFA that were handcrafted by each state officer. The topic areas of a few of the workshops were: FFA basics, diversity, power of positive thinking, setting standards, commitment and conflict resolution. At each of these stops the Washington FFA national officer candidate gave a “stand and deliver” presentation, as well as facilitated workshops for Washington FFA members.

Throughout the 1,375 miles the state officer team traveled in that one week, they all shared unique memories. When asked about his experience on the tour, Matthew Rounsley, Washington FFA state sentinel, said, “I felt like this marked the start of our year. It was our first time facilitating to and being with members.”

Kelci Scharff, Washington FFA state reporter, said her favorite part of the tour was “getting to see and meet the different members of our state.”

Sydney Klaveano, Washington FFA state treasurer, said, “I loved being able to really get a first-hand look at how diverse Washington agriculture is and how it varies around the state.”

The Washington FFA Evergreen Leadership Tour was also where the state officer team revealed the theme for the state association for the upcoming year, WAtch Me: Grow.Lead.Serve.

The Evergreen Leadership Tour is a chance for the new state officer team to help FFA chapters across Washington kick off the new membership year. The tour has been occurring annually for more than 20 years and was formerly known as State & National Officer Tour or Blue & Gold Tour.

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How Washington FFA members did at national convention http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20171128/how-washington-ffa-members-did-at-national-convention http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20171128/how-washington-ffa-members-did-at-national-convention#Comments Tue, 28 Nov 2017 15:54:05 -0500 http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017171129911 These individuals/teams represented Washington FFA in the National CDEs/LDEs:

• Ag Communications: Elma (Kershaw, Wamsley, Renz, Finfrock, Macy) — 8th in the Nation; Gold team

• Ag Issues: Pomeroy (Matthews, Kimble) — Silver team

• Ag Sales: Yelm Blue (Hull) — 9th in the Nation; K. Johnson 12th high individual nationally

• Ag Technology and Mechanics: Mount Baker (Rightmire) — 7th in the Nation

• Agronomy: Connell (Shattuck, Thonney) — 11th in the Nation; Gold team

• Creed: Ferndale (Torretta)

• Conduct of Chapter Meetings: Asotin (Landrus) — 2nd in the Nation; Gold; C. Clovis selected as top chair in the nation.

• Dairy Cattle Evaluation 2017: Lynden (Grubb/Shumway) — 8th in the Nation; T. Abercrombie Silver Dairy Handler

• Environmental and Natural Resource: Cashmere (Finch) — NATIONAL CHAMPIONS; J. Jaspers = 1st high individual nationally; I. Hall = 4th high individual nationally; H. Duke = 8th high individual nationally

• Extemporaneous Speaking: Chiawana (Cousley) – Silver award

• Farm & Agribusiness Management: Lynden Christian (McKee) — 11th team in the Nation

• Floriculture: Richland (Jelnick) — Silver team

• Food Science and Technology: Cashmere (Finch) — 2nd in the Nation; Gold; R. Schoening 6th high individual nationally; D. Monroe 10th high individual nationally

• Forestry: Colville (Nelson) – Silver team

• Horse Evaluation: Ellensburg (Russell) — 37th in the Nation

• Employment Skills: Yelm (Mounts) — 4th in the Nation; Gold

• Livestock Evaluation: Meridian (VanDyken, Feller) — 10th in the Nation

• Marketing Plan: Lind-Ritzville (Williams, Klindworth, Palmer) — Silver team

• Meats Evaluation and Technology: LaCrosse (Baser) — 3rd in the Nation; Gold team; N. Harder was 6th high individual nationally.

• Milk Quality and Products Evaluation: Lynden Christian (Van Weerdhuizen) – 11th team in the Nation

• Nursery Landscape: Cedarcrest (Thomas) – Silver team; K. Mutch = 10th high individual nationally

• Parliamentary Procedure: Prosser (Devore) – Silver team; K.Greene tied for top test score in the

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• Poultry Evaluation: Elma (Kershaw, Wamsley, Renz, Finfrock, Macy) — 13th in the Nation; Silver team

• Prepared Public Speaking: Rosalia (Petershick) – Silver award

• Veterinary Science: Ferndale (Torretta) – 9th in the Nation; Gold team

• Hall of States: Rochester (Studeman)

These individuals/teams represented Washington FFA in other National FFA areas:

• National Chapter – Model of Excellence National Finalist: Goldendale FFA (Krieg)

• National Chapter – Growing Leaders National Finalists: Omak FFA and Tenino FFA

• National Chapter – Strengthening Agriculture National Finalist: Omak FFA

• National Chapter – Star Chapters: Cedarcrest FFA-Two Star; Centralia FFA-Two Star; Elma FFA-Three Star; Finley FFA-Two Star; Goldendale FFA-Three Star; Kamiakin FFA-Three Star; Mount Baker FFA-Three Star; Mount Vernon FFA-One Star; Omak FFA-Three Star; Rainier FFA-Two Star; Shelton FFA-Two Star; Sumner FFA-Two Star; Tenino FFA-Three Star; Waitsburg FFA-Two Star; Winlock FFA-Two Star; Yelm FFA-Three Star

• National Proficiency Finalist – Diversified Livestock: Nicole Harder, LaCrosse FFA (Baser)

• American Degree – 39 recipients from the following chapters: Asotin, Centralia, Chelan, Clarkston, Colton, Deer Park, Elma, Ferndale, LaCrosse, Lynden Christian, Lynden, Moses Lake, Omak, Prosser, Toutle Lake, Selah, Shelton, Snohomish, Stanwood, Sumner, Tonasket, Waitsburg, Walla Walla, Wilson Creek, Winlock, Yelm

• National Band: Mary Belle Buck (Liberty FFA)

• Honorary American Degrees: Gerrit VanWeerdhuizen, Curt Greenwalt and Curt DeHaan

• National Officer Candidate: Tye Taylor (Prosser FFA)

• National Convention Workshop Presenters: Maya Wahl (Lind-Ritzville FFA), Rebecca Foote (Yelm FFA), Luke Moore (Colton FFA)

• National FFA Teacher Ambassadors: Tamara Whitcomb (Mt. Baker) and Nathan Moore (Colton)

• Agriscience: Sumner = 10 Gold awards (top 6) including a 2nd place nationally and a 3rd place nationally; 1 Silver award (11th); Walla Walla = 1 Silver award (12th place individual)

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Washington FFA state officers visit 100-plus chapters during fall sweeps http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20171128/washington-ffa-state-officers-visit-100-plus-chapters-during-fall-sweeps http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20171128/washington-ffa-state-officers-visit-100-plus-chapters-during-fall-sweeps#Comments Tue, 28 Nov 2017 15:50:35 -0500 Matt RounsleyWashington FFA State Sentinel http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017171129912 Pullman, Wash. — Washington FFA state officers take a year off of college and employment for a “year of service.” This year is filled with many amazing opportunities to interact with fellow members and agricultural education students. The state officers spend a large amount of this year in agricultural education classrooms completing FFA chapter visits.

Chapter visits began in late September when state officers started traveling in pairs around the state. These visits cover both sides of the state, all 39 counties, and all nine regional Washington FFA districts. From Omak to Pullman, Richland to Ellensburg, from Stanwood to Sumner, Rochester to White Salmon, and so many FFA chapters in between, the state officers travel for approximately 45 business days over 2.5 months and will sweep 95 different chapters during that time.

Success can mean many different things to different people. That is just one of the topics that the state officers focus on in workshops that they present to students in agricultural education classrooms. Other topics include: strength development, communication skills, and opportunities available in the FFA. These workshops are not only presented to FFA members but all potential members since all students enrolled in an agricultural education course have the ability to become members.

State officers will present workshops to as many as 7 classes in one day and as many as 5 days a week. The Washington FFA state officers visit some small schools such as Sprague High School, which only has 28 students and 26 FFA members, to larger schools like Prosser High School, with 900 students and 400 FFA members.

Chapter visits also provide the opportunity for FFA members and Agricultural Education students who are considering joining FFA to speak with to officers and ask questions about their own experiences, since they graduated from high school and their FFA program in June.

Washington FFA State Reporter Kelci Scharff said one of her favorite memories was when State Sentinel Matt Rounsley and she were attending Oakesdale FFA Chapter Visit, a 150 student K-12 School located 45 minutes outside Pullman. While we were at their school it was Homecoming Week, and they got to see all of the festivities. The kindergartners and seniors all came into one room and their school pride was incredible, not a single student wasn’t dressed up. “That’s not even the best part, they then had a dance competition and they let Matt and I compete in it, and with the amazing support for FFA this school has, we even won. After some school wide Zumba dancing we went back to the classroom and finished up the day with some workshops.”

State officers visit during homecoming season, Halloween and during the holiday season and the school festivities come right along with it. Washington FFA State President Seth Smith and State Secretary Taylor Enns were embraced by the Thanksgiving spirit. When they visited Hudson’s Bay FFA chapter in the Vancouver area, they were greeted with a Thanksgiving potluck. The members brought their favorite thanksgiving food and the advisor cooked the turkey.

“I enjoyed getting to experience the members favorite meals while getting to know what they were excited to participate in during this year,” said Enns.

There is the opportunity for chapters to invite officers for chapter visits in early spring as well. Chapter visits are not only an opportunity for growth for the students but also a chance for officers to meet with many of the 11,000 Washington FFA members. Visits to FFA programs, as well as to request the State Officers at other agricultural events, please complete the request form at: https://www.washingtonffa.org/visit-request-1/

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High school senior proposes bill mandating ag education http://www.capitalpress.com/Idaho/20171124/high-school-senior-proposes-bill-mandating-ag-education http://www.capitalpress.com/Idaho/20171124/high-school-senior-proposes-bill-mandating-ag-education#Comments Fri, 24 Nov 2017 08:29:24 -0500 Sean Ellis http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017171129952 NAMPA, Idaho — A high school senior will propose a bill during the 2018 Idaho legislative session requiring high school students to complete at least two agriculture education classes.

If it passes, that means every student in the state would have to take at least two semesters of classes that teach them about agriculture.

In other words, they would emerge from those classes with at least a basic understanding of the farming and ranching industry and where their food comes from, said Anna Peterson, 17, an FFA member at Skyview High School in Nampa who is proposing the legislation.

Peterson’s proposal was her senior project but she told Idaho FFA Alumni Association members last week during their regular meeting that she is in it for the long haul, even if it takes more than one try to get the bill passed.

“I want to see this effort all the way through,” Peterson told Capital Press. “I think it’s important and I’m passionate about it. I just want to make sure students know where their food is coming from.”

Peterson said she wants the classes to cover animal and plant science as well as agriculture’s importance to Idaho’s economy and teach students about some of the many career opportunities involved with the industry.

Peterson, who will major in ag economics and ag education at the University of Idaho, was born in southwestern Idaho and was not raised on a farm.

However, she fell in love with agriculture after working on a dairy as a milker and learning more about the farming industry.

“I was born with a green heart,” said Peterson, who has sent emails to all 105 of the state’s legislators informing them of her plan.

Idaho FFA Alumni Association Past President Sid Freeman, a farmer, said the group was impressed with Peterson’s proposal and is discussing helping to cover some of the expenses that will be involved with her effort.

“Agriculture education is not just for farm kids; it is for the majority of other kids who are not from the farm,” he said. “It may even draw their attention to career opportunities in agriculture as well.”

Sen. Jim Rice, R-Caldwell, chairman of the Senate Agricultural Affairs Committee, said it might be a tough sell to require all students to have two ag credits to graduate but he likes the thinking behind Peterson’s proposal.

“It’s an impressive idea,” he said. “I think what she’s doing has the potential to be extremely useful. The question is, what’s the best way to do it?”

Peterson said the biggest question that popped up during her research was, “What do you do about the schools that don’t have ag programs?”

She said there are alternatives, such as certifying teachers to also qualify them as ag instructors, or online courses.

“There are a lot of (options) and it’s just figuring out which one is best,” she said.

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Meridian, Idaho, FFA Alumni sponsor annual auction http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20171121/meridian-idaho-ffa-alumni-sponsor-annual-auction http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20171121/meridian-idaho-ffa-alumni-sponsor-annual-auction#Comments Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:03:03 -0500 Ellie HigginsMeridian FFA Reporter http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017171129974 The Meridian FFA Alumni Auction took place on Nov. 6 at the Meridian High School Career Technical Center.

The annual event is put on by the Meridian FFA Chapter’s wonderful alumni with additional help from dedicated and hardworking FFA members.

The auction featured hundreds of items donated by teachers, FFA members and community supporters. Because of the multitude of support the alumni chapter received, this auction was the most successful to date.

This event started at 5:30 p.m. with the silent auction, and was followed with dinner at 6 p.m. The live auction started at 7:15 p.m., with a tribute to veterans beforehand.

We raised a gross income of over $30,000, which is the highest income ever recorded at a Meridian FFA Alumni Auction.

The funds raised at the alumni auction go toward making state and national trips affordable, providing jacket scholarships and awarding senior scholarships.

The Meridian FFA chapter is incredibly grateful for our alumni chapter, and all community members that attended to bid on items, donate to our chapter, and show their support for the Meridian FFA chapter and our programs.

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Oregon FFA, Les Schwab team up to collect 510,000 pounds of food http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20171117/oregon-ffa-les-schwab-team-up-to-collect-510000-pounds-of-food http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20171117/oregon-ffa-les-schwab-team-up-to-collect-510000-pounds-of-food#Comments Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:10:43 -0500 http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017171119896 As the holiday season descends upon us, most people get to over indulge in creamy mashed potatoes, savory turkey, and delectable desserts.

But for many Oregonians, the holidays are more famine than feast as numerous residents struggle to provide food for themselves and their families.

Since 2008 the Oregon Food Bank has seen the demand for emergency food boxes increase by 40 percent. It is for that reason agriculture students across Oregon want to help feed those that need it most.

In the spirit of the holiday season, the Oregon FFA partnered with Les Schwab Tire Centers, Wilco Coop, Capital Press and the East Oregonian newspaper to help combat hunger. The initial goal of raising 250,000 pounds of food in 2015 seemed daunting but the more than 6,000 FFA members from over 100 chapters and Les Schwab Tire Centers across Oregon made great strides to help provide the Oregon Food Bank and other local food pantries with much needed food.

This year the Drive Away Hunger Event collected over 510,150 pounds of food, double the original goal, and enough to provide more than 380,000 meals. Over the past three years, the event has raised over 1.5 million pounds of food for those suffering from food insecurity, enough food to help nearly 3500 Oregon families for more than a month.

The efforts to collect the food were as diverse as the communities themselves.

In Adrian, students gleaned farm fields after harvest to collect much needed produce as well as held a class competition, all of which helped collect over 7 tons of food. Some chapters focused on working with local farmers, like Jefferson FFA, who partnered with Case Farms, who donated more than 20,000 pounds of winter squash.

Other chapters, like Canby FFA, hit the streets and went door-to-door dropping off collection bags in a trick or treat for cans.

In Prineville, where Les Schwab Tires first began, the FFA chapter raised a crop of potatoes and was able to donate over 9,000 pounds to the local food banks.

“The FFA thanks all the farmers, community members and everyone who brought food, donated time and helped give to this effort.” remarked Kevin White, executive director of the Oregon FFA Foundation.

In addition to local chapter efforts, people were encouraged to drop food off at any local Les Schwab store, and collection bags were distributed by the Capital Press, the East Oregonian, Hermiston Herald, Blue Mountain Eagle, and the Wallowa Chieftain.

Bags were also available at Oregon Les Schwab and Wilco locations. Most of the food will be distributed by the Oregon Food Bank network and end up back in the communities in which it was raised.

This is a very special project for the Oregon FFA, where members were given the chance to embody the FFA motto of “…learning to do, doing to learn, earning to live and living to serve. In this hunger initiative, FFA members set an example of service leadership”, said White. “It is essential for these young people to have a partner like Les Schwab. Les Schwab employees have, for decades, served as role models to our members by serving their communities and neighbors.”

The Oregon FFA is part of the National FFA Organization and is a national youth organization of 653,359 student members — all preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture. There are 8,568 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Oregon FFA has more than 6,000 members in 105 chapters throughout the state. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

To learn more or to get involved, visit the Oregon FFA Facebook page or #TIREdofhunger. To learn more about FFA visit www.oregonffa.com or www.ffa.org.

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Meridian FFA plans three-day Ag Expo http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20171108/meridian-ffa-plans-three-day-ag-expo http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20171108/meridian-ffa-plans-three-day-ag-expo#Comments Wed, 8 Nov 2017 11:18:52 -0500 Ellie HigginsMeridian FFA Chapter Reporter http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017171109885 Little kids, big education! At the Meridian FFA Chapter Agricultural Exposition (Ag Expo), every first-grade student in the West Ada School District attends to learn what agriculture is really about.

The Ag Expo is a three-day-long event, starting at 9 a.m. and ending at 2 p.m. on the Sept. 26-28. Each first-grade class spends on average of 2 hours at the Ag Expo, and travels to 26 different stations. These stations range from tractors to live animals, dairy products to livestock feeds, tack to camping safety, and much more.

Members of the Meridian FFA Chapter put on a huge portion of this event. Tour guides lead each first-grade class, making sure that every student is comfortable and having fun. Speakers run each station, sharing their own knowledge about the species or topic they are teaching.

Finally, many dedicated members work to put on this event by setting up items, loading and unloading supplies, and working together to ensure that the best possible event is being put forth.

Community members and family are welcome to attend the Ag Expo open house that will take place 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27. We hope to see you there!

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Tiny Burnt River School shines at national FFA convention http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20171107/tiny-burnt-river-school-shines-at-national-ffa-convention http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20171107/tiny-burnt-river-school-shines-at-national-ffa-convention#Comments Tue, 7 Nov 2017 15:34:40 -0500 Aliya Hall http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017171109893 UNION, Ore. — Shelby Swindlehurst was one of the first to join Burnt River School’s FFA chapter when she was a sophomore at the high school. Now a sophomore at Eastern Oregon University studying agricultural sciences, she was awarded one of the organization’s top honors, the American Degree, at this year’s FFA national convention.

The degree is awarded to FFA members who have “demonstrated the highest level of commitment to FFA and made significant accomplishments in their supervised agricultural experiences,” according to the FFA website.

Less than 1 percent of members are awarded the degree each year.

“At first I didn’t realize how big it really was because I’ve never been around anyone who had it,” she said. “Same with my advisor, but she knew it was a big deal. This year when I went to nationals, it was an eye-opener about how big an accomplishment it was.”

Swindlehurst is the first in the Burnt River School District to receive this award.

Among the requirements for the American Degree are: receiving the State FFA Degree, being an active member for the past three years, having completed three years of systematic secondary school instruction in an agricultural education program, having graduated from high school, maintaining records to substantiate an outstanding supervised agricultural experience, earning at least $10,000 and productively investing $7,500 and having participated in at least 50 hours of community service.

Along with Swindlehurst, seven other students from Burnt River participated at the convention. Shayla Winton, Noah Ray, Stran Siddoway, Shea Swindlehurst and Tyler Belveal went for the experience, and Gustavo Ferrareto and Tim Barabas competed.

Ferrareto and Barabas were exchange students from Brazil and Germany, respectively. Their Agriscience project compared 13 countries’ agricultural knowledge.

“I didn’t believe when Mrs. Wilson sent me the message telling me that we made it to nationals,” Ferrareto said. “It was an incredible thing for Tim and I, the first people from Burnt River in FFA Nationals convention. Being exchange students made us feel a lot more special because we had the feeling that we did awesome even being against American high school students.”

The results of their project showed that agricultural knowledge in urban areas of the countries were “not outstanding at all,” Barabas said. The most surprising find: the U.S. ranked last in the overall average scores.

“Even in a country with an extremely effective agricultural education with FFA and subjects like animal science, ag mechanics, ag business and plant science, urban areas have a huge problem,” Barabas said. “In our opinion, the lack of agricultural knowledge is an international problem, which can be solved even better by the cooperation of nations.”

Ferrareto and Barabas placed ninth at the convention.

Although Burnt River High School, about 40 miles southwest of Baker City, Ore., has only 19 students enrolled at the high school, 17 of them are involved in FFA. Jessica Wilson, FFA advisor for the school district, said that half of the population is exchange students from around the urban U.S. and abroad.

“It’s an opportunity we have that’s available,” she said. “I’d like it if we could get more kids to come to the school, kids that want to be in ag and experience life in the West.”

Rory and Krystal Swindlehurst offer lodging for exchange students at the Burnt River Integrated Agriculture Research Ranch (BRIARR). Krystal Swindlehurst said she hopes that it helps the school grow.

“At our state convention almost every kid in our group was up there competing against schools with three thousand kids,” she said. “I just think it shows that as a group they’re very committed.”

Barabas and Ferrareto said FFA was instrumental in their exchange, and they thanked Wilson and the entire Burnt River School District for their support. Barabas said that next to the community, agriculture was what helped him and Ferrareto have a great year.

“Agriculture gave us no time to become bored in a town that consists of one main street, a gas station and one school. It brought us together with the entire school on the weekends and created a very special relationship between every single individual in school,” Barabas said. “It taught us to respect our food and the people taking care of our nutrition.”

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Cashmere, Wash., FFA wins national competition http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20171101/cashmere-wash-ffa-wins-national-competition http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20171101/cashmere-wash-ffa-wins-national-competition#Comments Wed, 1 Nov 2017 08:56:41 -0500 Dan Wheat http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017171109996 CASHMERE, Wash. — Cashmere High School FFA placed first at the FFA National Convention in Indianapolis, Oct. 27 for the first time.

The team of Jade Jaspers, Isaiah Hall, Hunter Duke and Lizzy Carney won first place out of teams from 41 states in Environmental and Natural Resources. Jaspers was also the individual national champion in that category. Hall was fourth and Duke was eighth out of 162 students.

The school’s team of Reilly Schoening, Dani Monroe, Rhiannon Strutzel and Grace Kelly placed second out of teams from 36 states in Food Science, with Schoening placing sixth and Monroe placing 10th out of 144 students.

“It was our first national championship and our fourth time placing second. Our kids were highly motivated. Both categories are part of our curriculum and they wanted to represent their state well,” said Rusty Finch, Cashmere High School FFA advisor.

The other Western chapters to win championships were Frontier High School, Bakersfield, Calif., in Horse Evaluation and Liberty Ranch High School, Sacramento County, Calif., in Parliamentary Procedure.

Finch said it was one of his top two showings of 19 years of taking teams to nationals.

“They’re a great group of kids. Highly focused and worked well. They made good use of their time and are pleasant and easy to deal with. It’s nice to see this happen for a deserving group of kids,” he said.

The competition included written tests and problem-solving.

The Environmental and Natural Resources team completed a water quality test, demonstrated the use of GPS and identified wildlife and natural resources field equipment, Finch said. They also evaluated a plot of land and made recommendations to prevent soil erosion.

The Food Science team had to develop, create and present a new food product. Julie Neil, a USDA food inspector from Puyallup, helped coach the Food Science team.

There were nearly 30 categories of competition, from livestock judging to public speaking.

Cashmere High School FFA has 120 student members. Finch said winning a national championship will make recruitment easier.

“It keeps the snowball rolling,” he said. “It encourages more kids to take a shot and participate. I’m a true believer that kids deep down want to compete.”

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National FFA announces 2017 Agriscience Fair winners http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20171030/national-ffa-announces-2017-agriscience-fair-winners http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20171030/national-ffa-announces-2017-agriscience-fair-winners#Comments Mon, 30 Oct 2017 18:13:47 -0500 http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017171039967 INDIANAPOLIS — The 2017 National FFA Agriscience Fair awards were presented onstage during the fifth general session at the 90th National FFA Convention & Expo. The winners are listed below by event:

Animal Systems

• Division 1: Ella Stiefvater, McCook Central FFA, South Dakota

• Division 2: Channing Pieniazek and Kyle Real, Krum FFA, Texas

• Division 3: Garrett Thornton, Central FFA, Oklahoma

• Division 4: Brooklyn Carr and Gracy Sexton, Sonoraville FFA, Georgia

• Division 5: Joseph Gresoi, Conrad Weiser FFA, Pennsylvania

• Division 6: Jaden Klaus and Maddie Fugate, Mahomet-Seymour FFA, Illinois

Environmental Services/Natural Resource Systems

• Division 1: Emmakay McClain, Clay Central Everly FFA, Iowa

• Division 2: Carson Candler and Gunner Evans, Cushing FFA, Oklahoma

• Division 3: Jessica Kenville, Edmond FFA, Oklahoma

• Division 4: Zachary Gay and Cedric Montgomery, Lowndes FFA, Georgia

• Division 5: Andrew Miles, Wilmington Area FFA, Pennsylvania

• Division 6: Darrel D’Souza and Jonathan Shen, Biotechnology FFA, New Jersey

Food Products and Processing Systems

• Division 1: Zachary Daw, Lowndes Middle FFA, Georgia

• Division 2: Kailee Hilton and Braeden Fisher, Florence FFA, Texas

• Division 3: Emma Thorpe, El Capitan FFA, California

• Division 4: Alexis Herring and Jaylin Johnson, Lowndes FFA, Georgia

• Division 5: Amelia Hayden, Big Foot FFA, Wisconsin

• Division 6: Conielia San Diego and Josephine Fischer, James Madison-San Antonio FFA, Texas

Plant Systems

• Division 1: Ty Parks, Lowndes Middle FFA, Georgia

• Division 2: Karlee Wakefield and Julia Cox, Fayetteville City FFA, Tennessee

• Division 3: Kayla Wyse, Pettisville FFA, Ohio

• Division 4: Dawson Peek and Gabriella Daugherty, Lowndes FFA, Georgia

• Division 5: Katherine Marie Fazzino, Rudder FFA, Texas

• Divisoin 6: Levi Herring and Shaw Wacter, Lowndes FFA, Georgia

Power, Structural and Technical Systems

• Division 1: Jadyn Henry, Southeastern FFA, Illinois

• Division 2: Victor Shi and Thomas Stewart, Redding Middle FFA, Delaware

• Division 3: Avery Tauke, Maquoketa Valley FFA, Iowa

• Division 4: Jared Hamilton and Joseph Glassmeyer, Felicity-Franklin FFA, Ohio

• Division 5: Brianna Maddock, Kindred FFA, North Dakota

• Division 6: Carol-Ann Worsham and Benjamin Worsham, Gordon Central FFA, Georgia

Social Science

• Division 1: Austin Hooten, Stillwater FFA, Oklahoma

• Division 2: Bailey Boitnott and Jenna Knake, Syracuse FFA, Nebraska

• Division 3: Barrett Kerr, Smithson Valley FFA, Texas

• Division 4: Bonnie McKinzie and Rette Peters, Stephenville FFA, Texas

• Division 5: Jonathan Moules, Turlock FFA, California

• Division 6: Luke Weber and Riley McKinzie, Stephenville FFA, Texas

The National FFA Agriscience Fair is sponsored by title sponsors Cargill, Chevrolet, John Deere and Syngenta.

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National Event Winners - Veterinary Science 2017 http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20171030/national-event-winners-veterinary-science-2017 http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20171030/national-event-winners-veterinary-science-2017#Comments Mon, 30 Oct 2017 18:10:13 -0500 http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017171039968 INDIANAPOLIS- Participants of the National FFA Veterinary Science Career Development Event (CDE) were recognized on Friday at the award banquet. The event was held in conjunction with the 90th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis.

Ms. Christian Birch with Purina Animal Nutrition served as superintendent of this year’s event.

The veterinary science event is sponsored by Zoetis with additional support provided by Association

of American Veterinary Medical Colleges.

The National FFA Veterinary Science CDE is a competitive event that tests the participant’s ability to apply veterinary science knowledge and skill in practical settings as well as identify breeds, parasites and equipment. Participants also complete a written exam and respond to scenario questions about current topics in the veterinary industry. Teams present to a panel of judges about the roles and responsibilities of the veterinary team in a variety of situations involving patients from companion animal to large animal. Teams competed at local and state levels for the privilege of representing their state at the National FFA Convention & Expo.

This event, held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, is one of many educational

activities at the national convention in which FFA members apply classroom knowledge to real-life

situations.

The National FFA Organization

National Event Winners - Veterinary Science 2017

Top Placing Teams

1st Place-- Kansas Makinna Bentz, Levi Gauby, Christopher Wright, and Scuyler Zenger, all of Washington County FFA

2nd Place-- Wyoming Elizabeth Barbour, Caitlin Garcia, Claire Lake, and Hunter Galluzzo, all of Cheyenne High Plains FFA

3rd Place-- California Valeria Giron, Julia Padilla, Leslie Arevalo, and Omar Hernandez, all of Madera FFA

4th Place-- Connecticut Sarah Hinman, Stephanie Marenghi, Taylor Decicco, and Mikayla Nappi, all of Woodbury FFA

5th Place-- Delaware Kayla Esch, Samantha Spence, Taylor Trent, and Taylor Woodington, all of Middletown FFA

6th Place-- Texas Ashley Saddler, Morgan Rodriguez, McKenzie Wolf, and Mattison Duncan, all of Canyon New Braunfels FFA

7th Place-- Indiana Megan Nunemaker, Taylor Martin, Edward Weirich, and Brenna White, all of Northwood FFA

8th Place-- Idaho Courtney Chambers, Alexa Phillips, Ashlyn Schiers, and Kiara Wetzel, all of Meridian FFA

9th Place-- Washington Kailey Robertson, Lindsey Quackenbush, Shelby Robinson, and Jamie Mason, all of Ferndale FFA

10th Place-- Georgia Chloe Lynch, Jordan Stevenson, Hannah Beth Watters, and Amber Roberts, all of Islands FFA

Top Placing Individuals

1st Place-- Scuyler Zenger of Washington County FFA, KS

2nd Place-- Leslie Arevalo of Madera FFA, CA

3rd Place-- Krystal Sutton of KALISPELL FFA, MT

4th Place-- Christopher Wright of Washington County FFA, KS

5th Place-- Julia Padilla of Madera FFA, CA

6th Place-- Ashley Saddler of Canyon New Braunfels FFA, TX

7th Place-- Levi Gauby of Washington County FFA, KS

8th Place-- Sarah Hinman of Woodbury FFA, CT

9th Place-- Courtney Chambers of Meridian FFA, ID

10th Place-- Claire Lake of Cheyenne High Plains FFA, WY

Team Emblems Listed

Gold Emblem Teams

Madera FFA, CA Woodbury FFA, CT

Middletown FFA, DE Islands FFA, GA

Meridian FFA, ID Northwood FFA, IN

Washington County FFA, KS Jackson Area Career Center FFA- AM Center 1, MI

Alvirne FFA, NH Canyon New Braunfels FFA, TX

Ferndale FFA, WA DeForest FFA, WI

Cheyenne High Plains FFA, WY

Silver Emblem Teams

AAEC- Red Mountain FFA, AZ; Strawberry Crest FFA, FL

Calloway County FFA, KY; Walker FFA, LA

Essex FFA, MA; Linganore FFA, MD

New London Spicer FFA, MN; KALISPELL FFA, MT

Southern Alamance FFA, NC; Ogallala FFA, NE

Hunterdon Polytech Central Campus FFA, NJ; Capitan FFA, NM

Sierra Nevada FFA, NV; Miami Valley Career Tech Center FFA, OH

Sutherlin FFA, OR; Jefferson County FFA, TN

Rockbridge County FFA, VA

Bronze Emblem Teams

Foley FFA, AL; Mountain Home FFA, AR

La Veta FFA, CO; Maquoketa Valley FFA, IA

Clifton Central FFA, IL; Starkville FFA, MS

Kindred FFA, ND; Western Suffolk BOCES FFA, NY

Technical College High School Pennocks Bridge FFA, PA; McCook Central FFA, SD

Weber FFA, UT; Mineral County FFA, WV

Individual Emblems Listed

Gold Emblem Individuals

A’lexi Claridge of AAEC- Red Mountain FFA, AZ; Maida Ruiz of AAEC- Red Mountain FFA, AZ

Leslie Arevalo of Madera FFA, CA; Valeria Giron of Madera FFA, CA

Omar Hernandez of Madera FFA, CA; Julia Padilla of Madera FFA, CA

Sarah Hinman of Woodbury FFA, CT; Stephanie Marenghi of Woodbury FFA, CT

Mikayla Nappi of Woodbury FFA, CT; Kayla Esch of Middletown FFA, DE

Samantha Spence of Middletown FFA, DE; Taylor Trent of Middletown FFA, DE

Alexis Hill of Strawberry Crest FFA, FL; Chloe Lynch of Islands FFA, GA

Jordan Stevenson of Islands FFA, GA; Courtney Chambers of Meridian FFA, ID

Ashlyn Schiers of Meridian FFA, ID; Kiara Wetzel of Meridian FFA, ID

Taylor Martin of Northwood FFA, IN; Edward Weirich of Northwood FFA, IN

Brenna White of Northwood FFA, IN; Makinna Bentz of Washington County FFA, KS

Levi Gauby of Washington County FFA, KS; Christopher Wright of Washington County FFA, KS

Scuyler Zenger of Washington County FFA, KS; Cameron Cooper of Calloway County FFA, KY

Karli Carpenter of Walker FFA, LA; Caroline Degrappo of Essex FFA, MA

Andrew Mann of Essex FFA, MA; Emily Lindsey of Linganore FFA, MD

Keely Efaw of Jackson Area Career Center FFA- AM Center 1, MI

Ashton Jordon of Jackson Area Career Center FFA- AM Center 1, MI

Annika Spors of New London Spicer FFA, MN; Krystal Sutton of KALISPELL FFA, MT

Solomon Turner of Southern Alamance FFA, NC; Julia Martinage of Alvirne FFA, NH

Maya Toth of Alvirne FFA, NH; Hannah McCray of Hunterdon Polytech Central Campus

FFA, NJ

Hannah Walters of Miami Valley Career Tech Center FFA, OH

Kalana Granger of Sutherlin FFA, OR

Emma Graf of Jefferson County FFA, TN; Ashley Saddler of Canyon New Braunfels FFA, TX

McKenzie Wolf of Canyon New Braunfels FFA, TX; Karlee Whiteman of Weber FFA, UT

Katie Kirkpatrick of Rockbridge County FFA, VA; Shelby Robinson of Ferndale FFA, WA

Meghan Hoel of DeForest FFA, WI; Elizabeth Barbour of Cheyenne High Plains FFA, WY

Hunter Galluzzo of Cheyenne High Plains FFA, WY; Caitlin Garcia of Cheyenne High Plains FFA, WY

Claire Lake of Cheyenne High Plains FFA, WY

Silver Emblem Individuals

Alicia Quinley of Foley FFA, AL; Sydney Zimmer of Mountain Home FFA, AR

Truckee White of La Veta FFA, CO; Taylor Decicco of Woodbury FFA, CT

Taylor Woodington of Middletown FFA, DE; Megan Carothers of Strawberry Crest FFA, FL

Alexandria Morgan of Strawberry Crest FFA, FL; Leah Reinhardt of Strawberry Crest FFA, FL

Amber Roberts of Islands FFA, GA; Hannah Beth Watters of Islands FFA, GA

Amanda Engelken of Maquoketa Valley FFA, IA; Alexa Phillips of Meridian FFA, ID

Kayla Adams of Clifton Central FFA, IL; Brian Spooner of Clifton Central FFA, IL

Megan Nunemaker of Northwood FFA, IN; Suzanna Grady of Calloway County FFA, KY

Audrey Jeziorski of Calloway County FFA, KY; Roger Rios of Walker FFA, LA

Serenity Stark of Walker FFA, LA; Autum Steele of Walker FFA, LA

Keith Lebrun of Essex FFA, MA; Emma Pryor-West of Essex FFA, MA

Nicole Muller of Linganore FFA, MD; Morgan Whipp of Linganore FFA, MD

Alyssa Bednarski of Jackson Area Career Center FFA- AM Center 1, MI

Chloe Sanford of Jackson Area Career Center FFA- AM Center 1, MI

Stella Depuydt of New London Spicer FFA, MN; Skyler Farnes of KALISPELL FFA, MT

Meghan Levanen of KALISPELL FFA, MT; Reagan Cooper of Southern Alamance FFA, NC

Lindsay Long of Southern Alamance FFA, NC; Ashley Smith of Southern Alamance FFA, NC

Lakota Mollohan of Kindred FFA, ND; Brooke Rossow of Kindred FFA, ND

Amanda Most of Ogallala FFA, NE; Sadie Schwartzkopf of Ogallala FFA, NE

Halle Tophoj of Ogallala FFA, NE; Annie Comtois of Alvirne FFA, NH

Riley Davidson of Alvirne FFA, NH; Alyssa Carbo of Hunterdon Polytech Central Campus FFA, NJ

Carly McKenie of Hunterdon Polytech Central Campus FFA, NJ

Adriana McWilliams of Capitan FFA, NM

Andres McWilliams of Capitan FFA, NM; Maggie Rich of Capitan FFA, NM

Alyssa Catalano of Sierra Nevada FFA, NV; Kerstyn Countryman of Sierra Nevada FFA, NV

Kelly Diaz of Western Suffolk BOCES FFA, NY; Brittany McCollum of Western Suffolk BOCES FFA, NY

Elanie Prater of Miami Valley Career Tech Center FFA, OH; Destiny Pedersen of Sutherlin FFA, OR

Taryn Whelchel of Sutherlin FFA, OR; Raichel Wolfe of Sutherlin FFA, OR

Carolina Graham of Technical College High School Pennocks Bridge FFA, PA

Megan Priddy of Technical College High School Pennocks Bridge FFA, PA

Nicole Suppa of Jefferson County FFA, TN; Mattison Duncan of Canyon New Braunfels FFA, TX

Morgan Rodriguez of Canyon New Braunfels FFA, TX; Allie Davis of Rockbridge County FFA, VA

Autumn Huffman of Rockbridge County FFA, VA; Rose McAloon of Rockbridge County FFA, VA

Jamie Mason of Ferndale FFA, WA; Lindsey Quackenbush of Ferndale FFA, WA

Kailey Robertson of Ferndale FFA, WA; Maggie Engeseth of DeForest FFA, WI

Maija Fredrick of DeForest FFA, WI

Bronze Emblem Individuals

Ryan Groves of Foley FFA, AL; Sydney Moore of Foley FFA, AL

Juan Otero of Foley FFA, AL; Kacie Enders of Mountain Home FFA, AR

Madison Grothe of Mountain Home FFA, AR; Taylor Richey of Mountain Home FFA, AR

Layla Gerdl of AAEC- Red Mountain FFA, AZ; Briana White of AAEC- Red Mountain FFA, AZ

Kaylee Corsentino of La Veta FFA, CO; Lexy Guadagnoli of La Veta FFA, CO

M’kinna Smith of La Veta FFA, CO; Lauren Goldsmith of Maquoketa Valley FFA, IA

Mason Kruse of Maquoketa Valley FFA, IA; Nicole Schilling of Maquoketa Valley FFA, IA

Brandon Pralle of Clifton Central FFA, IL; Mariella Quiroa of Clifton Central FFA, IL

Katie Allen of Calloway County FFA, KY; Jacqueline Hinkson of Linganore FFA, MD

Courtney Knisley of New London Spicer FFA, MN; Dylan White of New London Spicer FFA, MN

Jennifer Abbott of Starkville FFA, MS; Dakota Ford of Starkville FFA, MS

Jadrian Lofing of Starkville FFA, MS; Dytavia McClellan of Starkville FFA, MS

Sarah Tripp of KALISPELL FFA, MT; Katherine Gehrig of Kindred FFA, ND

Zach Kvamme of Kindred FFA, ND; Saige Skalsky of Ogallala FFA, NE

Kayleigh Nix of Hunterdon Polytech Central Campus FFA, NJ

Shelby Southard of Capitan FFA, NM

Lacee Gardner of Sierra Nevada FFA, NV; Diego Hernandez Chavarin of Sierra Nevada FFA, NV

Evelin Lucero of Western Suffolk BOCES FFA, NY; Erica Maldonado of Western Suffolk BOCES FFA, NY

Logan Williams of Miami Valley Career Tech Center FFA, OH

Josie Zamora of Miami Valley Career Tech Center FFA, OH

Taylor Baines of Technical College High School Pennocks Bridge FFA, PA

Dezyrae Leamy of Technical College High School Pennocks Bridge FFA, PA

Phoebe Kaffar of McCook Central FFA, SD; Morgan Koepsell of McCook Central FFA, SD

Emma Norris of McCook Central FFA, SD; Taylor Reif of McCook Central FFA, SD

Kayleigh Barbee of Jefferson County FFA, TN; Heather Masoner of Jefferson County FFA, TN

Jessica Allen of Weber FFA, UT; Megan Donohue of Weber FFA, UT

Audrey Rueff of Weber FFA, UT; Kayla Doucette of DeForest FFA, WI

Derek Alt of Mineral County FFA, WV; Laicey Dolly of Mineral County FFA, WV

Allison Robinette of Mineral County FFA, WV; Michala Williams of Mineral County FFA, WV

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National Event Winners - Prepared Public Speaking 2017 http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20171030/national-event-winners-prepared-public-speaking-2017 http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20171030/national-event-winners-prepared-public-speaking-2017#Comments Mon, 30 Oct 2017 18:01:55 -0500 http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017171039969 INDIANAPOLIS- Winners of the National FFA Prepared Public Speaking Leadership Development Event (LDE) were announced Friday at the seventh session of the National FFA Convention & Expo.

The event was held in conjunction with the 90th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis. Mr. Horace Johnson from North Carolina State University served as superintendent of this year’s event.

The top four individuals received cash awards to recognize their success in the event. The cash awards and the prepared public speaking event are sponsored by Monsanto.

“We are proud to sponsor the Prepared Public Speaking Leadership Development Event again this year, to help equip the next generation of agricultural leaders with tools for success,” said Brian Leake, Advocacy and Communications Manager. “Mastering public speaking allows for students to excel in their future careers, but also allows them to become our industry¶s greatest voice.”

The prepared public speaking LDE is designed to recognize outstanding FFA members for their ability to prepare and present a factual speech on a specific agricultural issue in a well-thought-out and logical manner in a competitive setting. Members prepare and deliver an eight to ten minute speech from memory and respond to five minutes of questions. The event is just one way FFA members can develop their ability to communicate in a powerful, organized and professional manner.

The event, held at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, is one of many educational

activities at the National FFA Convention & Expo in which FFA members practice the lessons learned

in agricultural education classes.

The National FFA Organization

National Event Winners - Prepared Public Speaking 2017

Top Placing Individuals

1st Place-- Adrian Schunk of Mason FFA, MI

2nd Place-- Reagan Stephens of Weatherford FFA, OK

3rd Place-- Erin Bacon of Jefferson County FFA, TN

4th Place-- Luke Weber of Stephenville FFA, TX

Individual Emblems Listed

Gold Emblem Individuals

Adrian Schunk of Mason FFA, MI; Reagan Stephens of Weatherford FFA, OK

Erin Bacon of Jefferson County FFA, TN; Luke Weber of Stephenville FFA, TX

Silver Emblem Individuals

Seth Ingram of Susan Moore FFA, AL; Dawson Adams of Coffee FFA, GA

Lauren Mosher of Grundy Center FFA, IA; Logan Bechanan of Nicholas County FFA, KY

Brandon Adams of Norfolk FFA, MA; Kylee Kohls of Litchfield FFA, MN

Richard Wesenberg of Sutherlin FFA, OR; Mikara Anderson of Southern Huntingdon County FFA, PA

Bridger Gordon of Sturgis FFA, SD; Riata Christiansen of Emery FFA, UT

Collin Pittmann of Rosalia FFA, WA; Sheridan Stewart of Casper FFA, WY

Bronze Emblem Individuals

Amaya Brooks of Midnight Sun FFA, AK

Anna Mathis of Valley Springs FFA, AR; Bailey Roden of Queen Creek FFA, AZ

Greta Carlson of San Luis Obispo FFA, CA; McKenzie Schneider of Platte Valley FFA, CO

Kayleigh Moses of Southington FFA, CT; Maci Carter of Lake Forest FFA, DE

Rebecca Reuning of Varela FFA, FL; Eric Tejada of Kea’au FFA, HI

Kaitlin Mirkin of Jerome FFA, ID; Amy Christ of Elmwood FFA, IL

Abbi Schrader of Columbia City FFA, IN; Sophie Chance of Southern FFA, MD

Sara Gammon of Drexel FFA, MO; Lana Estes of Benton County Career Tech Center FFA, MS

Claire Stevenson of Hobson FFA, MT; Miranda Moore of South Lenoir FFA, NC

Cierra Dockter of Medina FFA, ND; Kelli Mashino of West Boyd FFA, NE

Hannah Rose Wilcoxen of Cape May Tech FFA, NJ; Victoria Lewis of Tatum FFA, NM

Cheyanne Matulewich of Tri-Valley FFA, NY; Carley Coppler of Carey FFA, OH

Carly Gordon of Chariho FFA, RI; Emily McDaniel of Mcbee FFA, SC

Grayson Moyer of Sherando FFA, VA; Callum Hurchins of Enosburg FFA, VT

Tommie Loken of Mineral Point FFA, WI; Anntwinette Fox of Hundred FFA, WV

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National Event Winners - Parliamentary Procedure 2017 http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20171030/national-event-winners-parliamentary-procedure-2017 http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20171030/national-event-winners-parliamentary-procedure-2017#Comments Mon, 30 Oct 2017 17:57:32 -0500 http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017171039970 INDIANAPOLIS- Winners of the National FFA Parliamentary Procedure Leadership Development Event (LDE) were announced on Friday at the annual awards banquet. The event was held in conjunction with the 90th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis.

Dr. Daniel Foster with Penn State University served as superintendent of this year’s event.

The members of the national winning team each received cash awards to recognize their success in the event. The cash awards and the parliamentary procedure event are sponsored by TransCanada.

The National FFA Parliamentary Procedure LDE tests students’ ability to effectively communicate ideas during a meeting. Components included a general knowledge exam of parliamentary law, a 10 minute demonstration of parliamentary procedure, oral questions, written minutes of the demonstration as well as a team problem solving activity. Each team competed on local and state levels to earn the privilege of representing their state at the National FFA Convention & Expo.

The event, held at the Hyatt Regency and Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, is one of many educational activities at the National FFA Convention & Expo in which FFA members practice the lessons taught in agricultural education classes.

The National FFA Organization

National Event Winners - Parliamentary Procedure 2017

Top Placing Teams

1st Place-- California Brittney Thompson, Victoria Powell, Lexi Lupton, Hannah Edwards, Ian Jeffries, and Brooke Gilstrap, all of Liberty Ranch FFA

2nd Place-- Missouri Chloe Wilson, Hattie Grisham, Leah Stichler, Morgan Looten, Bailey Farris, and Nikki Kidwell, all of Eldon FFA

3rd Place-- Florida Shelby Carlton, Madison Dvorak, Autumn Jackson, Logan Jewell, Amber Hanna, and Jacob Yelvington, all of Kathleen FFA

4th Place-- Idaho Savannah Stroebel, Shyla Flavel, Katelyn Hettinga, Emberly Stroebel, Jennifer Ball, and Mason Roberts, all of Kuna FFA

Team Emblems Listed

Gold Emblem Teams

Liberty Ranch FFA, CA; Windsor FFA, CO

Kathleen FFA, FL; Kuna FFA, ID

Tri-County FFA, IN; Elton FFA, LA

Dassel-Cokato FFA, MN; Eldon FFA, MO

Joliet FFA, MT; Imperial FFA, NE

Eaton MVCTC FFA, OH; Casper FFA, WY

Silver Emblem Teams

Greenbrier FFA, AR; Millennium FFA, AZ

White County FFA, GA; Wapsie Valley FFA, IA

Olney FFA, IL; Clay Center FFA, KS

Rockcastle County FFA, KY; Byron FFA, MI

Madison FFA, NC; Napoleon FFA, ND

Clovis FFA, NM; Pioneer FFA, NY

Kingfisher FFA, OK; Newport FFA, PA

Lubbock Cooper FFA, TX; Strasburg FFA, VA

Prosser FFA, WA; Stanley-Boyd FFA, WI

Taylor County FFA, WV

Bronze Emblem Teams

Enterprise FFA, AL; Woodbury FFA, CT

Milford FFA, DE; Urbana FFA, MD

Kossuth FFA, MS; Paradice FFA, NH

Allentown FFA, NJ; Smith Valley FFA, NV

Sutherlin FFA, OR; Superior Urbana Aguas Buenas FFA, PR

Manning FFA, SC; Harrisburg FFA, SD

Station Camp FFA, TN; Beaver FFA, UT

Vergennes FFA, VT

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National Event Winners - Marketing Plan 2017 http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20171030/national-event-winners-marketing-plan-2017 http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20171030/national-event-winners-marketing-plan-2017#Comments Mon, 30 Oct 2017 17:53:06 -0500 http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017171039971 INDIANAPOLIS- Winners of the National FFA Marketing Plan Career Development Event (CDE) were announced on Friday at the annual awards banquet. The event was held in conjunction with the 90th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis. Ms. Donn Randall of Wyoming served as superintendent of this year’s event.

Members of the top four national winning teams received cash awards to recognize their success in the event. The cash awards and the marketing plan event are sponsored by Bunge North America and The Context Network. Bunge North America takes great pride is sponsoring the Marketing Plan CDE. America’s youth are the lifeblood of agriculture’s future and we want to ensure it is in good hands.

The National FFA Marketing Plan CDE helps students practice and sharpen skills in marketing through the development and presentation of a marketing plan. The plan may focus on the introduction of a new agricultural product, supply or service or on improving marketing of an existing product, supply, or service. Each team competed against teams in their state for the privilege of participating in the national event.

The event, held at the Embassy Suites in Indianapolis, is one of many educational activities at the National FFA Convention & Expo in which FFA members practice the lessons taught in agriculture classes.

The National FFA Organization

National Event Winners - Marketing Plan 2017

Top Placing Teams

1st Place-- Oklahoma Maggie Martens, Ethan Sacket, and Addison Spicer, all of Fairview FFA

2nd Place-- Texas Alexis Ghormley, Camryn Frederick, and Joseph McIver, all of Madisonville FFA

3rd Place-- California Delaney Finnegan, Garrett Alford, and Benjamin Bellisario, all of O’Neals-Minarets FFA

4th Place-- Nebraska Jack Bauerle, Emma Ferguson, and Molly Luhrs, all of Imperial FFA

Team Emblems Listed

Gold Emblem Teams

O’Neals-Minarets FFA, CA; Imperial FFA, NE

Fairview FFA, OK; Madisonville FFA, TX

Silver Emblem Teams

Appoquinimink FFA, DE; Colquitt County FFA, GA

Ballard FFA, IA; North Fremont FFA, ID

Victor FFA, MT; West Rowan FFA, NC

Pinkerton Academy FFA, NH; Crater FFA, OR

Munford FFA, TN; Mount Nebo FFA, UT

Turner Ashby FFA, VA; Lind-Ritzville FFA, WA

Shullsburg FFA, WI; Buffalo FFA, WV

Ten Sleep FFA, WY

Bronze Emblem Teams

Buckeye Union FFA, AZ; Lebanon Regional FFA, CT

Olney FFA, IL; Tri-County FFA, IN

Mission Valley FFA, KS; Spencer County FFA, KY

Ruston FFA, LA; Norfolk FFA, MA

Catoctin FFA, MD; Branch Area Career Center FFA, MI

Triton FFA, MN; Silver Sage FFA, NV

Cuba-Rushford FFA, NY; Kimball FFA, SD

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National Event Winners - Livestock Evaluation 2017 http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20171030/national-event-winners-livestock-evaluation-2017 http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20171030/national-event-winners-livestock-evaluation-2017#Comments Mon, 30 Oct 2017 17:48:45 -0500 http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017171039972 INDIANAPOLIS- Winners of the National FFA Livestock Evaluation Career Development Event (CDE) were announced on Friday at the annual awards banquet.

The event was held in conjunction with the 90th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis. Mr. Clay Zwilling with the National Swine Registry served as superintendent of the event.

The top ten individuals and the national winning team members received cash awards to recognize their success in the event. The cash awards and the livestock evaluation event are sponsored by Bayer. Bayer Animal Health is honored to be the sponsor of the 2017 Livestock Evaluation CDE. We are committed to the livestock business and cherish the opportunity to contribute to its future leaders.

The National FFA Livestock CDE is a competitive event that tests the student’s ability to select and evaluate livestock. Event components include eight evaluation classes of beef, sheep, swine, and goats; oral placement reasons on four classes; and a written exam on livestock production. A team activity, utilizing reproductive and marketing information, demonstrates the teams¶livestock selection ability. Each team in the event competed at local and state levels for the privilege of representing their state at the National FFA Convention & Expo.

This event, held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, is one of many educational activities at the national convention in which FFA members apply classroom knowledge to real-life situations.

The National FFA Organization

National Event Winners - Livestock Evaluation 2017

Top Placing Teams

1st Place-- Indiana Cody Goodman, Anna Hannon, Paige Longstreth, and Zach Wamsley, all of Rensselaer FFA

2nd Place-- California Erica Bowles, Kyler Vernon, Eric Sahagun Jr., and Tucker Banta, all of Nipomo FFA

3rd Place-- Texas Reed Sultemeier, Bryce Bowers, Lindsey Behrends, and Brant Bowers, all of Fredericksburg FFA

4th Place-- Wyoming Paige Miller, Clay Hiser, Makenna Greenwald, and Quentin Meyer, all of TorringtonLingle FFA

5th Place-- Montana Jess Moody, Bailey Veteto, Dylan Laverell, and Gunner (Thomas) Hathaway, all of Big Timber FFA

6th Place-- Kansas Cale Hinrichsen, Eva Hinrichsen, Tatum Brunkow, and Logan Marple, all of Rock Creek FFA

7th Place-- North Dakota Kylee Myers, Zach Bear, Sidney Anderson, and Kendra Myers, all of Lisbon FFA

8th Place-- Georgia Kylie Whitworth, Emma Huff, Callie Ollis, and Chase West, all of Madison County FFA

9th Place-- New Mexico Abigail Spindle, Bella Neish, Malorie McAllister, and Laura Winn, all of Moriarty FFA

10th Place-- Washington Ryder Bronkema, Cole Buys, McKenna Capp, and Shelby Jones, all of Meridian FFA

Top Placing Individuals

1st Place-- Zach Wamsley of Rensselaer FFA, IN

2nd Place-- Paige Longstreth of Rensselaer FFA, IN

3rd Place-- Logan Marple of Rock Creek FFA, KS

4th Place-- Reed Sultemeier of Fredericksburg FFA, TX

5th Place-- Abigail Spindle of Moriarty FFA, NM

6th Place-- Cody Goodman of Rensselaer FFA, IN

7th Place-- Eric Sahagun Jr. of Nipomo FFA, CA

8th Place-- Sarah Harris of James River FFA, VA

9th Place-- Paige Miller of Torrington-Lingle FFA, WY

10th Place-- Kyler Vernon of Nipomo FFA, CA

Team Emblems Listed

Gold Emblem Teams

Nipomo FFA, CA Madison County FFA, GA

El Paso-Gridley FFA, IL Rensselaer FFA, IN

Rock Creek FFA, KS Loyd Star FFA, MS

Big Timber FFA, MT Lisbon FFA, ND

Moriarty FFA, NM Fredericksburg FFA, TX

Meridian FFA, WA Torrington-Lingle FFA, WY

Silver Emblem Teams

Mesquite FFA, AZ Olathe FFA, CO

Hardee FFA, FL Louisa-Muscatine FFA, IA

Madison FFA, ID Goodhue FFA, MN

Columbia FFA, MO Norris FFA, NE

Fernley FFA, NV Mechanicsburg FFA, OH

Vinita FFA, OK Eagle Point FFA, OR

Midd-West FFA, PA Clover FFA, SC

Lennox Sundstrom FFA, SD Covington FFA, TN

James River FFA, VA St Croix Central FFA, WI

Mason County Vocational FFA, WV

Bronze Emblem Teams

Danville FFA, AL Suffield Regional FFA, CT

Caesar Rodney FFA, DE Cumberland County FFA, KY

Elton FFA, LA Bristol FFA, MA

Brunswick FFA, MD Branch Area Career Center FFA, MI

South Johnston FFA, NC Keene FFA, NH

Newton FFA, NJ Filmore FFA, NY

Mount Nebo FFA, UT

Individual Emblems Listed

Gold Emblem Individuals

Tucker Banta of Nipomo FFA, CA Erica Bowles of Nipomo FFA, CA

Eric Sahagun Jr. of Nipomo FFA, CA Kyler Vernon of Nipomo FFA, CA

Clay Kimberlin of Olathe FFA, CO Justin Mosher of Olathe FFA, CO

Larrett Smith of Hardee FFA, FL Callie Ollis of Madison County FFA, GA

Kylie Whitworth of Madison County FFA, GA Oakley Cheney of Madison FFA, ID

Sawyer Schlipf of El Paso-Gridley FFA, IL Tucker Schlipf of El Paso-Gridley FFA, IL

Keaton Stoller of El Paso-Gridley FFA, IL Cody Goodman of Rensselaer FFA, IN

Anna Hannon of Rensselaer FFA, IN Paige Longstreth of Rensselaer FFA, IN

Zach Wamsley of Rensselaer FFA, IN Cale Hinrichsen of Rock Creek FFA, KS

Eva Hinrichsen of Rock Creek FFA, KS Logan Marple of Rock Creek FFA, KS

Derek Strawn of Columbia FFA, MO Claire Posey of Loyd Star FFA, MS

Will Watts of Loyd Star FFA, MS Gunner (thomas) Hathaway of Big Timber FFA, MT

Dylan Laverell of Big Timber FFA, MT Jess Moody of Big Timber FFA, MT

Sidney Anderson of Lisbon FFA, ND Kendra Myers of Lisbon FFA, ND

Kylee Myers of Lisbon FFA, ND Adam Oldemeyer of Norris FFA, NE

Malorie McAllister of Moriarty FFA, NM Abigail Spindle of Moriarty FFA, NM

Laura Winn of Moriarty FFA, NM Miranda Lauchard of Mechanicsburg FFA, OH

Darcey Hilburn of Vinita FFA, OK Paige Millard of Eagle Point FFA, OR

Ryan Frantz of Midd-West FFA, PA Michael Moses of Clover FFA, SC

Layne Lunstra of Lennox Sundstrom FFA, SD Lindsey Behrends of Fredericksburg FFA, TX

Brant Bowers of Fredericksburg FFA, TX Bryce Bowers of Fredericksburg FFA, TX

Reed Sultemeier of Fredericksburg FFA, TX Mikayla Fay of James River FFA, VA

Sarah Harris of James River FFA, VA Cole Buys of Meridian FFA, WA

Shelby Jones of Meridian FFA, WA Kelton Rozeboom of St Croix Central FFA, WI

Makenna Greenwald of Torrington-Lingle FFA, WY Clay Hiser of Torrington-Lingle FFA, WY

Quentin Meyer of Torrington-Lingle FFA, WY Paige Miller of Torrington-Lingle FFA, WY

Silver Emblem Individuals

Jordan Melson of Danville FFA, AL Landon Simms of Danville FFA, AL

Alaina Wiley of Danville FFA, AL Hannah Michelle Daugherty of Mesquite FFA, AZ

Tyler Owen Nasser of Mesquite FFA, AZ Tyler Odonnell of Olathe FFA, CO

Halie Shea of Suffield Regional FFA, CT Dylynn Cubbage of Caesar Rodney FFA, DE

Rebecca Webb of Caesar Rodney FFA, DE Alyssa Beers of Hardee FFA, FL

Griffin Clark of Hardee FFA, FL Dylan Davis of Hardee FFA, FL

Emma Huff of Madison County FFA, GA Chase West of Madison County FFA, GA

Brandon Burmeister of Louisa-Muscatine FFA, IA Will Kiesewetter of Louisa-Muscatine FFA, IA

Jackson Soy of Louisa-Muscatine FFA, IA Kabe Clark of Madison FFA, ID

Ryker Riley of Madison FFA, ID Owen Wetzel of Madison FFA, ID

Nash Stoller of El Paso-Gridley FFA, IL Tatum Brunkow of Rock Creek FFA, KS

Hannah Skipworth of Cumberland County FFA, KY Claire Carbalan of Elton FFA, LA

Ashley Carr of Branch Area Career Center FFA, MI Darby Maynard of Branch Area Career Center FFA, MI

Nathan Wortz of Branch Area Career Center FFA, MI Matthew Betcher of Goodhue FFA, MN

Dallas Jacobson of Goodhue FFA, MN Josephine Jenson of Goodhue FFA, MN

Justin Thompforde of Goodhue FFA, MN Aaron Mott of Columbia FFA, MO

Wyatt Thompson of Columbia FFA, MO Audrey Wooden of Columbia FFA, MO

Rylie Melancon of Loyd Star FFA, MS Walker Williams of Loyd Star FFA, MS

Bailey Veteto of Big Timber FFA, MT Zach Bear of Lisbon FFA, ND

Dylan Hafer of Norris FFA, NE Jaclyn Heinrich of Norris FFA, NE

Reid Pretzer of Norris FFA, NE Bella Neish of Moriarty FFA, NM

Garret Bunyard of Fernley FFA, NV Emma Parsons of Fernley FFA, NV

Caleb Martin of Mechanicsburg FFA, OH Jacob Ripley of Mechanicsburg FFA, OH

Elly Schipfer of Mechanicsburg FFA, OH Lane Enyart of Vinita FFA, OK

Calvin Johnson of Vinita FFA, OK Brannan Vail of Vinita FFA, OK

Madison Cox of Eagle Point FFA, OR Hunter Foulon of Eagle Point FFA, OR

Jessica Wolf of Eagle Point FFA, OR Makenna Hoffman of Midd-West FFA, PA

Amarillo Nivens of Clover FFA, SC Dallas Nivens of Clover FFA, SC

Sarah Kroeger of Lennox Sundstrom FFA, SD Denver Nordmann of Lennox Sundstrom FFA, SD

Samara Nordmann of Lennox Sundstrom FFA, SD Averi Cole of Covington FFA, TN

Will Turner of Covington FFA, TN Cooper Hansen of Mount Nebo FFA, UT

Jessica Wright of Mount Nebo FFA, UT Tyller Roney of James River FFA, VA

Ryder Bronkema of Meridian FFA, WA McKenna Capp of Meridian FFA, WA

Owen Rozeboom of St Croix Central FFA, WI Brianna Haga of Mason County Vocational FFA, WV

Hannah Wood of Mason County Vocational FFA, WV

Bronze Emblem Individuals

Keelyn Daugherty of Mesquite FFA, AZ Jacob Lauffenburger of Mesquite FFA, AZ

Cody Melchor of Olathe FFA, CO Morgan Blake of Suffield Regional FFA, CT

Elizabeth Leighton of Suffield Regional FFA, CT Robert Mueller of Suffield Regional FFA, CT

Cassondra Ball of Caesar Rodney FFA, DE Georgia Weiner of Caesar Rodney FFA, DE

Addison Randall of Louisa-Muscatine FFA, IA Rachel Barnett of Cumberland County FFA, KY

Dawson Jones of Cumberland County FFA, KY Billy Messenger of Cumberland County FFA, KY

Emma Davis of Elton FFA, LA Caroline Doise of Elton FFA, LA

Jeremy Leonard of Elton FFA, LA Emily Mullen of Bristol FFA, MA

Savanna Nadeau of Bristol FFA, MA Madison Smith of Bristol FFA, MA

Kaitlyn Walorz of Bristol FFA, MA Jill Allen of Brunswick FFA, MD

Ryan Allen of Brunswick FFA, MD Justin Boyer of Brunswick FFA, MD

Savannah Taylor of Branch Area Career Center FFA, MI Ashton Allen of South Johnston FFA, NC

Brittany Beasley of South Johnston FFA, NC Bailey Benson of South Johnston FFA, NC

Heather Ennis of South Johnston FFA, NC Olivia Briggs of Keene FFA, NH

Kyle Bunce of Keene FFA, NH Austin Grace of Keene FFA, NH

Maria Majewski of Keene FFA, NH Michael Acosta of Newton FFA, NJ

Nico Fiore of Newton FFA, NJ Harrison Redlich of Newton FFA, NJ

Gregory Rinehart of Newton FFA, NJ Grace Felton of Fernley FFA, NV

Sydney Felton of Fernley FFA, NV Cara Ando of Filmore FFA, NY

Cole Armison of Filmore FFA, NY Ada Sylvester of Filmore FFA, NY

Rachael Sylvester of Filmore FFA, NY Gabrielle Sanders of Midd-West FFA, PA

Catherine Weiand of Midd-West FFA, PA Hunter Robinson of Clover FFA, SC

Catherine Turner of Covington FFA, TN John Turner of Covington FFA, TN

Kysia Poulsen of Mount Nebo FFA, UT Tate Wall of Mount Nebo FFA, UT

Olivia Gilliam of James River FFA, VA Megan Liddle of St Croix Central FFA, WI

Mallory Miles of St Croix Central FFA, WI Lucas Diehl of Mason County Vocational FFA, WV

Haley Pierson of Mason County Vocational FFA, WV

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National Event Winners - Horse Evaluation 2017 http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20171030/national-event-winners-horse-evaluation-2017 http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20171030/national-event-winners-horse-evaluation-2017#Comments Mon, 30 Oct 2017 17:44:25 -0500 http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017171039973 INDIANAPOLIS- Winners of the National FFA Horse Evaluation Career Development Event (CDE) were announced Friday at the annual awards banquet. The event was held in conjunction with the 90th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis.

Ms. McKenzie Nygren with Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College served as superintendent of the national event.

The top ten individuals and the national winning team members received cash awards to recognize their success in the event. The cash awards and the event are sponsored by Ram Trucks, Standlee Premium Western Forage, Tractor Supply Company and Wahl Clipper Corp.

The National FFA Horse Evaluation CDE is a competitive event that tests students’ ability to select and evaluate horses. Event components include eight selection classes consisting of four halter classes and four performance classes. Students also give four sets of oral reasons with two sets coming from each evaluation class. Teams also work together to complete practical activities and a team presentation. Each team competed at local and state levels for the privilege of representing their state at the National FFA Convention & Expo.

The event, held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, is one of many educational

activities at the national convention in which FFA members apply classroom knowledge to real-life

situations.

The National FFA Organization

National Event Winners - Horse Evaluation 2017

Top Placing Teams

1st Place-- California Karina Coe, Joslyn Camp, Kara Stark, and Macee Stowers, all of Frontier-Bakersfield FFA

2nd Place-- Florida Ashley Harris, Josh Worten, Savannah Douglas, and Sara Owen, all of Lake Butler FFA

3rd Place-- Oklahoma Brooklyn Downs, Kylee Massey, Raylyn Thompson, and Tanner Taylor, all of Adair FFA

4th Place-- North Carolina Raven Colbert, Lindsey Askew, Justin Daniel, and Michaela Vick, all of Southern Nash FFA

5th Place-- Kansas Ally Leslie, Katie Krehbiel, Collin Wedel, and Kaylee Wedel, all of Inman FFA

6th Place-- Missouri Alli Abadir, Grace Brown, Mackena Mehrhoff, and Logan Westmoreland, all of Columbia FFA

7th Place-- Arizona Kate Koehl, Weslee Green, Rebecca Myers, and Danielle Stephenson, all of AAEC Prescott Valley FFA

8th Place-- Nebraska Emily Burnside, Jadin Vogler, Jenae Tilford, and Cassie Meyer, all of Norris FFA

9th Place-- Wyoming Bryanna Williams, Makenzie Scott, Adelle Ostrom, and Kristina Nelson, all of Buffalo Bill FFA

10th Place-- North Dakota Garrett Oland, Lydia Lyons, Matt Johnson, and Kalli Lautt, all of Lisbon FFA

Top Placing Individuals

1st Place-- Ally Leslie of Inman FFA, KS

2nd Place-- Sierra Weatherly of Catoctin FFA, MD

3rd Place-- Michaela Vick of Southern Nash FFA, NC

4th Place-- Bryanna Williams of Buffalo Bill FFA, WY

5th Place-- Callie Mueller of Florence FFA, SD

6th Place-- Josh Worten of Lake Butler FFA, FL

7th Place-- Kaylee Madewell of Aztec FFA, NM

8th Place-- Karina Coe of Frontier-Bakersfield FFA, CA

9th Place-- Macee Stowers of Frontier-Bakersfield FFA, CA

10th Place-- Kaylee Wedel of Inman FFA, KS

Team Emblems Listed

Gold Emblem Teams

AAEC- Prescott Valley FFA, AZ Frontier-Bakersfield FFA, CA

Lake Butler FFA, FL Des Moines FFA, IA

Inman FFA, KS Columbia FFA, MO

Missoula FFA, MT Southern Nash FFA, NC

Lisbon FFA, ND Norris FFA, NE

Adair FFA, OK Bend FFA, OR

Box Elder FFA, UT Buffalo Bill FFA, WY

Silver Emblem Teams

Middletown Mattabeset FFA, CT Lee County FFA, GA

Nampa FFA, ID Normal FFA, IL

Barren County FFA, KY Norfolk FFA, MA

Catoctin FFA, MD Ovid-Elsie FFA, MI

Grand Rapids FFA, MN Northern Burlington FFA, NJ

Aztec FFA, NM Silver Sage FFA, NV

Lowville FFA, NY Clover FFA, SC

Florence FFA, SD Clinton FFA, TN

Wylie-Abilene FFA, TX Spring Mills FFA, WV

Bronze Emblem Teams

Thorsby FFA, AL Taylor FFA, AR

Smyrna FFA, DE Tri-County FFA, IN

Walker FFA, LA Neshoba Central FFA, MS

Winnisquam FFA, NH Butler Tech FFA, OH

Big Spring FFA, PA Gloucester FFA, VA

Ellensburg FFA, WA River Valley FFA, WI

Individual Emblems Listed

Gold Emblem Individuals

Weslee Green of AAEC- Prescott Valley FFA, AZ Danielle Stephenson of AAEC- Prescott Valley FFA, AZ

Joslyn Camp of Frontier-Bakersfield FFA, CA Karina Coe of Frontier-Bakersfield FFA, CA

Kara Stark of Frontier-Bakersfield FFA, CA Macee Stowers of Frontier-Bakersfield FFA, CA

Jessica Hart of Middletown Mattabeset FFA, CT Savannah Douglas of Lake Butler FFA, FL

Ashley Harris of Lake Butler FFA, FL Sara Owen of Lake Butler FFA, FL

Josh Worten of Lake Butler FFA, FL Josephine Hill of Des Moines FFA, IA

Sydney Anderson of Nampa FFA, ID Anna Peterson of Nampa FFA, ID

Kenzie Kraft of Normal FFA, IL Claire McCombs of Normal FFA, IL

Katie Krehbiel of Inman FFA, KS Ally Leslie of Inman FFA, KS

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Kaylee Wedel of Inman FFA, KS Jeremiah McKinney of Barren County FFA, KY

Mikaela Johansson of Norfolk FFA, MA Sierra Weatherly of Catoctin FFA, MD

Aurora Hall of Ovid-Elsie FFA, MI Mackena Mehrhoff of Columbia FFA, MO

Logan Westmoreland of Columbia FFA, MO Mara Shelton of Neshoba Central FFA, MS

Natalie Arnott of Missoula FFA, MT Kyle Glenn of Missoula FFA, MT

Raven Colbert of Southern Nash FFA, NC Michaela Vick of Southern Nash FFA, NC

Matt Johnson of Lisbon FFA, ND Lydia Lyons of Lisbon FFA, ND

Garrett Oland of Lisbon FFA, ND Emily Burnside of Norris FFA, NE

Cassie Meyer of Norris FFA, NE Brilie Dils of Aztec FFA, NM

Brynn Dils of Aztec FFA, NM Kaylee Madewell of Aztec FFA, NM

Macy Rockwell of Silver Sage FFA, NV Brooklyn Downs of Adair FFA, OK

Kylee Massey of Adair FFA, OK Raylyn Thompson of Adair FFA, OK

Sarah Lachenmyer of Bend FFA, OR Jenelle Neumann of Bend FFA, OR

Brenna Allen of Clover FFA, SC Callie Mueller of Florence FFA, SD

Sarah Coleman of Clinton FFA, TN Abby Frost of Box Elder FFA, UT

Kassidy Mote of Box Elder FFA, UT Caroline Perkins of Gloucester FFA, VA

Brianna Radtke of River Valley FFA, WI Makenzie Scott of Buffalo Bill FFA, WY

Bryanna Williams of Buffalo Bill FFA, WY

Silver Emblem Individuals

Brooke Lewellen of Thorsby FFA, AL Olivia Powers of Thorsby FFA, AL

Jasmyne Burris of Taylor FFA, AR Sarah Deaton of Taylor FFA, AR

Kate Koehl of AAEC- Prescott Valley FFA, AZ Rebecca Myers of AAEC- Prescott Valley FFA, AZ

Sarah Asbury of Middletown Mattabeset FFA, CT Kathyrn Emerson of Smyrna FFA, DE

Ashleigh Barwick of Lee County FFA, GA Amanda Daniel of Lee County FFA, GA

Maggie Stimpson of Lee County FFA, GA Nadine Garcia of Des Moines FFA, IA

Samuel Stevens of Des Moines FFA, IA Zoie Wagner of Des Moines FFA, IA

Shyanne Medley-Stillwell of Nampa FFA, ID Maddie Kraft of Normal FFA, IL

Emily Krawcyk of Normal FFA, IL Taylor Terwilliger of Tri-County FFA, IN

Maycie Dilley of Barren County FFA, KY Brianna Ridlen of Barren County FFA, KY

Megan Hall of Walker FFA, LA Mary Ann Trudeau of Norfolk FFA, MA

Mackenzie Henderson of Catoctin FFA, MD Madeleine Abrams of Ovid-Elsie FFA, MI

Sydnee Cowgill of Ovid-Elsie FFA, MI Jacy Essex of Ovid-Elsie FFA, MI

Emily Groom of Grand Rapids FFA, MN Megan Jylha of Grand Rapids FFA, MN

Charlotte Langanki of Grand Rapids FFA, MN Emma Tolrud of Grand Rapids FFA, MN

Alli Abadir of Columbia FFA, MO Grace Brown of Columbia FFA, MO

Madison Alford of Neshoba Central FFA, MS Lindsey Askew of Southern Nash FFA, NC

Justin Daniel of Southern Nash FFA, NC Kalli Lautt of Lisbon FFA, ND

Jadin Vogler of Norris FFA, NE Victoria Laporte of Winnisquam FFA, NH

Stephania Surowiec of Winnisquam FFA, NH Kayleen Kollasch of Northern Burlington FFA, NJ

Devon Shaw of Northern Burlington FFA, NJ Kendall Wyszynski of Northern Burlington FFA, NJ

Shayna Lamb of Silver Sage FFA, NV Mary Tomera of Silver Sage FFA, NV

Madison Nortz of Lowville FFA, NY Morgan Nortz of Lowville FFA, NY

McKenna Souva of Lowville FFA, NY Brittany Dilliha of Butler Tech FFA, OH

Megan Scharfenberg of Butler Tech FFA, OH Tanner Taylor of Adair FFA, OK

Alyssa Minar of Bend FFA, OR Emily Lindsay of Big Spring FFA, PA

Allyson Shively of Big Spring FFA, PA Riley Moss of Clover FFA, SC

Evie Kahnke of Florence FFA, SD Samantha Cooper of Clinton FFA, TN

Bayley Daniels of Clinton FFA, TN Amanda Jacobs of Clinton FFA, TN

Elizabeth Bohannon of Wylie-Abilene FFA, TX Hannah Hammond of Wylie-Abilene FFA, TX

Emilee Nicholas of Box Elder FFA, UT Kristina Wyatt of Box Elder FFA, UT

Mariah Rubbicco of Gloucester FFA, VA Liana Najar of Ellensburg FFA, WA

Tatum Najar of Ellensburg FFA, WA Danielle Radtke of River Valley FFA, WI

Kaitlyn Boyd of Spring Mills FFA, WV Mallorie Rudy of Spring Mills FFA, WV

Adelle Ostrom of Buffalo Bill FFA, WY

Bronze Emblem Individuals

Emma Dispennette of Thorsby FFA, AL McKinley Mims of Thorsby FFA, AL

Calie Gray of Taylor FFA, AR Abbie Key of Taylor FFA, AR

Thomas Keegan of Middletown Mattabeset FFA, CT Katie Saraka of Middletown Mattabeset FFA, CT

Jessica Bergold of Smyrna FFA, DE Larry Thompson of Smyrna FFA, DE

Raelyn Wiley of Smyrna FFA, DE Katie Peppers of Lee County FFA, GA

Isabelle Marx of Nampa FFA, ID Heather Inman of Tri-County FFA, IN

Sam Rance of Tri-County FFA, IN Willa Wamsley of Tri-County FFA, IN

Collin Wedel of Inman FFA, KS Hollie Logsdon of Barren County FFA, KY

Carrington Borden of Walker FFA, LA Jake Hall of Walker FFA, LA

Marion Hebert of Walker FFA, LA Isabelle Bartolucci of Norfolk FFA, MA

Soliel Boudreau of Norfolk FFA, MA Tierney Monaghan of Catoctin FFA, MD

Destiny Snedegar of Catoctin FFA, MD Kaleb Cumberland of Neshoba Central FFA, MS

Taylor Smith of Neshoba Central FFA, MS Kylee Billingsley of Missoula FFA, MT

Elizabeth Brennan of Missoula FFA, MT Jenae Tilford of Norris FFA, NE

Jessica Lee of Winnisquam FFA, NH Laura May Swain of Winnisquam FFA, NH

Lynee’ Dotson of Northern Burlington FFA, NJ Cassandra Hayes of Aztec FFA, NM

Kiara Tingey of Silver Sage FFA, NV Katelyn Sellick of Lowville FFA, NY

Kade Abney of Butler Tech FFA, OH Lauren Neumann of Bend FFA, OR

Makayla Hoch of Big Spring FFA, PA Tucker Williams of Big Spring FFA, PA

Hannah Burton of Clover FFA, SC Jessica Killian of Clover FFA, SC

Allison Grygiel of Florence FFA, SD Chantel Nelson of Florence FFA, SD

Reagan Frazier of Wylie-Abilene FFA, TX Hannah Harbison of Wylie-Abilene FFA, TX

Coral O’Brien of Gloucester FFA, VA Angela Turner of Gloucester FFA, VA

Karlee Hansen of Ellensburg FFA, WA Megan Ray of Ellensburg FFA, WA

Jesseca Babecky of River Valley FFA, WI Hailee Radel of River Valley FFA, WI

Makenna Daymude of Spring Mills FFA, WV Ryan Snyder of Spring Mills FFA, WV

Kristina Nelson of Buffalo Bill FFA, WY

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National Event Winners - Forestry 2017 http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20171030/national-event-winners-forestry-2017 http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20171030/national-event-winners-forestry-2017#Comments Mon, 30 Oct 2017 17:39:43 -0500 http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017171039974 INDIANAPOLIS- Winners of the National FFA Forestry Career Development Event (CDE) were announced Friday at the annual awards banquet. The event was held in conjunction with the 90th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis. Mr. Justin Sealy from Georgia served as superintendent of this year’s event.

The top eleven individuals and the national winning team members received cash awards to recognize their success in the event. The cash awards and the forestry event are sponsored by John Deere.

The National FFA Forestry CDE is a competitive event that tests students’ skills and knowledge in the area of forest management. Event components include a general forest knowledge exam, tree identification, timber cruising, tree/forest disorders identification, a chainsaw practicum, forestry issues interview, and a team activity. Each team competed at local and state levels for the privilege of representing their state at the National FFA Convention & Expo.

This event, held at the Hyatt in Indianapolis and a central Indiana forest, is one of many educational activities at the national convention in which FFA members apply classroom knowledge to real-life situations.

The National FFA Organization

National Event Winners - Forestry 2017

Top Placing Teams

1st Place-- Georgia Blake Bohannon, Leann Hearn, Tucker Felkins, and Jacob Smith, all of Bleckley County FFA

2nd Place-- Tennessee Aisling Hagan, Abigayle Cowden, Alexis Freeman, and Jade Welch, all of David Crockett FFA

3rd Place-- Minnesota Gunnar Frahm, Alexander Robertsen, Zachary Lewis, and Caitlin Martineau, all of Silver Bay FFA

4th Place-- Louisiana Anthony Adams, Emma Bevill, Josie Camp, and Treyton Trawick, all of Calvin FFA

4th Place-- Ohio Alexander Gibbs, Raymond Chesnut, Alison Ety, and Kaylee Savage, all of Liberty Union FFA

6th Place-- Arkansas Tanner Mills, Hunter Truman Martin, Charlie Cannon, and Tucker Williams, all of Bradley FFA

7th Place-- Virginia Emma Swainston, Hailey Humphreys, Joshua Hutchinson, and Tyler Smith, all of Atlee FFA

8th Place-- Kentucky Tony Privett, Austin Tucker, Brandon Spradlin, and Jonah Starrett, all of McCreary Central FFA

8th Place-- Indiana Hayden Anderson, Noah Spear, Brooke Wisda, and Larissa Smith, all of Rossville FFA

10th Place-- Mississippi T.j. Gatlin, Zoe Johnson, Brenden Johnson, and Tyler Robinson, all of Mantachie FFA

Top Placing Individuals

1st Place-- Blake Bohannon of Bleckley County FFA, GA

2nd Place-- Tucker Felkins of Bleckley County FFA, GA

3rd Place-- Jacob Smith of Bleckley County FFA, GA

4th Place-- Alexander Robertsen of Silver Bay FFA, MN

4th Place-- Treyton Trawick of Calvin FFA, LA

6th Place-- Hayden Anderson of Rossville FFA, IN

6th Place-- Gunnar Frahm of Silver Bay FFA, MN

7th Place-- Leann Hearn of Bleckley County FFA, GA

8th Place-- Alexander Gibbs of Liberty Union FFA, OH

10th Place-- Abigayle Cowden of David Crockett FFA, TN

10th Place-- Andrew Faul of Fort White FFA, FL

Team Emblems Listed

Gold Emblem Teams

Bradley FFA, AR Bleckley County FFA, GA

Rossville FFA, IN McCreary Central FFA, KY

Calvin FFA, LA Silver Bay FFA, MN

Mantachie FFA, MS Liberty Union FFA, OH

David Crockett FFA, TN Central Heights FFA, TX

Atlee FFA, VA

Silver Emblem Teams

Wadley FFA, AL Safford FFA, AZ

Nevada Union FFA, CA Middletown FFA, DE

Southwest Valley FFA, IA Olney FFA, IL

Smith FFA, MA Middletown FFA, MD

Forsyth FFA, MO Southern Alamance FFA, NC

Alvirne FFA, NH Oakland FFA, OR

Troy FFA, PA Gilbert FFA, SC

North Summit FFA, UT Colville FFA, WA

Stanley-Boyd FFA, WI Magnolia FFA, WV

Bronze Emblem Teams

Moffat County FFA, CO Storrs Regional FFA, CT

Fort White FFA, FL Fruitland FFA, ID

Mission Valley FFA, KS Mason FFA, MI

Missoula FFA, MT Pender FFA, NE

Newton FFA, NJ Mountainair FFA, NM

F Donald Myers FFA, NY Middlebury Union FFA, VT

Individual Emblems Listed

Gold Emblem Individuals

Jacob Adams of Wadley FFA, AL Charlie Cannon of Bradley FFA, AR

Tucker Williams of Bradley FFA, AR Elijah Ferguson of Nevada Union FFA, CA

Bryan Alberding of Middletown FFA, DE Andrew Faul of Fort White FFA, FL

Blake Bohannon of Bleckley County FFA, GA Tucker Felkins of Bleckley County FFA, GA

Leann Hearn of Bleckley County FFA, GA Jacob Smith of Bleckley County FFA, GA

Avery Kwirant of Southwest Valley FFA, IA Connor Shipley of Southwest Valley FFA, IA

Evan Walker of Olney FFA, IL Hayden Anderson of Rossville FFA, IN

Larissa Smith of Rossville FFA, IN Noah Spear of Rossville FFA, IN

Tony Privett of McCreary Central FFA, KY Jonah Starrett of McCreary Central FFA, KY

Austin Tucker of McCreary Central FFA, KY Anthony Adams of Calvin FFA, LA

Emma Bevill of Calvin FFA, LA Treyton Trawick of Calvin FFA, LA

Gunnar Frahm of Silver Bay FFA, MN Zachary Lewis of Silver Bay FFA, MN

Caitlin Martineau of Silver Bay FFA, MN Alexander Robertsen of Silver Bay FFA, MN

Dawson Deroo of Forsyth FFA, MO Brenden Johnson of Mantachie FFA, MS

Zoe Johnson of Mantachie FFA, MS Tyler Robinson of Mantachie FFA, MS

Adam Durham of Southern Alamance FFA, NC Holt Worley of Southern Alamance FFA, NC

Raymond Chesnut of Liberty Union FFA, OH Alexander Gibbs of Liberty Union FFA, OH

Kaylee Savage of Liberty Union FFA, OH Hunter Hartman of Oakland FFA, OR

Avery Watkins of Troy FFA, PA Abigayle Cowden of David Crockett FFA, TN

Alexis Freeman of David Crockett FFA, TN Aisling Hagan of David Crockett FFA, TN

Jade Welch of David Crockett FFA, TN Brandon Overturf of Central Heights FFA, TX

John Rice of Central Heights FFA, TX Hailey Humphreys of Atlee FFA, VA

Joshua Hutchinson of Atlee FFA, VA Tyler Smith of Atlee FFA, VA

Emma Swainston of Atlee FFA, VA Shane Merrill of Colville FFA, WA

Cody Okerglicki of Stanley-Boyd FFA, WI Clayton Young of Magnolia FFA, WV

Silver Emblem Individuals

Anna Cotney of Wadley FFA, AL Kendall Holmes of Wadley FFA, AL

Tanner Madden of Wadley FFA, AL Hunter Truman Martin of Bradley FFA, AR

Tanner Mills of Bradley FFA, AR Rayna Fite of Safford FFA, AZ

Sydney Fite of Safford FFA, AZ Jaiden Walker of Safford FFA, AZ

Anhkhoa Hartigan of Storrs Regional FFA, CT Margaret Babiarz of Middletown FFA, DE

Hannah Harmon of Middletown FFA, DE Tyler Vreeland of Middletown FFA, DE

Kylee Tolman of Fruitland FFA, ID Adam Brewer of Olney FFA, IL

Brooke Wisda of Rossville FFA, IN Brandon Spradlin of McCreary Central FFA, KY

Josie Camp of Calvin FFA, LA Henery Sarafin of Smith FFA, MA

Anthony Shaw of Smith FFA, MA Joshua White of Smith FFA, MA

Justin Arnold of Middletown FFA, MD Alexander Koulinkovitch of Middletown FFA, MD

Trevor Mullen of Middletown FFA, MD Ashley Austin of Mason FFA, MI

Rhylee Owen of Mason FFA, MI Wyatt Henning of Forsyth FFA, MO

Alexis Perin of Forsyth FFA, MO Sammie Slocum of Forsyth FFA, MO

T.j. Gatlin of Mantachie FFA, MS Austin Cutter of Southern Alamance FFA, NC

Craig Holmes of Alvirne FFA, NH Dylan Larose of Alvirne FFA, NH

Travis Sutcliffe of Alvirne FFA, NH Gregory Shambo of F Donald Myers FFA, NY

Alison Ety of Liberty Union FFA, OH Jeremiah Cranley of Oakland FFA, OR

Tanner M Sigfridson of Oakland FFA, OR Madisyn Baxter of Troy FFA, PA

Roxanne Kingsley of Troy FFA, PA Dawn Zimmerman of Troy FFA, PA

Henry Gunter of Gilbert FFA, SC Jacob Lindler of Gilbert FFA, SC

Sam Nortch of Central Heights FFA, TX Jessica Saintignan of Central Heights FFA, TX

Kaden Jacobson of North Summit FFA, UT Chandler McKnight of North Summit FFA, UT

Craig Ritzman of North Summit FFA, UT Lucas Livingston of Middlebury Union FFA, VT

Chance Lafley of Colville FFA, WA Magan Nelson of Colville FFA, WA

Madelynn Green of Stanley-Boyd FFA, WI Hannah Mellville of Stanley-Boyd FFA, WI

Brad Nulph of Stanley-Boyd FFA, WI Devann Fox of Magnolia FFA, WV

Garrett Fox of Magnolia FFA, WV

Bronze Emblem Individuals

Brian Hancock of Safford FFA, AZ Paige Mack of Nevada Union FFA, CA

Elizabeth Self of Nevada Union FFA, CA Anna Marie Woodall of Nevada Union FFA, CA

Grady Anson of Moffat County FFA, CO Jared Baker of Moffat County FFA, CO

Colby F Beckett of Moffat County FFA, CO Ryan Zimmerman of Moffat County FFA, CO

Colt Casida of Storrs Regional FFA, CT Nicholas Kaczowski of Storrs Regional FFA, CT

Evan Fleharty of Southwest Valley FFA, IA Kolton Schutt of Southwest Valley FFA, IA

Sophie Cowgill of Fruitland FFA, ID Jacob Phillips of Fruitland FFA, ID

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Caitlin Rice of Fruitland FFA, ID Kaleb Hemrich of Olney FFA, IL

James Rudolphi of Olney FFA, IL Brent Coats of Mission Valley FFA, KS

Caleb Hinck of Mission Valley FFA, KS Brandon Hittle of Mission Valley FFA, KS

Hope Thomas of Mission Valley FFA, KS De Koven Hopkins of Smith FFA, MA

Kaden Werts of Middletown FFA, MD Ryleigh Clark of Mason FFA, MI

Michael Montalvo of Mason FFA, MI Matthew Hoskinson of Missoula FFA, MT

Freja Lovato of Missoula FFA, MT Ryan Millhouse of Missoula FFA, MT

Clair Standley of Missoula FFA, MT Charles Dejournette of Southern Alamance FFA, NC

Kelcie Bartlett of Pender FFA, NE Carley Hofmeister of Pender FFA, NE

McKenna Juhlin of Pender FFA, NE Kaitlyn Schumacher of Pender FFA, NE

Zachery Bodwell of Alvirne FFA, NH Sophia Loiacono of Newton FFA, NJ

Michael Reidmiller of Newton FFA, NJ Kelly Salomon of Newton FFA, NJ

Shelby Emmons of Mountainair FFA, NM Wyatt Greene of Mountainair FFA, NM

Chandler Roberts of Mountainair FFA, NM Gary Starr of Mountainair FFA, NM

Donald Carpenter of F Donald Myers FFA, NY Richard Latimer of F Donald Myers FFA, NY

Johnny Rogalo of F Donald Myers FFA, NY Emily J Nix of Oakland FFA, OR

Lynsey Dawkins of Gilbert FFA, SC Albert Weymouth of Gilbert FFA, SC

Gehrig Greenwood of North Summit FFA, UT Raymond Bushey of Middlebury Union FFA, VT

Dustin Whitcomb of Middlebury Union FFA, VT Paul Shevechenko of Colville FFA, WA

William Nice of Magnolia FFA, WV

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National Event Winners - Food Science and Technology 2017 http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20171030/national-event-winners-food-science-and-technology-2017 http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20171030/national-event-winners-food-science-and-technology-2017#Comments Mon, 30 Oct 2017 17:34:50 -0500 http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017171039975 INDIANAPOLIS- Winners of the National FFA Food Science and Technology Career Development

Event (CDE) were announced Friday at the annual awards banquet.

The event was held in conjunction with the 90th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis.

Dr. Lori Moore from Texas A&M University served as superintendent of this year’s event.

The top ten individuals and the national winning team members received cash awards to recognize their success in the event. The cash awards and the food science and technology event are sponsored by Kerry Taste and Nutrition and U.S. Poultry & Egg Association.

The National FFA Food Science and Technology CDE is designed to test a student’s basic knowledge of food science as well as the student’s ability to apply this knowledge to practical situations. Each team participates in a timed team product development project, and each individual participates in practicums involving food sensory evaluation and food safety and sanitation as well as a written exam.

This event, held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, is one of many educational activities at the National FFA Convention & Expo in which FFA members apply classroom knowledge to real-life situations.

The National FFA Organization

National Event Winners - Food Science and Technology 2017

Top Placing Teams

1st Place-- Kansas Hattie Harris, Adelaide Katzer, Faith Seuferling, and Hallie Hutsell, all of Louisburg FFA

2nd Place-- Washington Dani Monroe, Rhiannon Strutzel, Reilly Schoening, and Grace Kelly, all of Cashmere FFA

3rd Place-- Pennsylvania Hayden Phillips, Kelsey Schlegel, Zaren Kerper, and Reese Kauffman, all of Oley Valley FFA

4th Place-- Ohio Sean Fitzsimmons, Joshua Morgan Davis, Taylor Nicole Rebman, and Blayne Bartter, all of Hillsdale FFA

5th Place-- Arkansas Ayden Massey, Makala Fox, Jenifer Thao, and Kelby Biswell, all of Lincoln Middle FFA

6th Place-- Minnesota Jessica Christoffer, Sarah Holmberg, Hailey Handevidt, and Sofia Stumpf, all of Jackson County Central FFA

7th Place-- North Dakota Emily Duval, Ellie Macfarlane, Ben Saewert, and Jacie Osier, all of Kindred FFA

8th Place-- Illinois Donald Harmon, Eliza Petry, Claire Plapp, and Andrew Myers, all of Rochelle FFA

9th Place-- Idaho Rachel Mansfield, Isaac Livesay, Courtney Marshall, and Carly Connery, all of Meridian FFA

10th Place-- Indiana Brooke Evans, Vivian Mettert, Erin Sukala, and Caitlin Taylor, all of DeKalb FFA

Top Placing Individuals

1st Place-- Zaren Kerper of Oley Valley FFA, PA

2nd Place-- Hallie Hutsell of Louisburg FFA, KS

3rd Place-- Faith Seuferling of Louisburg FFA, KS

4th Place-- Leigh-Anne Lehmann of Eustis-Farnam FFA, NE

5th Place-- Hayden Phillips of Oley Valley FFA, PA

6th Place-- Reilly Schoening of Cashmere FFA, WA

7th Place-- Adelaide Katzer of Louisburg FFA, KS

8th Place-- Rachel Mansfield of Meridian FFA, ID

9th Place-- Ryan Frampton of Florence FFA, TX

10th Place-- Dani Monroe of Cashmere FFA, WA

Team Emblems Listed

Gold Emblem Teams

Lincoln Middle FFA, AR Meridian FFA, ID

Rochelle FFA, IL DeKalb FFA, IN

Louisburg FFA, KS Jackson County Central FFA, MN

Kindred FFA, ND Hillsdale FFA, OH

Oley Valley FFA, PA Cashmere FFA, WA

Silver Emblem Teams

Campo Verde FFA, AZ Trumbull Regional FFA, CT

Delmar FFA, DE Ocala West Port FFA, FL

L’Anse Creuse Pankow FFA, MI Hamilton FFA, MS

Eustis-Farnam FFA, NE Moriarty FFA, NM

Cazenovia Aggies FFA, NY Lawton FFA, OK

Dayton FFA, OR Anderson County FFA, TN

Florence FFA, TX Lehi FFA, UT

Wausau FFA, WI Marion County FFA, WV

Bronze Emblem Teams

Maquoketa FFA, IA Nelson County FFA, KY

West Ouachita FFA, LA Boonsboro FFA, MD

Conrad FFA, MT Burns FFA, NC

Pinkerton Academy FFA, NH Sussex Tech FFA, NJ

McCook Central FFA, SD Broadway FFA, VA

Individual Emblems Listed

Gold Emblem Individuals

Kelby Biswell of Lincoln Middle FFA, AR Makala Fox of Lincoln Middle FFA, AR

Jenifer Thao of Lincoln Middle FFA, AR Kinsey Green of Campo Verde FFA, AZ

Abram Goda of Trumbull Regional FFA, CT Emma Rivellese of Trumbull Regional FFA, CT

Diane Zou of Trumbull Regional FFA, CT Gabriella Morelli of Delmar FFA, DE

Maria Morelli of Delmar FFA, DE Kaylin Kleckner of Ocala West Port FFA, FL

Rachel Mansfield of Meridian FFA, ID Courtney Marshall of Meridian FFA, ID

Andrew Myers of Rochelle FFA, IL Claire Plapp of Rochelle FFA, IL

Erin Sukala of DeKalb FFA, IN Caitlin Taylor of DeKalb FFA, IN

Hattie Harris of Louisburg FFA, KS Hallie Hutsell of Louisburg FFA, KS

Adelaide Katzer of Louisburg FFA, KS Faith Seuferling of Louisburg FFA, KS

Jessica Christoffer of Jackson County Central FFA, MN Sarah Holmberg of Jackson County Central FFA, MN

Charlie Terrell of Hamilton FFA, MS Justin Matthews of Burns FFA, NC

Aaron Smith of Burns FFA, NC Ellie Macfarlane of Kindred FFA, ND

Jacie Osier of Kindred FFA, ND Ben Saewert of Kindred FFA, ND

Leigh-Anne Lehmann of Eustis-Farnam FFA, NE Blayne Bartter of Hillsdale FFA, OH

Joshua Morgan Davis of Hillsdale FFA, OH Taylor Nicole Rebman of Hillsdale FFA, OH

Luke Churchwell of Lawton FFA, OK Reese Kauffman of Oley Valley FFA, PA

Zaren Kerper of Oley Valley FFA, PA Hayden Phillips of Oley Valley FFA, PA

Mary Leach of Anderson County FFA, TN Ryan Frampton of Florence FFA, TX

Hunter Larson of Lehi FFA, UT Grace Kelly of Cashmere FFA, WA

Dani Monroe of Cashmere FFA, WA Reilly Schoening of Cashmere FFA, WA

Rhiannon Strutzel of Cashmere FFA, WA Danielle Stull of Marion County FFA, WV

Silver Emblem Individuals

Ayden Massey of Lincoln Middle FFA, AR Adison McIntosh of Campo Verde FFA, AZ

Erika Pettway of Trumbull Regional FFA, CT John Townsend of Delmar FFA, DE

Sarah Green of Ocala West Port FFA, FL Matthew Kleckner of Ocala West Port FFA, FL

Carly Connery of Meridian FFA, ID Isaac Livesay of Meridian FFA, ID

Eliza Petry of Rochelle FFA, IL Brooke Evans of DeKalb FFA, IN

Katye Berry of Nelson County FFA, KY Gabby Shepherd of Nelson County FFA, KY

Kerington Bass of West Ouachita FFA, LA Amber Bridges of West Ouachita FFA, LA

Autumn Williams of West Ouachita FFA, LA Peyton Cronk of L’Anse Creuse Pankow FFA, MI

Aeryn Dwyer of L’Anse Creuse Pankow FFA, MI Collin Slabaugh of L’Anse Creuse Pankow FFA, MI

Orihana Tautolo of L’Anse Creuse Pankow FFA, MI Hailey Handevidt of Jackson County Central FFA, MN

Sofia Stumpf of Jackson County Central FFA, MN Ethan Holley of Hamilton FFA, MS

Andrew Welch of Hamilton FFA, MS Wyatt Clark of Conrad FFA, MT

Joseph Deboo of Conrad FFA, MT Nevan Horton of Burns FFA, NC

Emily Duval of Kindred FFA, ND Andy Jack of Eustis-Farnam FFA, NE

Aidan Walsh of Pinkerton Academy FFA, NH Alyssa Breur of Sussex Tech FFA, NJ

Emma Deery of Sussex Tech FFA, NJ Colin Sabol of Sussex Tech FFA, NJ

Hailey Clark of Moriarty FFA, NM Cheyenne Ellis of Moriarty FFA, NM

Halee Fincher of Moriarty FFA, NM Colton Monahan of Moriarty FFA, NM

Scout Mueller of Cazenovia Aggies FFA, NY Sean Fitzsimmons of Hillsdale FFA, OH

Sydney Burke of Lawton FFA, OK Grace Adams of Dayton FFA, OR

Eleanor Larabee of Dayton FFA, OR Kelsey Schlegel of Oley Valley FFA, PA

Jacy Pulse of McCook Central FFA, SD Gabby Hutton of Anderson County FFA, TN

Emma Johnson of Anderson County FFA, TN Emily Sparks of Anderson County FFA, TN

Abbie Hallmark of Florence FFA, TX Sierria Murphy of Florence FFA, TX

Tanner Thompson of Florence FFA, TX Halle Larson of Lehi FFA, UT

Haley Thomas of Lehi FFA, UT Sean Ewell of Broadway FFA, VA

Elizabeth Loving of Broadway FFA, VA Kaitlyn Beilke of Wausau FFA, WI

Alicia Ollhoff of Wausau FFA, WI Preston Field of Marion County FFA, WV

Ashley Payton of Marion County FFA, WV Hannah Robbins of Marion County FFA, WV

Bronze Emblem Individuals

Grant Keller of Campo Verde FFA, AZ Taylor Schmidt of Campo Verde FFA, AZ

Noah Hale of Delmar FFA, DE Tiffany Lopez of Ocala West Port FFA, FL

Brie Bennis of Maquoketa FFA, IA Thomas Crossland of Maquoketa FFA, IA

Abby Diesing of Maquoketa FFA, IA Mackenzie Said of Maquoketa FFA, IA

Donald Harmon of Rochelle FFA, IL Vivian Mettert of DeKalb FFA, IN

Luke Akin of Nelson County FFA, KY Savanna Hill of Nelson County FFA, KY

Jacey Bratton of West Ouachita FFA, LA Paige Ardinger of Boonsboro FFA, MD

Helen Leadingham of Boonsboro FFA, MD Jenna Pennella of Boonsboro FFA, MD

Hailey Smith of Boonsboro FFA, MD Brodie Collum of Hamilton FFA, MS

Riley Matthews of Conrad FFA, MT Aspen Petrosky of Conrad FFA, MT

Kayla Price of Burns FFA, NC Colby Fasse of Eustis-Farnam FFA, NE

Elizabeth Neukirch of Eustis-Farnam FFA, NE Colin Algozzine of Pinkerton Academy FFA, NH

David Howe of Pinkerton Academy FFA, NH Makenzie Pepper of Pinkerton Academy FFA, NH

Raven Vanderhoof of Sussex Tech FFA, NJ Julia Bauder of Cazenovia Aggies FFA, NY

Erin Curtis of Cazenovia Aggies FFA, NY Maxwell Fischer of Cazenovia Aggies FFA, NY

Makayla Ortiz of Lawton FFA, OK Taylor Workman of Lawton FFA, OK

Marcos Romero of Dayton FFA, OR Anna Tannery of Dayton FFA, OR

Emily Bies of McCook Central FFA, SD Natalie Gottlob of McCook Central FFA, SD

Ciara Rother of McCook Central FFA, SD Matilyn Miller of Lehi FFA, UT

Shelby Killeen of Broadway FFA, VA Allison Mongold of Broadway FFA, VA

Corrita Devalk of Wausau FFA, WI Sabrina Somers of Wausau FFA, WI

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