PULLMAN, Wash. — Members of the Wenatchee FFA Chapter traveled to the Washington State University campus to participate in the 85th annual Washington State FFA Convention. Sixteen WHS students competed in various career development events, leadership workshops, and community service activities at the three-day event.

Chapter highlights of the convention included:

• Wenatchee Graduate Julia Spangler was elected to serve as the Washington State FFA President for the upcoming 2015-16 school year. Julia will travel throughout the State and abroad representing the Washington FFA Association over the course of next year!

• The Wenatchee Chapter was awarded 1st place in Washington State for having the highest monetary donation to the March of Dimes Foundation.

• In the National Chapter competition, FFA chapters are evaluated for their overall participation in chapter development, student development, and community development. Out of approximately 160 FFA chapters in Washington State, Wenatchee received a Silver Rating.

• Wenatchee placed 4th overall in the Chapter Scrapbook competition. The scrapbook highlights the FFA Chapter Program of Activities (POA) through a creative pictorial display.

All members in attendance participated in career development events (CDEs) focused on various agricultural topics:

• The Food Science & Technology team, consisting of Hanna Kiehn, Alura Hottinger, Mandy Hedding, Mya Chornyak and Hayley Lopemen placed 6th out of 43 teams. Individually, Kiehn and Hottinger placed 6th and 7th respectively among the 200-plus students involved in the competition.

• The Best Informed 1st Year Member CDE team placed 7th out of over 70 teams from throughout the state. The team consisted of Emily Carroll, Kailie Wulf, Marjie Sabo, and Vanessa Figueroa.

• Wenatchee’s Parliamentary Procedure team, made up of Marjie Jordan-Sabo, Vanessa Figueroa, Kailie Wulf, Emily Carroll, Eric Briley, and Roy Matthynsenns competed at the substate level, narrowly missing the ticket to move to the finals.

• The Wenatchee FFA Agriculture Sales team, which consisted of Alura Hottinger, Abby Davison, Avery Adams, and Bethany Symonds placed 8th overall. Alura Hottinger individually placed 6th of all students competing in the finals.

• Four members from the Wenatchee FFA competed in the Veterinary Science CDE. They are Jerissa Fisch, Brooke Gladsjo, Grace Vejvoda and Daniel Long.

• In the Farm Business Management CDE, the Wenatchee FFA placed 14th. Team members included Paige Fowler, Travis Mahon, Eric Briley, and Roy Matthynssus.

• The Dairy Foods Evaluation team Alura Hottinger, Jerissa Fisch, Eric Briley and Savana Graham competed well but unfortunately did not place in the top 10 ten.

• WHS Senior Bethany Symonds competed in the Job Interview CDE, doing well at the Sub-State level.

The Wenatchee FFA Forestry and Tractor Driving teams were also recognized at the convention for their participation in state competitions earlier in the school year. The Forestry team placed 3rd overall in state with Cody Schuyleman and Braihdin Dillard individually placing 3rd and 10th respectively. The Tractor Team, which competed last fall in Moses Lake, was recognized for placing 10th in the state competition. Austin Herrick individually tied for 1st overall in the competition.

The National FFA Organization is the largest youth organization in the world with over 500,000 students with over 7,200 chapters in all 50 states, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The Washington State FFA Association is comprised of approximately 7,500 members in 160 active chapters. FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education. Visit www.ffa.org for more information.

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