If school had been in session still, many members of the Ste. Genevieve FFA chapter would have packed their bags to head to Columbia, Missouri, for the state convention.
The students would have been participating in contests, receiving their proficiency awards, performing state talents, representing the chapter as a delegate or receiving their State FFA Degree.
While Missouri State FFA had to make the difficult decision to postpone the 92nd state convention due to the coronavirus pandemic, the organization worked to find a solution that honored members and chapters in a positive way.
During the week of April 20, the organization shared video releases — prepared by the 2019-2020 State FFA Officers — announcing the contest winners.
The Ste. Genevieve FFA chapter had 12 first-place Area 15 Proficiency Award winners:
— Agricultural mechanics repair and maintenance placement, Dylan Joggerst, senior.
— Agricultural processing, Dakota Carron, junior.
— Agricultural sale entrepreneurship, Sean Schmieder, sophomore.
— Diversified crop production placement, Cole Romann, sophomore.
— Equine science entrepreneurship, Jessica Rayfield, sophomore.
— Forage production, Leo Gegg, sophomore.
— Forest management, Cody Schilli, junior.
— Fruit production, Braxton Joggerst, sophomore.
— Service learning, Jacob Boyer, senior.
— Specialty animal production, Ava Springkamper, sophomore.
— Swine production, Zach Burr, junior.
— Turf grass management, Kaleb Roth, senior.
— Area Star in Placement, Kyle Naeger, senior.
Three students who earned their State FFA Degrees this year: Rebecca Pfaff, Katie Chapman and Kyle Naeger.
Missouri State FFA plans to host a convention later in the summer — in person or virtual — to focus on recognizing the achievements of members and chapters.
(Information in a release from the Ste. Genevieve R-II School District.)