Members of the Rocky Mountain FFA Chapter took the Silver Chapter Award at the Wyoming State FFA Convention held April 8-11 in Cheyenne.
The Environment and Natural Resources team consisting of members Jennifer Parker, Charles Kawano, TaiLyn Miller and Alana Senn took eighth place overall and fifth place in the team activity. The team presented recommendations to improve soil health to a panel of judges. Members were coached by advisor Christin Shorma, with help from Eric Shorma and John Richards.
The Horse Judging team consisting of members TaiLyn Miller, Tyler Lindquist and Samuel Brown placed 15th out of 38 teams.
“They competed with only three members as a novice team and made great improvements from the beginning of the year,” noted Shorma. The team was coached by Chandi Workman.
The Ag Mechanics team consisting of members Dusten Bond, Tyler Lindquist, Charles Kawano and Chace Brand was coached by Bill Miller. The novice team worked hard and Shorma said she is looking forward to seeing more improvements from them.
Community member Bob Acton of Cowley received the Honorary State FFA Degree.
“Bob is a long-time supporter of our FFA members and is very deserving of this high honor,” said Shorma.
According to information released by State FFA Advisor Stacy Broda, the convention is one of the largest youth conventions held in the state, with more than 1,200 students attending annually. FFA members competed in career development events, participated in leadership workshops and attended convention sessions featuring keynote motivational speaker Mark Black, and national FFA officer Wiley Bailey. Members also heard motivational words from the retiring state officers and special convention guests like Cheyenne Mayor Rick Kaysen.
“The state FFA convention is the culminating event for the Wyoming FFA Association,” explained Broda. “These students worked for several months now in preparation for competitions and interviews to demonstrate their skills at the state level and celebrate their chapter’s successes with their peers.”
In addition to competing in events, the students also attended leadership workshops, toured the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens and learned about Wyoming’s western history at the Frontier Museum during their visit to Cheyenne.
The state of Wyoming has more than 2,000 members in 50 chapters across the state. For more information, visit http://www.wyomingffa.org.
By Patti Carpenter