Close to 75 hours were spent cleaning, Winners of the National FFA Agricultural buffing and repainting. The end result was Communications Career Development a beautiful, shining-like-new red scoreboard. Event were announced recently at the annual awards banquet. The event was
“We have loved our time as players,” held in conjunction with the 89th National Pace said, “and think that doing a Senior FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis, Service Project is a great way to leave Ind. the program better than when we arrived. The Springville High School FFA had Giving back is a great way to show appreciation. the chance to represent the State of Utah We hope that this will become a in the Agricultural Communications CDE tradition that future classes follow.” and compete against 36 other teams from
The motto on the front of the high around the United States. Team members school reads, “Here, we learn for life.” are Chloe Wimmer, Jaynee Giffing and With hundreds of hours spent on the soccer Madi Condie. field over the past year, that statement The SHS team received a Silver ranking. applies to this team. Players learned not In addition, Chloe Wimmer achieved only soccer skills but about friendship, high individual on her practicum portion leadership, loyalty, belief and hard work. of the event. This year, all of these combined to create The National FFA Agricultural Communications good memories, valuable life experiences CDE is a competitive event and a great team. that tests students’ skills in all areas of the agricultural communications field and evaluates how well they can apply classroom knowledge to real-life situations. Participants attend a simulated news conference and use the information gathered to complete individual practicums in writing, electronic media and design.
Prior to the event, students compile media plans related to innovative agricultural practices, management techniques and marketing tools. Each team then creates a 15-minute presentation based on their proposal. Members also compete in an editing exercise and a general communications quiz.
The event, held at the JW Marriott and IUPUI in Indianapolis, is one of many educational activities at the National FFA Convention & Expo in which FFA members practice the lessons learned in agricultural education classes.