The 91st National FFA Convention and Expo was held October 22-27, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Over 60,000 FFA members from around the country traveled to the Circle City to compete in national contests, attend convention sessions, meet other members, and learn leadership skills.
The Idaho FFA Association sent teams to compete in every national career and leadership development event. Idaho FFA members earned 12 gold, 11 silver, and 3 bronze team emblems as well as 6 top ten individuals and various gold, silver, and bronze ranking individuals. The highest ranking Idaho FFA team came from the Preston FFA Chapter where they placed 2nd in the Milk Quality and Products Career Development Events.
Proficiency Awards are based on member’s supervised agricultural experience projects. Idaho FFA had 7 gold proficiencies, 6 silver proficiencies, and 9 bronze proficiencies. Two of Idaho’s gold proficiencies went on to be national finalists; Carson Urrutia, Vallivue FFA with his Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance Placement Project and Alesha Kisher, Rigby FFA with her Outdoor Recreation Entrepreneurship Placement Project.
Idaho FFA was represented by four different groups in the National Agriscience Fair with projects ranging from animal systems, environmental systems/natural resource systems and power, structural and technical systems. Each group’s project received a bronze ranking.
The National Chapter Award recognizes chapters across the country for growing leaders, building communities and strengthening agriculture. Idaho FFA had three chapters receive three stars and seven chapters receive two stars. The American Falls FFA was named a national finalist in the Premier Chapter: Building Communities category. Both the American Falls FFA and the Rigby FFA chapters were named national finalists in the Model of Excellence category. These two chapters were the only to be named national finalists in the Western Region.
Two members had the honor of being a part of the National FFA Choir; Kaitlin Muniz, Meridian FFA, and Sophia Raasch, Troy FFA. Britton Bolgen from the American Falls FFA Chapter competed in the National FFA Talent, playing the piano while blindfolded.
The National FFA Organization recognized three adult supporters of the Idaho FFA for their service to the state association. Mr. Larry Church from Fruitland was named a VIP Award Recipient and Senator Jim Guthrie from Inkom, and Dr. Kattlyn Wolf from Moscow, were recipients of the Honorary American FFA Degree.
The American FFA Degree is a prestigious degree that only 2% of FFA members earn. Idaho FFA is proud of their 50 recipients that have earned the golden key of the American FFA Degree.
Idaho FFA’s National Officer Candidate, Gretchen Hansten, made it to phase two of the National Officer Selection Process but was not selected to serve as a national officer.
Idaho FFA was represented by five delegates at the national level to help create and bring positive and necessary change to the National FFA Organization. These delegates also serve as Idaho FFA State Officers; President Saydee Longhurst, Secretary Allyson King, Treasurer Melanie Searle, Reporter Savannah Stroebel and Sentinel Caleb Johnston.
Idaho FFA would like to commend its members for their hard work and congratulate them for a successful week at the National FFA Convention and Expo.