Exeter FFA takes high-octane delegates to Indianapolis

Exeter Union High School students place in national contests, serve as national delegate; three Alumni receive their American degrees at National Convention


EXETER – Members of the Exeter FFA had the opportunity to attend the 90th FFA National Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana and returned with a higher sense of pride for their chapter.

Late last month, the convention hosted over 65,000 distinguished members and guest. It is one of the largest youth leadership program gatherings in the world and Exeter FFA sent five chapter members to attend the Convention and three returning Exeter FFA Alumni to receive their American degree. Three members competed in the National Agriscience Fair finals, one attended as a National Delegate and another served as a Chapter Representative.

Isabella Gomez, Exeter’s Chapter President, was able to represent California as a national FFA delgate. She was able vote and debate on upcoming events, as well as help in the decision making process from the floor to improve the National FFA Organization. As state delegate, Isabella got to meet FFA members from all over the country and make lifelong connections during an expanded leadership trip that included a short stay in Washington D.C.

MaryJane  Archuleta Jensen, Exeter`s Chapter Historian, competed in the Power, Structural, and Technical Systems category. She placed 4th overall, earning a Gold ranking for her research in welding. Mia McCormick, Exeter`s Chapter Secretary, and Kaylee Rumbaugh competed in the Food Science and Technology category, placing 7th overall and earning a Silver ranking for their research in egg handling. Breanna Pike attended the Convention as a Chapter Representative.

Exeter FFA also had three members receive the golden key of the American FFA Degree. The American FFA Degree is the highest and most prestigious award given to FFA members who have invested more than $10,000 and 1,000 hours in their Supervised Agriculture Experience Programs. Those members were included Ryan Crookham (Chico State), Fallon Hammon (Fresno State), and Caleb Sweeney (Reedley College).  The entire chapter is proud of their hard work and dedication to their FFA endeavors.

Throughout the convention, members were able to visit national landmarks as well as explore Indianapolis and Kentucky. They attended sessions, heard messages from keynote speakers and mingled with colleges and businesses in the FFA Career and Expo.

The entire chapter is proud of their hard work and dedication to their FFA endeavors.

Exeter FFA is proud of all of their successes and cannot wait to see what this year has to come. The chapter and individual members rely on community support to help with their activities and travel. “We couldn’t have had such a rewarding trip if it weren’t for the businesses and community support that we get here in Exeter.” said Isabella Gomez.

If you would like more information about the Exeter FFA or the Exeter Ag Boosters visit the chapter web site at www.exeterffa.weebly.com.

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