Stewarts Creek FFA Achieves Historic Success at the 95th National FFA Convention
Smyrna, TN- The Stewarts Creek FFA chapter reached a new level of success at the 95th National FFA Convention held in Indianapolis, Indiana. The chapter represented Tennessee as a National Chapter Award winner and in several Career and Leadership Development Events.
The chapter was named a National 3-Star Chapter- the highest chapter ranking. To achieve this ranking chapters must first compete at the State level and be in the top 10% of chapters at the state level. Then the chapters move on to national judging in which they are ranked 1-, 2-, or 3-star chapters. Only the top 10% of chapters in the nation are recognized as a 3-star chapter.
The competition did not stop there as the Red Hawks soared to the top of their events. Starting with the Agriscience Fair, a competition that recognizes student researchers studying the application of agricultural scientific principles and emerging technologies in agricultural enterprises. Stewarts Creek had five members qualify and place in the national finals. Members and placings are:
National Winner in Plant Systems Research Division IV: Karlee Dunn (awarded $1050) & Harley Huber (awarded $1050)
National Runner Up in Environmental Research Division IV: Arianna Mota (awarded $800) & Cameron Myers (awarded $800)
6th in the Nation in Environmental Research Division V: Ella Hasty (awarded $100)
Agricultural Proficiency Awards honor FFA members who, through supervised agricultural experiences, have developed specialized skills that they can apply toward their future careers. Stewarts Creek had one member qualify and place in the national finals.
National Finalist (top 4) in Agriscience Research- Animal Systems Proficiency: Harrison Falcofsky (awarded $900)
The next area of success was seen in the Leadership Development Events (LDE). The Agricultural Issues Forum LDE is an event where students research the pros and cons of an agricultural issue and present their findings to a panel of judges. The Red Hawks were awarded a gold ranking.
National Runners-Up in the Agriculture Issues LDE: Harley Huber, Karlee Dunn, Ella Hasty, Megan James, Kari Thongkham, Kendall Beard, and Trevor Culbertson (individuals were awarded $600 each and the team received $500).
The Career Development events that Stewarts Creek competed in were Livestock Evaluation and Floriculture. The Livestock Evaluation CDE is a competition where students evaluate classes of live animals, defend their placings with oral reasons, and complete a knowledge exam. The team was ranked as a Bronze team (awarded $500). Team members also earned individual honors:
Gold Individual: Tyler Moses
Silver Individuals: Brett Mann and Brady Lee
The Floriculture event requires students to identify plants, judge flower arrangements and solve problems. The team achieved a bronze ranking (awarded $500). Individual honors were also awarded:
Silver Individual: Arianna Mota
The final achievement of the chapter was earned the last Saturday of convention with the bestowment of the American FFA Degree. Less than 1% of the organization’s 853,000 members earn this recognition.
American Degree Recipients: Harrison Falcofsky and Wyatt Blanks.
Stewarts Creek FFA had a monumental showing at National FFA Convention. This level of success takes determination and dedication from students and teachers. It would not be possible without the support of parents, administrators, and our community.
FFA is the premier student-led youth organization preparing members for leadership and careers in the science, business, and technology of agriculture. With more than 853,000 members nationwide, Stewarts Creek FFA has become one of the most elite chapters in the country.