By Elizabeth Reynolds,
Recently, Louisville, Kentucky hosted the 86th annual National FFA convention. This convention consists of career and college fairs, leadership workshops, sessions put on by the National officers (featuring many motivational speakers), and most importantly, national Career Development Events (CDE’s). In Idaho, to qualify for these National events you are required to have won your state contest (and thus your chapter and district level contests as well).
The Kuna FFA chapter was fortunate to have a state winning agronomy team (with team members Zachary Reynolds, Amanda Reynolds, Macy Hagler, and Elizabeth Reynolds), and a state winning Creed Speaker (Shelby McNeilly). Though they only had five students qualify, they also brought nine senior members who have been actively involved in FFA throughout their high school career, these individuals were: Brogan Moore, Cassie Curtis, Aaron Emmert, Chelsea Dye, Holly Barrus, Dustin Zabel, Hannah Waldal, Austin Grieve, and Ben Christensen.
The members of the Agronomy team competed and received a gold emblem as a team, and placed 8th overall, with team member Zachary Reynolds as 10th high individual.
The FFA creed was written by E.M. Tiffany in 1928, and adopted by the National FFA organization in 1930. The infamous first line of “I believe in the future of agriculture, with a faith born not of words, but of deeds-…“ is one that all participants in the Creed speaking event are passionate about. This event is only offered for freshmen members of the FFA. Kuna’s own, Shelby McNeilly, went to Nationals, and stated that the Creed had started out as just a paper she had to memorize, but as she studied for her oral questions she realized that it is much more. She represented Kuna and the state of Idaho well at Nationals, and is to be recognized on doing a job outstandingly well done.
Soon before National Convention, Kuna FFA had yet another plane to fill when their chapter soils team won their State Contest in Burley. The first year team, with members Michael Winger (sixth high individual), Camden Kay (seventh high individual), Eric Ball, Michaela Berheim, and Megan Berheim, was ecstatic upon hearing their win, and immediately began planning for their
trip to Oklahoma City, OK this spring where they will be representing Idaho at the National
We would also like to remind everyone that chapter produce sales are currently going on, so find a member of Kuna FFA and support them by purchasing navel oranges, ruby red grapefruit, Idaho grown Fuji apples, and Idaho grown U.S. #1 Russet potatoes.