|All 25 banners the Enterprise High School FFA Chapter won at district and state competitions this year.
High School FFA members received
several honors at state competition.
by Carley Omenhiser
Reprinted with permission from The Southeast Sun
Members of the Enterprise High School FFA came home from the 86th annual Alabama State FFA Convention in Montgomery June 3-6 with several new banners commemorating their achievements during the event.
Forty-two students participated competing in floriculture, aquaculture, parliamentary procedure, poultry judging, prepared public speaking, agriculture mechanics, meats evaluation and small engines.
The EHS String Band and Quartet also competed during the convention.
Agriscience instructor Jerad Dyess said the teams found great success at the convention where the aquaculture team took home top honors and Ashley Greenwood received the award for being the top scorer in the contest.
The EHS String Band placed second in the state and the parliamentary procedure placed fourth in their competition.
Many other honors came to the Enterprise FFA Chapter while at the convention. Nine EHS students took their supervised agricultural experience projects and applied for proficiency awards.
Supervised agricultural experience programs are career-based projects that members conduct at home or at a job that are supervised by parents, employers and their FFA advisors.
Dyess said the SAE program allows students to take on new responsibilities as they learn new skills and explore numerous career options.
Hunter Reynolds placed first in specialty crop production for his work with pecans while Daniel Spann also placed first in landscape management for his project done while employed with Lucky Lawn.
Dakota Dalrymple also received second place honors in diversified crop production, Laura Poklinkowski for vegetable production and Joshua Waters for fiber/oil crop production.
Third place honors were earned by Paxton Peacock for swine production and Cody Gatlin for agriculture mechanics.
Fourth place honors were earned by Aeriell Cashin for plant systems and Edgar Martinez for diversified livestock production.
"Two of our members took their SAE one step further and entered their projects into Alabama’s Agriscience Fair," Dyess said. "Ashley Greenwood’s work with aquaculture and Aeriell Cashin’s work in plant science each received first place honors and will represent Alabama at the National FFA Convention in October."
Enterprise also took top honors in the State FFA’s Crime Prevention Award program. This award is given to the chapter that takes measures to set up programs to educate the community on preventing crime, especially rural farm equipment theft.
EHS FFA members educated their school and community about the Rural Property Protection Program, which marks farm equipment with a code that is unique to each individual.
"We also shared this information on the Top of the Morning show with Charlie Platt," Dyess said. "(Police) Chief (T.D.) Jones and Sgt. Billy Haglund of the Enterprise Police Department as well as Sheriff (Dave) Sutton of the (Coffee County) Sheriff’s Department assisted us in this contest."
EHS was also the recipient of the 2013 National Superior Chapter Award, which Dyess said is given to several of the best chapters in the state based on the chapter’s program of activities.
EHS also had 14 members receive their State FFA Degrees this year.
"This is a tremendous honor that few students achieve," Dyess said.
Members include Maggie Bentson, Ivy Bright, Aeriell Cashin, Sierra Chastang, Ashley Greenwood, Courtney Jester, Morgan Lentz, Chance Love, Chandler Martin, Laura Poklinkowski, Hunter Reynolds, Caylex Strickland, Trisha Truong and Jessica White.
Students participated in several other activities during the three-day convention, including leadership sessions with motivational speakers and National FFA Officer Jackson Harris of Eufaula.
The EHS String Band got the opportunity to entertain guests before a Montgomery Biscuits baseball game, which the entire EHS group also got to attend.
EHS was also selected as the host chapter for New York State FFA President Ashley Willits.
"The Enterprise FFA members thoroughly enjoyed being able to experience their convention with Willits by comparing the differences in the New York and Alabama associations as well as the different cultures in the North and South," Dyess said. "Overall, this convention was an exciting time that marked great successes by our students and ended our competition season with 25 banners. As we say goodbye to our seniors who worked so hard this year to make it a success, we welcome the leadership of a new slate of officers. They have huge shoes to fill, but we know they are up to the task."
The following is a list of student accomplishments of this year’s Alabama FFA Convention:
Career Development Event Teams:
1st Place Aquaculture - Ashley Greenwood, Trisha Truong, Ashley Yelverton and Kyler Bright
2nd Place String Band - Christy Goodwin, Ashley Gibson, Trisha Truong, Sarah Mentzer, Jentry Chesnut, Brian Ammons, Travis Carr and Jacob Jones
4th Place Parliamentary Procedure - Lacey Sullins, Madelyn Adkins, Emily Steinwinder, Daniel Terry, Lindsey Jensen, Morgan Russell and Collin Robinson
Proficiency Award Winners:
1st Place Specialty Crop Production - Hunter Reynolds
1st Place Landscape Management - Daniel Spann
2nd Place Diversified Crop Production - Dakota Dalrymple
2nd Place Vegetable Production - Laura Poklinkowski
2nd Place Fiber/Oil Crop Production - Joshua Waters
3rd Place Swine Production - Paxton Peacock
3rd Place Ag Mechanics Design and Fabrication - Cody Gatlin
4th Place Plant Science - Aeriell Cashin
4th Place Diversified Livestock - Edgar Martinez
State Degree Recipients:
Maggie Bentson, Ivy Bright, Aeriell Cashin, Sierra Chastang, Ashley Greenwood, Courtney Jester, Morgan Lentz, Chance Love, Chandler Martin, Laura Poklinkowski, Hunter Reynolds, Caylex Strickland, Trisha Truong and Jessica White
2014-2015 Officer Team:
Student Advisor Laura Poklinkowski, President Trisha Truong, Vice President Ashley Greenwood, Secretary Ashley Yelverton, Treasurer Brian Ammons, Reporter Caylex Strickland, Sentinel Jordan Stowe, Chaplain Jentry Chesnut and Historian Hannah Reynolds.
Carley Omenhiser is a writer for The Southeast Sun.