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Five In A Row: NCHS FFA Brings Awards Home From State And National Conventions

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, Including Five Alums Receiving American Degrees

2015 NCHS FFA American Degree Recipients outside of the National Convention and Expo in Louisville, Ky. FROM LEFT: Morgan Dodson, Josh Rynski, Tricia Herrmann, Clark Wisely and Patrick Suchomski.

By Alex Haglund

After heading to the Illinois State FFA Convention on June 9 through 11 in Springfield, and to the National Convention in Louisville, Ky. On October 28-31, the Nashville Community High School Chapter of the FFA has brought some major awards home.

The National Convention brought a record-setting 65,173 attendants out to Louisville and saw a record-setting five NCHS alumni receive their American Degrees: Patrick Suchomski, Morgan Dodson, Tricia Herrmann, Clark Wisely, and Josh Rynski. The Chapter was ranked as a two-star national chapter.

At the State Convention, the chapter was declared the Illinois FFA Scrapbook Contest State Winner, while Kane Lamczyk was named the State Proficiency Winner in Dairy Production Entrepreneurship and was a State Star Farmer Finalist.

NCHS FFA Advisor Julie Bond-Ledford stated that there had never been five American Degree recipients in a single year at NCHS and said, “this was a special group of students.”

“The things that we accomplish are things that other people only dream of accomplishing,” said Bond-Ledford.

There may not be another year when NCHS FFA has five American Degree recipients at the same time.

“If you have a bucket list,” said Bond-Ledford, “Five American Degrees for FFA? That’s on your bucket list!”

Even so, NCHS FFA is always doing something new and interesting, and no matter what the field, competition, business, or service, NCHS FFA is always excelling.

“We may not be the same in everything, but when one thing goes differently, we find something else to excel at,” said Bond-Ledford. “It’s a continual process of ‘what are we going to do next?’”

5 Chapter History Makers Receive Their American Degrees

By Kendall Dodson, Chapter Reporter

At the 88th annual National FFA Convention, Morgan Dodson, Tricia Herrmann, Josh Rynski, Clark Wisely, and Patrick Suchomski received their American FFA Degrees, the highest award bestowed by the National FFA Organization.

To be considered for this degree, these members must have earned and productively invested $7,500 or worked 2,250 hours outside of scheduled class time among other extensive requirements. To earn this degree they must also have earned all prior degrees such as: Greenhand, Chapter, and State Degrees.

All five of the members received their degrees by walking across stage at convention and they also received a gold American FFA Degree key given to them by one of the National FFA Officers.

Never before has the Nashville FFA Chapter had five members at one time receive their American FFA Degree.

Lamczyk And

Herrmann Take Home National Proficiency Awards

By Kendall Dodson, Chapter Reporter

Nashville FFA members, Kane Lamczyk and Sarah Herrmann were recently awarded the Gold Emblem ranking at the National FFA Proficiency competition.

The National Proficiency Award honors FFA members who, through their SAE’s, have developed specialized skills that they can apply toward their future careers.

Students can compete for awards in 49 areas covering everything from Agricultural Communications to Wildlife Management. In order to advance to the National Proficiency Contest, Lamczyk and Herrmann first won the state contest in their respective area.

Kane competed in the area of Dairy Production Entrepreneurship where he milks 27 of his own head, artificially inseminates the family herd, and advises his father on information regarding their new robotic farm.

Herrmann’s project was Outdoor Recreation, where she is in charge of a plethora of different activities at her family’s pumpkin patch, Country Kids Pumpkin Patch.

The Gold Emblem ranking is a prestigious honor as it is the highest ranking that can be achieved.

Nashville Brings Home Two Star National Chapter Award

By Kendall Dodson, Chapter Reporter

The National FFA Organization recently selected, from a pool of 660 candidates nationwide, the Nashville FFA chapter as a two-star winner in the National FFA Chapter Award program.

Chapter members were invited to the 88th annual National FFA Convention & Expo, which they attended on October 28-30 in Louisville, Ky. where they were recognized for this honor.

The National FFA Chapter Award program recognizes FFA chapters for developing and conducting a detailed program of activities.

Each activity provides opportunities for FFA members to excel in one of three areas – student, chapter, or community development. Every year, FFA chapters are recognized as having earned a one, two, or three-star rating on their application.

The three-star rating is the highest level of accomplishment a FFA chapter may achieve.

The National FFA Organization provided leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 610,240 student members in grades 7-12 who belong to one of the 7,665 chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

State Convention Highlights 2015

Illinois FFA Scrapbook Contest State Winner

Kane Lamczyk – State Proficiency Winner in Dairy Production Entrepreneurship

Sarah Herrmann – State Proficiency Winner in Outdoor Recreation

State Outstanding Chapter President Award Gold Emblem – Kari Hake (no picture)

Century Challenge Award – Cole Herrmann and Reed Reichmann

State Top Ten Chapter Reporter Award – Kendall Dodson

State Degree Recipients – Mark Dalman, Christian Fullerton, and Kane Lamczyk (no picture)

National Chapter Award – Triple Gold Rank

National Chapter Award – National Finalist

National Chapter Award – Community Development Section Winner

National Chapter Award – Section Banker’s Plaque Winner

National Chapter Award – Chapter Development Section Winner

Harvest for All Challenge – Section Winner

Tianna Kozuszek – State Washington Leadership Conference Scholarship Recipient

Farm Credit Newsroom State Press Corps Workers – Kendall Dodson, Bailey Schorfheide, Callie McClay, and Tianna Kozuszek

State Star Farmer Finalist – Kane Lamczyk

National Convention Highlights 2015

American Degree Recipients – Patrick Suchomski, Morgan Dodson, Tricia Herrmann, Clark Wisely, and Josh Rynski

Two Star National Chapter Award Winners