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Goldendale FFA wins big at national convention


Oct. 15 through Oct. 22, the Goldendale FFA Chapter attended the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind. The convention hosted about 58,000 FFA members and guests from all over the U.S. participating in competitions, workshops, and career opportunities.

The Goldendale FFA took 12 members: Daniel Wedgwood, Kassandra Wedgwood, Cassie Kayser, Madison Krull, Joseph Randall, Lene Riggers, Cody Farmer, Alyssa Merry, Katie Priddy, Joseph Sepulveda, Caroline Knopes, and Elizabeth Garcia, along with the FFA advisors, Josh Krieg and Randi Krieg. The chapter traveled to Indianapolis to compete in the National Chapter Award and Agriscience Fair.

The National Chapter Award is presented to outstanding FFA chapters that submit a presentation of 15 high quality activities that their chapter participates in annually. Each event must fall within one of the three categories: chapter, school, and community development. In the National Chapter Award, Goldendale FFA earned three Gold Stars, which is the highest honor.

Additionally, they were selected as a finalist for Model of Innovation in the Student Section out of over 7,800 of FFA chapters. The chapter was recognized for its Non-Traditional Career Nights: Guys in Floral and Women in Welding. During Guys in Floral, 25 males arranged flowers and discussed floriculture careers with local industry professionals. During Women in Welding, 25 females worked with industry professionals to fabricate metal roses and discuss career opportunities.

Kassandra Wedgwood and Daniel Wedgwood presented the Non-Traditional Career Nights Activity from the National Chapter Application and placed in the top 10 out of over 7,800 chapters. Cassie Kayser and Madison Krull accepted the chapter’s 3 Star National Chapter Award. Both pairs accepted the chapter’s awards on live-tv in front of over 55,000 people.

Also, Goldendale Jr. High FFA members, Elizabeth Garcia and Caroline Knopes, were selected as National Finalists for their Agriscience Project: Consumers’ Perceptions of GMO’s. In order to be selected as a finalist, members must rank in the top 15 within their category nationally. The two ladies presented to a panel of judges in competition as well as participated in an Agriscience Fair Open House visited by over 50,000 FFA members and guests. Caroline Knopes and Elizabeth Garcia placed 5th in Social Systems at the National Agriscience Fair. They each earned a silver medal.

Besides receiving their award, the students participated in numerous tours in the states of Tennessee, Kentucky, and Indiana. The tours the members participated in were Andrew Jackson’s Plantation, The Country Music Hall of Fame, Indianapolis Speedway, Churchill Downs, and Louisville Slugger. Additionally, members attended a country concert for Chris Young and Cole Swindell.

Goldendale FFA members also attended the National FFA Agricultural Career Show. The career show hosted more than 1,300 booths representing colleges, agriculture-related companies, fundraising companies, U.S. Armed Services, and auto and truck manufacturers at the Indianapolis Convention Center. Goldendale FFA ASB Representative, Kassandra Wedgwood stated, “At the career fair, I had the opportunity to talk to many colleges and meet many people from all over the nation.”

This occasion to travel across the country to be recognized for their excellence and to participate in hands-on learning opportunities was a once in a lifetime experience for the Goldendale FFA. Goldendale FFA Vice President Madison Krull stated, “Getting this award was a great experience to get out of our small town and be recognized at the national level.”


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