Ten students from Springville High School FFA chapter had the opportunity to attend the 84th National FFA Convention to compete in contests, receive awards and improve leadership skills. 

Picture (L to R – back row)  Shane Holm, Monica Giffing (Advisor), Darryl Barnes, Jason Averett, Elias Atkinson, Lauren Ridge (L to R – front row)  Brayden Spencer, Taylor Hill, Autymn Schouten, and Christina Nolasco.

Local Students do amazing in a national FFA Competition -

INDIANAPOLIS- Winners of the National FFA Agricultural Communications Career Development Event (CDE) were announced Friday at the annual awards banquet. The event was held in conjunction with the 84th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind.

SPRINGVILLE HIGH SCHOOL FFA was recognized as the 2nd place team in the Nation! Receiving a Gold rating – team members Jason Averett, Darryl Barnes, and Logan Jones, Christina Nolasco and Taylor Hill received a Silver ranking based on their individual events and contributions to the team. 

The agricultural communications event is sponsored by the National FFA Foundation. The National FFA Agricultural Communications CDE is a competitive activity that tests students' skills in all areas of the agricultural communications field and evaluates how well they can apply classroom knowledge to real-life situations.

Participants attend a simulated news conference and use the information gathered to complete individual practicums in news story writing, press release writing, radio broadcasting, web design, and graphic design. Prior to the event, students compile communication project proposals related to innovative agricultural practices, management techniques and marketing tools. Each team then creates a 15-minute presentation based on their proposal. Members also compete in an editing exercise and a general communications quiz.

These five students have spent many hours preparing for this event and did an amazing job representing Utah and Springville High School.  Thank you to our local sponsors – Utah County Farm Bureau and the Utah FFA Foundation.

The National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 523,309 student members – all preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture – as part of 7,487 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The National FFA Organization changed to its present name in 1988, in recognition of the growth and diversity of agriculture and agricultural education. The 84th National FFA Convention is held Oct. 19-22, 2011 in Indianapolis, Ind., and will draw 50,000-plus FFA members, advisors and guests from across the country. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Visit www.ffa.org for more information and follow us on Facebook, and Twitter and FFA Nation.

Picture (L to R) Darryl Barnes – Press Release Writer, Logan Jones – Web Page Designer, Jason Averett – Graphic Designer, Christina Nolasco – News Writer & Taylor Hill – Radio Broadcaster.