Georgia FFA takes home the Job Interview CDE Winner

Winners of the National FFA Job Interview Career Development Event (CDE) were announced Friday at the annual awards banquet. The event was held in conjunction with the 89th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis. Dr. Kirk Swortzel from Mississippi State University served as superintendent of the national event. The top eight individuals will receive cash awards to recognize their success in the event. The cash awards and the job interview event are sponsored by Arysta LifeScience North America Corporation and CSX. CSX supports FFA because of its history of producing great CSX employees, the values it instills in its participants and its strong alignment with our agricultural business. Even more, CSX understands the vital role that FFA plays in positively affecting young people through education and leadership training. The job interview CDE is a competitive event that tests student’s ability to perform effectively throughout the entire job application process. The participants prepare a resume, cover letter and complete an online application. They also participate in phone, one-on-one and panel job interviews as part of the competition. The event, held at the Crowne Plaza in Indianapolis, is one of many educational activities at the National FFA Convention & Expo in which FFA members practice the lessons learned in agricultural education classes. The National FFA Organization National Event Winners – Job Interview 2016 Top Placing Individuals 1st Place– Elizabeth Beacham of Colquitt County FFA , GA 2nd Place– Brandon Dawson of Middletown FFA , DE 3rd Place– Sabrina Roberts of Wilson Central FFA, TN 4th Place– Madison Mitchell of Mahomet-Seymour FFA , IL 5th Place– Alisa Northcutt of Tishomingo FFA , OK 6th Place– Madison Bodine of Velva FFA , ND 7th Place– Amber Bjerre of San Luis Obispo FFA , CA 8th Place– Hailey Daufeldt of West Liberty FFA , IA

Listen as Winner Elizabeth Beacham of Colquitt County FFA , GA explains her success…

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Keynote Speaker Colin Ryan Makes Financial Education Fun For FFA Members

ryancolinColin Ryan spoke to FFA members on how they can do small things daily to gain time in their life. Ryan is financial educator and author with the background of a professional comedian and storyteller. Colin gives students and adults the money and career skills they’ll need to reach their dream.

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Indiana Governor Mike Pence

Indiana Governor Mike Pence spoke with FFA members and guests attending the American Degree Ceremony Saturday morning at the 89th National FFA Convention…

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Trey Campbell Wins Prepared Public Speaking

Caspar FFA member, Trey Campbell, won the prepared public speaking competition at the 89th National FFA Convention and Expo.  Campbell chose genetically modified organisms as his topic for the career development event (CDE).

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Andrew Skidmore Wins Extemporaneous Public Speaking

Andrew Skidmore from the Atwater FFA Chapter in California won the extemporaneous public speaking contest at the 89th National FFA Convention and Expo.  Skidmore explains the process of the contest and his topics.

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Michela Walker Wins National FFA Talent Contest

Washington FFA’s Michela Walker is the winner of the National FFA Talent contest.

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Session 7: Keynote Speaker Colin Ryan

ryancolinComedic financial speaker Colin Ryan left FFA members with two messages:  1) Build Your Courage, and 2) Save Your Money

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Retiring Address – Nick Baker

bakernick_raListen to National Secretary Nick Baker’s retiring address, “The One and Only.”

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Diversified Agricultural Production—Entrepreneurship/Placement Kalyn Cheyenne George—Kansas

Kalyn Cheyenne George of the Labette County FFA Chapter in Altamont, Kan., has a placement SAE working for a livestock and crop operation.  There, she helps work 1,800 acres of row crop, 200 head of cow/calf pairs, and 1,200 head of stocker calves.  She is responsible for feeding, doctoring and processing both the stocker and weaning calves.  George also rakes and bales hay, hauls straw bales and performs routine maintenance on machinery.  She is supported by her father, Tim, and her FFA advisors, Jeff Falkenstein, Jim Gilpin, Dustin Wiley and Kyle Zwahlen. This award is sponsored by Ram Trucks.

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Nursery Operations—Entrepreneurship/Placement Brandon Livingston—Illinois

Brandon Livingston of the Bushnell Prairie City FFA Chapter in Illinois works at a local plant nursery. He seeds, plants, transplants, moves, hauls and cares for annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees throughout the year. He has been licensed by the state of Illinois as a pesticide operator to spray chemicals and has learned to operate the cash register for sales. Livingston is supported by his parents, Michelle and Shad, and his FFA advisor, Steve Sargeant. This award is sponsored Nufarm & Valent USA Corporation.

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