Chiefland FFA picks up awards at state convention

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By Emily Hallman

Chiefland FFA Reporter

A state convention has been held for FFA  members in Florida for 86 years. The convention not only rewards FFA members for their achievements but also provides learning experiences with leadership workshops and presents some of the top issues in agriculture.  This year, the Chiefland Senior FFA chapter carried 18 FFA members to the convention, held in Orlando.

Congratulations to all the following FFA members:

 The Food Science team placed top four in state. The team members are Kira Telgen, Jacob Edison, Jessica Ivey and Sarah Edison. The Aquaculture Team placed 4th in state.  The team members are Kira Telgen, Jacob Wade, Matthew Morgan and Seth Tummond.  Chiefland was a finalist in the Fruit and Vegetable category. Emily Hallman placed 3rd in the state Creed Speaking competition. The Creed Speaking competition consists of memorizing a five paragraph speech along with answering a series of questions. Whitney Mills placed in the top five in three categories: Equine, Forestry and Poultry.  Whitney also placed 3rd for the Ornamental Horticulture demonstrations, where, within a selected category, students must be able to deliver an eight to ten minute speech while providing a demonstration for a panel of judges. Harold Tillis, who was a finalist for the State Star Farmer, won Beef Proficiency, and won the Department of Agriculture Scholarship.  The Chiefland FFA Alumni were in the top five affiliates.

The following FFA members received their state FFA degree:

Harold Tillis, Payton Parnell, James Corbin, Kyle Weeks, Sarah Edison, Ashley Wilkerson, Eliza Renaud, Kelsi Alexander, Britney Gilliam and Justin Hires.

Three FFA members will be receiving their American degree and will be going to the national FFA convention in the fall. The American degree recipients are Hailey Bason, Felicity Merjes and Megan Morgan.