Successful 2018 National FFA Convention

November 6, 2018

Our Agronomy family sent a few members to National FFA Convention during October 24th - October 28th. They put in lots of hard workout throughout the past few years, and we are so proud of their accomplishments! Check them out below!

Colin Stark:

Colin Stark is now a sophomore from Pontiac, IL. He was a member of the Pontiac FFA chapter. Colin recently just got back from National Convention where he received his American Degree. In order to receive the highest degree through the FFA, he had to meet multiple requirements. Those requirements included earning a certain amount of profit or working a certain amount of hours through his project, along with fulfilling a specific amount of community service hours. Colin’s favorite part of the trip was getting to experience convention again with his chapter for the last time.

Jensina Davis:

Jensina Davis is majoring in both Agronomy and Seed Science, with this being her first semester at Iowa State. She is originally from Brookings South Dakota, where she belonged to the Brookings FFA chapter. She competed in the Prepared Public Speaking competition. Although the competition was tough and she didn’t make it out of the first preliminary round, she scored a bronze. Congrats to her! She prepared for nationals by revising her speech from the manuscript she won South Dakota’s Prepared Public Speaking event, which took place last December. She memorized the speech, then presented it to numerous groups like Toastmasters and agricultural professionals in her community in August, September, and early October so that she could get feedback on multiple aspects of her speech; her presentation of the speech as well as practicing answering questions about the content of her speech. Jensina’s speech was on agricultural advocacy with a focus on genetically modified organisms. She felt like this was a topic she could speak on based on past experiences of working in a seed testing laboratory. Since this is a common topic, she tried to make hers stand out by using Ghostbusters as her underlying theme that tied the speech together. Jensina’s favorite part about being at National Convention was seeing how much passion the other students and their advisors had for the agriculture industry. Seeing this passion really makes her excited for the future of the industry that she loves and eventually pursuing a career in.

Hannah Holdsworth:

Hannah Holdsworth received a silver emblem both as an individual and with her team, the Denison FFA chapter. Congratulations to her and her team. Take a look at how Hannah prepared for National FFA Convention with her team. Click the link below!