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North FFA earns awards at state convention

WEST LAFAYETTE — North Montgomery High School’s FFA Chapter attended the 88th Indiana FFA State Convention in June at Purdue University. The local FFA chapter and its members received numerous honors at the event.

A group of FFA members walked away as winners of the proficiency areas from their Supervised Agriculture Experiences. This year there were 420 Hoosier FFA Degree recipients honored. North had two Hoosier Degree recipients in Ellie Sennett and Konnar Haworth.

Entrepreneurship proficiency awards are given to those whose SAE’s are related to ownership of an agribusiness or agriculture-related organization. Haworth placed fourth in his SAE proficiency area of ag mechanics and fabrication placement.

North Montgomery FFA member Owen Coon placed fourth in leadership ambassador career development. The program rewards FFA members for exceptional accomplishments in progressing toward specific career objectives in the agriculture industry.

The North FFA chapter was honored as a Gold Emblem FFA chapter and Big Ten chapter in the state of Indiana. North FFA earned first place in the state for the Living to Serve Community Service Initiative. The North chapter was recognized for its work with the Riley blankets members make each year around Christmas. The chapter placed second in the Living to Serve Safety Initiative for their work with the FFA Farm Safety Day members put on every other year for North Montgomery fifth-grade students. The chapter placed second in the Living to Serve Food Security Initiative for their work with Kids Against Hunger in March.

Coon was elected as the new northern region state FFA vice president for the 2017-18 school year. He will travel the state and work with the 12,506 Indiana FFA members during various events.

This year’s state convention involved 3,800 convention attendees.