State Convention 2014 Report
As the 86th annual Iowa FFA State Convention went on April 28-29, South Tama FFA members loaded a bus both days to attend the event at Hilton Coliseum in Ames.
Meals for the Heartland
On May 6, the agriculture 2 class fertilized and prepared the STC field for planting. Senior Jake Kucera used a tractor from Pete Wobeter to spread fertilizer from FS and Heartland Coop.
Throughout the two day period, over 5,000 Iowa FFA members, including South Tama, took part in packaging over 250,000 meals for Meals for the Heartland. FFA members beat that goal, as they packaged over 260,000 meals in two days.
Be The Seed
Along with 12 other FFA chapters around Iowa were awarded $2,500 "Be The Seed" grants. Partnering with the student group All-4-One, the STC FFA took their part and educated high school, elementary, and middle school students in an "Importance of Agriculture" expo.
The expo took place in the South Tama gymnasium in February.
At the Iowa FFA State Convention on April 28, Murray FFA was chosen as the overall state winner and received a grant of $5,000.
Nutrients For Life
Out of three finalists, South Tama FFA was state runner-up and won a $3,000 grant. In the greenhouse at the South Tama High school, they house two composting bins and took pictures and publicized their work.
In doing this, they informed and educated other students as well as some members in the community the importance of nutrients and recycling.
Superior National Chapter Award
The National Chapter Award program encourages participating chapters to plan activities and carry them out with a successful Program of Activities. South Tama received a gold ranking in this category.
SAE - Agriculture Education Publicity
The Iowa FFA Alumni Association sponsored awards chapters for publicizing their SAE projects and chapter events and activities. South Tama was runner-up in this category as well.
To receive the Iowa FFA Degree, FFA members must meet the following standards:
1.) Have been an active FFA member for at least 24 months;
2.) Have completed at least two years of systematic instruction in agricultural education;
3.) Have earned and productively invested at least $1,000 or worked at least 300 hours in a supervised agricultural experience program;
4.) Have a satisfactory scholastic record;
5.) Have demonstrated leadership abilities from a specific list of activities;
6.) Have completed 25 hours of community service; and
7.) Have participated in at least five different FFA activities above the local level. Trent Banes and Drew Lacina were the two South Tama members to received this award.
FFA Band and Choir
Taking a place in the FFA band or choir is difficult, because they want a well balanced band, plus they are limited on space and seating.
Two members from the South Tama FFA, sophomore Haley Shope and freshman Anna Dvorak took part and played in the FFA band.