Twenty members of the Coe-Brown Northwood Academy Much-To-Do Chapter of FFA, and their advisors Mrs. Sarah Ward and Mr. Charles Whitten recently attended the 88th State FFA Convention for student recognitions in CDEs (Career Development Events), SAE (Supervised Agricultural Experiences), Proficiencies (excellence in a particular field or area of agriculture done on their own time), Scholarships, State degree recipients and other special recognitions, held at the Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods, NH. The convention, themed “Activate Change, Spark Passion” featured a speech by National Central Region FFA Vice-President, Piper Merritt and a keynote address by Glenn Lucas of Northwoods Law who shared what his life is like as NH Game Warden. He also talked about the importance of communication and leadership. The following recognitions were awarded to CBNA students: Chapter Delegates: Madeleine Lounsbury and Colin Gollihur; Chapter Nominating Committee Member: Joe Garcia; Chapter Courtesy Corps: Ashely Gatchell and Ben Peverly; Chapter Representative: Madeleine Lounsbury. State Officer Candidate Sarah Jensen was elected FFA State Treasurer for the upcoming school year 2018-2019. Samantha Schroder was awarded the Eastern State Exposition Scholarship of $1000, as well as the $500 FFA Foundation Scholarship.
The SAE (Supervised Agricultural Experiences) Awards were as follows: Star SAE, Entrepreneurship – Matthew Messenger – Gold, 2nd place and John Renner-Silver, 3rd place; Star SAE, Placement Gold, 2nd place to Courtney Gervais, Silver, 3rd place to Colin Gollihur and Bronze, 4th place to Patrick Murray. An Outstanding Chapter Officer Award went to Sarah Jensen.
Proficiency Awards went to the following students: in Dairy Production, Entrepreneurship – Winner Gold – Olivia Pittman. In Nursery Operations – Winner Gold – Faith Wilson; in Ag Sales – Gold, 2nd place – Madeleine Lounsbury; in Div. Livestock Entrepreneurship – Gold, 2nd place – Joe Garcia; and in Equine -Silver, 3rd place Jordan Bell.
The CDE (Career Development Event) results were as follows: the Ag Sales and Service Team consisting of Breanna Demerritt, Molly Swansburg, Patrick Murray, and Tucker Hill received second place overall; in Demonstrations Senior Division Devin Sullivan placed first overall; the Floriculture-Team consisting of Sarah Jensen, Molly Swansburg, Breanna Demerritt and Madeleine Lounsbury placed fourth overall. Sarah Jensen received first -first place individual in Floriculture; in Floral Design Mixed Media Design, Sarah Jensen earned Best in Show and Molly Swansburg was in second place overall. The Forestry Team consisting of Devin Sullivan, Elizabeth Parece, Daydrian Morin and Tyler Millette placed third overall. The Nursery/Landscape Team of Devin Sullivan, Matt Messenger, John Renner, and Colin Gollihur was second overall with Devin Sullivan in second place high individual. In the Impromptu Speaking-Novice Division Kirin Asselin placed second overall. In addition to all the student recognition, Mr. Charles Whitten was recognized with the Connor Memorial Outstanding Teacher/Advisor Award. Congratulations to the CBNA FFA Much-To-Do chapter for its outstanding showing on the state level.