Members of the Elma FFA Chapter were one of 38 teams participating in the National FFA Poultry Evaluation Career Development Event (CDE). The event was held in conjunction with the 86th National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky. The team, led by adviser Emily Wamsley, finished seventh overall and was awarded a gold emblem. Members also competed for individual awards with 142 other participants.
All four Elma FFA members earned a gold emblem and placed in the top 25 individually setting a chapter record. Wyatt Gray placed 15th, Tyler Davis 18th, Connor Custis 22nd, and Paige Kershaw 23rd. Haley Goodwin participated as the state alternate.
The National Poultry Evaluation CDE is a competitive event that tests the participant’s ability to select top quality poultry and poultry products needed for successful production and marketing. Event participants must complete a written exam on poultry management, evaluate classes of live birds for eggs and meat production, evaluate quality of eggs and evaluate and identify parts and products.
Each team competed at local and state levels for the privilege of representing their state at the National FFA Convention & Expo.
The Elma High students traveled to Kentucky from Oct. 27 to Nov. 2 to compete at the National FFA Convention, tour the local agriculture industry and participate in the FFA Career Show & Expo.
Logan Zepp competed as the Washington State champion in Extemporaneous Speaking. Zepp advanced into the semifinal round and was recognized among the top 16 in the nation, earning a silver emblem rating. The extemporaneous speaking event tests the proficiency and the member’s knowledge about national agricultural topics. After selecting a random topic out of the hat, Zepp had 30 minutes to prepare a four- to six-minute speech with five minutes of follow-up questions.
Elma FFA was also recognized as one of seven chapters from Washington as a 2-Star chapter. This honor goes to the top 3 percent chapters in the nation. Elma FFA Chapter President Shelby Felder attended the convention to receive the award for the chapter.
Elma FFA members were able to travel in part by community sponsorship from Vaughn Co. Inc., Montesano Farm & Home, Dow Chemical, Hiawatha Inc., Les Schwab Tire Center of Elma, Grays Harbor/Pacific Co. Farm Bureau and Foster Farms.