Crane FFA team members (L-R): Bibiana Gifft, advisor, Maria Thompson, Rebekah Titus and Natasha Culp. (Submitted photo)
The Crane FFA Chapter returned from a trip to the 2012 National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis, Ind. this weekend. Of the 560,000 members in the FFA Organization nationwide, more than 56,000 FFA members attended the national convention.
Crane FFA members Rebekah Titus, Maria Thompson and Natasha Culp earned 11th place in the National Agricultural Communications CDE, an event in which the chapter received first place statewide last spring. They competed against the state-winning teams from every state across the nation.
This was the first National CDE that the Crane FFA Chapter has ever competed in. The National FFA Agricultural Communications CDE is a competitive event 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 and a 15-minute presentation related to innovative agricultural practices and marketing tools. Members also compete in an editing exercise and a general communications quiz.
Royal Henricks and Hannah Buermann, Crane class of 2011, received their American FFA Degree, the highest degree attained in the organization. Henricks attended the convention with the chapter and is currently attending Blue Mountain Community College. He has plans of becoming a high school agricultural science teacher and FFA advisor. Erik Davies was also awarded a Silver Emblem for his accomplishments with his National Proficiency Application on his forage production FFA project.
In addition to the competition, Crane FFA members participated in the “Rally to Fight Hunger.” More than 10,000 FFA members packaged over 1 million meals to be shipped overseas in coordination with Kids Against Hunger, a humanitarian food-aid organization. Crane FFA assisted in packaging 26,000 boxes. This rally kicked off the National FFA Organization’s global “Feeding the World — Starting at Home” initiative, a movement to help students understand the issues and effects of global hunger.
Crane FFA members who attended the National FFA Convention were: Rebekah Titus, Maria Thompson, Natasha Culp, Elizabeth Davis, Erik Davies, Wyatt Clark, Jacob Rothgeb and Royal Henricks.
Anyone interested in helping the Crane FFA continue with their accomplishments by listening to speeches, judging contests or helping in any other way is asked to contact the Crane FFA advisor, Bibiana Gifft, at 541-493-2641, ext. 244, or Crane FFA Alumni President Shandel Hardin at 541-493-2011.