On April 13-15, 37 members, seven parents, and one former advisor of the Sioux Central FFA chapter attended the 80th annual State Leadership Convention in Ames. Over eight teams participated in Career Development Events, with four of the teams receiving silver medals and one receiving gold.
The Conduct Team made up of Jeremy Lansink, Kate Sennert, Brittany Keith, Kearsten Brown, Jamie Madsen, David Movall and Susan Krummen received silver medal for their presentation of the conduct of meetings. David Hermstad, Ross Woodford, Lindsay Kestner, Cody Archer, Katie Christensen and Chris Sievers made up the Ag Sales team whom also received a silver medal at state CDE's. The Ag Communications team made up of Bailey Herrig, Sam Madsen, Justin Waddell, and Trevor Pritchard also received a silver medal for their presentation and proposal of communicating information to the media. The Ag Marketing Team made up of Mitch Sievers, Matt Anderson, and Kaleb Miller also received a silver and advanced to the second round where they received a fifth place. Chris Sievers, Daniel Christensen, Dominick Amendolare, and Hunter Amendolare participated in the Ag Skills CDE, but results were not available at time of writing.
Past Sioux Central FFA members Nick Sennert and Neil Krummen also participated in a discussion meet where Nick received 1st, a gold medal, and $300, and Neil received 3rd and also a gold medal.
Austin Ehlers and Sheena Birdsall also participated in taking the Greenhand Quiz where they received a silver and bronze. Will Franzmeier, Jesse Hanson, Marshall Wernimont, and Colin Hogrefe also took the Farm Business Management test, and they also received a Bronze.
Jesse Hanson and Will Franzmeier also attended a delegate meeting where they learned about the issues within the state chapter level. Senior Chapter members also received the academic achievement award for having good grades along with other criteria needed to win the award. three members of the chapter including Marshall Wernimont, Chris Sievers, and Will Franzmeier also had the privilege of receiving their State Degrees which is the highest degree that a state can bestow on its members.
The chapter also had the privilege of receiving the Environment First Grant from Farm Bureau. The $2,000 grant is to be used on reconstruction a new way to keep the water from lowering and producing erosion in areas around the school.
The Iowa FFA Foundation also sponsored the Trap Program where the Sioux Central chapter received the award for putting the most bean leaf beetle sticky traps out in fields around the area, and raising the most money in that category.
While at state convention members also had the experience of attending tours and workshops on the ISU campus. Many workshops were offered including ones about encouraging members to be future agriculture teachers. Kaleb Miller and Sam Madsen were personally hand picked by the advisor to attend and had the following to comment about the workshop, "It was very interesting, we learned many new things and how much work has to go into being in agricultural education teacher to teach FFA members like us".
Many members also attended tours including Ag Leader Technology and GPS Systems, Country Landscapes and the USDA Animal Disease Lab. Members who attended the session thought that the tours were very interesting and were educational in the farming world.
Four sessions were held through out the day at the State Leadership Conference. One of the Keynote Speakers at the event was Scott Greenberg. Scott travels all around the world giving speeches to many different people. He has written 3 books during his career and also has had stories published in the famous Chicken Soup books. Scott talked about his experience dealing with cancer and how it has changed his life and his view on life. Bill Northey also spoke at one of the general sessions about some of his favorite moments at the State Fair, and how many century farm awards he was able to present to families.
The Scheman Building was the home of the CDE events and also the famous Career Show. Many businesses were present inside of the building influencing members to attend their booths and workshops. Prizes such as Ipods were also handed out during the 3 days of the Career Show.
The annual College of Agriculture and Life Sciences BBQ was also held at the Kildee Pavilion. FFA members from around the State were invited to the BBQ and the dance following the meal. Presentation stands were located on the walls of the building to inform students of what new programs ISU has to offer.
Freshman members Maggie Patterson and Kearsten Brown also took part in the Iowa FFA Chorus. During each of the sessions the chorus performed songs and also performed with the FFA Band.
The chapter also had a Chapter Exhibit located in the hallways of the Hilton Coliseum. Chapters from around the state showed exciting activities and programs that their FFA chapters have been involved in. The Sioux Central chapter completed a Facebook activity telling people how to start a Facebook page. Maggie Patterson and Katie Christensen presented the exhibit on Monday and Tuesday.
Overall, the Sioux Central FFA chapter had a great success. With four teams receiving silver and 2 receiving gold, the chapter was also able to bring home a trophy to show what they had accomplished through the past year. Next year, the chapter hopes to have members compete in even more events and to have a great experience finding out about the great experiences they can have in FFA.
Written by: Sam Madsen
2008-2009 Chapter Reporter