Switzerland County FFA excels at State Convention


The Switzerland County FFA recently sent members to compete in leadership contests and attend the 81st Indiana FFA State Convention, which was held June 14th-16th on the campus of Purdue University.

Chapter and individual honors included:

– Switzerland County FFA was named a “Big Ten Chapter” based on chapter, student and community development activities.

– In the leadership competition, Lauren Edwards, Olivia Hewitt and Jeff Mullins will advance to nationals in October in Agri-Science demonstrations.

– Carrie Truax won the Job Interview contest and will compete against 50 other winners from across the United States in October.

– Corey Lay will advance in the proficiency competition in the field of Food Science and Technology.

– Earning the state FFA Degrees were: Tobie McClurg, Julie Furnish and Andrea Brogan.

– Other competitions the chapter competed in the top 12 were: Ag Marketing by Carrie Truax, Chelsea Duvall and Jamie Phipps; Agricultural Communication: Andrea Brogan, Julie Furnish, Chelsea Duvall, Sarah Asher and Jenna Shelley; Creed Speaking, Olivia Hewitt; Discovery Demonstration; Robin Furnish and Discovery Ag Issues: Nicole Leap Jaclyn Hart, Lane Hart and Silvia Kerfoot.

– Beth Abbott and Corey Lay have advanced for final review to earn the American Degree.


For 2010, “Driven by the Blue, Guided by the Gold” was the theme for the three-day convention as FFA members from across the state gathered to celebrate 81 years of premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agriculture education.

Members from the Switzerland County FFA had the opportunity to attend the five general sessions in Elliot Hall of Music. At those sessions, members had the chance to hear from keynote speakers including Rhett Laubach at the first general session, an Oklahoma native and leadership guru, and Sam Glenn, the inspiring comedian and chalk artist, at the second general session.

Additionally, Randa Braune, the National FFA Western Region Vice President from Texas, addressed the convention at the final general session.

The Indiana FFA State Convention is also an opportunity for FFA members to be rewarded for the hard work they have put in throughout the past year in Career Development Events, Supervised Agricultural Experiences, as well as chapter recognition. Members also get the opportunity to attend leadership workshops, a trade show, and various banquets and luncheons.

The Indiana FFA Organization was established in 1929 and today serves 9,600 members as they develop their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agriculture education.