The Firelands FFA had its most successful State Future Farmers of America Conventions in school history.
On May 4, 27 students traveled to Columbus for the two-day convention. They helped pack meals for more than 88,000 people in need, enjoyed leadership sessions, and explored a career show and FFA mall.
Advisor Shanna Finnegan, Katy Tuggle, and Mike Anadell represented the chapter on stage during the National Winners Recognition for earning National Champion Model of Innovation-Community Division at National FFA Convention last year.
Eight students had previously qualified for top-four-in-state proficiencies and interviewed for final placings. They are Tuggle for accounting, Alex Sabine for diversified crop placement, Brandon Palmer (first place for agricultural processing), Anadell (first place for beef production placement), Clayton Spiegelberg (second place in state for vegetable production), Madison Stanley (second in state for fruit production), Katie Fath (third in state for agricultural sales placement), and Megan Brandich (fourth in state for goat production entrepreneurship).
Anadell, Palmer, and Sabine will all move on to represent Ohio at the national level.
For the first time in school history, Firelands had students selected to be finalists for Star State FFA Degrees, a distinction that puts these students among the top 16 in FFA in the state.
They are Tuggle (Star Farmer finalist), Sabine (Star in agricultural placement finalist), and Palmer (Star in agricultural business finalist.
Caitlin Gallagher, Palmer, and Sabine were recognized as gold rated officers.
Macey Butchko was selected to compete as one of the top 10 talents acts in Ohio FFA. She won second overall in the talent contest and was chosen to sing the National Anthem at a session, perform on the Bricker Stage, and be a session entertainer in front of more than 8,000 people.
Pablo Barranco represented the chapter on stage for working with FFA Fights Hunger.
Six members were recognized for earning the State FFA Degree: Evan Born, Tori Hritsko, Jesse Jones, Grace Pohorence, Sophia Pohorence, and Madi Stanley. These students are now among only about two percent of FFA members to earn this award, which is the highest degree a high-schooler can receive.
During the state FFA president’s retiring address, three Firelands FFA members were invited to assist him on stage: Anadell, Barranco, and Jones.
More than 25 adults supported the Firelands FFA at the conference, earning the club’s thanks.
Courtesy photos Proficiency finalists Madison Stanley, Katie Fath, Brandon Palmer, Mike Anadell, Clayton Spiegelberg, Megan Brandich, Alex Sabine, Katy Tuggle, and advisor Shanna Finnegan.