The Iowa FFA produced three national champions for 2007 at the 80th National FFA Convention, held Oct. 24-27 in Indianapolis. One individual Iowa FFA member and two chapters from Iowa were named national award winners at the convention. In addition, a number of other Iowa FFA members and chapters earned other honors.
Andy Jennett of the Creston FFA Chapter was named the national winner in the Landscape Management Proficiency award. Jennett received a $500 cash award for being a national finalist and an additional $500 as the national winner.
The South Winneshiek FFA chapter was named the national winner in the Dairy Cattle Evaluation Career Development Event, a competition that emphasizes skills in dairy cattle evaluation, selection and dairy herd management. Members of the team were; Jordan Hanson, first place individual, Gold Rating, $900 scholarship; Kari Lien, third place individual, Gold Rating, $600 scholarship; Aaron Lien, Gold Rating; Carl Lyons, Silver Rating. Team members received $1,000 each for being named the national champion team.
Iowa FFA Chapters are national finalists
The Hudson FFA chapter was named the national winner in the Marketing Plan Career Development Event. Members of the team were Lee Koenigsfeld, Anna Wolfe and Ashley Wolfe. Each team member receives a $1,000 scholarship for being named the national champion.
Two Iowa FFA members are National Stars Over America finalists, with each receiving a $2,000 cash award. Emma Flemmig of the Glidden-Ralston FFA Chapter was named a Stars finalist in Agriscience. Jessica Tekippe of the West Delaware FFA Chapter at Manchester was named a Stars finalist in Agricultural Placement. Janna Shifflett, Osceola Big Chief FFA won fourth place for National Job Interview Career Development.
Iowa's top 23 FFA Chapters were recognized for outstanding achievement with the National Chapter Award. National finalists included these Iowa Chapters: Montezuma FFA, fourth place, National Ag Communications Career Development; Sioux Center FFA, ninth place, National Agricultural Mechanics Career Development; Muscatine FFA, eighth place, National Ag Sales Career Development, and 10th place, National Meats Evaluation Career Development; Washington FFA, seventh place, National Agronomy Career Development; North Linn FFA at Troy Mills, National Model of Innovation.
In addition, 85 Iowa FFA members received the American FFA Degree, the highest honor that an individual FFA member can earn.