r Winners of the National FFA Agricultural Communications Career Development Event were announced recently at the annual awards banquet. The event was held in conjunction with the 89th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis, Ind.
The Springville High School FFA had the chance to represent the State of Utah in the Agricultural Communications CDE and compete against 36 other teams from around the United States. Team members are Chloe Wimmer, Jaynee Giffing and Madi Condie. The SHS team received a Silver ranking. In addition, Chloe Wimmer achieved high individual on her practicum portion of the event.
The National FFA Agricultural Communications CDE is a competitive event that tests students’ skills in all areas of the agricultural communications field and evaluates how well they can apply classroom knowledge to real-life situations. Participants attend a simulated news conference and use the information gathered to complete individual practicums in writing, electronic media and design.
Prior to the event, students compile media plans related to innovative agricultural practices, management techniques and marketing tools. Each team then creates a 15-minute presentation based on their proposal. Members also compete in an editing exercise and a general communications quiz.
The event, held at the JW Marriott and IUPUI 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.