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Plymouth FFA Strong at District Convention

March 14, 2011
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03/15/11  Friday, March 11, 2011 was a night the Plymouth FFA will not soon forget.  The FFA chapter competed in multiple career development events against other schools in the District II Leadership Convention.  Plymouth FFA won their rights to compete at the State FFA Convention this June at Purdue University.  Chapter advisor, Kelli Hoffman took twelve students to the district leadership convention.

Senior Katelynn Penny represented the chapter with her food science demonstration and in the leadership ambassador contest; Makayla Fox competed in the Creed speaking contest and freshman extemporaneous public speaking contest; Bobbie Stiles & Amber White placed 3rd with their plant and soil science demonstration; Makayla DePoy placed 4th in the essay contest and 2nd in the freshman prepared public speaking contest; Sarah Lindvall won the novice plant and soil science demonstration with her demonstration on “plant root growth.” Junior, Hunter Sharp won the job interview contest, qualifying for state competition in June, and placed 4th in the extemporaneous public speaking contest.  The quiz bowl team consisting of: Trent Pletcher, Tucker Pletcher, Julia Lipply, and Guy Gainer placed 2nd.  The talent group consisting of: Makayla Fox, Katelynn Penny, Tucker Pletcher, Karl Faulstich, and Sarah Lindvall took 3rd.

FFA member Hunter Sharp will be representing the chapter in the Job Interview contest.  If she wins state, she will move on to the National Competition held in October.  Senior, Katelynn Penny will be receiving her State Hoosier Degree at State Convention in June as well.  If Katelynn chooses to do so, she may go on to earn her American FFA degree in the fall of 2012.  The American FFA Degree is the highest award the National FFA Organization may bestow to members.

The 2011 PHS FFA Parliamentary Procedure team will also be advancing on in competition this year.  They will compete in the Sectional competition on April 18 after earning 2nd at the District II contest.  Team members include: Chairmen:Trent Pletcher; Vice President: Hunter Sharp; Secretary: Julia Lipply; Sentinel: Guy Gainer, Student Advisor: Kayla Arriaga; Treasurer: Katelynn Penny; Reporter: Amber White; Floor Members: Tucker Pletcher, Makayla Fox, Makayla DePoy, Sarah Lindvall       “I am so proud of these students,” says Hoffman.  “I told them it did not matter where we placed in competition.  I simply ask they do their very best…and every one of the kids did exactly what I asked…they went above and beyond and did their best!”  Hoffman said she is excited about the possibility of  taking students to State FFA Convention at Purdue University this summer.

PHS FFA is also working to earn $1,500 FREE MONEY by competing in a contest called “Chapter Challenge.”  To help Plymouth FFA make it into the top 10 in Indiana and win $1,500, simply get online and vote for Plymouth High School FFA at:  http://www.ffachapterchallenge.com/ Once on the website, click on “Register and vote as a farmer.”  You will be prompted from that point forward. Be sure to vote before May 1, 2011.  You may also access the voting page and follow PHS FFA at:   http://plymouth-in-ffa-chapter.webs.com/

In the group picture:  left to right, front row: Julia Lipply, Makayla Fox, Hunter Sharp, Sarah Lindvall, Amber White, Bobbie Stiles

Back: Advisor: Kelli Hoffman, Tucker Pletcher, Lexi Hardy, Guy Gainer, Katelynn Penny, Makayla DePoy, Trent Pletcher

Dance picture:  in talent contest!   Karl Faulstich, Makayla Fox, Tucker Pletcher, Sarah Lindvall

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