East Central FFA attends state convention
Shelbie Thames, Texas FFA vice president (far right), presents her first state officer jacket to her FFA advisors, (from left) Ray Pieniazek, Danny Kempen, and Lorie Kempen.
CORPUS CHRISTI -- Nineteen East Central FFA members attended the State FFA Convention held July 9-13 in Corpus Christi. Members attended a beach cleanup, participated in workshops and convention sessions, competed in science fair, and received awards during the week.
Shelbie Thames, an 2011 East Central High School graduate, finished her year of service as state FFA vice president by serving as a host for several sessions during the convention and presenting an inspiring retiring address.
Cassidy Jordan and Lindsay Hamer both competed in the senior division of the agriscience fair. Cassidy’s project, “I like my eggs extra oily please,” placed third in the Food Products and Processing category, while Lindsay’s project, “Roundup Smokes Grandma’s Weed Killer,” placed fifth in the Plant Systems category. Both Cassidy and Lindsay also competed and were recognized as finalists in the agriscience division of the Star Lone Star and Star Greenhand divisions, respectively.
Kyle Brown, Brooke Kosub, and Christi Schick each were awarded a $16,000 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Scholarship as well as a $1,000 San Antonio Livestock Exposition (S.A.L.E.) Tour Guide Scholarship. The scholarships were awarded based upon their participation the last four years in a variety of FFA activities, including animal projects, leadership activities, and participation in leadership and career development events.
Members participated July 9 in a statewide Day of Service, helping others across the state clean a 3-mile stretch of North Padre Island. Also during the day, members had a chance to listen to Jeff Fowle from Etna, Calif., who spoke on the use of social media to advocate for agriculture. They also heard from keynote speakers such as Chad Hymas, Judson Laipply, and National FFA officer Alicia Hodnik.
Members also participated in the business session, serving as delegates and helping to select the new state FFA President Blake Vineyard of Roosevelt. East Central also was recognized as the State FFA winner in the FFA radio-broadcasting event.
For more information on the East Central FFA and its activities, contact one of the agriscience teachers at 210-581-1185.