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Fairfield FFA members attend state convention

May 02, 2017
PHOTO SUBMITTED Fairfield FFA members show their display at the state FFA convention. From left are: Hannah Clubb, Stetson Spees, Austin Adkison, Hollie Nelson, Sophia Stratton, Denver Schultz, Jenna Wickenkamp, Kaitlyn Post, and Sophia Mineart.

April 9, the Fairfield FFA chapter left the high school in the evening to go to Ames; Iowa State University was their destination for the state convention.

Members who attend were all participating in a contest or receiving an award. The chapter took nine members to the convention, along with advisor Courtney Taglauer and parent chaperone Shawn Nelson.

When they arrived at ISU, they went to Hilton Coliseum to set up their chapter display, where it would be judged the next morning. A chapter display showcases one activity the members have documented and photographed. The Fairfield FFA chose to do their display on their annual pancake breakfast during FFA Week. The display had to show the purpose and value of the event and what was learned from putting it on. Hannah Clubb, Jenna Wickenkamp, and Sophia Stratton created the display, making it in the top 12 and being recognized on stage for their work.

April 10, members spent their time at the Career Show, where they got to walk around and talk with other members from other chapters and to different colleges and agricultural companies.

Hollie Nelson and Denver Shultz attended the delegate session to help choose the next state FFA officers.

Members helped pack food for Meals for the Heartland to send to places across the world to fight hunger. After the community service project and the delegate session, the members toured Reiman Gardens, where they learned more about horticulture and toured the butterfly wing.

After the tour, all members attended the first general session. They listened to keynote speaker Kevin Laue and were inspired to help others through tough times.

When the session was over, members attend the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences barbecue and went to Fun Night, where they learned new dances, played games and interacted with members from around Iowa.

April 11, members Sophia Mineart and Kaitlyn Post, participated in the Greenhand quiz. Mineart received a Gold. She placed third in the state and was recognized on stage. Post received a Silver.

The poultry judging team, consisting of Hollie Nelson, Austin Adkison, Stetson Spees,and Denver Schultz, received a Silver.

After all contests were done, members attended the final session where they heard from the state officers and guests Gov. Terry Brandstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds. During the session, Hollie Nelson and Denver Shultz received their Iowa Degrees, which is the highest degree the Iowa FFA can give to its members.


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