TILTON — Members of the Winnisquam Regional Agricultural Education Center FFA chapter attended the 84th Convention of the Granite State Association of FFA held recently the Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods.
The 21 students from the Winnisquam Center joined with students from nine other New Hampshire agricultural education programs who attended the three-day conference.
FFA members competed in Career Development Events (CDEs), participating in leadership workshops and attending awards sessions.
Several Winnisquam Ag Center students were recognized for their work in agriculture. Grace Weingartner and Iris LaRochelle placed first in their categories, with recognition also going to Tyler Swain, Andrew Broughton, Cheyenne DeHart and Alexis Colpack.
Winnisquam teams competed in various events, with the Agricultural Sales group taking first place state-wide. The team consisted of Sierra Laughy, Grace Weingartner, Iris LaRochelle and Adam Spaulding, with Spaulding earning first and Weingartner fourth as individuals. Also capturing first was the Parliamentary Procedure team of Dan McCall, Trever Cammett, Chelsea Davis, Spaulding, DeHart, Weingartner and Laughy. The Winnisquam Forestry team was fourth in the state, with Charlie Taylor, McCall, Cammett and Davis competing.
In the Impromptu Speaking CDE, Spaulding was first in the experienced division, with Weingartner, Maria Daneault, Billy Chavenelle, Brenna Audet and Cam Atherton also bringing home ribbons. Sarah Lambert placed third in Extemporaneous Speaking, while Spaulding, LaRochelle, Taylor and Davis were recognized in the Demonstration event. Also receiving awards, in the Job Interview contest, were Laughy, Swain and Sierra Dolan.
One Winnisquam FFA'er, Chelsea Davis, was awarded the State FFA Degree, while Maria Daneault was elected to the position of State Secretary. All 21 Winnisquam participants took advantage of this outstanding opportunity to meet like-minded students from across the state, develop their leadership skills and expand their horizons.
The FFA (formerly Future Farmers of America) is a national organization of nearly 580,000 members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture.