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Bronson FFA members attended the 83rd State FFA Convention in Orlando. Three of these members won state FFA proficiency awards that recognize FFA members for their achievements in individual Supervised Agricultural Experience programs. Hayden Grant won first place in Equine Science Entrepreneurship, Tyler Williams was first in Agricultural Communications and Natalie Miaoulis was first in Agricultural Sales. Natalie was also named as a State Star Finalist in Agricultural Placement for her outstanding SAE program working on her family’s neem farm in Abaco, Bahamas. Chapter member J.R. Trimm took first place honors in the Agricultural Entrepreneurship Award for starting his own business, Hometown Plants. All these FFA members will represent Bronson in these areas on the national level. Four Bronson FFA members also received the prestigious state FFA degree, the highest degree a state association can bestow. These members are: Hayden Bedford, Hayden Grant, Natalie Miaoulis and Katie Norris.
While at convention FFA members participated in the State FFA Agriscience Fair, Job Interview Career Development Event, and received awards for competitions held during the school year. Tyler Beauchamp and Landon Smith entered agriscience projects in the Zoology and Biochemistry categories respectively. Tyler and Landon (5th place in landscape division), along with Katie Norris ( 3rd place in artistic arrangement) were also recognized on stage for their participation in the state ornamental horticulture demonstrations. The floriculture team, consisting of Austin Dubois, Candace Hulett, Justin Johnson and Ricky Roe, were recognized for their 5th place finish in the state floriculture contest. Middle school member Ty Barber was a top ten finalist in the Agricultural Electrification Essay competition.
In addition to these awards, the senior FFA chapter was awarded first place for in the Nutrients for Life Helping Communities Grow Program earning the chapter a $6000 grant from the Nutrients for Life Foundation. Bronson Middle chapter received a $300 grant from this program as well. Both chapters earned the National FFA Outstanding Chapter Award and will receive further recognition at the National FFA convention in October. Additionally, Bronson Sr. was named as one of Florida’s Premier chapters.
To culminate the week, Sarah Trimm, Bronson Sr. FFA president, was elected District III president from a field of nine well qualified candidates. District III is one of the most competitive and well represented districts on the state level.