The 86th State FFA Convention was recently held in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. The two-and-a-half day convention was full of Career Development Events, leadership seminars, inspirational keynote addresses and recognition of student’s accomplishments. At the last session, a new slate of state FFA officers were elected to serve the Tennessee FFA Association over the next year.
Top left: Treasurer – Amy Morgan, Cookeville; Sentinel – Shelby Day, Oakland; Middle TN Vice President – Susan Cowley, Lincoln County; West TN Vice President – Elena Smith, Munford; Reporter – Victoria Utsman, Daniel Boone. Bottom Row: President – Kevin Robertson, Wilson Central; East TN Vice President – Coty Vannoy, Chucky-Doak; and Secretary – Nick Baker, Baxter.
The Convention was filled with students fulfilling their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success as their passions were ignited for agricultural education and their futures. More than 500 State FFA Degrees were handed out in the final session on Wednesday, showcasing juniors andd seniors who have achieved the hours, knowledge and skills necessary to achieve this highest degree Tennessee can offer an FFA member. Greg Peterson, of the famous singing Peterson Farm Brothers, was the opening session keynote speaker and inspired convention attendees to tell their story in unconventional ways and Mitch Baker, National FFA Secretary, motivated the students to create their own adventures every day in his keynote address on Tuesday.
Congratulations to all students winning Career Development Events!
FFA Ceremonies – Munford FFA Chapter
Parliamentary Procedure – Munford FFA Chapter
Star Greenhand Award – Juliana White, McEwen
Creed Speaking – Juliana White, McEwen
Star in Agriscience – Cory Wright, Munford
Job Interview – Emily White, Daniel Boone
Star in Agricultural Placement – Megan Aiosa, Paris
Extemporaneous Speaking – Madison Shultz, East Robertson
Prepared Public Speaking – Catherine Moore, Dyersburg
Star in Agribusiness – Arianne Stearns, Brighton
Star Farmer – Reed Hester, Dyer County