By Jinnifer Harrower
Van-Far FFA Reporter
On Thursday, April 19, 2012, 16 members from the Van-Far FFA chapter attended the 84th Missouri State FFA Convention.
These members included Jessie Fowler, Rachel Nelson, Kasey Gatson, Jinnifer Harrower, Brooke Johnson, Sheridan Cole, Ciara Craven, Ryan Nelson, Ryan Decker, Brian Fuget, Brian Kurz, Ethan Gooch, Jake Stuart, Cody Buie, and Jonathan Kurz.
To kick off convention members participated in contests, sessions, Delegates meetings, and Courtesy corps assignments. Rachel Nelson, Ryan Nelson, Kasey Gatson, and Abilene Gatson participated in the livestock contest where they placed sixth as a team and Kasey was the top individual placing fifth individually.
Jessie Fowler, Brian Kurz, Ethan Gooch, and Ryan Decker participated in the Farm Management contest and placed 29th at the state level and Jessie Fowler held high individual for the team.
After these teams participated in their contests the whole chapter attended the evening session to see Brian Fuget be presented with his Swine Production Proficiency Award.
This session concluded our first day at convention. Friday morning members got up early to attend the career show where they viewed many fundraising companies, equipment companies, and colleges.
At this time Jessie Fowler competed in the Job Shadowing contest. After lunch members attended the afternoon session to cheer Kasey Gatson and Jessie Fowler on as she was awarded the State Fair scholarship on stage.
The next session the members attended was the Friday evening session. Members cheered on Jessie Fowler as she was announced as the second place winner of the Job Shadow contest. Jonathan Kurz, Rachel Nelson, Jinnifer Harrower, and Jessie Fowler also received their state degrees at this session. Members got the chance to hear many motivational speeches throughout their convention experience. Seeing members receive the state degree concluded the 84th Missouri FFA Convention for the Van-Far FFA members.