Two Elma FFA students are heading to nationals after taking home top honors at the Washington State FFA Convention in Pullman May 8-12.
Logan Zepp was named Washington State Star FFA Placement Farmer, State Champion Extemporaneous Speaker and earned first place State Agriculture Sales Proficiency Award. Ayala was named State Champion Job Interviewer. They’ll advance to the national convention in Louisville, Ky. in October.
“These are all very special awards that I have been working towards winning my whole high school career,” Zepp said. “Elma FFA had a great year and I am proud to be a part of it.”
The Elma FFA Chapter was honored the highest rank as a 3-Star National Chapter and was recognized as the third best chapter in the state. It also earned the 100% Membership Award.
Elma members earned 14 top eight finalist awards in 17 different career development events. Zepp and Emily Kershaw were awarded Gold State Degree pins, the highest individual award at the state level for a member’s supervised agricultural work experience.
Zepp followed Ayala with a second place finish in Job Interview. Haley Goodwin, Paige Kershaw, Mikayla Smith, Makayla Hill, Joseph Palmer, and Morgan Rockey placed second in the Novice Parliamentary Procedure competition. The FARM Elementary Education Team placed third. Team members included Austin Cristelli, Colby Trusty, Kendra Bailey, Angie Patton, andKatie Sund.
Shelby Felder placed fourth in Prepared Public Speaking with her 8 minute speech on the “Big Lick”.
Farm Business tested math problem solving with Wyatt Gray, Tyler Davis, Krystal Prouty, Connor Wolfe, and Ben Borden placing fourth. In Marketing Plan, Zepp, Wyatt Carter, and Sam Baderdeen captured the fifth-place spot. Katie Sund placed fifth in the Chapter Scrapbook event.
The Agricultural Communication teams placed fifth and eighth. Kendra Bailey placed eighth individually and joined team mates Shalee Swint and Mac Miller for an eight place team finish. Sophomores Tara Frame, Morgan Jump, and Rylie Mansuetti placed fifth.
The Wilderness and Wild & Scenic Rivers Act Agricultural Issues team finish seventh in the state. Team members included Emily Kershaw, Megan Jump, Sam Baderdeen, Reynaldo Ayala, Logan Hieronymus, Tyler LaDue, and James Davis.
Paige Kershaw placed eighth in the FFA Creed competition. As a freshman, she recited the five paragraphs of the FFA Creed and answered questions about the agricultural industry. The Dairy Products team, composed of Melissa Hall, Aaron Guab, Angie Patton, Riley Mowry and Marie Geiger, captured eighth place.
Elma FFA competed in other career development events including; Food Science, Ag Sales, 1st Year Greenhand, Meats Evaluation, and Parliamentary Procedure achieving top 16 finishes. Other members competing included Cesar Cavero, Jacob Borden, Cassidy Bremer, Martin Torres, William Tangen, Nate Mueller, Tarique Hickle, Jacob Perez, Taylor Peek, Haley Brown, Colby Phillips, Tiana Cox, Kara Anderson, and Lorenzo Ayala.