FFA students place at state convention

Local FFA students placed at the 90th State FFA Convention in June.

The State FFA Convention was held June 20-23 at Virginia Tech. FFA members attended business sessions and competed in four career development events.

Sherry Heishman, Central High School agriculture education teacher and FFA advisor, said she is very proud of the effort her students put in to be successful.

“Some of the success is individual but they also must work as a team,” she said. “They are learning skills that will make them successful as individuals as well as in their careers.”

Jenna Kibler, 16 of Edinburg, and soon-to-be senior at Central High School, placed as high individual in agriculture sales and said it was exciting to be recognized.

“It feels really good to be recognized for my accomplishment especially for ag sales,” said the Strasburg chapter’s FFA president. “I worked really hard for it; practicing, preparing and selling to people and getting to know the product.”

She said the convention was fun, and she saw the opportunities she can be a part of after leaving high school. She’s hoping to pursue a degree in animal and poultry science after graduation.

The Central FFA chapter earned a 100 percent membership, superior chapter rating and received gold in public relations. The chapter was also named the top chapter in the northern area which extends from Fairfax to Botetourt County along the I-81 corridor and over to Page County. They were also the state winner in the Chapter Development section of the national chapter award.

The school placed in the following categories:

Proficiency award state winners: Jenna Kibler for Beef Production Placement, John-Robert Helslely for Diversified Agricultural Production Entrepreneurship, Samuel Rhodes for Goat Production Entrepreneurship, and Maranda McDonald for Poultry Production Entrepreneurship.

John-Robert Helsley served as the state sentinel and presided over the 5th session at convention.

Poultry Evaluation: The team placed first in the state and will represent Virginia at the National FFA Convention in October. Gracie Bailey was high individual, Jacob French was 4th, Isaac Rhodes and Jacob Coffey round out the team.

Crops evaluation: The team placed first in the state and will represent Virginia at the National FFA Convention in October. Kaitlin Mantz was 3rd high, Olivia Gochenour was 4th high, Lilly Tharp was 5th high and Sam Rhodes was 9th high.

Agricultural Sales Evaluation: The team placed second in the state. Jenna Kibler was high individual, Ashton Duncan was 8th and Joseph Foltz and Katherine Williams rounded out the team.

Jessica Myers earned a silver rating in the dairy handlers career development event.

Lenzi Loving earned a silver rating in the job interview career development event.

Strasburg High School’s FFA chapter also saw success at the state convention.

Brian Fisher, Strasburg’s FFA adviser, said he’s very proud of the success his chapter had.

“Our students have worked very hard this year and that hard work paid off,” he said.

Two teams, Junior Parliamentary Procedure and Environmental and Natural Resources, will head to the national convention.

Strasburg earned the following ratings:

Agriscience Fair Evaluation: Hannah Orndorff was 1st in plant systems and Tiffany Heishman was 1st in Food Products & Processing Systems. Both will compete at the National Convention in October.

Crops Evaluation: The team placed 4th overall with team members Madison Estep, Allyson Neal, Nadia Rauhala and Shelby Smith.

Environmental and Natural Resources Evaluation: The team placed first and will represent Virginia at the National Convention. Team members Ethan Gochenour, Hannah Orndorff, Ashley Yanego and Devon Eyring who placed 2nd.

Job Interview Evaluation: Makenzie Kline placed 8th overall.

State officer: Ashley Yanego was selected as the Virginia FFA State President for the 2016- 2017 year.

Proficiency Award Winners: Austin Weaver for Agricultural Education, Tiffany Heishman for Agriscience Research Integrated Systems and Bethany Gochenour for Diversified Livestock Production.

The Strasburg FFA Chapter was also recognized for many other accomplishments, including the following:
• Four FFA members received their State FFA Degrees
• Four FFA members were recognized and will receive their American FFA
Degrees in October
• Public Relations Award – gold rating
• Chapter Scrapbook – gold rating
• Strasburg FFA also received a gold rating for the Superior Chapter Award, was
recognized as a 3-star chapter in Virginia, was one of the top eighteen chapters in the state, and will be judged at the national level in October.

Stonewall Jackson High School students also competed and received a superior chapter recognition and gold in public relations.

The avian bowl career and development event team placed sixth, with members, Dakokta Baker, James Eaton, Emily Rexrode and Lindsay Zirkle.

The livestock judging career and development event included members, Darcey Bennett, Ben Burch, Matt Golladay and Josh Gordon.

Jessica Miller competed in the career and development event.

Faith Funkhouser received the state FFA degree. Brittany Bowman, Katie Hackenbracht, Corey Harlow and Megan Stalbird all earned the American FFA degree.

Middle school students also competed at the state convention.

For North Fork Middle School, five students compete, with Mindi Freed and Isabell Dellinger as delegates.

In the small animal care career development event, Sarah Eaton, Mindi Freed, Rhonnie Miller and Isabell Dellinger competed.

In the Quiz Bowl career development event, Andrew Zirkle, Sarah Eaton, Isabell Dellinger and Mindi Freed competed.

Peter Muhlenberg Middle School’s chapter received recognition as a superior chapter and earned silver for national chapter awards program.

The food and fiber career and development team placed third, with Emma Eberly, Faith Dellinger, Henry Wakeman and Melanie McDonald competing.

In the small animal care career development event, Lindsey Hamrick, Reagan Bowman and Tyler Brunton competed.

In the agriscience mechanics technology career and development event, Shyann Jordan, Jeremy Viar, Ethan Neff and Sierra Miller competed.

The junior meets team, first in state competition in March, members were Faith Dellinger, Shyann Jordan, Jeremy Viar and Melanie McDonald.

Signal Knob Middle School food and fiber career and development event members all earned bronze. Members were Kiera Drummonds, Paris Sexton, Markell Williams and Reme Sharp.

Baylee Hodson, chapter historian, submitted the chapter scrapbook for judging.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com