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Friona FFA at state convention

Submitted by Friona FFA/ag teacher Tracy Blount

Friona FFA was well represented at the 85th Texas State FFA Convention in Dallas July 8-12, 2013. The Texas FFA Convention is held each year to recognize the efforts of FFA members across the state of Texas. This year’s attendance was 11,995 members and guests.

Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams was one of the keynote speakers that addressed the convention.

Friona FFA was proudly represented by Sawyer Osborn who ran for president of the Texas FFA Association. Sawyer was not elected president but as a state FFA officer his schedule will be full as he travels with the State President and First Vice President when they visit local high schools in Area 1 during the months of October and April. Sawyer also serves on the FFA Board and will be present at the Vocational Agriculture Teachers Conference in Corpus Christi July 28-August 2, 2013.

Jacob Osborn and Blake Stowers received their Lone Star FFA Degree (State Degree) during the Wednesday evening session of the convention. Superintendent Kenny Austin was also recognized as a recipient of the Honorary State FFA Degree.

Blake Stowers competed at the State FFA Rodeo which was held in conjunction with the State FFA Convention. The rodeo was held in Alvarado, Texas. Blake finished 2nd place in the Saddle Bronc competition.

Friona FFA was also recognized at the convention as a Bronze recipient of the Golden Horizon Award which recognizes the efforts of FFA chapters across the state. The award is separated into single teacher departments and multi teacher departments. It is judged according to several criteria such as participation in Leadership Development events, Career Development events, stock shows, proficiency awards, Agri-Science Fair as well as FFA members that are serving or running for office at the district, area, and state level and numerous other factors of chapter participation.

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Friona FFA members attending the State FFA Convention in Dallas were, back row, l-r, Trent Hickman, Tyler Hough, Cole Stowers, Jacob Osborn, Dan O’Brian, Lee Caywood, ag teacher Tracy Blount; front, l-r, Blake Stowers, Oran London, Sawyer Osborn, Brayden Pope, Brad Stowers.