Who loves leadership? We do! The Meridian FFA Chapter attended the Idaho FFA State Leadership Conference from April 4th through the 7th in Twin Falls, Idaho. This event was held at the College of Southern Idaho campus, and the chapter took 68 members to compete and experience the leadership opportunities. First year FFA members were able to attend and experience the conference by watching sessions and participating in leadership workshops.

Members also attended to participate in Career Development Events (CDE’s) and Leadership Development Events (LDE’s). These competitions are focused on personal development and on gaining skills for a future career in the agriculture industry. The Meridian FFA members who competed in each contest, along with their team and individual placings, are as follows:

Agricultural Issues Forum:

• Rachel Mansfield

• Kaden McKarney

• Nani McKague

• Kyleigh Davis

• Alyssa Grieninger

Creed Speaking — 2nd place with a $500 scholarship to the University of Idaho:

• Claire Shelton

Dairy Cattle Evaluation & Management Invitational — 1st place team:

• Emma Sells (1st individual)

• Jonathan Muniz (4th individual)

• Bailey Davies (8th individual)

Employment Skills — 1stplace individual who will attend National Convention this fall, with a $1,000 scholarship and $500 grant to attend National Convention:

• Ellie Higgins

Farm Business Management — 9th place team

• Lyric Snurkowski

• Kalyssa Safely

Floriculture — 9th place team:

• Emily Pile

• Afton Lindstrom

• Jordyn Bettencourt

Horse Evaluation — 1st place team who will be attending National Convention this fall:

• Katie Latham (2nd individual)

• Ellie McNeal (9th individual)

• Emma Sells

• Courtney Marshall

Livestock Evaluation Invitational — 1st place team:

• Siera Horton (1st individual)

• Olivia Sells (4th individual)

• Kyleigh Davis (8th individual)

• Abby McMillan

Nursery/Landscape — 2nd place team:

• Hailey Buffham (8th individual)

• Mollie Hiscox

• Kaitlyn Muniz

• Henry Trujillo

Parliamentary Procedure — 3rd place team:

• Ashton Shaul (high chairman with a $1,000 scholarship)

• Cody Duff

• Cassidey Plum

• Siera Horton

• Sydney Plum

• Logan Diem

Prepared Public Speaking — 2nd place individual with a $500 scholarship to the University of Idaho:

• Ashton Shaul

Scrapbook Contest- gold placing:

• Rachel Mansfield (Yearbook Chief)

• Kaitlyn Muniz

• Lyric Snurkowski

• Madison Belanger

Many members participated in other events throughout the week. These events, although they aren’t CDE’s, give members a chance to compete, show off their skills, and represent our chapter. The Meridian FFA Members who participated event, along with the outcome of each event, are as follows:

Parliamentarian Exam:

• Saydee Henning (8th place)

• Allie Bennett

• Amy Heikkila

• Claire Shelton

• Nani McKague

• Philip Broome

• Trinity Ball

State Degree Recipients:

• Jordyn Bettencourt

• Siera Horton

• Cameron King

• Rachel Mansfield

• Cassidey Plum

• Sydney Plum

• Kaitlyn Steppe

Delegates:

• Joseph Wieting

• Rose Frazee

State Talent Participants:

• Kaitlyn Muniz

• Rachel Mansfield

• Ellie Higgins

• Claire Shelton

• Anna Jackson

National Chapter Award — 4th place with a gold ranking, will be moving to the National level

• Joseph Wieting

• Ashton Shaul

Scholarship Recipients:

• Joseph Wieting ($1,000 Tractor Raffle Scholarship)

• Ashton Shaul ($2,000 Agriculture Education Tractor Raffle Scholarship)

• Ellie Higgins ($2,000 Dairy West Scholarship)

Finally, our very own Mr. Shane Stevenson received his honorary State Degree, which is a high honor for individuals who have positively impacted Idaho FFA. The Meridian FFA Chapter also had three members run to be an Idaho FFA State Officer. Mallie Miller, Ellie Higgins, and Ashton Shaul all made it through the preliminary cut into the top 12 individuals, but none of them were elected as a State Officer. Every member who attended had an amazing time competing, participating, and learning at the 87thannual Idaho FFA State Leadership Conference, and we wish those competing at National Convention this fall the best of luck!

We would like to thank everyone at the state level that helped in putting on this event, as well as the award and scholarship sponsors. Most of all, we would like to thank the Meridian FFA Alumni for helping with our travel costs, our advisors for coaching each team, and Mr. Heikkila for driving the bus! The Meridian FFA Chapter had an unforgettable State Leadership Conference, and look forward to State Career Development Events in Moscow, Idaho this June.

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