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By Morgan Jane Coyne
Goldendale FFA Reporter 

Goldendale FFA Competes at State Convention



Good Showing: Goldendale FFA members did themselves proud in a recent state convention.

Last Wednesday, 54 Goldendale FFA Members, five parent volunteers (Jamie Kindler, Kelly Krusow, Sarah Conroy, Brandy Helms, and Danielle Cooper), and Goldendale FFA Advisors Randi and Joshua Krieg made the long four hour journey through the Palouse Valley to the WSU campus in Pullman.

This select group of junior high and high school students competed at the Washington State FFA Convention for five days on the Washington State University Pullman campus. The convention hosted more than 4,000 FFA members and guests from all over Washington State. The Goldendale FFA chapter competed in seven career development events or CDEs.

Career development events help students develop the abilities to think critically, communicate clearly and perform effectively in a competitive job Market. There are 32 CDEs, covering job skills in everything from communications to mechanics. Some events allow students to compete as individuals, while others allow them to compete in teams.

Goldendale FFA had a successful week at the Washington State FFA Convention. The chapter was awarded 4th out of 167 chapters in the National Chapter Award and received a superior ranking. Members Kassandra Wedgwood and Alyssa Merry presented the application activities. Members Kassandra Wedgwood, Madison Krull, Corbin Bland, Courtney Tatro, Morgan Jane Coyne, Curtis Kayser, Nathan Mathwes, Alexis Miller, Vanaesa Ontiveros, Cody Farmer, Cassie Kayser, and Alyssa Merry completed the written application. All 12 members have qualified for Nationals this October in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Caroline Knopes, Elizabeth Garcia, Lizzy Hedges, and Mia Walkemeyer accepted their awards for their state winning and national qualifying agriscience projects. All four members will submit their written projects to nationals in July for consideration and acceptance by early August.

The Jr. High Wind Turbine Education group placed 3rd in the state for the Hall of Chapters. Members Olivia Erland, Delaney Kindler, Jasper Randall, Justin DeMott, Austin Williams, Caroline Knopes, Hank Thompson, Josie Quantrell, Tiana Watson, and Nick McKune researched, constructed and presented the wind turbine information.

"I really enjoyed being a part of the Hall of Chapters," said Tiana Watson, Goldendale FFA member. "I got to educate people about the Goldendale FFA chapter and our local commodity of wind energy as well as learn about all the other chapters in our state."

The Agricultural Issues Team consisting of Cassie Kayser, Morgan Jane Coyne, Lexi Miller, Luke Winslow, Elizabeth Miller, Stacey Sullivan, and Shyann Richmond placed 3rd in their flight and 9th out of 32 teams in the state.

Cassie Kayser placed 3rd in her flight for Prepared Public Speaking with her speech entitled, "Medicated Feeds".

1st Year Member Team Hailey consisting of Natalie Schroeder, Micaela Gutierrez, JT Cahill, and Sara Hiebert placed 5th in their flight. 1st Year Member Team Caroline consisting of Taylor Fahlenkamp, Kaylee Wageman, and Justin Ward placed 3rd in their flight.

The Conduct of Chapter Meetings Goldendale Gold Team consisting of Vanaesa Ontiveros, Sandra Cook, Curtis Kayser, City Mains, Delaney Peters, and Cooper Krusow placed 7th in their flight. Goldendale Purple Conduct of Meetings Team consisting of Corbin Bland, Corbin Riley, Courtney Tatro, Austin McKune, Andrew Ihrig and Ashlyn Muzechenko placed 8th in their flight.

The Jr. High Quiz Bowl Goldendale 1 Team consisting of Rachel Gallagher, Lizzy Hedges, Shyann Richmond, Nathen Priddy, and Mason Conroy placed 10th in state. The Jr. High Quiz Bowl Goldendale 2 Team consisting of Stacey Sullivan, Matthew McInturff-Hill, Berto Ontiveros, and Hannah Avila placed 12th in the state.

The Agricultural Sales Team consisting of Logan Quantrell, Garrett Schroeder, Eric Evans, and Aurora McLaughlin, placed 25th in the state.

Madison Krull served as the Washington State FFA Community Service Committee Chair and the chapter's voting delegate. "This was a great experience to see how our organization operates and to be a part of running a committee," stated Madison Krull, Goldendale FFA Vice President.


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