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A Successful FFA State Convention

By Samantha Bonifas

April 15, 2019

On Wednesday, April 3, nine Silver Lake FFA members made their way to Lincoln to join more than 6,000 other members from around the state to participate and celebrate in the state FFA convention. Advisor, Mrs. Curlo, and her husband joined by Madison Miller, AJ Niemeyer, Jaden Lewis, Taran Hanson, Brooke Kamler, Addie Hartman, Casey Cassell, Jocelyn Wahl, and Lexi Allen engaged in several activities throughout the 3 days in Lincoln. On their first day, they were greeted by a welcome speaker in the first session at Pinnacle Bank Arena. On Thursday, Silver Lake’s first ever junior high conduct of chapter meetings team traveled to Lincoln to watch and learn from junior and senior teams competing at the state level. Members that went included Madison Karr, Lana Swanson, Taylor Hanson, Ashley Bonifas, Samantha Bonifas, Kassi Jones, Georgi tenBensel, Lexi Wengler, and Brooklyn Meyer. Georgi tenBensel commented, “The meetings were more professional and advanced than anything we have ever seen. We can take the information and notes from that day and compete at a much better level next year. Hopefully, we can be competing at state next year.” While the junior high members watched finals of conduct of chapter meeting, high school members attended a workshop with a motivational speaker. Addie Hartman added that “The speaker taught us what is behind us that makes us successful.” High school members attended their annual chapter supper at Mellow Mushroom. As Friday was the last day at the convention, the members made the most of it. Silver Lake FFA visited a greenhouse that is ran by Janet’s Jungle. This experience was extremely special and valuable because the plants sold through the FFA plant sale are from Janet’s Jungle. The members learned what plants are grown in the greenhouse and how the greenhouse operates. After visiting the greenhouse, the group took a trip to Southeast Community College where they viewed a “Farmbot” that works like a robot and performs tasks that a person would in gardening and farming. At the end of the day, the last session was held and members returned home. Mrs. Curlo concluded her thoughts about the convention, saying, “It was a great group of students that came along. They utilized the experiences offered to them to better and become better leaders.”

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