The Southmont FFA chapter traveled to Purdue University in West Lafayette June 18-20 to attend the 90th Indiana State FFA Convention.
During the convention, students were able to listen to motivational speeches from both state and national FFA officers, attend award sessions, serve as delegates and participate in the Courtesy Corp. Students also had the chance to meet other FFA members from across the state and visit with numerous agricultural businesses and colleges.
The chapter was recognized as a Silver Donor and for its state champion crops and floriculture teams. Members that comprised the state winning crops team were Lauren Tricker, Holly Shaver, Erin Williams, and Levi Brush. The state winning floriculture team was comprised of Holly Shaver, Erin Williams, Levi Brush, and Caden Sixberry.
Southmont had three members place in the top four in the state with their proficiencies. Shaver placed second in outdoor recreation, Emily Tricker placed second in swine production and Lauren Tricker placed third in swine production.
Williams also submitted a proficiency in the area of home and community development and was ranked gold.
The chapter had two of its members, Williams and Bernice Crosby, receive their state FFA degree. The state degree is the highest degree a member can be awarded from the state association. Williams was also elected District IV FFA president for the 2019-2020 school year. Being president elected allows Williams the opportunity to serve on the state FFA executive committee. James Nichols was also elected to serve as the District IV treasurer.
Southmont also had several members participate in state LDE contests. Shaver and Nichols brought home a second place finish in the agriculture and farm business management demonstration. The chapter was also awarded a fourth place finish in the multimedia scrapbook contest. Williams and Crosby also competed in the horticulture and landscape demonstration. Crosby also represented Southmont in the job interview contest.
Williams and Crosby served as chapter delegates, participating in voting to elect the 2019-2020 state officer teams as well as other official delegate business. Lauren Tricker, Shaver, Lilli Mussche, Richard Brown, Nichols and Hollea Crosby served on the State Courtesy Corp during the convention. They helped get award winners to their seats, welcomed guests to the sessions and helped facilitate leadership workshops.
Southmont was recognized as both a gold emblem chapter and “Big Ten” chapter, among the top 10 state chapters.
Southmont FFA was also recognized as a Model of Innovation winner in the area of building communities based on the activities it participates in during the school year. The chapter now qualifies to compete
as a National Chapter Award applicant. Those results will be released in October at the National FFA Convention.
Southmont’s FFA advisers were also recognized by the Indiana Association of Agricultural Educators for their outstanding performances during the 2018-19 school year. Erin Gilley was named Outstanding Young Teacher in District IV. She
will now compete against other district winners in the state contest. This is Gilley’s third time receiving the award as a Southmont adviser.
The Southmont agriculture department was also named Outstanding Agriculture Program in the district and will compete for the state title. Both awards are determined by fellow agriculture teachers within the district.