West Liberty FFA makes history

Index · Thursday, May 9, 2013
FFA members make history

West Liberty High School FFA members competed at the 85th Iowa FFA Leadership Conference at Iowa State University April 22-23. More than 5,000 FFA members across the state attended the state-level event. Members at the conference were able to compete in leadership development events, as well as attend workshops and sessions.

Kathy Kaalberg, senior member of the chapter, competed in the Job Interview Career Development Event (CDE). This event was established to provide FFA members an opportunity to demonstrate their ability in completing a job application form, writing a letter of application, preparing a resume, conducting a 10-minute interview and answering questions clearly. Kaalberg placed first and was state champion. She will advance to the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky., in October.

“I have learned many skills from this contest," Kaalberg said. "I have been preparing since January working on several aspects of my interview. I will be attending Iowa State University this fall and plan on continuing to polish my skills for nationals.”

West Liberty Middle School FFA students also attended the conference. The Ag Career Science Investigation (CSI) Team No. 1, which consisted of of Giselle Coreas, Gracie Danner, Belinda Heckman, Haddie Anderson, Jaida Dalton and Morgan Nichols, earned a gold rating and was awarded a State Championship. This was the first championship for middle school in West Liberty FFA history.

“I am extremely proud of the students with their hard work this spring," said FFA advisor Zachary Morris. "The talent and work ethic across the board is incredible. The students understand the value of the skills they gain from these contests and how they will benefit them in a future career. Not one of these accomplishments is possible without countless hours of hard work.”

West Liberty FFA placed second in the Nutrients for Life Program, earning $3,000 for outstanding education in soil and plant sciences. West Liberty FFA was also a finalist in the Planting a Seed Grant program focusing on agriculture career awareness. The chapter was the state winner in Chapter Development in the National Chapter Award Program.

Awards were also given to these West Liberty students: Kayla Smith, Matt Kelly, Sergio Zamora III, Brett Becker Dakota Even, Kyleigh Becker, Hailey Daufeldt, Mikayla Heckman,Tanner Nolan, Grace Millage, Merideth Nichols, Delilah Lopez, Yesenia Montelongo, Alyssa McMichael, Kelzi Mather, Lizzie Hoang, MaKayla Kellor, Joe Baker, Noah Feldman, Makala Roser, Jenna Giamba, Dani Courbat, Noah Bierman, Jacob Henderson and Katie Meyers.

A detailed list of awards was included in superintendent Steve Hanson's guest column, which ran in last week's edition of the Index.

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