FFA chapter earns recognition at nationals
By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
The Chase County Schools FFA chapter received a Two Star Chapter rating at the national FFA convention in Indianapolis last week. In addition, two former chapter members received their American Degree.
Only the top 10 percent of all chapters nationally are recognized at the convention with either a One, Two or Three Star Chapter rating, three being the highest.
The rating is based upon the chapter’s student, chapter and community development from activities such as fruit sales, Young Farmer-Rancher barbeque, pasture golf and movie volunteering, in the Chase County chapter’s case.
The chapter applied for the honor at last spring’s state convention. “You have to be one of the top gold chapters at state, and then go on to nationals,” Sponsor Jason Speck explained.
He said the CCS chapter has consistently received a Two or Three rating the last number of years.
Speck and Jeremy Vlasin took 13 high school students to the national convention. There were no teams competing on the national level this year.
Kerry Swanson and Vanessa Schilke both received their American Degree for their work on their SAE (Supervised Ag Experience) programs during high school.
Swanson’s program involved working at Hill’s Family Foods. He is the son of Melda and Troy Musick of Champion and is a sophomore at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Swanson was also attending the convention in his role as a Nebraska state officer.
Schilke’s SAE project involved work at both Owens’ True Value and Frenchman Valley Coop while in high school. She is working on her Bachelor of Science Nursing degree and is employed at a nursing home in Chappell. She is the daughter of John and Theresa Schilke of Imperial, who acted as sponsors for the trip.
The students attending the convention heard two speakers. Josh Shipp is a motivational speaker who told FFA members “don’t be average.”
Judson Laipply told students to change—they can’t be reactive, but need to be proactive.
The students also toured Churchill Downs.