Spanish Fork FFA recently returned from the 92nd National FFA Convention held in Indianapolis Indiana. While there, students had the opportunity to compete, listen to motivational speakers, attend workshops, talk to potential employers and schools, and learn more about agriculture through industry tours. Eight students had the opportunity to compete in five different competitions, where we were able to have some incredible success.
- Livestock Evaluation team was ranked in the silver category. Students evaluated classes of livestock, defended their placings, made marketing and reproduction decisions and made decisions on which animals to place in their herd. The team was made up of Corianne Mangelson, Russell Mangelson, Porter Olsen, and Brooke Sorensen.
- Jesse Shepherd participated in the Firestone and FFA art contest. He created a wooden quilt block featuring the FFA emblem and Firestone logo. At the convention he was recognized as the winner of this contest, winning a $1,000 prize for our chapter. In addition, Jesse's piece is being displayed at the Firestone headquarters.
- Kacie Jones spent the week in interviews trying to become a National FFA officer. She did a great job of representing the state of Utah and we are proud of her for her efforts.
- The Agriscience Fair program allows students to complete a science fair project in a field related to agriculture. This summer 10 finalists in each of the divisions were named. At the convention, these finalists presented their projects to a group of judges. Jesse Shepherd was third place in Division 3 Animal Science category, for his project dealing with nitrogen levels in chicken manure based on the age of the bird. He will receive a cash award and medallion. Russell Mangelson and Ashley Olsen were named the winners in Division 4 Animal Science category for their project with feeding flaxseed to turkeys. They will receive a cash award and a medallion.
- The proficiency awards recognize outstanding student achievement in agribusiness gained through establishment of a new business, working for an existing company or otherwise gaining hands-on career experience. This summer Porter Olsen and Kyle Clark were announced as finalists making them top four in their respective categories. While at the convention they had the opportunity to interview and tell more about their projects. Porter Olsen was named a runner up for this project with turkey research. Kyle Clark was named the winner in his category for his project restoring tractors. This is a major honor making Kyle one of the top 47 agriculture students in the nation.
- Kacie Jones, Britton Redd, Stran Sorensen, and Jared Roach all received their American FFA degrees. This requires them to productively invest money while working with an agricultural job or enterprise. In addition, they have to do community service and be active participants within the FFA.