Shenandoah County middle and secondary students fared very well at the 2016 Virginia State FFA Convention, which was held June 20 - 23 at Virginia Tech. "Unlock" was the theme for this year's convention, which marked the 90th anniversary of VA's FFA. In an online video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=SJhOR8EcgVY), 2015-16 State FFA officers challenged FFA members to unlock their Potential, Passion, Knowledge, Purpose, Interest, Opportunity, Ambition, and Success.
Ashley Yanego, graduate of Strasburg High School and 2016-17 State FFA president said, " Personally, I saw "unlock" as unlocking your full potential to be the best we can be; people can be presented with the same opportunity, but how we use it is what makes it great/personal. So unlocking potential and opportunities is what I thought of the theme this past year."
Shenandoah County FFA members unlocked opportunities for success at the state convention!
(CDE's are Career Development Events.)
North Fork Middle School
Tarinda Moomaw, Advisor
Small Animal Care CDE
Quiz Bowl CDE
Peter Muhlenberg Middle School
Derek Ritenour, Advisor
*National Chapter Awards Program - Silver
Food and Fiber CDE - Third Place Team
Small Animal Care CDE
Agriscience Mechanics Technology CDE
Junior Meets Team - First in State Competition (March)
Signal Knob Middle School
Jaclyn Roller Ryan, Advisor
Food and Fiber CDE
Kiera Drummonds - Bronze
Paris Sexton - Bronze
Markell Williams - Bronze
Reme Sharp - Bronze
Baylee Hodson, Chapter Historian, submitted the SKMS FFA scrapbook for judging.
Stonewall Jackson High School
Jack Jarrett, Advisor
Warren Brill, Advisor
*Public Relations - Gold
Avian Bowl CDE - Team Sixth Place
Livestock Judging CDE
Job Interview CDE
State FFA Degree Received
American FFA Degree Received
Central High School
Sherry Heishman. Advisor
Amanda Curry, Advisor
Mariyah Viar (Central High School, Class of 2006) has earned a State Star in Agricultural Placement. The State Star award is the highest award that an FFA member can achieve in the FFA on the state level. This award honors students who have developed outstanding agricultural skills and competencies through their career development programs; demonstrated outstanding management skills; earned the State FFA Degree and met other agricultural education, scholastic, and leadership requirements.
State FFA Degree
*Superior Chapter Rating
* 100% Membership Award
*Public Relations -- Gold
*Forestry and Wildlife Chapter Award -- 1st in state. This award is given based on the chapter who promotes and educates students in the areas of forestry and wildlife conservation.
*Top Chapter in the Northern Area, which reaches from Fairfax to Botetourt County along the I-81 Corridor and over to Page County.
*State winner in the Chapter Development section of the National Chapter Award
Poultry Evaluation Team - 1st in the state and will represent VA at the National FFA Convention in October.
Gracie Baker (High individual)
Jacob French (4th high individual)
Crops Evaluation CDE Team -- 1st in the state and will represent VA at the National FFA Convention in October.
Kaitlin Mantz (3rd high individual )
Olivia Gochenour (4th high individual)
Lily Tharp (5th high individual)
Sam Rhodes (9th high individual)
Agricultural Sales CDE Team -- 2nd in the state
Jenna Kibler - High individual
Ashton Duncan - 8th high individual
Dairy Handlers CDE
Jessica Myers - Silver
Job Interview CDE
John-Robert Helsley served as the state Sentinel and presided over the 5th session at the state convention
Proficiency Award STATE Winners
Jenna Kibler--Beef Production Placement
John-Robert Helsley-- Diversified Agricultural Production Entrepreneurship
Samuel Rhodes -- Goat Production Entrepreneurship
Maranda McDonald--Poultry Production Entrepreneurship
Strasburg High School
Brian Fisher, Advisor
Abbi Copp, Advisor
* Superior Chapter
* Public relations - Gold
*Scrapbook - Gold
Ashley Yanego, SHS Class of 2016, was selected VA State FFA President for 2016-17.
State Proficiency Winners
Austin Weaver -- Agriculture Education
Bethany Gochenour -- Diversified Livestock
Tiffany Heishman -- Agriscience Research Diversified
State Degree Recipients
*Tiffany Heishman--Food Products and Processing, 1st in State Tiffany had top 3 projects overall state-wide.
*Hannah Orndorff --Plant Systems-1st in State
Environmental and Natural Resources CDE 1st place
Devon Eyring --2nd place individual
Agronomy CDE - 4th Place
Junior Parliamentary Procedure -- 1st Place
Madison Estep - All-state president
Shelby Smith - All-state sentinel
Senior SoilsTeam CDE -- 1st Place
Ashley Yanego - 8th individual
Ethan Gochenour -5th individual
Courtney Hodges --2nd individual
Junior Soils Team CDE - 1st Place
Shelby Smith -- 1st Place Individual
McKenzie Cline --4th Place individual
Allison Neal -- 5th place Individual
Nadia Ruhala -- 7th place individual
Congratulations, Shenandoah County
FFA Members Chapters, and Advisors!!
North Fork Middle School FFA members pose in front of "Unlock" thematic poster. Left to right: Andrew Zirkle, Isabel Dellinger, Rhonnie Miller, Mindi Freed, and Sarah Eaton.