Hannah York, Hannah Greenfield, and Madi Mason were in studio Tuesday morning to talk to WPKY about Caldwell County’s FFA Chapter and it’s recent participation in the regional competition.

On Friday March 9, 2018, several members of the Caldwell County FFA chapter traveled to Murray State University to compete among many FFA chapters in the Pennyrile Region. Individual contests included Impromptu Speaking, AIC, Quiz Contest, FFA Creed, and the Talent Contest. Caldwell participated in two team contests, including Record Keeping and Junior and Senior Parliamentary Procedure.

Caldwell had overall 5 individuals that placed Superior First or Second in their certain categories to qualify for state competition in June. Those members were: Halle Lofton for Nursery and Landscape Impromptu, Cassidy Jackson for Small Animal Impromptu, Madison Crider for Fruit and Vegetable Impromptu, Madux Cummins for Poultry Impromptu, and Josie Witherspoon for Floral Impromptu. The following members also placed in their certain categories: Jacy Travis, Steven Phelps, Megan Butler, Madison Mason, Shelby Lane, Brian Gill, JR Blackburn, and Hannah Greenfield.

Kylie York represented Caldwell in the Quiz contest in which she competed by answering questions about the National FFA Association and received an excellent rating. Madux Cummins received a Superior First ranking in the talent contest.

Members of the Caldwell County Agriculture Record Keeping Team also competed at Regionals. The team included Kaylee Brown, Nicole Cravens, Kathryn Eldridge, and Taylor Scott. In the record keeping contest members compete by keeping records of expenses and incomes that would be beneficial on a farm or in an accounting area. Team members are scored individually but scores are combined together to form an overall team score. This year the teams competed using computers, so the scores have not been announced, but the team should know if it qualified for the State Convention very soon.

Kylie York competed in the FFA Creed competition where she had to recite the Creed to a panel of judges and received a Superior ranking. Madux Cummins also competed in the AIC (American Institute of Cooperatives) competition where he took a test on business principles and applications and received an excellent rating.

Caldwell’s Senior Parliamentary Procedure Team competed at Murray State as well. The contest this year consisted of two parts: a twenty-five question test and the actual display of how a meeting would run. Team members consisted of Madison Crider, Hannah Greenfield, Madux Cummins, Madison Mason, Josie Witherspoon, Halle Lofton, Hannah York, Ashlynn Dearing, Cassidy Jackson, Jacy Travis, and Sid Nichols. The Senior Parliamentary Procedure Team walked away with the Superior First ranking for the sixth year in a row. They will compete at the State competition in June.

The Caldwell County FFA Conduct Of Meetings Team came away from Regional competition with a Superior Second ranking. Team members included Hannah Young, Kylie York, Liticia Perez, Dalton Haney, Jaden Towe, Austin Richey, Shelby Lane, and Dylan Adams.

The State Convention will be on June 4th in Lexington, all those from Caldwell who received Superior 1st or 2nd ratings will go on to compete at the state level.

This spring the Caldwell County FFA Chapter will also compete in the Regional Paperwork Day where they’ll send proficiencies, regional officer candidates, and state candidates to compete with others from around the region. Last year Caldwell County sent 26, 23 of which won and went onto the State Convention, where 5 placed in the top 3. This year Caldwell will be sending JT Holt as their State Officer candidate, however, they have not chosen a regional candidate.

Hannah York, FFA President, then mentioned her small business that lead to a national title in 2017. She creates seasonal decorations for homes and businesses in the local area that include cornstalk bundles, straw, mums, pumpkins, squash and gourds, and more. With this small business she won regionally, advanced to the State Convention, and then advanced to the National Convention. There, her business competed against three others from across the nation, two college sophomores and one college freshman. Her business was selected as the national winner.

You can catch the full interview with Hannah York, FFA President, Hannah Greenfield, FFA Vice President, and Madi Mason, FFA Reporter, below.