Angie Patton, Colby Trusty, Shelby Felder, and Taylor Peek captured the state title for FARM (Forestry, Agriculture, and Resource Management) at the Washington State FFA Convention in Pullman May 14 to 18. FARM is an elementary education program where high school FFA members create and teach lessons about agriculture and natural resources to young children.
Washington State FFA named Paige Kershaw as the Washington State FFA Delegate for the National FFA Convention. Kershaw will be a voting delegate along with the six state FFA officers at the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky., Oct. 27 to Nov. 1.
The Elma FFA Chapter was honored with the highest rank as a 3-Star National Chapter and was recognized as the 4th best chapter in the state. Additionally, Elma FFA was honored with 100-percent membership.
Shelby Felder, Angie Patton, Shalee Swint, Mac Miller, and Rylie Mansuetti were awarded Gold State Degree pin. This is the highest individual award at the state level for a members supervised agricultural work experience. Patton was also named District 3 Star Farmer and recognized as one of the top nine in the state.
Elma FFA competed in fifteen different state competitions with 36 members. Elma FFA captured seven of the top eight finalist placings. In Agricultural Communications two teams from Elma advanced to the finals and took second and third place. Tara Frame placed third individual and Shalee Swint was seventh.
Other team members included Morgan Jump, Rylie Mansuetti, Angie Patton, and Marie Geiger. Farm Business tested math problem solving with Wyatt Gray, Tyler Davis, Lorenzo Ayala, Nate Mueller, and Ben Borden placing fourth.
Shelby Felder placed sixth in Extemporaneous Speaking with her importuned agricultural issue topic. Felder also ran for State FFA Office and was announced as a top 10 candidate.
The elite event at the State FFA Convention is Parliamentary Procedure, advisor Christi Kershaw explained. Elma advanced two teams into the final eight.
“This is a rare feat, but one the Elma has done successfully three times in the past ten years,” Kershaw wrote in a press release.
The seventh-place State FFA Parliamentary Procedure Team was composed of seniors and juniors, including Logan Hieronymus, Marie Geiger, Tara Frame, Morgan Jump, Rylie Mansuetti, and Mac Miller.
The team composed of sophomores and one junior placed eighth. Team members included Haley Goodwin, Paige Kershaw, Mikayla Smith, Wyatt Gray, Joseph Palmer and Morgan Rockey.
Elma FFA competed in other career development events including: Job Interview, Milk Quality and Products, and Marketing Plan, Agricultural Sales, Food Science, Ag Sales, 1st Year Greenhand, Meats Evaluation, and Rituals. Other members competing included Cesar Cavero, Jacob Borden, Jacob Perez, Makayla Hill, Bailey Kelly, Aiden Troy, Riley Mowry, Moses Perez, Aaron Gaub, Kortney Bailey, Dallas Trusty, Jarod Hasselgren, Alsexus McCombs, Ryan Mesojednik, and Rebeca Moreno.
The advisors, coaches, and chaperones were Tyler Renz, Emily Wamsley, Christi Kershaw, Marilyn Gray, Carl Jonsson, Donna Boyer, Darrell Miller and Clarissa Miller.