Waupaca FFA sent 19 students, two advisors and three parents to the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky., Oct. 29 through Nov. 1.
Four Waupaca FFA members were selected as national proficiency finalists. Ashley Orr competed in the area of sheep production entrepreneurship, Morgan Eilers was selected as beef production entrepreneurship, Ben Nickel competed in grain production placement, and Kaley Cardinal was selected in the area of small animal production and care entrepreneurship.
Nicole Jacowski and Jessica Allen gave a 10-minute presentation in the Model of Excellence competition, then responded to questions from five judges.
Stephanie Johnson and Kaley Cardinal earned their American FFA Degrees, which is the highest degree given to members by the National FFA Association.
Recognized as a three-star chapter at the national convention and named the No. 1 chapter in the state, Waupaca FFA was responsible for the Wisconsin FFA booth at the natoinal convention’s Hall of States.
Booth volunteers distributed more than 300 pounds of cheese and 150 pounds of craisins. The booth was created to promote Wisconsin agriculture and the FFA.
Students toured the Albanese Candy Factory, located in Merrillville, Ind., on the way to Louisville. The factory produces gummies and is known for its expertise in the use of vitamins, and pharmaceutical nutrients in conjunction with confections. Members went on a self-guided tour that included television demonstrations and also a view of the working machines.
FFA members also toured the Fair Oaks Dairy Farm where they learned about the dairy industry. Members were able to watch a calf being born.
There was also a store located on the farm where students were able to sample cheese and ice cream produced there.
Members toured the factory and museum of the Louisville Sluggers.
The FFA has chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
Hannah Piencikowski is the Waupaca FFA Chapter reporter.