Peoria FFA Chapter wins bronze at Nationals

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BY JAMES KALTENBACH, Peoria FFA Advisor

Photo courtesy Peoria FFA

Peoria FFA Chapter members shown at the National FFA Convention are, left to right: Joshua Williams, Alexus Thompson, Jacob Kaltenbach, Taylor Thompson, Calista Thoma, Allison Kauffman, and Kelli Wilson (Advisor).

The 91st annual National FFA Convention was held Oct. 22 to 26 for more than 67,000 attendees, and the Peoria FFA Chapter was in attendance. The National FFA Convention is the showpiece for the 670,000 members nationally. Peoria FFA’s state winning Agricultural Sales Career Development Event (CDE) Team represented Arizona in competition and a member of Peoria FFA received their American FFA Degree.
The Ag Sales team, consisting of Alexus Thompson, Taylor Thompson, Calista Thoma, and Joshua Williams, competed against the other 49 state winners. Their CDE coach and FFA Advisor, Kelli Wilson, worked with the team members since November of last year on the contest. The event includes actual sales presentations, a written exam, and team sales situation. This year, the Peoria team brought home a Bronze Medal from Nationals.
Former Peoria FFA member, Jacob Kaltenbach, was also in Indianapolis during the week to receive his American FFA Degree. The American FFA Degree is the highest award or degree achievable in the National FFA Organization and is awarded to less than 1 percent of the members every year. To be eligible to receive the American FFA Degree, members must have earned $10,000 or worked 2,250 hours within their Supervised Agricultural Experience (type of work-based learning), received their State FFA Degree, performed 50 hours of community service, and various tasks demonstrating leadership abilities. The American Degree can only be won by students after high school graduation.
The Peoria FFA Chapter has operated since 1929. Its purpose is to provide students with opportunities for developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education. It is the oldest and one of the largest Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO) in all of Arizona.

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