By Nicole Minier
CHURUBUSCO — Churubusco’s FFA chapter had an eventful and exciting October.
Five members attended the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, one ’Busco graduate received the American Degree, and the livestock team placed fourth in the national competition in North Carolina.
Kari Riehle, a 2016 Churubusco High School graduate, received the American Degree at the National Convention, Oct. 28.
The American FFA Degree is considered the highest award a member can receive during their FFA career. To receive the honor, members must complete strict requirements set forth by the National FFA Organization’s board of directors.
Members must have graduated from high school and expanded their “Supervised Agricultural Experience” where they document hours worked and money made while in FFA. The award recognizes a member’s commitment toward FFA and their passion for agriculture.
Recipients also must complete several FFA and school activities, as well as community service hours.
“This degree is truly an honor to receive,” said Churubusco FFA Advisor Phil Allen.
Churubusco’s livestock judging team of Myah Bear, Maggie Johnson, Devyn Gaff and Mallory Johnson had a stellar performance at the Southeastern Regional National Contest in Raleigh, N.C. The team placed fourth overall, coming in fifth in goats, second in swine and first in reasons. Individually, Mallory Johnson came in third in swine; Bear placed ninth in sheep and eighth in reasons; Maggie Johnson finished fourth in reasons and eighth in cattle; and Gaff placed third in reasons.
Mallory Johnson took eighth overall.
The 90th annual National FFA Convention was Oct. 25-27 in Indianapolis. Five Churubusco FFA members attended: Faith Resler, Blaire Foote, Brent Teague, Jared Gross and Nate Konger, along with about 66,000 FFA members from all 50 states.
Members had the opportunity to listen to several dynamic and motivational speakers during the convention sessions. There were also more than 1,300 agricultural career related businesses, universities and technical schools — one of the world’s largest career and trade shows.
There were many animal species and breeds represented, as well as farm implement brands. Wildlife groups, all branches of the military, farm seed companies and ag-related businesses were featured at the career show.
While there, Churubusco members attended a Rascal Flatts concert and a professional rodeo, as well as a personal tour of Lincoln College of Technology.
“The FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education,” Allen said.