From 33 farm boys in 1928 to today’s membership of well over half a million students nationwide, the National FFA Organization has changed significantly. Yet the main mission of FFA, student success through leadership, has never been stronger.
By delivering an integrated model of education through classroom learning, real-world work experience, and activities designed to promote personal growth, FFA and agricultural education help students discover and plan their own unique route to future success.
This year Kaitlyn Genske, Jackie Rosenbush, Dan Rosenbush, and Susie Olson-Rosenbush of the Spooner FFA Chapter attended the 92nd National FFA Convention, October 29 to November 2, in Indianapolis.
The convention is a time to celebrate member and chapter success, to reflect on the accomplishments of the previous year, to network with business and industry, to become aware of the opportunities that await the members, and to connect with other FFA members from across the nation, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Last spring, Kaitlyn and Jackie completed the National Chapter Award application highlighting the chapter’s activities in the areas of Building Communities, Growing Leaders and Strengthening Agriculture. As a result of their efforts, Spooner earned a Gold Rating and was selected as one of 25 chapters in the state to compete at the national level. Spooner earned a 2-Star Rating and was recognized at the National Chapter Awards Banquet at the national convention.
This year the representatives from the Spooner FFA were not just representing their chapter, they were competing for the Wisconsin FFA Association. Winning the Sheep Production Proficiency Award at the State FFA Convention, Jackie was selected to compete at the national level, earning a Silver Award for her Sheep SAE.
In addition, she also won the Employment Skills LDE at the State FFA Convention, allowing her to represent the Wisconsin FFA Association at the national level. The Employment Skills LDE is a competitive event that tests a student’s ability to perform effectively throughout the entire job application process.
The participants prepare a resume, write a cover letter, and complete an online application. They also participate in a phone and a one-on-one interview, as well as write a follow-up letter as part of the competition.
Jackie also earned a Silver Award for Employment Skills.
“This level of success in our local chapter is an extraordinary accomplishment!” said Advisor Olson-Rosenbush. “Never before in the history of our chapter have we had a student demonstrate success in multiple areas at the national level. We can be very proud of our chapter and its members – they represented our community and our state very well at a national event.”