By Hunter Siggard, Utah FFA State Treasurer
I hope this message finds everyone doing well, learning daily, and achieving success. With the year coming to close, in the next couple of months, it is an exciting time for many. Seniors are preparing for graduation; others are signing up and preparing for further education and new classes in the fall. Spring sports are beginning and several student clubs and CTSOs are preparing for state conferences and competitions. The FFA is no different. As an organization and state association we are looking forward to the coming months.
Utah FFA chapters are preparing for competitions that will be held in the upcoming months. Several career development event judging practices are going on to assist in preparing students for state judging during April. State judging allows students to put their skills to the test and compete in several contests that help develop their potential for career success. These contests involve many of the animal contests, as well as agricultural mechanics, veterinary science, agricultural communications, marketing, forestry, floriculture, etc. We encourage FFA members to practice seriously and do their best in order to learn the most and compete well at state judging. State judging provides opportunities for members to compete in more hands-on contests involving various aspects of the Agriculture industry, whereas the FFA State Convention provides opportunities to compete in speaking contests.
The FFA State Convention will be held March 13-15 at Utah State University. In January, members competed in area contests and those who were selected to move on are busily preparing to compete at the FFA State Convention for the opportunity to represent Utah at the National FFA Convention and Expo in Louisville, Kentucky held October 29-November 1. These contests include: Prepared and Extemporaneous Public Speaking, Creed Speaking, Job Interview, and Parliamentary Procedure. Members not competing will have the opportunity to attend workshops, attend convention sessions, hear from keynote speakers, participate in service projects, and other activities to help members develop premier leadership and personal growth.
As a state officer team we are excited for the events that are right around the corner and for the opportunity we have to interact with FFA members from around this great state. With the year coming to a close we encourage everyone to remain focused and dedicated to their studies in order to maintain eligibility for activities and competitions. All of you are capable of achieving success and as a state officer team and association we believe in you! One of my favorite quotes is, “The difference between good and great is a little extra effort.” I hope that we all put forth that little bit of extra effort to achieve success in every aspect of life. Until next time. . .