Kuna FFA, Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner by Mackenzie Peace, Kuna FFA Reporter
Kuna FFA members recently attended the 2013 Idaho State Leadership Conference in Twin Falls, Idaho on April 10th through the 13th. This conference is an opportunity for FFA members to view and compete in the many contests only available to FFA members, learn life-long skills by attending workshops, and be inspired by the moving words of the state officer team. Members can also compete for proficiency and star awards with their supervised agricultural experience projects earning cash prizes.
By competing and winning in chapter and district career development events, FFA members are eligible to compete at the state level. Kuna FFA had six different teams’ eligible to compete in Twin Falls. The Dairy judging team competed with two teams, the first with team members Makayla Berheim, Kendra Summerall, Eric Ball, and Megan Berheim placing 7th, the second team coming in close behind at 8th place, consisted of Nancy Schiffer, Sara Shankel, Michael Winger, and Aubrey Grieve. Ag Business team members were Macy Hagler, Brogan Moore, Aaron Emmert, and Austin Drake placing 3rd overall, Horse Judging team participants were Con Beus, Aubrey Grieve, Dina Hopson, and Sydnee Murphy placing 34th. Parliamentary Procedure placed 2nd overall and Macy Hagler won high secretary with team members of Amanda Reynolds, Henry Wilson, Geri Mills, Zachary Reynolds, and Chairman Max Blitman. Floriculture team members were Chelsea Dye, Hannah Waldal, Samantha Roberts, and Mackenzie Peace placing in the top 10 teams. Lastly, Shelby McNealy swept away the competition in the Creed speaking contest, and will be representing Idaho at the National FFA Convention in October later this year.
Kuna FFA members receiving their State degree were Aaron Emmert, Henry Wilson, Chelsea Dye, Dustin Zabel, Max Blitman, and Heather Skovgard. Members are able to earn this degree by keeping three years of records for a supervised agricultural project, investing $1,000 into their SAE project, and passing a parliamentary procedure and FFA history test. This degree is the highest which an FFA member can earn within their state. These members are now eligible to earn their American degree. Proficiency awards were received by Dylan Fadgen in Outdoor Recreation, Samantha Roberts in Sheep Production, Mark Nebeker in Beef Production, and Jeni Hagler in Diversified Livestock. Aaron Emmert received a gold ranking in Diversified Crop Production. Proficiencies are graded off of a personal interview and extensive review of applications sent in by FFA members, the winners received cash prizes.
Kuna’s very own Michelle Ball, Idaho’s 2012-13 State Reporter, presented her retiring address. Michelle is an inspiring figure in the Kuna FFA chapter because of her achievements, commitment to FFA, and her rare opportunity of serving as a state officer and representing Idaho FFA throughout the country. Thanks to Michelle, her fellow state officers, and other volunteers the 2012-13 Idaho State Leadership Conference was a great success.