Members of the Henrietta FFA Chapter traveled to Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Friday, Dec. 5, to compete in Texas FFA’s State Leadership Career Development Events.
Henrietta had six teams qualify for the state competition by finishing first or second in one of the state’s 57 district competitions and first or second in one of ten area competitions.
During this state competition, Henrietta FFA placed seventh in Public Relations and Job Interview contests. Public Relations team members are Josey Cleveland, Darbey Hood and Kristen Riddle. Mikayla Graham competed in the Job Interview competition.
Other Henrietta FFA team qualifying for this year’s state event and placing well in the semifinals round were: FFA Broadcasting, Sierra Burkhart, Lindsey Crafton, Laramie Dunn and Caden Robinson; Greenhand Creed Speaking, Lizzie Riordan; Greenhand Quiz, Shelby Anders, Garrett Duncan, Jacobi Reynolds and Marshall Roberts; and Senior Ag Skills Demonstration, Kolton Beeler, Justin Koetter, Zoie Parkey, Chris Reel and Adriana Velez.
A record number of FFA chapters began the 2014 statewide-tournament this fall. Total state entries in the six leadership event Henrietta qualified with are as follows: FFA Broadcasting, 647 entries; Greenhand Creed Speaking, 664 entries; Greenhand FFA Quiz, 585 entries; Job Interview, 496 entries; Public Relations, 343 entries; and Senior Ag Skills Demonstration, 334 entries.
The Texas FFA is the nation’s largest state FFA associations with a membership of 106,000 active FFA members. On average there are approximately 18 schools per district throughout the ten areas in the state.
FFA programs teach skills in leadership, career development and personal growth. FFA gives students the opportunity to practically apply classroom knowledge to real-world experiences through local, state and national competitions.
Sam Houston State University has partnered with Texas FFA in hosting these competitions for 79 years.