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Vo. 3 | Issue 1 | “Post State Leadership Conference Edition” Published by the Iowa FFA Association | June 2014

NATIONAL OFFICER CANDIDATE MEET THE BRAND NEW STATE OFFICER TEAM THE STATE CONVENTION EXPERIENCE RESULTS, BAND, CHOIR, DEGREES AND MORE


2014-15 Iowa FFA Officers President ABRAH MEYER Secretary LEE THOMSEN Reporter RAY SCHMIDT SE State Vice President MIKE POGGEMILLER SC State Vice President HUNTER MOORE SW State Vice President LOGAN BAUER NE State Vice President MICHAEL TUPPER NC State Vice President MACKENZIE LEWIS NW State Vice President DEVAN VANDER VEEN

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Volume 3 | Issue 1 The official magazine of the Iowa FFA Association.

Iowa FFA Staff Executive Secretary MR. SCOTT JOHNSON State Advisor MR. DALE GRUIS

South Central District Officers President HUNTER MOORE Vice President ERIN HAMMOND Secretary WYATT KALDENBERG Treasurer SPENCER STOEBNERW Reporter KAITLYN BOYER Sentinel MELISSA GARCIA Advisor MRS. JESSICA HEBERT Southwest District Officers President LOGAN BAUER Vice President ZOIE SHOOK Secretary JESSICA MESECK Treasurer DREW CHRISTENSEN Reporter ASHLYNN LINGLE Sentinel KENNEDY PLOWMAN Advisor MR. BEN BOOTH Northeast District Officers President MICHAEL TUPPER Secretary COLE MOODY Reporter KAYLEIGH KOCH SW Vice President ALANA PLATTE SE Vice President LIBBY FISHER NE Vice President AMANDA CROW NW Vice President TRISTAN DITTMER Advisor MS. KRYSTAL WRIGHT North Central District Officers President MACKENZIE LEWIS Vice President BRANDON HANSON Secretary AMANDA ANDERSON Treasurer JUSTIN BARTLING Reporter KALA WISECUP Sentinel CULLY FORSYTH Advisor MR. KURT VELDHUIZEN Northwest District Officers President DEVAN VANDER VEEN Vice President COLIN BROWN Secretary MARISSA PHAM Treasurer MYSTIC HENNINGSEN Reporter TARI KNOCK Sentinel HUNTER EAST Advisor MS. MOLLI GRIFFIN

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CONTENT

NATIONAL OFFICER CANDIDATE Get to know Iowa’s very own national officer candidate, Brad Pickhinike

PASSING OF THE GAVEL Read some thoughts of the past and hopes for the future

THE NEW STATE OFFICER TEAM Meet the brand new Iowa FFA State Officer Team for 2014 - 2015

THE CONVENTION EXPERIENCE Secretary Lee Thomsen explains just what convention is all about

SOUTHWESTERN PERSPECTIVE Caleb Gustin, New Mexico officer gives us his take on Iowa’s SLC

RESULTS Catch up on all the final results from State Leadership Conference

MEALS FROM THE HEARTLAND Chapter results from meals from the Heartland. Congrats to all chapters!

IOWA DEGREE BAND & CHOIR Members from across the state join together to play and sing as one

CONVENTION BY THE NUMBERS After a record breaking year, check out SLC by the numbers


NATIONAL CANDIDATE

Brad Pickhinke is up for the challenge! BRAD PICKHINKE National Candidate Brad Pickhinke grew up on a family farm by Sac City. He has served as State Reporter. Brad is a sophomore at Iowa State University studying Agricultural Biochemistry. Brad is very excited about the possibility of serving the National FFA Organization as an officer and for the opportunity to give back the the organization that provided so much to him.

So you know how when you were younger and right before Christmas you broke your mom’s favorite vase or backed up into your dad’s truck because you were jamming out to your favorite Shakira song, and your parents were SO mad! Both of them would threaten to return all your presents, but come Christmas morning they were all still under the tree. FFA is the same way. It seems like no matter what you do, whether you attend every meeting and service event or just pay the dues, FFA still gives back in a way that is different than any other organization. Similar to when I thought I had found my parents the perfect present for Christmas and then I gave my one present for their five for me, FFA always managed to give more than it took. Just as I feel like I can never fully give back to my parents what they have given to me, I don’t think I will ever be able to fully give back to FFA in the way it provided me all I need to be successful in this big world. I decided to run for national office because of the way that the organization and all its members encouraged, developed, and guided me to where I am today. Now I want to repay that debt and serve as a national FFA officer.

Easily my parents. They instilled in me almost all my values, showed me how to be responsible, humble, and the value of a hard day of work. Sometimes my parents and I would wake up before the sun, get out in the field, and then finally get home shortly after the sun slipped below the horizon. Then we would make our supper and just talk. The guidance those talks provided has served me well as I met countless people in the state, country, and throughout the world during my travels. The most important advice they gave me was to always be open or you will be blind to the inspiration around you. Now not every person I met changed my view, but the passion they all shared has inspired me to believe that the world is always working to be better and so should I.

The members. I don’t think its a secret that this world can be a little harsh and at times quick to judge a book by its cover. The media can try to surround us with all that is bad and everything we need to change about ourself, but not FFA. It didn’t matter which chapter I visited or event I attended, I was always blown away by how each member was just ready to meet someone new and make a friend!

What is/are your SAE Project(s)? Poultry production entrepreneurship and grain production placement. I raise about 120 chickens each year that I sell to local customers and I work on the family farm during the fall and spring months.


NATIONAL CANDIDATE

Any easier question to answer would be “How hasn’t it?” I joined FFA in seventh grade and from the start was pushed to give presentations on research topics to industry professionals. My communication skills were challenged through the countless career development events I participated in while my ability to lead and stay organized was tested as an officer. Every time I thought I knew everything FFA could challenge me with I was surprised by another new and exciting task. FFA pushed me not only to develop into someone who is ready and capable to enter the working world, but ingrained in me the importance of good values and pure intentions.

Without a doubt it would be Shakira! Shakira is funny, charming, beautiful, and above all else an honest person! I mean, they wrote a song about the integrity of just one part of her body, so the rest must be pretty trustworthy too! She also has given me one of my favorite quotes that has guided me through my years in FFA and as I prepare for national office, “The pressure is on, you feel it. But you got it all, believe it! When you fall, get back up!”

Once I take off the blue jacket for the last time I plan on finishing my undergraduate degree in Agricultural Biochemistry and then pursue a Master’s of Science in Plant Breeding. From there I will either enter into the industry and work in corporate research or will continue to further my education and work towards a Ph.D. Ultimately I want to focus my research on how we can develop new hybrid crops to produce more with less. Although I have no clue where in the country my work will take me, I also plan to be an active FFA Alumni member and support any local FFA chapter I can!


PASSING OF THE GAVEL

Fuel Passion and Spark Action

Ignite. One simple word to many individuals, but for over 14,000 Iowa FFA members, this is a word that many of them will never forget. The 86th Iowa FFA State Leadership Conference was truly a success this year due to every Iowa FFA member igniting their passion for FFA. Whether it was a State Officer Candidate speech, a laser show, an awesome talent participant, or even an Advisor dancing to the “Cupid Shuffle”, the 86th Iowa FFA State Leadership Conference took over Ames in so many different ways. Hilton Magic has a whole new definition after this State Leadership Conference. Igniting Success. At the 86th Iowa FFA State Leadership Conference there was definitely a unique feel. It seemed like everything we did was breaking records. Whether it was packaging Meals for the Heartland, receiving an Iowa FFA Degree, or becoming a new member – These Iowa FFA Members were not messing around, shattering many previous records. Igniting the Future. At the close of the 86th Iowa FFA Leadership Conference, I was humbled by the future leaders of the FFA. In the Fourth and Final Session of the 86th Iowa FFA State Leadership Conference, 9 individuals were selected to be the leaders of the Iowa FFA for the upcoming year. I am so incredibly proud and happy for those individuals. Igniting a Life. Iowa FFA, thank you. You have truly ignited so many different things in my life. You are truly an organization that I will never forget. I thank the good Lord every day for the opportunity I had to spend with each and every one of you. I cannot thank you enough.

-Josh Earll, State President 2013 - 2014

It’s the remix to Ignition, hot and fresh out the kitchen, the 86th Iowa FFA Leadership Conference is something everyone will be missin’! OOFTA… This year’s State Convention was something to talk about. From record-breaking numbers receiving the Iowa FFA Degree to jaw-dropping talent acts to hair-raising Career Development Event results; Hilton Coliseum was filled with excitement and nerves all around. With exactly 5,400 members rushing through the city of Ames and the campus of Iowa State University, I had text messages pouring into my phone from my non-FFA friends saying, “I’ve been seeing your blue jacket friends around campus all day!” FFA members, way to make an impact! Not only did we make an impact on those who are not a part of the FFA, but we were also impacted by some of the best and brightest members the FFA has to offer. It was a pleasure to meet and work with the 23 Stars Over Iowa finalists, whom have poured countless hours into their Supervised Agricultural Experiences, as well as the 17 other State Officer Candidates, who continue to serve each of us members selflessly. As the final tap of the gavel was made, I had a great feeling that every member would return home with a little flame lit from the 86th Iowa FFA Leadership Conference. I hope that these flames turn into a fire that spreads. For the fires that emit the most heat, the fires that provide the most light, always burn BLUE!

-Abrah Meyer, State President 2014 - 2015


PASSING OF THE GAVEL

It is an experience that many of us are fortunate in this state to have: the first time firing up the engine of a new car or truck (well, at least a car or truck that is new to you). Do you remember that feeling? It could be the same feeling you had with a tractor, snowmobile, or ATV. The anticipation, excitement, and exhilaration of turning the key in the ignition or pushing the start button really has no equal. But does it have an equal? Does FFA provide an opportunity to experience those same feelings when you get involved? The 2013-2014 Iowa FFA Officers possessed unique qualities that provided for FFA members across Iowa the opportunity to feel that sense of anticipation, excitement, and exhilaration in whatever they were involved in. The multi-talented individuals that came together to make this charismatic team focused their mental and physical energy into an organization that helped them ignite a passion in FFA many years ago.As a result of their unyielding passion to serve, the Iowa FFA Association has experienced a record year.

To the team whose passion in FFA never waivered— Josh, Abrah, Brad, Lauren, Trey, James, Dylan, Tony, and Logan — thank you. Moving forward, we welcome an eclectic and dedicated group of young leaders ready to excite and engage a record population of leaders in agriculture. To Abrah, Lee, Ray, Mackenzie, Hunter, Devan, Michael, Logan, and Mike the endless opportunities of the upcoming year await— good luck and congratulations on your achievement. English-American author Helen Rowland wrote “You never win if you never begin” and this statement could not apply more to all of you: the now record number of FFA members in Iowa. Get involved in the opportunities and activities that are before you and FFA and don’t hold back your passion for success!

-Scott Johnson Executive Secretary/Treasurer


OFFICER Q & A

One Year, All In Get to know your new State Officer Team!

The 2014-2015 Iowa FFA State Officer Team. Back row (left to right) Ray Schmidt, Michael Tupper, Devan Vander Veen, Logan Bauer, Hunter Moore. Front row (right to left) Mike Poggemiller, Abrah Meyer, Mackenzie Lewis, Lee Thomsen

ABRAH MEYER Iowa FFA President A lover for adventure, exercise, food, and life chats, Abrah enjoys being with people. She hails from small-town Readlyn in Northeast Iowa.

LEE THOMSEN Iowa FFA Secretary Des Moines native, Lee comes from the only urban FFA chapter in Iowa. She is always smiling or laughing about something, and is truly passionate about meeting and inspiring others.

RAY SCHMIDT Iowa FFA Reporter Ray is a strategic futurist. He is passionate about America, Iowa State University and is a rootbeer consiseur. Ray grew up on a pig farm outside of Williamsburg.

What did you feel as you heard your name called? Abrah Meyer: It was such a humbling, yet exciting moment. I knew I was in for the best year of my life with the greatest people in Iowa. Lee Thomsen: I remember waiting to wake up from such an amazing dream! I was so honored, it was completely surreal.

Lee Thomsen: Don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone. You never know where a new opportunity may take you! Ray Schmidt: Do not be afraid to fail. The feeling of regret is far worse than the feeling of rejection. Mike Poggemiller: Leadership isn’t a title, it is just being yourself.

Michael Tupper: I couldn’t believe that I was fortunate enough to give back to the organization that has already given me so much.

Logan Bauer: Stick with whatever you start, try new things, and become a better person than what you were yesterday.

What is one piece of advice your would give to younger FFA members?

Michael Tupper: Be yourself and take advantage of every opportunity. It may just might change your life.

Abrah Meyer: Be a friend to everyone. Regardless of our different walks of life and backgrounds, we all share a love for this organization and serve a greater purpose.

Devan Vander Veen: Get involved. The true experiences and opportunities of the FFA happen when you go beyond the classroom and out of your comfort zone.


OFFICER Q & A What is one quote that has inspired you? Abrah Meyer: “Better the last smile than the first laughter.” -English proverb Lee Thomsen: “Whatever you are, be a good one.” -Abraham Lincoln Ray Schmidt: “You will never know unless you try.” -Anonymous Mike Poggemiller: “I don’t measure a man’s success by how high he climbs but by how high he bounces when he hits the bottom.” -George Patton Hunter Moore: “Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imagiations, our possibilities become limitless.” -Jamie Paolinetti Logan Bauer: “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” -Philippians 4:13 Michael Tupper: “When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves.” -William Arthur Ward Mackenzie Lewis: “Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyways.” -John Wayne Devan Vander Veen: “Opportunity does not knock, it presents itself when you beat down the door.” -Kyle Chandler

Who is your celebrity crush? Abrah Meyer: Mark Wahlberg Lee Thomsen: Leonardo Dicaprio

Ray Schmidt: Shakira Mike Poggemiller: Brittany Snow Hunter Moore: Carrie Underwood Logan Bauer: Jennifer Aniston

MIKE POGGEMILLER Southeast State VP

Mike is from the Mediapolis FFA chapter. He grew up on his family hog and crop farm. Mike’s SAE is beef production.

Michael Tupper: Emma Watson Mackenzie Lewis: Luke Bryan Devan Vander Veen: Mila Kunis

What are you most excited about this year? Abrah Meyer: Learning more about the eight other state officer teammates and getting know them each better. Lee Thomsen: To build relationships with members from across the state. Ray Schmidt: I want to inspire members and meet members from all corners of this wonderful state. I also want to encourage members to step out of their comfort zone and be willing to take risks. Mike Poggemiller: To be a positive influence and role model to younger FFA members. Hunter Moore: To get to meet new members, and inspire everyone around me. Logan Bauer: To give back to an organization that has already given me so much. Michael Tupper: Grow my leadership while serving all 14,300 members. Mackenzie Lewis: Growing as a leader and as a person. Devan Vander Veen: Traveling to all different places all over the state.

HUNTER MOORE South Central State VP Hunter lives on a small farm by Centerville, Iowa. He enjoys hunting, fishing, and behind in the great outdoors.

LOGAN BAUER Southwest State VP Logan is passionate about agriculture and all it intals. He grew up on a family farm with corn, beans, hay and cattle. He loves family, friends and faith.

MICHAEL TUPPER Northeast State VP Michael hails from New Hampton where he resides on a diversified family farm. He enjoys traveling, agvocating, and watching corn grow. He will be attending Iowa State.

MACKENZIE LEWIS North Central State VP Mackenzie was born and raised in Boone in the North Central District. She enjoys watching movies, being outside and spending time with family.

DEVAN VANDER VEEN

Northwest State VP Sibley-Ocheyedan FFA is Devan’s home chapter. Devan enjoys playing basketball, giving advice, and getting a little reckless on his fourwheeler.


SLC EXPERIENCE

The State Convention as well as others such as Public Speaking and Job Interview develop their public speaking skills and prepare themselves for their future as they graduate from high school and continue on into the real world.

On April 27th, 2014, the blue corduroy jackets flooded Ames, Iowa, and took over Hilton Coliseum. Iowa FFA members traveled from all over this great state to attend the 86th Iowa FFA Leadership Conference with one goal in mind: to live out the theme of this year’s convention, to ignite FFA. From the moment they arrived on April 27th until they packed up to head home on April 29th, Iowa FFA members not only experienced personal growth within themselves, but inspired others and left their mark on the Iowa FFA Association. Throughout the three days of State Leadership Conference, members lived out the theme as well as its tagline: fuel passion, spark action, and ignite FFA. FFA members fueled their passion for agriculture by participating in various Career Development Events, or CDEs. On Monday and Tuesday of State Leadership Conference, FFA members from across the state participated in Leadership and Skills CDEs, in which they developed their public speaking skills and broadened their knowledge of the agriculture industry. In the Agricultural Issues and Perceptions CDE, teams of 3-7 FFA members write and perform a mock, scripted debate over a current topic in agriculture. Members who participate in this event

In addition to participating in various CDEs, FFA members attended the career fair in the Scheman building, right next to Hilton Coliseum. Companies, organizations, colleges, and universities also came from all over the state to set up their own booths to communicate with members throughout the conference. While members had free time during State Convention, they were able to walk through the career fair and build connections with those who set up booths in the career fair. Some companies even brought interactive games and activities, so members were able to have a little fun while they were building those valuable connections! By attending the career fair, Iowa FFA members fueled their passion for agricultural education.


SLC EXPERIENCE FFA members sparked action by embodying the last line of the FFA motto: living to serve. Meals from the Heartland is a non-profit organization composed of volunteers who package meals which will feed starving people right here in Central Iowa as well as across the United States. Throughout the three days of convention, FFA members packaged 262,872 meals. Dave Bradley, the Executive Director of Meals from the Heartland, announced that next year at the 87th Iowa FFA Leadership Conference, Iowa FFA members will package our one millionth meal! That’s one million meals, feeding one million hungry people, all thanks to Iowa FFA members over the past three years.

Members ignited FFA at each of the general sessions of the 86th Iowa FFA Leadership Conference – literally, they were on fire. In addition to the lazer shows that presented themselves at last year’s State Leadership Conference, there were columns of flames ignited during exciting moments of each session. In addition to literally igniting FFA, members figuratively ignited FFA and their passion for this great organization by attending leadership workshops during convention. Iowa’s own Steven Brockshus, who is currently serving as the 20142015 Central Region Vice President of the National FFA Organization, presented one of these workshops. Steven also gave a keynote speech during the second general session, which inspired many members who had connected with him during his two years serving the Iowa FFA Association. We were very thankful to have Steven back in Iowa for a few days!

During the third general session of State Leadership Conference, two very special guests came to help Iowa FFA members ignite FFA. Fred Hoiberg and Bill Fennelly, the Iowa State University men’s and women’s basketball coaches, respectively, welcomed members to Hilton Coliseum and spoke briefly about their history with FFA and in agriculture. Members were so excited to be able to meet and hear from these two very inspirational and motivational men. Throughout the conference, FFA members were able to showcase their talents in the FFA Idol contest. Morgan Kahler from the Bison FFA chapter defended her title and won FFA Idol again at this year’s State Leadership Conference. She fueled and ignited her passion for music by singing and playing guitar on stage. Her rendition of Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash and Automatic by Miranda Lambert blew the audience and the judges away, and earned her a chance to perform on stage during the fourth general session in front of the 5,400 (seriously… exactly 5,400) FFA members, advisors, parents, and guests present. Morgan isn’t the only one who aspires to have the chance to stand on that stage in Hilton Coliseum. Throughout the 3 days of the 86th Iowa FFA Leadership Conference, hundreds of members were able to step foot on that stage; whether it be to have earned a gold rating in a CDE, to be recognized for their achievements in their Supervised Agricultural Experiences, or to receive their Iowa Degree. There is just something about the Hilton Magic you feel on that stage that really gets your heart pumping. The Hilton Magic does not lie exclusively up on that stage, though. The 86th Iowa FFA Leadership Conference allowed members to connect with one another, with industry professionals, and with themselves. FFA members’ ability to fuel passion, spark action, and ignite FFA at State Leadership Conference did not stay in Ames, Iowa. Each and every member carried a little bit of that Hilton Magic back with them to their hometowns. And if they’re anything like me, they’re already counting down the days until the 87th Iowa FFA Leadership Conference!


CALEB GUSTIN

FROM NEW MEXICO TO IOWA The trip to the 86th Iowa FFA Leadership Conference was a brand new experience for myself. A big thanks goes out to Josh Earll for inviting Amanda Ball and I to attend this awesomeness and get the opportunity to do workshops with Iowa FFA members. At this convention, I felt such a connection with the state officers and members from across the state. This was my first time leaving my state to attend another state convention. Getting the opportunity to interact with members, Ag instructors, and sponsors was fun, and although I wasn’t familiar with the state of Iowa, I felt right at home… so thank you!

with our favorite quotes. We then took an opportunity to discover with members what it means to be a leader and what steps to take to put us on the right pathway to purposeful leadership. This great organization we are a part of shows us that although we are from different states, the FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for It goes to show that FFA members, premier leadership, personal no matter where we are from, we growth and career success are all united in BLUE to strive for through agricultural education. GOLD. FFA produces some of the We have so many opportunities most caring and respectable young to grow and further our education adults, and I saw here in Iowa that – just like through some of the the brightest flames defiantly burn moments I was able to observe. blue. It felt great to step onto the floor of Hilton Coliseum and see so many members striving for a purposeful cause like packaging the meals with Meals from the Heartland. Thank you to the Clarion-Goldfield FFA Chapter for allowing me to join in! Leadership is all about our service to others. I was also honored with the opportunity to put on a workshop and learn from different FFA members across Iowa to find out where they come from and what they are involved in. During this workshop Amanda and I handed out quote cards


CALEB GUSTIN Along with experiencing the rain, I found out just how flat Iowa actually is and how much of a leader Iowa was in agriculture production in the United States. I have now discovered that the World Pork Expo is held right in Iowa. I raised and showed pigs for nine years so this sounds amazing.

While I was sitting in the lobby talking with some past state officers, I was listening as Agricultural Education instructors were coaching their students on their big contest the next day. Only FFA members know why there is someone standing in front of a wall giving a well-prepared speech. The late nights and early mornings we put ourselves through only create ever-lasting relationships, memories and moments of growth. Thank you to our Ag instructors for putting up with our smart remarks and, often times, annoying sounds; for being a best friend and a mentor; and for helping guide us to our intended pathways. FFA helps open God’s gifts. During my time here in Iowa, I was able to see members reaching their full potential and finding themselves in this crazy time of their lives. I think the reason this

was such a successful convention was the fact it rained everyday. Everyone was kept nice and cool. Plus it kept our blood pumping from the fact that we would have to run and jump over massive lake-sized puddles on our way to Hilton. You might be used to the rain, but this poor boy from the dry state of New Mexico wasn’t exactly sure what to do with that much water pouring from the sky. I was half tempted to start filling up bottles to bring back and show everyone in my home state what water was.

Along with its industry leading production in agriculture, it also has some future leaders in agriculture production. I got to witness some of these individuals through the proficiency awards. Keep up the hard work! It was great to see such a range of ideas and future goals. Agriculture takes everyone to be successful and Iowa, you have it figured out. I had a great time in the great state of Iowa – from meeting new people to experiencing a state convention with close to 6,000 FFA members in attendance to learning about rain. Thank you for allowing me to come and remember that the brightest flames burn blue.


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MEALS

Meals from the Heartland Thank you to these chapters for your support!

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262,872 meals packaged, let’s thank these chapters for their

contributions and for making this such a successful year!

Laurens-Marathon Tall Corn Osage FFA Emmetsburg FFA West Fork FFA Crestwood FFA Manson Northwest Webster FFA Seymour FFA

Bronze Level ($100) South O’Brien FFA Brokaw FFA East Union FFA Washington FFA Iowa River FFA Sheldon FFA East Buchanan FFA Greene County FFA Montezuma FFA Griswold FFA Sibley-Ocheyedan FFA Mid-Prairie FFA

Silver Level ($250) Algona FFA Mediapolis FFA OA-BCIG FFA East Sac FFA Jesup FFA Decorah FFA

Gold Level ($500)

Maquoketa Valley FFA at Delhi Vinton-Shellsburg FFA Akron-Westfield FFA Le Mars FFA


IOWA DEGREE

Blue Jackets, Gold Standards! This past FFA theme is reoccurring when describing this year’s Iowa FFA Degree Ceremony. However, this year the number of blue jackets meeting this gold standard was higher than ever! This year we had 686 Iowa FFA Degree Recipients - an all time record! The gold pin of the Iowa FFA Degree displays the highest level of achievement that a state can bestow upon its members. This degree sets the bar high for members to reach new heights with their SAE, leadership, and personal growth.

of the business. Henningsen stated, “My SAE has taught me that to get anywhere in life, hard work will take you there.” As in every area involved with the Iowa FFA Degree, the hard work and dedication of all recipients never goes unrecognized. The areas of growth that 686 Iowa FFA members made will be used to inspire another record of recipients in years to come, hopefully starting with 690+ this coming year!

Each recipient was required to dedicate 300 hours or $1,000 in his or her SAE, as well as demonstrate 25 hours of community service, perform ten procedures of parliamentary law, and fulfill other necessities. One FFA member displayed outstanding personal growth in her SAE and leadership within her community and chapter. Mystic Henningsen of the Sibley-Ocheyedan FFA Chapter started off her SAE project as an employee of her older brother’s lawn mowing business. Since that time, Mystic has bought the full operation as her own and mows all eleven lawns as the new owner

Iowa FFA Band and Choir


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Iowa FFA Today - Post State Leadership Conference - June 2014  

Volume 3 Issue 1 Post State Leadership Conference June 2014

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