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April 27, 2017 Featured - Riverside - FFA members bring home awards from State Convention
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Eighteen Lone Tree FFA members attended the 89th annual Iowa FFA State Leadership Conference held in Ames, Iowa on April 10th through the 11th. Members participated in several events at the conference including Chapter Display, Voting Delegates, Greenhand Test, Courtesy Corps, Massing of the Flags, Extemporaneous Speaking, State FFA Band, Stars Over Iowa Finalists, State Officer Candidates, and ten students received their Iowa FFA Degree.

The Lone Tree FFA had the opportunity to help package meals for Meals from the Heartland while at the State FFA Convention. Over 1,500 FFA members throughout the state of Iowa volunteered to package 250,000 rice soy meals. Meals from the Heartland is a non-profit organization composed of volunteers who package meals for delivery to starving people in Iowa, the United States, and around the world.

Lone Tree FFA’s Extemporaneous Speaker was Peyton Schmidt who received second at districts and received a gold at state.

Derick Sandburg and Kailee Marshek represented Lone Tree FFA at the voting delegate session. As a voting delegate, they listened to members who wanted to become state officers and voted them to offices. Peyton Schmitt and Spencer Arnold were both balloted for the State Officer Team in the office of Secretary.

Jaxon Mullinnix and Shayna Burr participated in the state Courtesy Corps. Jaxon was awarded with a first place plaque for the Growmark Essay Contest.

Wyatt Westfall participated in the Massing of the Flags Ceremony held during the Second General Session where he represented Lone Tree FFA holding our chapter flag.

Haley Sweeting and Rebecca Wilson took the Greenhand Test, which is a test that is compiled of questions about the history of FFA, knowledge of the program, and basics of FFA. Each received a gold rating.

Members who made the chapter exhibit were Shelby Eden, Zailey Puga; who painted the display, Drake Hotz; who constructed the display, Emily Feldman, Abby Buckman, and Jaxon Mullinnix; who were in charge of organizing everything and gathering information. These members chose to make an exhibit on the chapter’s Hunger Service Day. The Lone Tree FFA Chapter received a gold.

Ten students received their Iowa FFA Degrees: Karli Burr, Casey Shalla, Trey Pierson, Peyton Schmitt, Spencer Arnold, Jason Fulton, Wyatt Westfall, Logan Carter, Drake Hotz, and Madison Forbes. The Iowa Degree is the highest honor received in the state level. These members had to have a Supervised Agricultural Experience, have at least 25 hours of community service, have participated in at least 5 activities above the chapter level, served as a chair of a committee or held a chapter office, and have met the financial qualifications.

Skyler Pettitt was selected to play her instrument in the Iowa FFA Band.

Spencer Arnold was one of six finalists in the State for Star Over Iowa in Production. Spencer was awarded this honor because of his hard work and dedication he put into his entrepreneurship Supervised Agricultural Experience Project. Peyton Schmitt was one of six finalists in the State for Star Over Iowa in Placement because of her work with her SAE project.

Lastly, the Lone Tree FFA Chapter is also honored to announce that Peyton Schmitt was elected as the 2017-2019 Iowa FFA State Secretary. Learning to do, doing to learn, earning to live, and living to serve.

Peyton will spend her year of service speaking with FFA members from across the state, presenting leadership camps and workshops, and traveling around Iowa and the United States. She will have the opportunity to take part in Iowa FFA Foundation activities, the Iowa State Fair, Iowa FFA Legislative Symposium, the National FFA Convention, and a wide variety of FFA Career Development Events.

Along with her officer team, she will be responsible for coordinating and conducting the 90th Iowa FFA Leadership Conference for over 5,000 FFA members, advisors, parents, and guests. Peyton is the second Lone Tree FFA member to ever have received this honor and the Lone Tree FFA chapter could not be more proud of her.

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