New England FFA students find success at state convention

On June 2, 2014, thirteen students had a purpose to attend the 85th Annual State FFA Convention in Fargo, North Dakota.

Posted June 13, 2014

By ALECIA TURNER | Chapter Reporter

On June 2, 2014, thirteen students had a purpose to attend the 85th Annual State FFA Convention in Fargo, North Dakota. Thanks to State Champion, Emily Reep, the New England Chapter brought home the Baby Bison and Traveling trophy in the Demonstration Contest. Her demonstration was titled “How to Can Homemade Pickles.” Reep says that she was very nervous at first but is now utterly humbled by the experience and is glad to make her chapter proud.

Being very successful, the New England Chapter and Advisor, Mr. Ben Krebs, brought home many other pins and ribbons as well. The results were as follows:

Emily Ehlis received a silver ribbon in the Food Science Contest and a bronze ribbon in the Speech Contest.

Erin Ehlis received a gold pin in the Food Science Contest and a bronze ribbon in the Talent Contest.

Taylor Hewson received a bronze ribbon in the Food Science Contest and a bronze ribbon in the Nursery Contest.

Harry Kirschemann received a bronze ribbon in the Small Animals Contest and a bronze ribbon in the Nursery Contest.

Kennedy Kirschemann received a gold pin on her Secretary’s Book along with a silver ribbon in the Small Animals Contest and a bronze ribbon in the Floriculture Contest.

Zach Kirschemann received a bronze in the 9th Ag. Mechanics Contest and participated in the Florticulture Contest.

Mason Petri received a gold pin in the 10th Ag. Mechanics Contest and a gold pin in the Food Science Contest.

Hannah Nordby was one of our team voting delegates and campaigned for State FFA Treasurer. We will always remember “Don’t Go Bananas * Vote for Hannah”.

Ty Nordby received a gold pin in the Food Science Contest and a bronze ribbon in the Nursery Contest.

Emily Reep received a gold pin in the Small Animals Contest.

Levi Stegner received a bronze ribbon in the Small Animals Contest and a bronze ribbon in the Nursery Contest.

Kjersten Stegner received a gold pin in the Small Animals Contest and was one of our team voting delegates.

Alecia Turner received a bronze ribbon in the Small Animals Contest and participated in the Floriculture Contest.

In addition to individual awards, our team awards were just as important. Our teams were as follows:

Floriculture Team consisted of Kennedy, Zach, and Alecia which did not place.

Food Science Team consisted of Erin, Taylor, Ty, Mason, and Kjersten which received a silver ribbon.

Nursery Team consisted of Emily E, Taylor, Ty, Harry, and Levi which received a bronze ribbon.

Small Animals’ Team consisted of Harry, Kennedy, Emily R, Levi, and Alecia which received a silver ribbon.

Our New England Chapter Officers were fortunate to meet-and-greet Dr. Steve Brown, the National FFA Advisor. This will be a photograph that we will all remember! During the Convention, Dr. Brown spoke of three words that he believes got him to where he is today:  “Purpose, Persistence, and Passion”.

I would have to agree with Dr. Brown as to achieve things in life, a person needs a purpose. Without a purpose, you wouldn’t have a direction to follow. A person also needs persistence. With persistence you have the “drive” and “determination” to accomplish your purpose. Along with purpose and persistence a person must have passion. With the love for your purpose, it just makes the journey that much more enjoyable!

So enjoyable that on June 6, 2014, the weary but pleasant members packed their suitcases and made the six hour bus ride home. They took home all the memories and laughs that came along with the trip. I can guarantee that every member has the three P’s to attend next year’s 2015 State Convention!

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