The students attended five different sessions, all of which focused on the different parts of FFA such as SAE projects, CDE’s(Career Development Event) and recognized schools for the great work they have done. At state convention, there was over 8,000 members that attended. In the first session, Paulding was recognized for their charitable giving. This award was accepted by Paulding FFA member Hailey Weidenhamer. In the second and third session, Courtney Luderman was recognized for her proficiencies. Courtney received third place in the state for her Fiber and Oil Crop Production Proficiency. In her second proficiency, she received fourth in the state for Diversified Crop Production. In the fourth session, all of the officers that received gold ratings on their books received an award. Jordyn Merriman received an award for her secretary’s book, Jen Stahl received an award for her treasurer’s book, and Sydney Reineck received an award for her reporter’s book. In the fifth session members received their state degrees, which is the second highest degree a FFA member can earn. From Paulding, the following students earned their state degrees: Shannon Hale, Riley Noffsinger, Jordyn Merriman, and Emma Horstman. The students enjoyed listening to various speakers and touring the Ohio Farm Bureau building and getting to meet with the Executive VP, Adam Sharp. Overall it was a very fun educational convention for the Paulding FFA Chapter!
Paige Jones, Paulding FFA Reporter