MUSCATINE, Iowa–Mar. 6, Muscatine FFA members made a strong showing at the district contests in Mediapolis. Seven students placed high enough in five different district competitions to proceed to state where several more of their team members will join them in state level only competitions.
Following their success at the sub-district competition, several different individuals and groups from Muscatine FFA continued to improve and placed high enough at the district level to continue on to state. They included Belinda Brian, who earned second gold in extemporaneous speaking; Ava Daufeldt, Emily King, and Jaiden Schmelzer, who earned second gold in program of activities; Alexis Moeller, who earned second gold in radio broadcasting; James Sprague who earned second gold in individual ag sales; and Grace Williams, who earned second gold in prepared public speaking.
As these students look forward to attending the state convention, which will take place April 19 in Des Moines, they have high hopes both for their chances of continuing on to nationals and to having an enjoyable experience. “I’m so excited for the new opportunity to see how it goes, because sub-districts and districts are so small– state has people from all across Iowa,” said Ava. Grace added that she looks forward to competing in Des Moines, as previous state conventions took place in Ames.
Along with those advancing from districts to state, several students in Muscatine FFA will compete in ag sales team and poultry judging, events that begin at the state level. For Jenna Lovstad, a first year student going to the state convention for her very first time, believes the trip will provide a positive learning experience. “I’m excited–it’s very thrilling!” she enthused. “I did manual quiz for districts, but it only goes to districts, so I’m excited to do poultry for state and to learn about it.”
In addition to those students proceeding on to the state convention, many other Muscatine FFA students attended the district competitions and placed well, including in some events that do not advance past the district level. Mason Beatty and Griffin Trego earned silver for welding team (and fourth gold and silver respectively individually); Danika Garrett earned a bronze rating for creed speaking; Daylin Garret earned third gold for chapter website; Landin Mccreary earned a silver rating for the chapter test; and Becca Potter, Abigail Lindeman, Nathan Sharar, Ella Schroeder, and Isabella Zigament earned a silver rating for parliamentary procedure.
Muscatine FFA’s middle school teams also competed at their first events of the season. In career science investigation, Isabella Burkamper, Elsie Lewis, Hannah Nguyen, Lauren Plemmons, Kacie Riess, and Hanna Tils received a silver rating. In ag impact, Cade Daufeldt, Eli Donath, Andy Franke, and Cade Lewis, also earned silver.
With preparations well underway for the state competitions, all of the students expressed gratitude to their advisors for their help and for the opportunity to experience the state convention. “I think it’s an experience everyone should have at least once,” mused Alexis.