The Evening Leader

FFA looks back on great year

- By SKYLER MITCHELL Staff Writer

The St. Marys FFA has had a busy last couple of weeks, with the chapter recently coming off the State FFA Convention, earning plenty of accolades along the way.

Taking place last week, the students within the chapter showed off what they learned in the past year and received recognitio­n for their hard work. Ranked a top 10 chapter in the state, the students are proud of what themselves and what they did to get here.

“We have top 10 chapter and we also had 15 State Degree kids,” stated Parker Miley. He was proud to note how that made up good percentage out of the 27,500 students that qualified. “[We’re] two percent of all of the Ohio FFA members with State Degrees.”

Students Kaden Brackman and Natalie Imwalle were also happy to note that the chapter was also top 10 in strengthen­ing agricultur­e and a Gold Medal Chapter. The chapter had to do many interviews to get where they were and they consider it an honor to place.

“We had a very good two days, both chapter wise and individual­ly,” said Brackman about the convention. Seeing as how this was the first one they’ve had in several years, they were happy to get another chance to go into it at all since some will be graduating soon.

The group wasn’t sure what to expect going into it, especially since it was going to be last chance they would get. The work they had to do was strenuous, but they were glad to see the fruits of their labor come into play.

“For these State Degrees, there was pretty rigorous amount of paperwork we had to do and it’s evaluated by people as well,” stated Imwalle. “It was just fun,

I was just looking forward to it. I feel like all the nervous stuff happens when you’re interviewi­ng, and you know you’re getting your State Degree before you go, so it’s not like you’re waiting for your results.”

The students were thankful for the work that their advisor Lucy Bambauer has put into helping them reach their potential. They were given many chances to shine and they are grateful for each one they were able to take.

For some like Mackenzie Ott, who has served as one of the State FFA officers this year, she plans on looking back on the year fondly.

She did a lot in order to earn her position, going across the state to meet many different chapters, as well as learn many different skills as one of 11 officers.

“This year has definitely taught me how much you can grow if you want to,” Ott said about her experience­s. “It’s really cool to think about that, because thinking back to a year ago, I would never dreamed I’d be here.”

She said she learned a lot of different things while on the job and looks forward to applying those lessons to her everyday life. Being a state officer presented plenty of challenges and opportunit­ies in equal measure, and she encourages anyone in the position to do it to give it a shot.

“I’m really hoping to find something

that really echoes personal growth, career leadership and career success,” said Ott. She’s planning on going into fashion merchandis­ing, which she believes is very flexible and she can use to her advantage. “I never thought I’d be up in front of 10,000 people all at once giving this speech I just had memorized, but yet we did do it, and that kind of proves that you can do anything you put your mind to.”

Ott considers the state convention to make her time as state officer come in full circle and she’s happy to go off on a high note.

For more informatio­n on the St. Marys FFA, as well as any events it’ll be participat­ing in, feel free to visit their Facebook page.

 ?? Photo provided/Lucy Bambauer ?? The St. Marys FFA recently made it to the State FFA Convention and were subject to many different awards and accolades for the work they’ve done this year. One of the biggest achievemen­ts was 15 students within the program getting their State Degrees, making them consist of two percent of the total members to achieve that in the state of Ohio.
Photo provided/Lucy Bambauer The St. Marys FFA recently made it to the State FFA Convention and were subject to many different awards and accolades for the work they’ve done this year. One of the biggest achievemen­ts was 15 students within the program getting their State Degrees, making them consist of two percent of the total members to achieve that in the state of Ohio.

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