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2017 District Stars & State Star Finalists

Star in Placement

D1 – none; D2 – Haylee Gleeman (Yelm); D3 – Karissa Mitchell (Centralia)*; D4 – Josh Perrault (Prosser)*; D5 – Matthew DeGon (Liberty); D6 – Nicole Harder (LaCrosse)*; D7 – Stephanie Olivera (Chelan)*; D8 – none; D9 – Tyler Bise (Wilson Creek)

Star Finalists: D3 – Karissa Mitchell (Centralia); D4 – Josh Perrault (Prosser); D6 – Nicole Harder (LaCrosse); D7 – Stephanie Olivera (Chelan)

Star Farmer

D1 – Elea VanWeerdhuizen (Lynden Christian)*; D2 – Magdalena Scotto (Yelm); D3 – Jacob Gilberta (Tenino); D4 – Brooke Wheeler (Prosser)*; D5 – none; D6 – Abigail McGregor (LaCrosse)*; D7 – Krista Marchand (Omak)*; D8 – Olivia Shulke (Castle Rock); D9 – Tyann Tellefson (Lind-Ritzville)

Star Finalists: D1 – Elea VanWeerdhuizen (Lynden Christian); D4 – Brooke Wheeler (Prosser); D6 – Abigail McGregor (LaCrosse); D7 – Krista Marchand (Omak)

Agribusiness

D1 – Ben Benson (Cedarcrest)*; D2 – none; D3 – none; D4 – none; D5 – Kyle DeGon (Liberty)*; D6 – Madison Felton (Walla Walla)*; D7 – none; D8 – none; D9 – Tyann Tellefson (Lind-Ritzville)*

Star Finalists: D1 – Ben Benson (Cedarcrest); D5 – Kyle DeGon (Liberty); D6 – Madison Felton (Walla Walla); Tyann Tellefson (Lind-Ritzville)

Agriscience

District Star & State Star Finalist: D2 – Isabella Vacca (Sumner)*

2017.Chapter Video Contest

Due: May 1st by 5pm

Each chapter may submit one video. The video should be no longer than 3:00 minutes exactly. If your video is longer than 3:00 minutes, it will not be considered for the competition. The title of your video file should include your chapter name.

Technical specifications: please film your video in widescreen (16:9 aspect ratio) format. Don't hold your cameraphone upright, or you'll film a vertical video that is sideways! The final file type should be MOV or MPEG-4. Absolutely NO Windows Media Files will be accepted.

Use WeTransfer.com to send your video file to abbie@washingtonffa.org. 

Scoring

All videos will be evaluated on the following criteria: 

  • Contains educational or advocacy message for WA agriculture or FFA (think Peterson Farm Bros parody videos)
  • Represents chapter activities or accomplishments in the 2016–2017 year
  • Video is a creative and original concept
  • Overall video quality (including audio) is high

Important note on copyright: DO NOT use copyrighted music or other material in your video, as it will prevent us from posting the video online. Examples of improper use of copyrighted material: creating a “music video” in which chapter members lip sync to a popular country song; or using a pop song as a background track in your video. We strongly encourage you to use purchased or free stock music tracks and video footage which have been made available for commercial use. 

WA FFA Foundation Online Auction 2/22-2/24

Help the Washington Foundation celebrate FFA Week by joining us online starting at 10am Wednesday (2/22)- 12pm Friday (2/24) for the

FFA SPECIALTY LICENSE PLATE AUCTION

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 Auction officially opens on Wednesday: www.biddingowl.com/Washingtonffa 

Just weeks ago, the FFA Foundation held the launch of its official state FFA license plate at the Governor’s Mansion in Olympia. Along with presentations from the Governor and other state dignitaries, an auction was held allowing FFA supporters to bid on the state’s historic first 25 numbered FFA plates.

The top-25 plate numbers that remain up for bid can be yours, remaining numbers include:        4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18, 21, 22, and 23.

This is your chance to bid online for your new, top-25 numbered FFA License Plate!

Your purchase of one of these top-25 license plates is tax deductible and supports the Washington FFA Foundation's goals of growing leaders, supporting Agriculture Education and strengthening Agriculture.  Thank you so much for your support, and for your investment in the future of our state’s brightest leaders!!

A BIG THANK YOU to our sponsors Tractor Supply Co., Northwest Farm Credit Services, CoBank, Wilco and Far West Agribusiness Association!! And to all of those that helped launch this effort at the Governor’s Mansion!!  

Click here for more information about the Washington FFA Foundation.

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2016-2017 Washington FFA Theme: "This Moment"

Our time in FFA is full of events or activities that leave a lasting impact on our memories and will stay with us forever. Whether they were major turning points in our lives, or simply small acts that have redirected us towards better paths, they have left a lasting impression in our minds and in our hearts.

The 2016-2017 Washington FFA State Officers share their vision for how we can make the most of our time in FFA and create a brighter future for ourselves in their theme reveal video.

As you experience special moments in FFA throughout the year, share them with us using #WAFFAmoment or use the form below to upload photos and stories about your experiences!


Video Transcript

Alyssa: After four months of mentoring a fellow chapter member on showmanship with her market lamb, we knew that we had done all we could to prepare her for the upcoming show. She was rewarded for our early mornings and long nights as the judge shook her hand. Her triumphant smile became engrained in my mind as the perfect emblem of how hard work pays off.

Tye: Being flooded with excitement and optimism as I was given the opportunity to explore my passion for the beef industry, and discover my desire to be a leader in my community.

Corrina: Watching the greenhand FFA members in my chapter describe how they had grown through FFA and commit themselves to helping others. I was so excited to see them continue on their journey, and honored that I could play a part in their success.

Megan: Zipping up my FFA jacket, and walking into Beasley Coliseum for the first time. Stepping through the doors to see 3,000 blue jackets and realizing that I was about to be a part of something much greater than myself.

Drew: Receiving my brand new FFA jacket in the mail. Putting it on, I never could have imagined how it would feel to have the uncertainty of the previous years of my life melt away.

Luke: Looking down at all the people at state convention seeing how everyone had a passion for agriculture like myself. Their example of striving to improve themselves and others around them drove me to become the person I am today.

These are our memories. The ones that have changed our lives and our perspectives. Our time in FFA is full of events or activities that leave a lasting impact on our memories and will stay with us forever.

Drew: We each have memories that stand out in our lives. Maybe it was something that made us the happiest we have ever been, or maybe it was the worst day of our lives. Either way, those moments made us into the people we are today. Whether they were major turning points in our lives, or simply small acts that have redirected us towards better paths, they have left a lasting impression in our minds and in our hearts.

Megan: No matter which memory stands out in our minds the most, that’s all it'll ever be; a memory. We can’t relive those moments in time, produce an exact replica of them, or come close to recreating them. They’re forever in the past.

Corrina: Living in the past is scary! Whether we’re obsessing over our mess-ups and our failures, or we’re reliving our greatest hits and accomplishments, when we only look back at the past, we can’t grow or change. Change is scary- it means breaking old habits and letting go of the past.

Tye: While the idea of letting go of the past is unnerving, spending the entirety of our thoughts pondering the future can fill our lives with worry and doubt. While it is important to keep our dreams in our head and close to our heart, we cannot sacrifice the gift of the present for the promise of the future.

Alyssa: We are not asking you to let go of your fond memories, or lose sight of your future, because remembering our past is paramount to the creation of our current self, while contemplating the possibilities of the future is a critical step to reaching our goals and fulfilling our dreams.

However, we must shift our focus to the present. There will be times throughout each day that are constantly defining us and impacting our thoughts. Whether those thoughts will be detrimental or inspirational to our outlook on the present moment? That is ours to decide.

Drew: So, savor this moment. Whatever took precedent only holds us back if we let it.

Luke: Don’t miss a beat or let it pass us by.

Alyssa: Don’t be scared. Embrace it fully.

Megan: Hold it close to your heart. For soon, it will be a moment of the past.

Tye: Be aware of our actions in this current moment--they will shape the future.

Corrina: Learn from the past, plan for the future, and live in the present.

Drew: This moment…

Luke: …is powerful!

Alyssa: This moment…

Megan: …is perfect!

Tye: This moment…

Corrina: …is purposeful!

All together: This moment is ours for the taking!

2016 Washington FFA State Conventions Kicks Off Thursday

By Glenn Vaggen, Washington Ag Network

The 86th Washington FFA State convention gets underway in Pullman Thursday.  More than 3,000 FFA members, parents and guest will hit the Palouse for the three day event, focused on motivation, leadership and youth recognition.  FFA spokeswoman Becky Wallace told the Washington Ag Network while they hold strong to their roots the Convention goes beyond agriculture issues.

“But more than anything the leadership development that comes through their competitions and their experience is going to make them an asset to any employment opportunities that they choose to pursue.”

Wallace added interest in FFA has grown steadily over the past three years, statewide.

“Absolutely, in every single county and they all look a little bit different because the great thing about agriculture education and the larger umbrella that it fits under in Technical Education is that it’s really meant to fit the needs of the community in which it serves.”

The 2016 Convention wraps up Saturday evening with the election of new statewide leadership.

Watch Convention Sessions Live

Click to watch convention sessions

If you can't make it to convention, you can still enjoy the exciting sessions from your computer. Streaming will begin a few minutes before the session is scheduled to begin. View more information about convention streaming ›

Session Streaming Schedule

Session One: Thursday May 12th, 2016 - 6:00 p.m.

Session Two: Friday May 13th, 2016 - 6:00 p.m.

Session Three: Saturday May 14th, 2016 - 11:30 a.m.

Session Four: Saturday May 14th, 2016 - 6:00 p.m.

2016 Chapter Video Contest

Due: May 1st by 5pm

Use WeTransfer.com to send your video file to abbie@washingtonffa.org. 

Each chapter may submit one video. The video should be no longer than 3:00 minutes exactly. If your video is longer than 3:00 minutes, it will not be considered for the competition. The title of your video file should include your chapter name.

Technical specifications: please film your video in widescreen (16:9 aspect ratio) format. Don't hold your cameraphone upright, or you'll film a vertical video that is sideways! The final file type should be MOV or MPEG-4. Absolutely NO Windows Media Files will be accepted.

Scoring

All videos will be evaluated on the following criteria: 

  • Contains educational or advocacy message for WA agriculture or FFA (think Peterson Farm Bros parody videos)
  • Represents chapter activities or accomplishments in the 2015–2016 year
  • Video is a creative and original concept
  • Overall video quality (including audio) is high

Important note on copyright: DO NOT use copyrighted music or other material in your video, as it will prevent us from posting the video online. Examples of improper use of copyrighted material: creating a “music video” in which chapter members lip sync to a popular country song; or using a pop song as a background track in your video. We strongly encourage you to use purchased or free stock music tracks and video footage which have been made available for commercial use. 

LaQuinta Inn & Suites Offer a 10% Discount & Donation to Washington FFA!

Everytime you book a stay at any Washington La Quinta Inn and use the code below, you receive a 10% discount on your stay and the WAFFA Foundation receives a donation! How good is that?

Please help Washington FFA and stay with LaQuinta this year - there are 14 locations throughout the Evergreen State! 

Here's the details: La Quinta Inns & Suites will be partnering with FFA from June 1, 2015-June 1, 2016.  If you use the discount code: NAFFA when booking a stay at a participating La Quinta you will receive a 10% discount on your stay plus 9% of the funds from the stay will be donated to FFA (4.44% of the 9% will go to WA FFA, the remainder goes to National FFA).

The Future of Agriculture

We believe in the future of agriculture.

We believe in the past achievements of former Washington FFA members and the 85-year foundation they built for us. Our current success is the direct result of the hard work of advisors, agriculturists, and members alike. They believed in the promise of premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education and FFA.

We believe in the ability of agriculturists to provide for the soon-to-be 9 billion people in our world, and in their task to move forward and conquer the challenges of a growing population. We have witnessed the incredible impact that production agriculture makes on the lives of others and are grateful for the men and women that dedicate their lives to our well-being.

We believe that our backgrounds do not define our futures. And that the ability to lead is as diverse as our fellow FFA members. As leaders, we are called to know when to lead, and also when to follow in service. Each of us has a vision for the future, made even more special by the uniqueness among us.

We believe in the rewarding power of service. Giving time, talent, and treasure to those in every level of need. Offering helping hands, kind hearts, and gracious smiles wherever they are wanted. In the importance of giving my all as we give all back, and in the redeeming value of living a selfless life.

We believe that FFA is opportunity; the opportunity to grow, to lead, and to succeed. FFA empowers us to take charge of our own futures, and this corduroy allows us to stand up and stand out, as agriculturists and leaders all the same.

We believe that all of us, from the farmers in the field, to the students in our local classrooms, to the countless individuals working hard in every corner of our great nation are the future of agriculture. Computer technicians, scientists, business men and women, teachers, and FFA members... we need to work together to ensure agriculture’s importance for generations to come.

We all can exert the influence of unity to show that together we are the future of agriculture!

Save 10% Off Your Stay at La Quinta Inns & Suites!

Use the National FFA discount code "NAFFA" when booking a stay at a participating La Quinta, and you will receive a 10% discount on your stay!

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Plus, 9% of the funds from the stay will be donated to National FFA to be distributed among participating state associations! This promotion is valid through June 1, 2016, so please share with your friends, and support FFA during your travels!

There are over 870 La Quinta properties worldwide, so there's bound to be somewhere you'd like to go! Use the code "NAFFA" to save 10% off at participating hotels and help Washington FFA earn a portion of the proceeds!