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East Central FFA receives Golden Horizon Award at state convention

East Central FFA receives Golden Horizon Award  at state convention
East Central FFA members gather for instructions during the state FFA Convention held July 8-12 in Dallas. Attendees include (from left) Johnna Pieniazek, Tommy Fletcher, Julie Kosub, Amy Moran, Cheyenne Zaiontz, Paige Kosub, Kylie Patterson, Shelbie Knox, Ciarra Gawlik, Jordan Hevner, Stephanie Geistweidt, Matt Alexander, Randee Terrill, and Gerald Ramzinski.

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By Jordan Hevner

DALLAS -- Seventeen East Central FFA members traveled to Dallas for the 85th Texas FFA State Convention, held July 8-12.

The members had the opportunity to watch sessions, attend leadership events, and vote for their next state FFA president. Many of the East Central FFA members received their Lone Star FFA Degree, competed in science fair, participated in the public speaking contest, received scholarships, walked the stage for team recognition, and one member served as a Texas FFA Foundation Ambassador. The chapter was also recognized for its success in the Golden Horizon Award.

Lone Star Degree recipients from East Central FFA include Matthew Alexander, Tommy Fletcher, Ciarra Gawlik, Stephenie Geistweidt, Jordan Hevner, Shelbi Knox, Amy Moran, and Gerald Ramzinski. Recipients unable to attend were Todd Bettice, Anissa Cervera, Kolton Dieckow, Katelyn Gonzales, Lori Ann Mendez, and Kelsey Mihalski. The Lone Star degree is the highest degree that can be awarded to members.

In the state FFA Agri Science Fair, Kylie Patterson placed first in the Junior Animal Science Division and will be representing Texas on the national level in Louisville, Ky., this fall. She earned a $1,000 scholarship. Lindsay Hamer also competed in the science fair, presenting a project on bioplastics.

In the Senior Public Speaking contest, Kylie Patterson earned first and will be representing Texas at the national FFA Convention this fall. She earned $1,000 for her speech on “Agvocacy.”

Our graduating senior scholarship recipients were:

•Emileigh Geistweidt, $2,500 San Antonio Livestock Exposition (S.A.L.E.) Tours scholarship

•Alexis Wagner, $18,000 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo scholarship.

The East Central Food Technology team was recognized for being the state champion and will be representing Texas on the national level in Louisville, Ky., this fall with team members Tommy Fletcher, Johnna Pieniazek, Randee Terrill, and Chloe Villapando.

Jordan Hevner was one of 20 people selected out of more than 140 applicants to be a Texas FFA Foundation Ambassador. These ambassadors assist with cooperating sponsors and other supporters of the Texas FFA.

Other East Central FFA attendants were Cheyenne Zaiontz, Julie Kosub, and Paige Kosub.

The East Central FFA also was awarded the Golden Horizon Award for the activities that the chapter actively participates in throughout the year.

The Texas FFA has evolved from an organization focusing primarily on production agriculture to a broader-based encompassing organization that addresses the needs and interests of students in urban and suburban schools in addition to the rural communities from which FFA rose in 1929. The organization is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.

The Texas FFA is the nation’s largest state FFA association with a membership of more than 95,000 members and 1,000 local FFA chapters. FFA gives students the opportunity to apply practical classroom knowledge to real-world experiences through local, state, and national competitions. For more information about the Texas FFA, visit www.texasffa.org.

For more information regarding the East Central FFA chapter, contact the advisors at 210-649-2951 or visit www.ecisd.net.

Jordan Hevner is a student reporter for the East Central FFA organization.

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