Eighteen members of the Eastern View FFA Chapter traveled to Blacksburg, Virginia on June 20-23 to compete in several different events at the State FFA Convention. Winners of the State FFA Career Development Events (CDE’s) were recognized June 23 at the fifth session of the 90th Virginia State FFA Convention held in Blacksburg, Virginia. Eastern View FFA placed 2nd in the Agriculture Issues Forum with team members Jordan O’Bryant, Taryn Tretick, Lenna Neely, Miranda Petagna, and Ashleigh Lusk. These students had to pick and research an agriculture related topic and develop a skit to present to a panel of judges. The skit had to be presented five times prior to the CDE at the State FFA Convention.
The topic that the students selected was “Should the sale of raw milk be allowed in Virginia?”
Also placing 2nd in the state was the Farm Business Management Team consisting of Alexander Berty, Austin Jacobs, Travis Wilson, and Erich Jenkins. Erich Jenkins was the 1st Individual Overall, Travis Wilson was the 4th Highest Individual, Alex Berty was the 6th Highest Individual, and Austin Jacobs was the 10th Highest Individual. In this event students have to take a written test covering various aspects of Farm Business Management, as well as, evaluate and answer questions about the financial records of an operation and make suggestions.
The Horse Evaluation Team placed 3rd in the state with team members Rachel Burton, Jessie Montgomery, Sarah Miller, and Patrick Miller.
Rachel Burton was the 1st Highest Individual Overall and Sarah Miller was the 9th Highest Individual Overall. Students in this event have to critically evaluate horses, deliver reasons to justify their placings, take a written exam on the equine industry, and complete a team problem.
The Hippology Team was 6th overall and consisted of Rachel Burton, Jessie Montgomery, Sarah Miller, and Patrick Miller. Jessie Montgomery was the 10th Highest Individual. The Hippology contest consists of a written exam, horse evaluation, team problem, and identifying tack, feed, breeds, anatomy, and equipment.
Kayley Boyd placed 6th in Computer Applications CDE. Kayley had to take a written exam on computer technology and complete three exercises using various computer programs.
Corrine Rose earned a Silver Rating in the Dairy Handlers CDE. In this event students have to exhibit Dairy Animals using the principles of Dairy Showmanship.
The Eastern View FFA Chapter was also recognized as a Superior and Gold Rated National Chapter. Furthermore Eastern View FFA was the Central Area Winner for Student, Chapter, and Community Development and was the Overall Winner of the National Chapter for the Central
Area. The chapter was successful at the state level as well being the State Winner of Chapter Development, Community Development, and the Overall Senior National Chapter in the State! The National Chapter Award program recognizes FFA chapters that successfully complete an
annual Program of Activities, which includes a minimum of 15 different activities designed to encourage its members to grow as individuals, to work as part of a team, and to serve others.