Marshall FFA honored as Model of Excellence finalist

Thursday, February 20, 2014
Marshall FFA members who attended the 2013 National FFA Convention, poses with the 3-star chapter award and Models of Excellence. (Contributed photo)

The 86th National FFA Convention was held in Louisville, Ky. Marshall FFA had another successful year on the National level.

We were recognized as a 3-star chapter, as well as a Model of Excellence for the second year in a row. Mason Sandidge, Kayla Elson, and Katie Wansing were the three members chosen to represent the chapter in the Model of Excellence interviews. Mason and Kayla were the presenters, and Katie Wansing was the tech person/alternate. They left on Oct. 29, along with four freshman -- Kade Plattner, Steven Sims, Sydnee Mason, and Jacob Crusha -- who participated in the Knowledge Invitational Quiz.

On Oct. 30, an additional 11 members traveled to National Convention along with five other chapters on the charter bus.

Wednesday was also the day of the MOE interviews, which all three members believed was their best presentation yet. That night was opening session that all members attended, while the three MOE presenters attended the National Chapter Awards Dinner.

On Thursday, all members went to the Exposition Center to shop at the FFA Mall and visit with many businesses and colleges in the Career Show. That afternoon was the session for the National Chapter Awards, including Models of Innovation, Models of Excellence, and National 3 Star Chapter. Thursday night was full of fun competition between the schools; after dinner everyone played two rounds of laser tag.

Friday was an early morning which was spent at the Churchill Downs Racetrack. Members were able to witness morning workouts by the thoroughbreds and their jockeys, take a tour of the grounds, and then watched a short documentary of the racing life. The Louisville Slugger museum was the next stop where members were able to look around the gift shop. That afternoon was the National Proficiency Awards session; former Area XI officer, Benjamin Niendick, won first place in his proficiency area.

The American Degree ceremony on Saturday morning concluded the National Convention trip. Members loaded up the bus at 11 a.m. and headed home. It was another successful National Convention for all chapters.