Creston FFA members, along with advisor Kelsey Bailey and chaperones, Wayne Hanson and Donna Watson, were among the more than 5,000 members and guests who attended the 85th annual State FFA Leadership Conference April 20-23 in Ames.
After being named one of Iowa’s top FFA programs during the National FFA Convention held in Indianapolis, Ind., in 2012, the Creston FFA Chapter’s tradition of excellence continued when the local FFA chapter again was recognized as one of the elite programs in the state of Iowa during the 2013 State FFA Leadership Conference proceedings held at Hilton Coliseum on the campus of Iowa State University. The Creston FFA Chapter placed in the state’s national chapter award competition earning a gold emblem award and recognized with the supreme national chapter award. The local chapter was also named the state winner in the area of economic development in the community development competition, received the WHO Journalism Award and was named the outstanding chapter for SAE/agriculture education publicity for 2012-2013.
The chapter’s agriculture marketing team consisting of Bryce Briley, Jake Miller and Wyatt Thompson placed fifth in the state earning a silver emblem.
The agriculture sales team earned a bronze emblem award; the team members included: Savannah Hartman, Kyle Jennett, Tyson Tucker and Tyler Waddingham.
The agriculture business management team consisting of Zach Powers, Theo Hartman, Jacob Powers and Zack Peppmeier earned a silver emblem award.
The agriculture communications team was awarded a silver emblem; team members included: Maria Mostek, Conner Pals and Taylor Pettit.
Freshman members Caitlin McIlravy and Gracie Russell earned a silver emblem award for the greenhand quiz, and Taylor Gibson and Jeremy Stoll received a bronze emblem award for chapter display.
Individual FFA members were recognized and awarded for their outstanding leadership, supervised agriculture experience (SAE) projects and classroom achievement. Brooke Thelen received an overall fourth-place gold finish in the prepared public speaking contest. Zack Peppmeier was recognized as the fifth-place overall winner for the swine production proficiency for his outstanding records and management of a small swine herd. Ashley Harris was recognized as one of five Iowa finalists for the GROWMARK essay contest. Harris was awarded with a plaque and a scholarship.
Eight local FFA members were awarded their state FFA degrees during the convention proceedings. This degree is the highest honor the Iowa FFA Association bestows upon its membership. Less than 2.5 percent of Iowa FFA membership receives this honor, which is based on the recipients FFA leadership activities and SAE. Those earning their state degrees included Cooper Bailey, Adam Baker, Zaidy Frank, Taylor Gibson, John Gravlin, Lane Miller, Zack Peppmeier and Jeremy Stoll.
All chapter members participated in the Iowa FFA’s state philanthropy project while attending the state FFA convention. Meals From the Heartland set up packaging tables on the floor of Hilton Coliseum, where thousands of FFA members packaged and boxed more than 260,000 meals that will be shipped both domestically and globally.
“It was a great experience giving of myself in order to help others,” Chad Lamb said. “I think all of our members felt good about helping those in need and it was fun.”
Lane Miller and Dillon Bailey served as state delegates, voting on all official business and state officer elections. Members also attended various leadership workshops and programs during the two-day conference.