The Morris Area FFA Chapter had great success at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis.
FFA members from the Morris Area FFA were in attendance to participate in two Career Development events: Market Plan and Agriculture Issues. Delegates also attended leadership development sessions and workshops, hear motivational speakers, retiring national officer addresses and attended the largest Career and College Fair of any youth convention in the world.
Matt Huot and Hailey Kotts attended the second General Session to receive the two star National Chapter Award for Morris Area as well.
13 FFA Members also participated in the National FFA Days of Service. Students from all over the country volunteered their time at non-profit organizations in Indianapolis for four hours. Morris Area Students volunteered at MapleLawn Farms and Helping Hands Food Bank. Members attending the convention included Hailey Kotts, Brooke Wente, Beth Holland, Andrew Gausman, Anna Langerud, Courtney Gades, Xochil Mendez, Cody Eystad, Marth Koehl, Brady Wulf, Rachel Moser, Tim Smith, Steph Hennen, Matt Huot, Tony Domnick and Eric Wulf.
The Morris Area Agriculture Issues Team presented at the National FFA Competition with their CORN: FOOD VERSUS FUEL Issue. Kevin Wulf helped to coach the team this year. Denco II has been a tremendous help to the teams success as well. DENCO II helped find the team funding from Growth Energy to help defer costs to Nationals as well. The team won the state competition last May in Minnesota. The team made it to the semi-finals, just missing the final round. The top 16 states in the U.S. were in the semi-finals. Team members included Brooke Wente, Eric Wulf, Rachel Moser, Tony Domnick, Martha Koehl, and Brady Wulf.
The Morris Area Market Plan Team, also placing first in Minnesota last May, presented their market plan on the dairy manure solids from Riverview Dairy. Coach Elizabeth Schaefer helped the team prepare their presentation for Nationals. The team created a plan on how they would market the manure solids as a soil amendment to gardeners in the Midwest. The team did not advance past the first round of competition, but the judges were very impressed with their "marketing pitch". The team included Beth Holland, Steph Hennen, and Xochil Mendez.
Four FFA members also applied for and received their American Degrees, the highest degree a member can earn in the FFA, at National Convention. Three members were able to travel down to the National FFA Convention to receive their degree on stage at the morning session on Saturday. Earning the American Degree is based on money earned through the students Supervised Agriculture Experience, FFA Involvement and Community Service. Members attending to receive this honor included Esther Koehl, Travis Wulf, and Jenna Moser.