Nevada FFA attends 88th Iowa FFA Leadership Conference

Staff Writer
Nevada Journal
Nevada FFA attends 88th Iowa FFA Leadership Conference

Twenty-two Nevada FFA members participated in the Iowa FFA Leadership Conference held at Iowa State University in Ames on April 18 and 19. The state’s largest youth organization had a record 5,485 members, parents and guests attend this year’s conference. Nevada FFA earned the Superior Chapter award for the activities and level of participation the chapter accomplished. Erik Fevold earned a gold award in extemporaneous speaking, which is one of the leadership career development events. The chapter’s Food For All exhibit, photos of student garden projects and starting vegetable plants in the greenhouse, earned a gold award. Nevada FFA’s Ag Sales team earned a bronze award for their participation in developing a sales presentation, both individually and as a team. Also, the students took a written test on sales protocol.

Another highlight was Courtney Davis and Erik Fevold being awarded the Iowa FFA Degree for their accomplishments in their Supervised Ag Experience and FFA leadership activities. Both Davis and Fevold submitted four years of SAE records detailing paid hours, unpaid hours, skill development, investment and leadership activities. In addition, the 26-page Iowa FFA Degree application must accompany the records. The entire process must meet the scrutiny of a panel of ag teachers and FFA advisors.

Additional state leadership conference activities included participating in the ag career and college fair in the Scheman building, attending the ISU College of Ag barbecue, FFA fun night in the Memorial Union and conference general sessions in Hilton Coliseum. Kevin Cooper, Nevada FFA advisor, accompanied the students and drove the bus. Cooper also transported the Colo-Nesco FFA members on Monday and enjoyed reminiscing about the 12 years he was shared between Colo-Nesco and Nevada schools.