Pickaway – Last month at the 96th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana multiple A-C FFA Members earned incredible achievements. There are over 900,000 FFA Members in all 50 states of the U.S. and only six National FFA Officers. One of our own, a 2021 graduate Morgan Anderson is now one of those six. She was elected as the Eastern Region Vice President of the National FFA Organization. Morgan previously served as the 2021 Ohio FFA Vice-President, where she traveled the state serving our FFA members. To be elected as a national officer she had to go through multiple different extensive interviews, and complete a series of intense relevant paperwork. She was picked by a national committee of FFA members, where they interviewed and selected her from over 30 other candidates. She worked extremely hard for the opportunity to earn this position, it takes an incredibly dedicated person to complete this process, we could not ask for someone better to represent our chapter and our state at the national level.
In addition, our 2023 state winning A-C FFA Agricultural Communications team competed and then eventually earned the right to move on to the finals where they placed 4th in the country. Our team consisted of Hannah Saum, Emily Buckley, Riley McKeska and Rachel Weaver. To add to their success Hannah also placed 4th in the nation individually. This is the 10th time that the A-C FFA Agricultural Communications team has won a state championship and competed nationally. No other school from Ohio has ever placed as high nationally as we have in this Career Development Event.
Jillian Bennet also won the state competition in Job interview last year earning the right to compete nationally in the Employment skills CDE where she earned a silver rating. Less than 20 other FFA Members from around the country placed that high. This is a very challenging competition as it is an individual competition, where you must complete a cover letter, resume, job application, personal interview, phone interview and follow up letter.
Our A-C FFA Agricultural Issues team also won the state competition last year for the 7th time and competed at the National FFA Convention last month earning a bronze rating. Our team consisted of Madelyn Anderson. Madison Cordle, Emma Strickler, Cate Buckley and Caidyn Garee. This team worked extremely hard to get to the national competition. Where they presented their issue of: Are Solar Farms on Farmland the Answer. They introduced their topic to a panel of judges in the form of a verbal debate presentation, and with a slide show.
Finally, we had three members; Trevor Spence, Logan Craycraft and Morgan Anderson all earn their American FFA Degree. This is the highest degree an FFA Member can earn. It is awarded to high school graduate members with demonstrated leadership, community service, academic success and outstanding SAE programs. We are extremely proud of our past members, as this is a very difficult award to receive. They had to keep up with the recording keeping of their SAEs even after they graduated. This is such an incredible accomplishment for members of our chapter!
It is very safe to say that of the thousands of schools in the United States there is no other school in the country that had three successful CDE teams and one National Officer other than ours here at Amanda-Clearcreek. We are so proud of all of our members who continue to work hard all year round, the hard work that they put in continues to pay off year after year. As our success shows at the state and national level. Congratulations to all our A-C FFA Members for representing not only our FFA Chapter, but our school and our state in such an incredible way.