The Future Farmers of America (FFA) National Convention was a huge success for local FFA students. They had many opportunities to network and compete against other schools from around the country, as well as learn about farming careers that they could pursue after high school.
The “ffa activities list” is a huge success for the local FFA students at the national convention. The students were able to share their knowledge with other students, and learn from others as well.
Shane Brennan is the Delo National Tractor Restoration Program’s Reserve Champion.
NORTH COUNTY — Local FFA members attended the 94th Annual National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, during the Halloween weekend.
The Central Coast has a long history of making a name for itself in the Delo National Tractor Restoration Program, and this year is no exception.
Templeton’s Shane Brennan and John Paul Schmidt, as well as Atascadero’s Cameron McEntire, were among the top twelve contenders for the national competition. Brennan was named Reserve Champion, while McEntire’s tractor was named Runner-Up in the Fan Favorite category.
We’re going to get through this together, Atascadero
In addition, Annika Enstrom’s tractor from San Luis Obispo was named Grand Champion. She was also named Best Photographer.
The National Program’s finalists are picked from tractor repair contests around the country. The JB Dewar Tractor Restoration Program at the California Mid-State Fair selected students from San Luis Obispo County.
JB Dewar and Chevron Delo honor young students who have restored an ancient tractor each year by giving them with a forum to promote their work as well as scholarship awards. In the restoration process, JB Dewar coaches and advises students, teaching them business skills, collaboration, project management, budgeting, planning, and marketing training.
Brennan and Schmidt won first and second place in the fair this year. Schmidt repaired a 1940 Allis Chalmers Model B, while Brennan rebuilt a 1952 Farmall Super AV.
With her 1964 Massey Ferguson 135, Annika Jenson of Santa Margarita earned third place.
To accept their prizes and attend the National FFA Convention, all five area tractor students flew to Indianapolis.
Deanna Morton, a Shandon FFA adviser, received an Honorary American Degree during the conference.
The Honorary American FFA Degree is the highest honor awarded by the National FFA Organization on a person. It is intended to honor their national contributions to agriculture, agricultural education, and FFA.
Students may join the FFA until they reach the age of 19. Their senior year, usually the year after high school graduation, is when they complete their American degree.
In the National FFA Organization, the American Degree is the greatest level of achievement. It demonstrates an FFA member’s commitment to their chapter and state FFA organization. FFA degrees are achieved by satisfying the National FFA Organization’s requirements, which include:
- Obtaining a State FFA Diploma
- For the last three years, I’ve been an active member.
- completing secondary education in a program of agricultural education
- Hours of community service
- the ability to lead
- Exceptional academic accomplishments
Degree holders from the United States are among the top one percent of agricultural students in the United States. At the National FFA Convention and Expo, these students are recognized and earn their degrees.
Shandon and Templeton FFA members attended the conference to get their American degrees.
According to Kyle Dadson, advisor for the Atascadero FFA chapter, their school declined the chapter’s request to attend the National Convention. There were no students from the Paso Robles FFA Chapter that attended the conference.
The Templeton Unified School District did not send any students to the conference on behalf of the district. However, it did not prevent a 2020 THS graduate from obtaining her American degree in person.
“It was a little strange since our schools wouldn’t let us travel as a chapter,” Welcher recalled, “but this was something I’d wanted to accomplish my entire FFA career.”
Welcher witnessed her siblings get their American degrees and receive them in person at the National FFA Convention as the youngest in her family. Welcher learned how important it is to acquire an American degree by seeing her brothers.
Welcher called every FFA student she could think of who wanted to accompany her to their graduation. Finally, she and a small group decided to go to Indianapolis on their own for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
“It was difficult not to go with my chapter, but I’m pleased I went in general because I know so many others weren’t as lucky,” she adds.
FFA members received 3,863 American degrees this year. More than 760,000 kids in the United States are members of the FFA.
Earning an American degree is a big accomplishment that also signals the end of a student’s tenure as a member of the FFA.
“It was emotional to unzip my jacket–I know I’ll never put this jacket on for another FFA function since I’m now an alumnus,” Welcher says.
The National Officer Nominating Committee, chaired by Dean Hill is a character in the film Dean Hill of Templeton FFA, selected people who would head the FFA organization next year.
Congratulations to the following local Americans who received degrees this year:
FFA Chapter of Atascadero:
FFA Chapter in Paso Robles:
- Austin Andres is a young man from Texas.
- Awalt, Christy
- Cassidie Exorcism
- Breese, Ethan
- Brown, Jacob
- Cody Carr is a professional football player.
- Cook, Corri Anne
- Nicole Diez is a model and actress.
- Garrett Earl is a character in the film Garrett Earl
- Justin Earl is a musician from the United States.
- Mitchell, Trew
- Pesenti, Brysan
- Richard Cole
- Kendall Savage is a character in the film Kendall Savage
- Strupp, Casey
- Tsesmilles-Castro, Nathaniel
Chapter of the Shandon FFA:
FFA Chapter Templeton:
- Dean Hill
- Ashley Lewis is a young woman who has a
- Scantlin, Shelbi
- Rodriguez, Jonathan
- Wall, JoEllen
- Jessica Welcher is a writer who lives in New York City
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The “ffa motto” is a huge success for local FFA students at the national convention. The motto was created by the National FFA Organization and it is used to represent the 4-H program in general.
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