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FFA students attend state convention

by Becky Bastien

The Nevada FFA State Convention was held March 22-25 in Carson City.

Carson Valley FFA competed in many career development events, including livestock judging, floriculture, meat judging, parliamentary procedure, agriculture mechanics and horse judging.

Extemporaneous speaking is where Samantha Goldstein shined. She won first place overall in the state, and she will now represent Nevada in Louisville, Ky., at the 2000 National FFA Convention.

Jessie Hellwinkel and Tyrel Dressler showed their talent at one of the sessions held at the Carson City Community Center by playing their guitars.

The sessions included motivational speakers, such as John Tyson, past National Officer James Garner, current National Vice President Leslie Small and Travis Hagen, also a past national officer and now a representative for the John Deere Corp.

Three young women, Andrea Derobertis, Samantha Goldstein and Aimee Hoskin, voted on some important issues at the convention while representing Carson Valley FFA.

Liz Schmidt put in a vote for next year’s state officer team, while being a part of the nomination committee. Members also had chances to go to leadership workshops given by other state officers and national officers. There were welcomes from the mayor of Carson City, Dennis Hellwinkel, president of Nevada Farm Bureau, and from the Lieutenant Governor.

This was the first year for the penny harvest at the state convention. Over $2,000 was brought to the organization. For every $15 brought in, a member was eligible to win a prize. Both Aimee Hoskin and Andrea Derobertis won portable CD players, and Aimee won a large new stereo system.

Members would like to thank advisor Kristina Moore for all the help and encouragement. A huge thank-you goes to Tanya Dressler and Doris Haskin for brining food, driving members to the convention and doing everything to help the group have a good time. Members also thanked all of the team coaches for giving them the skills to compete in events.

Congratulations go to all Carson Valley FFA members for competing, and a thank-you goes to the community for support and encouragement.