Stafford FFA Has An Event-Filled Summer

Stafford FFA Has An Event-Filled Summer
Posted on 07/16/2018
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It’s been a very eventful summer for the Stafford Municipal School District FFA Chapter.

They started the summer with the "Experience Agriculture" trip to Alaska. Two students, Sarah Buentello and Tristyn Reed, were selected to attend the camp. While they were there they participated in workshops on leadership and SAE (Supervised Agricultural Experience) development. Additionally, they were able to get a closer look at some to Alaska’s agriculture, such as visiting the Alaskan Pipeline, the LARS institute for research on reindeer and muskox, one of the largest local flour milling companies, and visit with Lance Mackey, champion of multiple Iditarods, on training and racing dogs.

 

The students participated in a workshop on surviving in sub-zero temperatures. They were able to compare what agriculture looks like in a many states across the nation with other camp participants, and share ideas for innovative SAE ideas.


The next stop was Fort Worth, for the Autobahn Longhorn show. 10 students (Lulu Buentello, Sarah Buentello, Jaylon Leonard, Kareem Mills, Gabby Pedraza, Elvis Pineda, Tristyn Reed, Trypp Reed, Kiara Roberts and Brooke Stevenson) spent five days competing in all aspects of the Autobahn in an effort to win scholarship money. All students won scholarship money, with the top winner being Trypp Reed who accumulated right at $2,200 in scholarships. 
Upon return we had a two day rest and then it was off to Wharton for the Simbrah Round-up. Trypp Reed spent four days competing in the state show for the Simbrah breed. Among his accomplishments was bringing back the title of Public Speaking Champion - Intermediate Division.
On July 3, the chapter officers, President - Brooke Stevenson, Vice-president - Jaylon Leonard, Secretary - Tristyn Reed, Treasurer - Vincent Mata, Reporter - Nadjie Romero, Sentinel - Kareem Mills and Historian - Sarah Buentello, participated in the Stafford Fourth of July celebration parade and festival.
Wrapping up the latest events was our attendance to the Texas State FFA Convention in Fort Worth. This five day event was fast-paced and action-packed. Students participated in leadership workshops, were motivated by keynote speakers, served as delegates for the election of the 2018-19 Texas State officers and in the business session of the FFA. They were able to have some fun too as they attended both the concert and dance during the convention. The highlight of the convention for our chapter was having an FFA Ambassador, Tristyn Reed, watching as two students, Kareem Mills & Brooke Stevenson, receive the highest degree they can receive from the state of Texas, their Lone Star Degree, and having two students compete at the state level in speaking events. Nadjie Romero competed in state Spanish Creed Speaking, placing fifth in her room, just short of advancing to the finals. Tristyn Reed competed in state Junior Prepared Public Speaking, winning her heat and advancing to the state finals, where she brought home a third place in the state finish.
The SMSD FFA has an officer retreat coming up to plan for the school year and we are hosting our own progress show on July 27 at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds.