On October 24-27, 18 members of the Milford FFA Chapter traveled to Indianapolis, IN, joining about 55,000 other FFA members, advisors, and sponsors from across the country in attendance at the 85th National FFA Convention. They competed either individually or on a team in a Career Development Event. Each Milford FFA student earned a trip to Nationals by winning at the state level at either the Delaware FFA State Convention last March or at the Delaware State Fair in July. There are over 557,000 FFA members nationwide and each Milford FFA member competed against FFA members from all 50 states.
Scott Haldeman (advisor), Melissa Blew, Kaelin Corr, Kari Corr, and Shannon Hollingsworth
The National FFA Career Development Events (CDE) are competitions that require members to think critically, communicate clearly, and perform tasks in the field of agriculture. At the National FFA Convention, members receive a gold, silver or bronze ranking, both individually and as a team, based on their performance. The chapter had three teams and one individual competing this year. The agronomy team received a bronze ranking and consisted of Melissa Blew (bronze individually), Kaelin Corr (silver), Kari Corr (bronze), and Shannon Hollingsworth (silver). The forestry team received a silver ranking and consisted of Mikaela Hermstedt (silver), Candice Reif (silver), Michael Skivers (silver), and Katie Wallace (bronze). The poultry team received a gold ranking, placing 12th overall, and consisted of Colby Miller (gold), Ellie Pitman (gold), and Clay Shirey (gold). Finally, Bree Wilkins competed as the job interview candidate and received a gold ranking placing 8th overall.
In addition to the career development events achievements, there were two other awards that reflect Milford FFA Chapter’s success. The Milford FFA Chapter was a top 10 finalist for Models of Innovation, a section of the National Chapter Award, for their horseshoe crab count. Also, for the sixth year in a row Milford FFA Chapter received a 3-star National Chapter Award, the highest award given by the organization. Overall, the Milford FFA Chapter did an outstanding job at the 83rd National FFA Convention. The Milford FFA advisors, Judith Bruns, Scott Haldeman, Jack Newark, and Chris Stahl are very proud of the accomplishments of these elite FFA members.