FFA students compete at state contest, attend convention

Senior Tyler Dority receives his state FFA degree. The state degree is the second highest in the organization.

Kalee Schietzelt, Staff Writer

Seven FFA students attended state convention to compete at contest, participate as delegates, listen to speakers and watch a fellow chapter member receive his state degree.

Senior Tyler Dority made the walk across the State FFA Convention stage in Columbia on April 17 to receive his State FFA Degree.

“To achieve receiving my State FFA Degree I had to fill out an application and work hard in my SAE program which was beef cattle. Receiving my state degree was an honor, the ceremony was crazy and there was like 8,000 people but it was cool,” said Dority.

“I am extremely proud of Tyler for getting his state degree it’s a tough thing to do. Only about two percent of members in Missouri receive their degree and there is around twenty seven thousand members,” said Adler.

The Etymology team, made up of  junior Derek Wright, and sophomores Ashlyn Yoder, Noah Long and Alexis Smith placed fourth overall at district contest on March 31 to qualify for state contest.

“I am very proud of my students who went to state contest, and even those who didn’t. It took a lot of hard work and sacrifice of personal time to prepare for contests from studying to rehearsing. I am very proud of everyone,” said FFA advisor Stan Adler.

Sophomore Sam Thompson represented Warsaw in Creed Speaking after placing second at District Leadership contest on April 2, and advanced to state where she placed seventh..

“If I could have done one thing to better prepare for state I would have studied the questions more,” said Thompson.

There were a lot of exciting things about the State FFA Convention every student enjoyed different things, but everybody had a great time and a wonderful experience.

“The convention itself was really cool, and the town was awesome. All the people were really welcoming,” said Thompson.

Thompson, along with junior Shawn Riggs, attended convention as delegates.

“State was a lot of fun and a great experience, my favorite part was the speaker,” said sophomore Ashlyn Yoder.

   Other teams competed at the district competition on March 31, including the Dairy Foods team, the Livestock judging team, the Poultry Judging team and the Meats team. These teams did not qualify for state.