Angie Patton, Colby Trusty, Shelby Felder and Taylor Peek captured the state title for FARM (Forestry, Agriculture and Resource Management) at the Washington State FFA Convention in Pullman last month. FARM is an elementary education program that high school FFA members create and teach lessons about agriculture and natural resources to young children.
Washington State FFA named Paige Kershaw as the Washington State FFA delegate for the National FFA Convention. Kershaw will be a voting delegate along with the six state FFA officers at the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky, October 27 through November 1.
The Elma FFA Chapter was honored the highest rank as a three-star national chapter and was recognized as the fourth best chapter in the state. Additionally, Elma FFA was honored with 100 membership. Shelby Felder, Angie Patton, Shalee Swint, Mac Miller and Rylie Mansuetti were awarded the Gold State Degree pin. This is the highest individual award at the state level for a member’s supervised agricultural work experience. Patton was also named District 3 Star Farmer and recognized as one of the top nine in the state.
Elma FFA competed in 15 different state competitions with 36 members. Elma FFA captured seven top-eight finalist placings. In Agricultural Communications, two teams from Elma advanced to the finals and took second and third place. Tara Frame placed third high individual and Shalee Swint was seventh. Other team members included Morgan Jump, Rylie Mansuetti, Angie Patton,and Marie Geiger. Farm Business tested math problem solving with Wyatt Gray, Tyler Davis, Lorenzo Ayala, Nate Mueller and Ben Borden placing fourth.
Shelby Felder placed sixth in extemporaneous speaking with her importuned agricultural issue topic. Felder also ran for State FFA office and was announced as a top-10 candidate, but missed the top six office elected positions.
The elite event at the state FFA Convention is Parliamentary Procedure. Elma advanced two teams into the final eight. This is a rare feat, but one the Elma has done successfully three times in the past 10 years. The seventh-place FFA Parliamentary Procedure team comprised seniors and juniors and included Logan Hieronymus, Marie Geiger, Tara Frame, Morgan Jump, Rylie Mansuetti and Mac Miller. The team composed of sophomores and one junior placed eight. Team members included Haley Goodwin, Paige Kershaw, Mikayla Smith, Wyatt Gray, Joseph Palmer and Morgan Rockey.
Elma FFA competed in other career development events including; job interview, milk quality and products and marketing plan, agricultural sales, food science, ag sales, first-year greenhand, meats evaluation and rituals. Other members competing included Cesar Cavero, Jacob Borden, Jacob Perez, Makayla Hill, Bailey Kelly, Aiden Troy, Riley Mowry, Moses Perez, Aaron Gaub, Kortney Bailey, Dallas Trusty, Jarod Hasselgren, Alsexus McCombs, Ryan Mesojednik and Rebeca Moreno.
The advisers, coaches, and chaperones included Tyler Renz, Emily Wamsley, Christi Kershaw, Marilyn Gray, Carl Jonsson, Donna Boyer, Darrell Miller and Clarissa Miller.