FFA attends state leadership conference
The Washington FFA chapter attended the 85th State FFA Leadership Conference in Ames, April 21-23. Twelve chapter members received Iowa Degrees. Twenty-five members attended along with FFA Advisor Duane Van Winkle and two chaperones, Robert and Bob Spenner. The Washington FFA competed in nine different events.
Johannah Vittetoe received second place in the Vegetable Proficiency Award for her sweet corn Supervised Agriculture Experience (SAE) project. Vittetoe also received a gold in FFA Idol Contest for her dance routine. Holly Vittetoe participated in this event with members from the Keota FFA.
Alexey England and Tehya Holmes participated in the greenhand quiz. This is a quiz for first-year member and covers all aspects of FFA, from its history to the emblems of the FFA. They both received silver in this event.
Lauren Carter’s treasurer's book made it to state. She is the Washington FFA’s treasurer. She received silver on this book at state.
Eleven Washington FFA members advanced on to the Iowa Degree. This is the highest degree the Iowa association may bestow upon a member. To receive an Iowa FFA Degree, FFA members must meet the following standards: 1.) Have been an active FFA member for at least 24 months; 2.) Have completed at least two years of systematic instruction in agricultural education; 3.) Have earned and productively invested at least $1,000 or worked at least 300 hours in a supervised agricultural experience program; 4.) Have demonstrated leadership abilities from a list of activities; 5.) Have satisfactory scholastic record; and 6.) Have participated in at least five different FFA activities above the local level. Only 3 percent of the FFA members in Iowa receive the degree each year. Each Iowa FFA Degree recipient receives a certificate and a golden charm key.
The Conduct of Meetings team competed on April 22, and received a bronze. On this team were Addie Pacha, Libby Schnicker, McKenna Brinning, Joceline Spenner, Mackenzie Meek, Jade Wells, and Derek Stender. They advanced through subdistricts and districts to compete at this level.
Lexi Marek participated in the Ag Broadcasting Career Development Event and received silver. In order to compete in this event, she made it through subdistricts and districts. She had 30 minutes to prepare a five-minute broadcast and present her program to a panel of judges in a separate room. In her broadcasts she has to include the following: markets, weather, news, and a self-produced ag-related commercial.
The Washington Chapter shared its chapter display. Every chapter is asked to make a display depicting one chapter activity. The chapter received a bronze emblem for the presentation of National FFA Week activities. Jacqueline Spenner prepared this display.
Chapter members also toured Reiman Garden, where they learned many different things about butterflies and their own individual lives. They toured the Christina Reiman Butterfly Wing. This wing is full of all different types of exotic butterflies and members also toured the Conservatory which is full of many different exotic plants from many different countries and continents. Lastly, members went outside and looked at the Patty Jischke Children’s Garden. All of these gardens were beautiful and the chapter thanked the Reiman Garden for showing all of these attractive gardens.
Monday evening, the Iowa State University Block and Bridle Club provided many FFA chapters with a barbecue cookout. Then members attended a fun night at the Iowa State Memorial Union. Activities included bowling, bingo, dancing and other activities.