Monday, June 29, 2009

Newark FFA Chapter Remains One of Illinois Top FFA Chapters

The Newark FFA Chapter ranked second in state again this year, making the Newark FFA Chapter one of the top FFA Chapters in the state. Newark has been 2nd in state nine out of the last 10 years right behind the Seneca FFA Chapter.
The Newark FFA Chapter attended the 81st Annual Illinois FFA Convention in Springfield, Illinois, held June 9 through the 11th.
The Newark FFA Chapter accepted the award for the sixth place chapter in Illinois for its Heritage and Cooperative Program. The chapter ranked Gold in the State and will send Logan Rehberg and Mr. Steffen to Washington D.C. on all expense paid trip, sponsored by the Illinois Farm Bureau.
The Newark FFA Chapter received second place plaque for its work in the Illinois FFA Foundation Collection Drive. The chapter received the $9,000 Club Award collecting over $9,000 for the Illinois FFA Foundation.
The Newark FFA Chapter was one of 20 chapters to receive the FFA Sweepstakes Award. This award given to FFA chapters who take part in the National Chapter Award, Illinois FFA Foundation Collection Drive, Heritage Activity Program, and the Cooperative Activity Program and attends at least one State Career Development Event. The chapter also received the Century Challenge award, which recognizes the chapters that have achieved FFA membership equal to the agricultural education enrollment in the school. This is the chapters 29th consecutive year in this award.
The Newark FFA Chapter was recognized in the areas of the National Chapter Award Program. There are three areas of the National Chapter Award Program and they are Chapter Development, Student Development, and Community Development. The Chapter was award the number chapter in the state in Student Development. The Newark Chapter is a national finalist in the National Chapter Award Program, and judged in Indianapolis, IN this month and results given at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, IN, in October.
Abby McCartney and Mallory McFee sang a solo with the State FFA Chorus and chosen to represent Illinois at the National FFA Chorus at the National FFA Convention in October.
Also recognized was Dan Doeing for a gold rating and raked as the Top Ten Chapter FFA Presidents in Illinois.
Joe Hanson, was recognized for a candidate for the American FFA Degree, the highest degree the national association can bestow on its members.
Voting delegates attending the convention were Logan Rehberg and Kyle Testin. Also attending the convention was Tara Bernard, Skyler Hagen, Sam Hoddy, Rachel Whitlock, Allie Hickernell, Andrea Peterson, Brianna Yepsen, Kelsey Oldenburg, Mallory McFee, Courtney Danneberg, Cassidy Hamman, Abby McCartney, Steven Nichols, Randy Brummel, Kendall Sigmund, Josh McConnell, Luke Larson, and Advisor of the Newark FFA Chapter Joe Steffen. The Newark FFA Chapter would like to thank Wendy Bernard for the chaperoning the convention.

2009-2010 FFA Officer Elections

On May 4, 2009, Newark’s FFA Chapter had their annual officer elections.. FFA officers help the chapter’s activities run as smoothly as possible while maintaining a sense of leadership among the chapter. 2009-2010 Newark FFA Chapter Officers were elected as follows:President: Logan Rehberg1st Vice President: Kyle Testin 2nd Vice President: Randy Brummel1st Reporter: Anne Peterson2nd Reporter: Kelsey OldenburgSecretary: Rachel WhitlockTreasurer: Steven Nichols Sentinel: Luke LarsonHistorians: Samantha Hoddy and Allie HickernellStudent Council Representatives: Kendall Sigmund and Cassidy HammonFarm Managers: Joshua McConnell and Randy BrummelCongratulations to all elected officers.. Here’s to the upcoming year being a great one for Newark’s FFA.