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Goldendale FFA receives awards at National FFA Convention


November 6, 2019


MAJOR RECOGNITION: Goldendale FFA members won high recognition and awards the National FFA Convention.

Oct. 28 through Nov. 2, the Goldendale FFA Chapter attended the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. The convention hosted over 65,000 FFA members and guests from all over the U.S. participating in competitions, workshops, and career opportunities.

The Goldendale FFA took 14 members, Addison Bomberger, Claira Tuning, Jenna Casey, Nick Bowdish, Vanaesa Ontiveros, Delaney Kindler, Grace Hanning, Corynn Kayser, Taylor Fahlenkamp, Luke Winslow, Sandra Crook, JT Cahill, Micaela Gutierrez, and Natalie Schroder, along with FFA advisors Josh Krieg and Randi Krieg, and parent volunteers Filiberto Ontiveros and Belinda Cahill. The chapter traveled to Indianapolis to compete in the National Agriscience Fair and accept their National Chapter Award.

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: Growing Leaders, Building Communities, and Strengthening Agriculture. In the National Chapter Award, Goldendale FFA earned three Gold Stars, which is the highest honor.

Grace Hanning and Delaney Kindler accepted the chapter's Three Star National Chapter Award on live TV in front of over 65,000 people.

Addison Bomberger, Claira Tuning, Jenna Casey, and Nick Bowdish were selected as National Finalists for their Agriscience Projects. In order to be selected as a finalist, members must rank in the top 10 within their category nationally. The four individuals presented to a panel of judges in competition as well as participated in an Agriscience Fair Open House visited by over 65,000 FFA members and guests. Bowdish placed gold in the Plant System Division with his nitrogen fertilizer efficiency project. Bomberger placed silver in the Power, Structural, and Technical Systems with her solar pop can heater efficiency test. Tuning placed silver in the Environmental Natural Resources Systems with her project with using vegetation for erosion control. Casey placed silver in the Food Products and Processing System with her project of constructing a sensor for detecting produce ripeness.

Besides receiving their award, the students participated in educational tours in the states of Kentucky and Indiana. The tours the members participated in were Churchill Downs, Louisville Slugger Bat Factory, Schimpff's Confectionery, Fair Oaks Dairy, and Albanese Candy. Additionally, members attended a country concert for Old Dominion.

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 member Luke Winslow stated, "There were so many agricultural-based colleges and professions that I had never even heard of at the career show. This opportunity really broadened my horizons and opened up my mind about my future."

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 Jr. High Vice President Bomberger stated, "FFA Nationals was a knowledge gaining experience. I got to learn so much and meet new people. I can't wait to compete again!"


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