Writer: Elisa French
LAS CRUCES - FFA members from 42 chapters statewide collected career development awards and state and national FFA degrees June 1-4 at New Mexico State University.
More than 850 members and guests participated in state convention activities, including elections and a career fair. About 4,000 of New Mexico's 6,000 agricultural education students participate in FFA, which prepares members for more than 300 careers related to agriculture.
"Convention is the highlight of any FFA member's year," said Mark Runyan, assistant state supervisor of agricultural education. "All participants might not win an award but, they can pride themselves on the fact that they tried."
The leadership sweepstakes award was presented to the Artesia chapter, which earned the most points in 10 career development events during the week. Chapter advisers are Monte Avery and Justin Lamb.
Seven chapters earned superior awards for participating in 15 required committee areas, which range from chapter projects to community service. The winning high schools are Animas, Artesia, Clovis, Gadsden (Anthony, N.M.), Hagerman, Harding County, House, Las Cruces, Las Vegas, Los Lunas, Mesa Vista (El Rito, N.M.) and Moriarty.
The state's top five chapters-Artesia, Clovis, Hagerman, Las Cruces and Mesa Vista-will compete for national awards based on records and photos of their activities.
A total of 141 members earned state FFA degrees by completing two years of agricultural education classes and earning or investing at least $1,000 in an agribusiness enterprise.
Twelve members earned American FFA degrees, the organization's top honor. Requirements include four years of agricultural education classes. Recipients must be high school graduates who have earned or invested $7,500 in a supervised agricultural experience program.
High point individuals, degree recipients and first place teams are listed by chapter below.
ALAMOGORDO. American FFA degree recipient: Chelsea A. Daugherty. Biochemistry agriscience fair: Sean Gallaway, first place.
ANIMAS. Ace Reporter: Cammie Moore. Public Relations Chapter for New Mexico FFA award. Superior chapter award. President's award: Russell Walter. American FFA degree recipients: Chance O' Byrne, Kyle Krentz and Cory Richins. Six state FFA degree recipients: J.R. Bailey, Aaron Freeman, Carrie McDonald, Veao Peterson, Trevor Richins and Russell Walter. H.O. Sergeant for working with culturally diverse groups for donating coats and clothes to families in Mexico and writing a textbook in Spanish for primary grades.
ARTESIA. Ace Reporter: Rhea Lynn Leonard. National chapter award. American FFA degree recipients: Stuart Joy and Gabriel Varelas. Extemporaneous public speaking: Denny Burnett, first place. Greenhand prepared public speaking: Alyssa Bledsoe, first place. Nine state FFA degree recipients: Ty Crook, Sherida Elkins, Jacob Freitas, Travis Gardner, Stephanie Hammond, Justin Jones, Kara Pollock, Naomi Raine and Ruben Trujillo.
AZTEC. State FFA degree recipient: Chris Arrigo.
BELEN. President's award: Charli Thompson. Three state FFA degree recipients: Jared Adams, Kyle Encinias and Charli Thompson.
CAPITAN. Two state FFA degree recipients: Robbie Burchett and Veronica Reeves.
CARLSBAD. Three state FFA degree recipients: Brooklyn Chester, Cody Terpening and Erin Williams.
CLAYTON. President's award: Ross Perschbacher. Eighteen state FFA degree recipients: Kory Beckner, Clifton Butt, Brett Butler, Sabrina Christy, Adam Clay, Chioke DeCosta, Shad Defoor, Tenaya Fernandez, Talisha Franz, John Gallagher, Chelsea Graves, James Hilts, Nyla McNaghten, Matthew Mock, Haley Perschbacher, Teresa Trujillo, Elvia Vital and Shawna Wright.
CLIFF. State FFA degree recipient: Christopher Taylor.
CLOVIS. National chapter award. President's award: Ashley Cox. American FFA degree recipient: Carrie Phipps. Membership award for state's largest chapter with 291 members.
CORONA. Chapter scrapbook winners. Two state FFA degree recipients: Opal Greer and Taos Muncy.
DEMING. State FFA degree recipient: Ivy Wilkin.
DES MOINES. Agriscience student of the year: Ginger Goodan. Six state FFA degree recipients: Hanna Bray, Cheyenne Dixon, Vernon Doherty, Annie Kennedy, Riley McNabb and Anthony Muniz.
DEXTER. Four state FFA degree recipients: Haley Chesser, Dustin Davenport, Dani Rodgers and Lance Swarengin.
ELIDA. State FFA degree recipient: Shay Daugherty.
FLOYD. Four state FFA degree recipients: Chance Chenault, Eric Irvin, Ryan Kropf and Mary Ann Sullivan.
GADSDEN (Anthony). Superior chapter award. President's award: Levi Montes. Two state FFA degree recipients: Jason Harrison and Rachel Harrison.
GODDARD. Job interview winner: Kyla Wooton. Two state FFA degree recipients: Ryan Weatherford and Dusty Winkler.
GRADY. Five state FFA degree recipients: Skeete Armstrong, Jennifer Blackburn, Jarrod Lindsey, Corbin Lockmiller and John Schuler.
HAGERMAN. National chapter award. Greenhand creed: A'lora Norris first place. Six state FFA degree recipients: Treavor Gray, Justin Griffin, Robby Gunnel, Kade Lucero, Fallyn Muncy and Amy Pilley.
HARDING COUNTY. Superior chapter award. President's award: Michelle Green. Six state FFA degree recipients: Stacy Costa, Michele Green, Misti Gutierrez, Hilary Holmes, Loretta Laumbach and Katie Taylor.
HATCH. Zoology agriscience fair: Abby Turner, first place. State FFA degree recipient: Lenee Chavez.
HOBBS. Agrimarketing plan: Chance Van Dyke, Alex Hunt and Kassie Baxlwy, first place team. Three state FFA degree recipients: Katie Dendy, Alex Hunt and Chance Van Dyke.
HOT SPRINGS (Truth or Consequences). Four state FFA degree recipients: Bryan Garrett, Kelsie Forrister, Ross Boorguet-Willey and Clayton Latner.
HOUSE. Superior chapter award. American FFA degree recipients: Chase Runyan and Levi Downey.
LAS CRUCES. National chapter award. Thirteen state FFA degree recipients: Josh Campbell, Chase Curtis, Deanna Duran, Matthew Garza, Monica Gomez, Jayson Crover, Larissa Harrison, Tanya Lenderman, Morgan Nelson, Casey Preece, Bo Simpson, Brendan Sullivan and Brandon Wylie.
LAS VEGAS. Superior chapter award. President's award: Robert Romero. Agricultural issues: Sara Matthews, Callie Moore, Patrick Gutierrez, Audra Martinez, Mark Ortega and Matias Roybal, first place team.
LOGAN. American FFA degree recipient: Tiffany Dowell. Chapter prepared public speaking: Denton Dowell, first place.
LOS LUNAS. Superior chapter award. President's award: Tessie Emond. Five state FFA degree recipients: Crystal Anchondo, Jonna Bizzell, Kati Jo Gabaldon, Lindsey Johnson and Stefanie Morrison.
LOVINGTON. State FFA degree recipient: Raelyn Gardner.
MELROSE. Quiz: Lauren Widner, Megan Sanders, Jamie Dickerman and Alisha Wagley, first place team. Three state FFA degree recipients: Caleb Dodd, Robin Reed and Jason Runyan. FFA record keeping award winner: Jason Runyan.
MESA VISTA (El Rito). National chapter award, first place state application. President's award: Eduardo Rodriguez. Three state FFA degree recipients: Adura Abeyta, Ambre Kuykendall and Tammy Vargas. Program of activities award for displays, photos and information about chapter activities for the school year.
MORIARTY. Ace Reporter: Brianne Lewis. Superior chapter award. President's award: Rayshell Fulfer. American FFA degree recipient: Kelsi Dunn. Ten state FFA degree recipients: Deedee Bailey, Amanda Crockett, Rayshell Fulfer, Amy Lamb, Brianne Lewis, Patrick Pachta, Jenna Starkey, Kenneth Walden, Grattney Wooten and Lilissa Williams.
RATON. American FFA degree recipient: Laura Lemons. Four state FFA degree recipients: Kalee Honeyfield, Janna R. Marchetti, Michael Malcom and Si Trujillo.
RESERVE. State FFA degree recipient: Jessica Swapp. Talent contest winner: Jessica Swapp.
SAN JON. State FFA degree recipient: Trey Rusk.
SANTA ROSA. Three state FFA degree recipients: Jessica Gutierrez, Zachary Velasquez and Ray Zamora.
SHIPROCK. Ace Reporter: Twyla Pelt
SIERRA MIDDLE SCHOOL (Las Cruces). Botany agriscience fair: Bo Simpson, first place. Engineering agriscience fair: Micah Englehart, first place. Environmental sciences agriscience fair: Katie Grandle, first place.
SOCORRO. Two state FFA degree recipients: Jamie Gerard and Kelsi Mounyo.
TATUM. Two state FFA degree recipients: Trey Groesbeck and Charlie Pruit.
TEXICO. Quiz contest: Breanna Hutchko, high point individual. Two state FFA degree recipients: Brette Hadley and Alexandra Brooks.
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