Chiefland Middle FFA one of the tops in state

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By Claude Lewis

ORLANDO -The Chiefland Middle FFA chapter continues to rank among the top ones in the state.

Backing this was its super showing at the 80th annual Florida State Convention and Leadership Conference held June 9-13 at the Caribe Royale Resort.

The Chiefland Middle School chapter grabbed a number of awards.

It was one of 14 statewide recognized for 100 percent FFA membership within the chapter. In order to receive a plaque, every student enrolled in agriculture must also be a bona fide FFA member.

Chiefland Middle was selected as one of "Florida's Finest" chapters as well as being picke as a "Premiere" chapter.

A total of 22 chapters were cited as Premier. Chapters were recognized for superior achievement in agriculture, as well as proficiency in alumni and community partnership, financial planning, public relations and recruiting.

Twenty nine chapters were deemed Florida's Finest. Chapters excelled in the areas of student, chapter and community development and have worked hard to fulfill the mission of FFA.

Chiefland Middle placed fifth in the Food for America Program, which helped teach elementary students about rural life where their food comes from.

Topping the list of Chiefland individual achievers was Hailey Bason, who won the Middle School Division of Extemporaneous Speaking Contests.

This competition involved the expression of opinions on given subjects without having prepared or rehearsed its content. Contestants pick three topics from a pool of 12. The topics include agri-science and technology, agri-marketing and international relations, food and fiber systems, and urban agriculture.

CMS was third in Opening and Closing Ceremony. The Opening Ceremonies Career Development Event requires team members to perform the official ceremonies that are used to open and close FFA meetings. Participants are judged on their accuracy, poise and delivery.