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FFA competes at state convention

POSTED 6/6/2014
OESJ students earn high honors at state FFA competition
Members of the Mohawk Valley FFA chapter at OESJ High School brought home several honors from this year’s New York State FFA Convention including a second place state win for the chapter’s Parliamentary Procedure
FFA members

This year 10 OESJ High School students earned the chance to compete at the state FFA Convention held May 8 to 10 in Medina. At the convention, approximately 1,000 teens from across the state competed in Career Development events, earned scholarships, listened to speakers and conducted state-level business to guide the New York FFA Association into the coming year.  

The OESJ Parliamentary Procedure team placed second at the state convention making them eligible to compete against other top teams from the eastern states at The Big E in Massachusetts in September.  Members of the OESJ team are Laiken Whittredge, Liam Sammons, Zach Tinkler, Kait Isaac, Stephanie Arndt and Aryn Feagles. Aiden Eggleston and Jeff Baker trained as alternates.

Also bringing home honors were Kait Isaac and Stephanie Arndt who both received Empire Degrees, the highest award possible in New York State FFA. Arndt also received a silver ranking for her Proficiency Degree in Dairy Production.

This year’s convention also recognized Deborah and the late Benedict Conte with Honorary Empire Degrees for their commitment to the New York FFA.

The co-advisors for the Mohawk Valley FFA are OESJ High School teachers Kristy Shafer and Christopher Smith. 

In a time when more people than ever are concerned about the origins and security of their food supply, New York FFA members are engaged in the production, distribution and marketing of our food, fiber and natural resources systems. The State FFA Convention provides opportunities for students to explore careers through hands-on competitions, engage with colleges and potential employers in workshops and networking settings and to participate in general sessions where their peers are recognized for academic achievement, leadership success and accomplishments in Supervised Agricultural Experiences.  Throughout the convention, more than $50,000 in scholarships, stipends and awards were presented to students ranging from middle schoolers to college sophomores.

FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success.  High schools from Queens in New York City to the smallest communities in upstate NY have prioritized providing their students with Career and Technical Education courses – specifically agriculture – and have opened the door for the young people in their communities to become involved in FFA and engaged as future employees, consumers and community leaders. 

Caption: Mohawk Valley FFA members pose with the FFA State Reporter at the FFA State Convention in May.