Elsberry FFA receives a Top Chapter Award

The Elsberry FFA Chapter placed third in the entomology career development event (CDE) at the 85th Missouri FFA Convention. There were 48 teams in the competition. The team members were Rachel Brickey, Sarah Brickey, Alex Hogarth and Maura O‚Brien. Rachel Brickey placed 15th, Alex Hogarth placed 17th, Sarah Brickey placed 26th and Maura O‚Brien placed 41st out of 186 participants. The Elsberry FFA advisor is Jason Vandivort. The entomology teams take a written exam on pesticide application and safety regulations as well as identify species of insects The Missouri FFA has 25,062 members representing 331 chapters. The national organization has more than 550,000 members representing 7,489 local chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

Elsberry FFA placed 31st out of 331 chapters in the state, earning a Top Chapter Award at the 85th Missouri FFA Convention. Only 10 percent of state chapters receive a top chapter designation each year.

Chapter activity awards, sponsored by FCS Financial, are given to chapters achieving excellence in student, chapter and community development. The Elsberry FFA Chapter advisor is Jason Vandivort.

Elsberry FFA student development includes many leadership activities. Elsberry members attended the National FFA Convention, career success tours and agricultural college tours. They also learned safety tips during Agricultural Safety Week and had a guest speaker who talked to them about proper interviewing conduct.

Chapter development activities are designed to promote excellence within the chapter. Elsberry produced an FFA recruitment DVD that was played during the eighth-grade recruitment night. The members also attended the Learn, Educate, Advance, Develop (LEAD) Conference, sold produce at the local farmer‚s market and served an FFA appreciation breakfast.

Community development fosters partnerships with local groups and promotes a leadership role in the workplace and community. Elsberry members help band ducks for the Missouri Department of Conservation for tracking migration patterns. Other activities included hosting a hunter education class, conducting canned food drives, and picking up trash in the community.

The top chapters are submitted to the National FFA Organization where they compete for the National FFA Chapter Award. The competition will be this fall at the 86th National FFA Convention in Louisville.

The Missouri FFA has 25,062 members representing 331 chapters. The national organization has more than 550,000 members representing 7,489 local chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

The Missouri FFA Association recognized Jessie Knox of the Elsberry FFA Chapter as Area 5 Star in Agribusiness at the 85th Missouri FFA Convention. Her parents are James and Mickie Guthrie of Elsberry, Mo. Her advisor is Jason Vandivort. Knox started her SAE program by purchasing a Scentsy starter kit and selling Scentsy products. As part of her business, Knox has attended conventions, craft shows and numerous home and basket parties. Knox has served as chapter parliamentarian and 2nd vice president. She competed in several career development events including forestry, dairy foods and parliamentary procedure. Knox won the area agricultural sales entrepreneurship proficiency award and named the Chapter Star Farmer. Knox also has participated in the National and Missouri FFA choruses. Knox has attended the National and Missouri FFA conventions and Washington Leadership Conference.Knox plans to study medical sciences and business entrepreneurship at a four-year college in Missouri. She hopes to attend graduate school to become a doctor of pharmacy in a rural area.

Jacob Parker of Foley, Mo., won the Missouri FFA Forest Management Entrepreneurship and Placement Combined Proficiency Award at the 85th Missouri FFA Convention. Parker, a senior at Elsberry High School, is the son of Daniel and Julie Parker. He is a member of the Elsberry FFA Chapter. His advisors are Jason Vandivort and Mike McCrory. Parker‚s supervised agricultural experience consists of cutting wood and tapping trees for maple syrup. He has been able to increase the amount of trees he taps and has been successful in maple syrup production. Parker has made improvements to his entire operation, which has significantly grown since his project began. Throughout his experience, Parker has learned how to identify quality trees for tapping, correctly boil the sap and can the finished product. Though it was hard work and very time consuming, the delicious maple syrup made it all worth it,‰ Parker said. As an FFA member, Parker has attended the Washington Leadership Conference and national FFA convention. He has held officer positions in his chapter and has been an exhibitor at the Missouri State Fair. He has participated in treasurer‚s book and poultry evaluation career development events. In addition to FFA, Parker is involved in National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, cross country and 4-H. After graduation, Parker plans to attend college. Once he receives his degree, he plans to continue his maple syrup project.

Storm Davis of Elsberry, received the second-place Missouri FFA Diversified Horticulture Entrepreneurship and Placement Combined Proficiency Award at the 85th Missouri State FFA Convention. Davis, a senior at Elsberry R-II High School, is the daughter of Kerry Davis and Susan Wade. She is a member of the Elsberry FFA Chapter. Her advisor is Jason Vandivort. Davis‚ supervised agricultural experience program consists of working in her family‚s flower shop. She enjoys preparing and selling nursery plants for events and has learned the importance of customer service setting goals. Working with strict deadlines and under stress is where Davis says she excels. As an FFA member, Davis has attended state convention, chapter banquets, chapter barnwarming and her chapter‚s trap shoot fundraiser. She exhibited a grand champion floral arrangement at the Lincoln County Fair and a reserve grand champion arrangement at the Missouri State Fair. In addition to FFA, Davis participates in Future Business Leaders of America; Family, Career and Community Leaders of America; cheerleading; school plays; and volunteers for both Meals on Wheels and Trunk-or-Treat.

Posted on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 10:31 am