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Garden Spot FFA Competes at the 92nd Annual National FFA Convention & Expo

Garden Spot FFA Ag Issues 201

The Agricultural Issues Forum Team with Sponsors.
L to R: Elanco Sponsor, Mrs. McMichael, Advisor, Bryce Johson, Jackson Price, Jessica Herr, Danae Ranck, Jeslyn Krebs, Gracie Hess, Syngenta Sponsor

FFA Boys 201

From October 30 - November 1, National FFA members and guests gathered in Indianapolis, Indiana for the 92nd annual National FFA Convention & Expo. The Garden Spot FFA chapter of Lampeter-Strasburg High School had 10 members in attendance. These members included Danae Ranck, Bryce Johnson, Gracie Hess, Tyler Stoltzfus, Jessica Herr, Jackson Price, Gwenn Spotts, Jared Risser, and Stephanie Mays.

The Convention opened on Wednesday, October 30th, FFA members attended the first general session, where it was shared that there were 65,200 members and guests in attendance. Attendees heard from keynote speaker, Bob Goff.

The Agricultural Issues Forum team competed on Wednesday, October 30th. The Agricultural Issues Forum Leadership Development Event is a competitive event that tests students' knowledge of agricultural issues and evaluates how well they can apply classroom knowledge to real-life situations. This team was made up of Danae Ranck (12), Gracie Hess (12), Jessica Herr (12), Jeslyn Krebs (11), Bryce Johnson (11) and Jackson Price (10). The team's 15-minute presentation was titled “Is the flow of international trade from the United States changing agriculture in a positive direction?” The presentation highlighted multiple viewpoints related to the issue and its impact on our community, state and nation. The team earned a national-ranking bronze medal, placing in the top 25 teams in the nation! The team collectively invested over 550 hours into preparing for this contest. They qualified for the national contest at the state contest in January. The chapter is incredibly proud of their efforts!

On Thursday, four members participated in the 2019 National Day of Service where thousands of National FFA members served the local Indianapolis area through various organizations. Garden Spot FFA members assisted the Indiana Cultural Trail by cleaning up trash, pulling weeds and cutting back plants.

On Saturday, November 2nd, the chapter celebrated the incredible accomplishments of fellow members who achieved their FFA American Degree. The FFA American Degree which is the highest FFA award a member can earn; only 0.5% of FFA members achieve this honor. To achieve this degree, FFA members must “earn at least $10,000 and productively invested $7,500 or earned and productively invested $2,000 and worked 2,250 hours into their Supervised Agricultural Experience projects.” Upon other requirements, achieving this degree clearly shows an FFA member’s dedication to his or her chapter and state FFA Association. Earning this degree from the Garden Spot FFA Chapter this year was Kyle Spotts (2018), Connor Ranck (2017), Sarah Hess (2015) and Megan Mellinger (2018).

Story written by Garden Spot FFA reporter Stephanie Mays, Class of 2020
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