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Kingfisher FFA Scores a Double- Winning in Ag Issues and Livestock Judging at the 2018 National FFA Convention

Sun, 28 Oct 2018 16:55:42 CDT

Kingfisher FFA Scores a Double- Winning in Ag Issues and Livestock Judging at the 2018 National FFA Convention The Kingfisher Chapter led the way for Oklahoma FFA in the CDEs- the Career and Leadership Development Events. Kingfisher had a pair of teams, Ag Issues and Livestock Evaluation, win National Championships at the 2018 National FFA Convention in Indianapolis. Oklahomans also placed in eight other categories, including having the National Runner Up in what is called the Employment Skills Contest- representing Oklahoma in that event was Emily Kennedy of Edmond FFA.

The National Champion Ag Issues Team discussed temporary water lines that show the tensions that occur as you mix oil and gas and agricultural interests. Team Members include Elizabeth Perdue, Maggie McCully, Catherine Stangl, Thomas Himes, Max Hartman,
Cora Taylor, and Kara Murray- Lori Burns is the FFA Advisor at Kingfisher that coached them to the National Championship.

The Livestock Evaluation- or Livestock Judging as it often is called- was also won by a Kingfisher FFA Chapter team that was led by two individuals who were the second and third high individuals for the event- Jentry Squires and Bree Taylor. Other team members were Madelyn Gerkin and Victoria Gerkin. Advisor and coach for the National Champions is Ryan Burns.

According to the National FFA website- FFA members focus on skill development and career preparation through particpation in Career Development Events and Leadership Development Events. These competitive events develop individual responsibility, foster teamwork and promote communication while recognizing the value of ethical competition and individual achievement. Successful members expand their knowledge base by interacting with peers, teachers, as well as business and community leaders to gain a complete and comprehensive knowledge about specific career and leadership areas.

You can go and review all of the event areas of the CDEs by clicking or tapping here.

Here's the list of Oklahoma achievers in the CDEs at the 2018 National Convention:

Ag Communications:
4th Place-- Oklahoma
Morgan Harless, Jacqueline Barfield-Cherry, Blakley Howard, and Hope Cunningham,
all of Elgin FFA

Ag Issues:
1st Place-- Oklahoma
Elizabeth Perdue, Maggie McCully, Catherine Stangl, Thomas Himes, Max Hartman,
Cora Taylor, and Kara Murray, all of Kingfisher FFA

Conduct of Meetings:
Stillwater FFA Team Received a Gold Emblem for the event- made the National Semifinals

Employment Skills
2nd Place-- Emily Anna Kennedy of Edmond FFA, OK (receiving Gold Emblem)

Food Science and Technology
8th Place-- Oklahoma
Elizabeth Kopsky, Colby Gilpen, Dean Lester, and Conner Mabry, all of Lawton FFA (Gold Emblem)

Livestock Evaluation
1st Place-- Oklahoma
Madelyn Gerken, Bree Taylor, Jentry Squires, and Victoria Gerken, all of Kingfisher
Jentry Squires was second high Individual and Bree Taylor was third high individual of the contest)

Meats Evaluation and Technology
4th Place-- Oklahoma
Emily Snow, Liz Cantu, and Samantha Turner, all of Porter FFA (Liz Cantu was 8th High Indivdual)

Poultry Evaluation
4th Place-- Oklahoma
Madison Goeppinger, Taylor Goeppinger, James Waller, and Alyssa Dunfield, all of
Coweta FFA

Veterinary Science
Oklahoma was represented by Weatherford FFA- the team did not make the top ten- they received a Silver Emblem award- but the second and third highest individuals were from the Weatherford Chapter- Reagan Stephens and Madison Stephens.

Once again, we took pictures in and around the 2018 National FFA Convention- click or tap here to check out the National Convention Album on FLICKR. By the way- we continued a tradition as several state officers of the Oklahoma FFA took pictures for us during the course of the meeting.

Our exclusive coverage of the 2018 National FFA Convention in Indianapolis October 24-27 is a service of ITC Great Plains, Your Energy Superhighway- learn more about this high voltage, transmission only utility and their commitment to the communities they serve which is the cornerstone of their business - Click or tap here for their webpage. We also appreciate the support of the Oklahoma FFA Association and the Oklahoma FFA Alumni Association. Click or tap here for more information about one of the top states in the US in the FFA- the Oklahoma FFA Association. FFA is a student organization for high school-aged students interested in agriculture and leadership. Oklahoma FFA impacts the lives of over 27,000 members in 359 chapters across the state.



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