Slater FFA succeeds at State FFA Convention
On April 24 and 25 the 21 Slater FFA members, along with Adviser Zach Crews, attended the State FFA Convention and Contest at the University of Missouri in Columbia. The chapter had three different Career Development teams and one Leadership Development team compete in contest, two different students were recognized as area winner on the state level for proficiency awards, the chapter was acknowledged as a gold emblem chapter -- top 10 percent of the chapters in the state -- and two students received their State FFA degrees.
On Thursday, the Farm Management team, which consists of Stephanie Borgman, Austin Eddy, Tristian Griffith and Spencer Peel placed 7th in the state out of the 340 chapters and received a Group I rating. Borgman and Peel were Group I individuals in the contest, earning them a $1,000 scholarship at the University of Missouri, if they chose to attend that school. Griffith and Eddy both were Group II individuals. The Poultry team -- Caitlyn Clements, Dalton Griffith, Landyn Kennedy and Kayla Miller also competed on Thursday placing 32nd in the state, earning a Group II team rating. Each student on the team also received a Group II rating individually.
In Thursday afternoon's delegate session, Shelby Bagnell and Albert Foster voted on new items facing the State FFA organization and Nikki Riddle accepted the award as the Slater FFA Chapter was acknowledged as the 34th best chapter in the state. It was one of five chapters in the top 10 percent ranking in a single teacher department. Thursday evening Bagnell and Dylan Smith were given their state proficiency awards in the areas of beef production and ag sales respectively. The Knowledge team, which consists of Anne Baker, Jen Peel and Lauren Reeter were the final team to compete that night placing 13th in the state and earned a Group I rating. Reeter was a Group I individual in the contest, earning her a $1,000 scholarship at the University of Missouri, if she chose to attend that school. Baker and Peel were both high Group II individuals. On Friday the Meats team -- Jordan Allen, Shovey Jackson, Kody Uhlich and Christian Venable placed 18th in the state. Allen was a Group I individual in the contest, earning him a $1,000 scholarship at the University of Missouri, if he chose to attend that school. Jackson, Uhlich and Venable were all Group II individuals. That evening the chapter members watched as Trent Lewellen and Noah Leimkuehler received their State FFA Degrees. The chapter is very proud of its members' accomplishments this year and thanks all the parents, teachers, alumni, and businesses that support the chapter throughout the year.