Buckingham FFA Competes at State Convention

Buckingham FFA Competes at State Convention
The Virginia FFA held their State Convention on the 3rd week of June. Typically the convention is held on campus at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. However, this year was slightly different. Virtual sessions were held on June 21st, 22nd, and 24th. Additional state contests were held Wednesday, June 23, 2021, at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds. Members enjoyed a workshop led by the National FFA President, Doster Harper, and fellowship with the association’s members.

Tanner Wise competed in the Employment Skills Contest, where he placed 5th overall. Before attending in-person, he had to write a cover letter and resume for a job for which he is currently qualified. On the 23rd, Tanner completed an interview with a panel of judges, completed a job application, and then wrote a follow-up letter.

Two individuals from the Buckingham Senior FFA Chapter competed in the Junior Division of the Horse Hippology Contest. Members Jenna Oliver placed 2nd individually, Liberty Johnson placed 3rd individually and together placed 3rd as a team. Addie Baugher of the Buckingham Middle FFA Chapter also competed in the event and placed 9th overall. Contestants had to complete a written test about equipment, information about breeds, and the anatomy/physiology of a horse. They also had to identify equipment used in the equine industry and judge classes of horses.

Buckingham also competed in the Veterinary Science Contest. Team members included Connor Bohanon, Shaylynn Elick, and Trenton Snoddy. Members had to complete a written test on medical terminology and information in the veterinary field. They also had to identify various species of animals, equipment used in the veterinary industry, and identify parasites before completing a math practicum. The team placed 13th overall.

Courtney Agee and Amiah Porter competed in the Nursery/Landscape Contest. Their contest consisted of; identifying plants, insects, tools, a written exam, and a landscaping design estimate. Agee placed 6th, and Porter placed 10th overall individually. They placed 4th as a team.

The final two members that competed on the 23rd were Eli Bryant and Jordan Johnston. They competed in the Agricultural Mechanics Contest and placed 13th overall. Their contest included a written test, problem-solving activity, and welding activity.

Shaylynn Elick received her State FFA Degree that evening in Rockingham as well. The State FFA Degree is the 4th highest of the five degrees an FFA member may earn. Among other qualifications, members who receive the State FFA Degree must have a successful S. A. E., be an FFA member for the past 24 months, and complete at least 360 hours of agricultural education.

Buckingham FFA State Convention Attendees
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