by Sydnie Eller, Wyoming FFA media intern
It wouldn’t be the Wyoming FFA State Convention if the weather wasn’t bad. Despite an impending spring snowstorm, the dedicated workers of the Wyoming FFA Association pushed forward to ensure our students were safe as well as able to compete in the contests they have been preparing for over many months. Wednesday’s contests that had been scheduled in Laramie were postponed until a further date, and after the city of Cheyenne closed down the Civic Center, the schedule for the day became much different than we have seen in the past.
But FFA members and Wyomingites in general, are resilient- nothing can stop us.
Wednesday came to involve the Conduct of Chapter Meetings contest in Cheyenne, as well as the coaches meeting, and ended with the Wyoming FFA Foundation welcome dinner with games and music provided by Court Schilt for the students to enjoy.
Thursday’s schedule resumed as planned with livestock judging, State Officer candidate interviews, and the agricultural sales CDE. Wyoming also recognized it’s outstanding agriscience fair participants and proficiency award winners with a special reception. As members participated in multiple career development events throughout the day, they were also gearing up for the first ever Session 1.5 of the Wyoming FFA State Convention. We got to recognize our State Officer parents, hear 3 retiring addresses from Flint Pokorny, Jared Spencer and Sheridan Stewart, as well as hear a keynote address from our National Southern Region Vice President, Jordan Stowe.
Friday meant leadership day at the Red Lion Hotel, and with it, a long list of leadership development events. Members participated in public speaking events and workshops during the day and rolled into an exciting session.
We awarded our LDE champions, handed out State Degree awards, and heard retiring addresses from Kylie McConnell, Dayne Bradley, and Kyle Despain. Students then got to dance the night away at the member dance held at LCCC.
On the final day of the 2019 Wyoming FFA State Convention, nerves were high. Even without results from the mechanics, agronomy, and meats competition, there were plenty of awards to announce. As members filtered in, past state officer teams enjoyed a breakfast at the Civic Center, and then we were ready to begin the day. Along with the crowning of (most) CDE champions who will represent Wyoming at National FFA Convention in October, we listened to three final retiring addresses from Brooks Woody, Abigail Mueller and Kirby Hales. We crowned our CDE sweepstakes winner, and finally our new State Officer team was elected by the Nominating Committee.
The 2019-2020 Wyoming FFA State Officer team is Parliamentarian Morgan Loepp from the Casper FFA, Sentinel Leif Norskog from the Sheridan John B. Kendrick FFA, Reporter Kaci Schmick from the Southeast FFA, Treasurer Karla de la Cruz from the Pine Bluffs FFA, Secretary Sally Schroeder from the Snowy Range FFA, 3rd Vice President Halie Harding from the Big Country FFA, 2nd Vice President Rudy Nesvik from the High Plains FFA, 1st Vice President Lauren Gates from the Douglas FFA, and President Austin Seeley from the Wright FFA.
State Convention may be over, but there are only 363 days until the next one begins! Better get to marking those practice cards.