Local members attend State FFA Convention
Iowa Park High School FFA once again made its presence known at the state level during this year’s 84th State FFA Convention in Corpus Christi July 8-13, attended by over 9,000 FFA members across Texas.
In the speaking contest, Iowa Park was the only FFA department to have a state qualifying speaking in each event.
Savannah Bowers finished eighth in the Soil Stewardship Speaking Contest, Latham Moody seventh in the Sr. Prepared Speaking Contest, Matt Mahler 10th in the Jr. Prepared Speaking Contest, and Madison Yandell seventh in the Extemporaneous Speaking contest.
According to IPHS Ag. Science Instructor Wendy Meadows, it was also noted that Iowa Park was the first department ever to advance all speakers to the final round of competition in their respective contests.
Yandell earned the prestigious honor of being selected as one of 10 members across Texas to be a member of the Ford Leadership Scholars program.
Yandell will serve Iowa Park by taking on a community service project, much like former IPHS graduate Molly Dutton’s project to restore Foley Park. “This is a huge honor, and we feel proud and privileged for Madison,” said Meadows.
Yandell will receive a $1,000 scholarship for her upcoming endeavor.
Yandell was also recognized on stage as the Area IV top Star Lone Star Production Degree recipient, which is the highest degree an FFA member can receive at the state level. Other local members receiving their Lone Star Degree included Bowers and Jessica Dorgan.
Katy Hicks and Nathan Davis served as Courtesy Corp members during their convention. Their role was to facilitate stage activities on the stage and in concerts, secure the arena, and secure delegate balloting. The Courtesy Corp duties are one of the privileges of being a District FFA Officer. Davis will serve as Wichita District President during the upcoming school year, while Hicks, a transfer student to IPHS from Rider, will serve as First Vice President.
Both officers will help oversee the activities of the district’s 18 FFA chapters.
Iowa Park FFA also had four members selecte to serve as Agriculture Ambassadors to the state convention. They are Hagan Dutton, Laramie Eppler, Nizhoni Terronez, and Yandell.
The Foundation Ambassadors serve as “face to face” hosts for special guests, sponsors, and dignitaries on behalf of the Texas FFA during the largest youth led convention in Texas.
Candidates apply through a competitive application process, with emphasis on FFA involvement, individual accomplishments, and community service.
Ambassadors receive extensive training to prepare them for their week of serve. Each student Ambassador is assigned to a “VIP” serving as their respective agricultural science/FFA host for the week. In addition, the Ambassadors have a unique opportunity of experiencing firsthand the behind the scene complexities of convention week.
Katelyn Perry, a former FFA state officer and Iowa Park FFA member, was the assistant stage manager during the convention. She is studying Ag Communications at Texas Tech University.
Dutton served as Co-Chair for the Ambassador Program in Corpus Christi. She is currently attending Texas A&M University, studying Agriculture Leadership and Development.