FFA Chapter Earns National Honors
Posted on 12/03/2019
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The Buffalo High School FFA Chapter was recently selected to compete for national recognition in a career development event at the 92nd National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis, October 30 through November 2, 2019.

Buffalo High FFA sent members to Indianapolis to vie for national honors in the agricultural communications, agricultural issues forum, the area of Marketing Plan, several agriscience divisions.

Agricultural communications, agricultural issues, and the area Marketing Plan are a part of career/leadership development event areas, covering job skills in everything from communications to mechanics.

Team members were challenged in all areas of the agricultural communications field. Participants attend a press conference, utilize information gathered in a team activity and complete individual practicums in design, electronic media and writing. Students were also tested on editing and other communication skills.

Buffalo High School FFA Agriculture Communications Team received a Bronze Ranking at the National FFA Convention. Team members include Hattie Fisher (Silver), Kaylee Bowling (Bronze), Maggie Bird (Bronze, and Dena Tucker (Bronze).

In the area of agricultural issues, FFA members present on a current issue facing agriculture to local community groups before competing in the national event. In the presentation, both sides of the issue are addressed, allowing audience members to form their own opinions. Buffalo High School FFA Agriculture Issue Forum received a Bronze Ranking at the National FFA Convention. Members include Dylan Luikart, Kaitlyn Luikart, Courtney Casto, Elizabeth McCormick, Meagan Kearns, Kendra Leg, and Baylee Rogers. 

In the area Marketing Plan, Buffalo High FFA Marketing Team, consisting of members Ty Parkins, Alisa Grady, and Kayleigh Hayzlett, researched and develop a marketing plan for an agricultural product, supply or service. The teams then presented their solution for marketing problems to a panel of public relations advertising and marketing professionals. FFA members were evaluated on the various parts of the marketing plan, including market analysis, business proposition, action plan, budget management, evaluation, and the effectiveness of their presentation. The Buffalo High FFA Marketing Team were 2019 National Finalist, receiving a Gold Ranking, and placing 2nd overall in the nation at the National FFA Convention. 
Students placing and ranking in divisions of agriscience included:

  • Division 3: Social Systems: Emma Luikart - 6th Place (Silver)
  • Division 6: Social Systems: Jon Eads & Haden Handley - 8th Place (Silver)
  • Division 5: Food Science: Jamie Irvine - 4th Place (Gold)
  • Division 4: Environmental & Natural Resources: Joni Smith & Noah Thompson - 7th Place (Silver)
On top of Buffalo High’s FFA Chapter’s success from the area teams and individuals, the chapter also received the Three Star Ranking National Chapter Award. This is the highest-ranking received in a National Chapter Award Program. 

The program recognizes outstanding FFA chapters from throughout the country that actively implements the mission and strategies of the organization. These chapters improve chapter operations using the National Quality FFA Chapter Standards and a Program of Activities that emphasizes growing leaders, building communities, and strengthening agriculture. Chapters are rewarded for providing educational experiences for the entire membership.