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Elsberry FFA members make a play for Grand Champion at Missouri State Fair

Posted on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 12:04 pm

FFA President Cody Shaw, shown left, received Grand Champion in his division and third overall in the state at the Missouri State Fair. FFA Member Storm Davis received Reserve Grand Champion for her floral arrangements.

The Elsberry FFA had a big year last year, with a lot of recognition from not only the community, but the state. However, this year would seem to be even better as four members won state rankings at the Missouri State Fair.

“We had our most successful state fair since I have been teaching at Elsberry for the past eight-years,” said FFA Advisor Jason Vandivort. “We had Cody Shaw, with his Livestock Trailer, receive grand champion in his division and third overall in the state; Melissa Grasso with her Grand Champion Limosioun Steer; Nicholas Stone with his grand champion Oxford market lamb and Storm Davis with her reserve grand champion floral arrangement.”

The chapter also won first in the FFA horticulture show and third in the Fruit and Vegetable show.

“It is always amazing to watch the young ladies and gentlemen spend time with their animals to prepare them for the fairs,” said Vandivort. “To me it’s always amazing to see the excitement that the students have when their animals do well at the state fair or any show. The skills that they have learned while working with their animals will follow them for years into the future.”

Vandivort said they have a great group of professional young ladies and gentleman, all of which do an exceptional job with their projects. He went on to say it’s what makes him proud to be an advisor.

“We received one of the greatest awards, from the National FFA Association this year by being an astounding chapter for all the activities our members are engaged in,” said Vandivort. “I’m hoping for another exciting year of awesome projects coming out of our agriculture shop, with hopefully the best livestock animals we have had yet. I’m proud that our members still are striving to do their best at all times.”

Shaw, who is also this year’s FFA president said he thought his placement was good, considering all the “high quality projects” at this year’s fair. In fact, the only thing he said he would have changed about his project was making the front of his trailer a little more rounded instead of square. According to him it would have been a bit more appealing.

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