Lakeview FFA members attend 90th State FFA Convention

Lakeview FFA members Blake Smith, Emily Windham, Gracie Niette, and Meagan Corley placed 3rd in the state Food Science and Technology Career Development Event.

By Sarah Mallette

The 90th Louisiana State FFA Convention was held June 3-6 in downtown Alexandria, La. Lakeview FFA members spent the week at convention competing in career development events (CDE), running for area and state offices, and celebrating the past years accomplishments.

The food science and technology career development event is designed to promote learning activities in food science and technology related to the food industry and to assist students in developing practical knowledge of principles used in a team decision-making process.

Food science and technology team members who placed 3rd in the State were: Gracie Niette, Blake Smith, Meagan Corley, and Emily Windham. Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAE) allow the student to construct their own personal experience with agriculture outside of the classroom.

Salem Johnson won 1st in her award area of Ag. Communications, where she owns and operates a blog researching agricultural topics. Gracie Niette won 2nd in her award area of Ag. Education, where she plans and implements lesson about agriculture to teach high school students.

The roles of an Area Officer include representing one of the four areas in Louisiana, being an advocate for local and state agriculture, and acting as a role model for future leaders in our organization. Gracie Niette was elected as Area II Vice President and Emily Windham as Area II Parliamentarian.

The roles of an FFA State Officer include representing over 11,000 FFA members at the National level, conducting chapter, business, and industry tours throughout the year, and planning and executing State FFA Convention. Salem Johnson was elected Area II State Vice President and will serve Louisiana FFA the upcoming year.