Congratulations to Columbia FFA Environmental and Natural Resource team for placing first and Poultry Evaluation team for placing 2nd in the nation at the 86th FFA National Convention held in Louisville, KY, October 30-November 2.
Members of the Environmental and Natural Resource team and their individual placings were as follows:
Isabelle Mitchell-4th place
Austin Wallace-10th place
|Advisor Larry Henneke, Austin Wallace, Isabelle Mitchell, Kira Kirk, Carson Banks and Louisville NRCS rep|
Members of the Poultry Evaluation team and their individual placings were as follows:
Michelle Ross-3rd place
& high individual in Further Processed Poultry
Rachel Kirchhofer-4th place
Kassie Rankin-6th place
Lainyn Kerley-10th place
|Advisor Kevin Duncan, Lainyn Kerley, Rachel Kirchhofer, Kassie Rankin, Michelle Ross & Tyson Representatives|
|Michelle Ross grading carcass and parts|
A cash prize of $1,000.00 was awarded to each member of the 1st place Environmental and Natural Resource team with additional cash prizes awarded to individuals placing in the top ten scores of each event.
Advisors Larry Henneke and Kevin Duncan are extremely proud of the dedication and effort these students demonstrated throughout the event.
Each year, the National FFA Organization honors FFA members who show the utmost dedication to the organization through their desire to develop their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
The American FFA Degree is bestowed upon a select group of students in recognition of their years of academic and professional excellence.
This year three Columbia FFA members were awarded the American FFA Degree; 2012 Hickman graduate,Benjamin Carpenter, 2011 Hickman graduate, Cooper Martin and 2010 Hickman graduate, Andrew Perry.
To be eligible, FFA members must have earned and productively invested $7,500 through a supervised agricultural experience program in which they start, own or hold a professional positition in an existing agricultural enterprise. Recipients must also complete 50 hours of community service and demonstrate outstanding leadership abilities and civic involvement. Each recipient of the American FFA Degree received a gold American FFA Degree key and a certificate after being recognized on stage at the National Convention.
Advisors Chuck Miller and Meridith Thornton chaperoned an additional group of FFA members attending the convention. The group toured the Louisville Slugger factory museum, Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby,attended convention sessions, a hypnotist performance and a rodeo.
|Columbia FFA at Louisville Slugger Museum|
|Columbia FFA at Churchill Downs|
|Columbia FFA at National FFA Convention|