Rigby FFA excels at the State Leadership Convention

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RIGBY, Idaho (KIFI) – The Rigby FFA Chapter participated in the 91st Annual FFA State Leadership Conference earlier this month.

Chapters and stakeholders came together virtually to compete, celebrate successes and conduct the business of the association.

In the National Chapter Awards program, which recognizes a chapter’s efforts to execute a comprehensive program of activities, the Rigby FFA Chapter was recognized as the number one chapter in Idaho, receiving a gold ranking, three stars and will pass at national championships.

Chapter members participated in leadership and career development events where they were able to demonstrate the skills they developed.

In Prepared Speaking, Hallee Miller moves from preliminaries to finale with her talk titled, Cattle create a sustainable and healthy environment. She was recognized as the state finalist.

The farm business management team has been recognized as state champions! Team members also earned individual recognition: Colby Barry – 3rd individual high, Hailey Albertson – 4and individual top, Tobee Holman – 5and high individual, and Jada Thurber – 6and raised individual.

49 teams participated in the Horse Evaluation career development. Rigby FFA won the state championship and will compete in the national event to be held in Indianapolis in October. Team members are Jada Thurber – who was also recognized as Individual State Champion, Rainey Bell – 3rd great individual, Pryce Romriell and Hailey Wilson.

The Agricultural Skill Awards honor FFA members who, through supervised agricultural experiences, have developed specialized skills that they can apply to their future careers.

The Rigby FFA Chapter State Champions are as follows:

  • Repair and maintenance of agricultural mechanics – internship, Levi Smuin
  • Agricultural transformation, Jordyn Gebarowski
  • Agricultural Services – Placement, Brayden Campbell
  • Cattle production – entrepreneurship, Charlie Edwards
  • Diversified agricultural production – investment, Hailey Albertson
  • Diversified crop production – internship, Tobee Holman
  • Dairy production – entrepreneurship, Macee Madsen
  • Forage production – placement, Ben Thornley
  • Fruit production – placement, Rainey Bell
  • Goat Production – entrepreneurship, Eryn Harris
  • Grain Production, Korby Lindsey
  • Landscape Management – Placement, Cooper Shaffer
  • Vegetable production – internship, Colby Barry
  • Veterinary Science – Internship, Jaycee Ferguson

Rigby FFA has enabled the following 12 members to earn the FFA state credential which requires members to qualify by maintaining accurate records of supervised farming experience for more than two years, demonstrating leadership, maintaining good grades and getting involved in community service:

  • Hailey Albertson
  • Colby Barry
  • Rainey Bell
  • Brayden Campbell
  • Charlie Edwards
  • Eryn Harris
  • Sydney Holloway
  • Cooper Shaffer
  • Levi Smuin
  • Jada Thurber
  • Kiana Wilde
  • Hailey Wilson

Two of Rigby’s state graduates were recognized by the North Upper Snake River FFA District as stars who competed for additional recognition at the state level. The Idaho FFA Association recognizes members who reach the top with the State Star Awards. These members have mastered skills in production, finance and management.

Hailey Albertson has been recognized as the FFA District Star in Agri-Placement and selected as the Idaho State Star in Agri-Placement. Her parents are Alisha Wilcox and Kyle Albertson. Hailey grew up and works for 3-W farms raising beef cattle and crops such as alfalfa, wheat and barley. She learned the dedication needed to produce a quality crop of calves, grain or hay. She is proficient in operating the equipment and is home on horseback to check on the livestock.

Charlie Edwards has been recognized as the FFA District’s Star Farmer. He has been a member of the Rigby FFA chapter for 4 years, his parents are Anthony and Andrea Edwards of Rigby. He’s been around cattle all his life; he received a heifer as a child and worked to grow his beef cattle operation to 30 head of registered and commercial animals. He takes pride in producing a desirable quality product from seed stock genetics that have been in the family for three generations.

Rainey Bell was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Idaho FFA Foundation, funds were generated through a scholarship raffle.

Two student leaders from the chapter were elected to serve on the six-person leadership team that will travel the state and country for a one-year term. Korby Lindsey, son Matt and Susan Lindsey of Rigby, will serve as Idaho State’s FFA Sentinel. Ember Mendoza, the daughter of Eloy and Marcy Mendoza de Menan, will serve as Idaho State’s FFA Reporter.

Jordyn Gebarowski – chapter president, and Emily Cook served as delegates during the convention.

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