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GRHS FFA communications team finishes in top 20 at nationals

The Gila Ridge High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter recently competed for national recognition in a career development event at the 91st National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana from Oct. 24-27, 2018.

FFA members on the team, which finished 18th in the Agriculture Communications competition, included Hailey Clinger, Katie Rubida, Daekyn Brown and Annie Sulpizio along with their chapter advisor Danielle Duran. GRHS ag communications team

Gila Ridge English teacher Katelyn Larson worked with the team leading up to the competition, and prepared the members with the skills needed to compete.

“Considering they’d never had experience with this particular form of writing, these young women took it by storm,” Larson said. “They came to learn, and tried new techniques with a positive attitude. Gila Ridge FFA was also challenged at the event, and forced to adapt what they knew to something that earned them 18th place in the country. I’m extremely proud of how hard they worked, and how willing they were to step up and represent Arizona FFA.”

Duran added: “Words cannot express how proud I am of this Ag Communications team. The dedication and work ethic they demonstrated to learn new skills showed throughout the competition. I am very excited knowing what a bright future these students have ahead of them.”

Agricultural communications is one of 25 career/leadership development event areas, covering jobs skills in everything from communications to mechanics. The four-member team is 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 areas. Students are also tested on editing and other communication skills.

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 653,359 student members who belong to one of 8,568 local FFA chapters throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is also supported by 344,239 alumni members in 2,051 alumni chapters throughout the United States.


James Kuzniak