The Burlington FFA Chapter concluded a successful year at the State FFA Convention, held in Oklahoma City.

The chapter had seven state proficiency award finalists. They included: Bo Ferrell, first in feed grain production; Wes Allen, second in diversified livestock production; Kelly Graham, second in cereal grain production; Tyson Kolb, third in equine science; Alisha Rockenbach, third in home or community development; Drew Hudgens, third in soil and water management; and Kelli Armbruster, third in the reporter's contest. First place proficiency award winners will compete in national competition. The top four in each area will be recognized at this year's National FFA Convention, in Louisville, KY.

Nine members received their State FFA Degrees. They were Tyson Kolb, Toni Pederson, Callie Clark, Kasey Rieger, Jace Smith, Drew Hudgens, Eli Marsolf, Kelly Graham and Brian Humphries. This was the most degree recipients from any chapter in the state this year.

Kelli Armbruster was recognized for her state winning speech in the 8th to 10th grade general agriculture division, entitled "In Food We Trust." Kasey Rieger sang at the conclusion of the evening session.

The new state FFA officers include: state president, A.J. Butler, Reydon; secretary, Dusty Burchfield, Fairview; reporter, Elizabeth Kinney, Mooreland; southwest vice president, James Roller, Clinton; northwest vice president, Casey Smith, Medford; northeast vice president, Jodi Stephens, Bristow; southeast vice president, Waylon McKinney, Coalgate; and central vice president, Derek Mitchell, Empire.

Thanks to Mrs. Elliott, Elaine Johnson and Jack Davis for helping sponsor the trip for the entire chapter. Without their support, the opportunity for students to attend such an activity would be impossible.

--Quinn Hudgens, Burlington FFA Chapter reporter.

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