Rushville Consolidated High School’s FFA Chapter recently attended the 90th annual Indiana State FFA Convention at Purdue University.

Many RCHS FFA members, who experienced success at the convention and throughout this past school year, were recognized at the event.

“I think it’s safe to say we are a family within RCHS,” FFA adviser and agriculture teacher Blair Orme said. “I think that’s what helps make the program as successful as it is.”

The RCHS FFA chapter was named a Superior Chapter at the convention. The chapter also had five Hoosier Degree recipients.

The FFA program expanded into Benjamin Rush Middle School and now has approximately 100 members.

RCHS FFA member Karley Yager is seeking a career in agriculture education. She was awarded with the Agricultural Education Endowment Scholarship at the convention.

“It’s what my family does, so it has always been a big part of my life,” Yager said of her decision to pursue a career in agriculture education. “I knew when I was little I wanted to be a teacher, I just didn’t know what to teach yet.”

Yager credited her experience within the FFA for helping direct her toward a career in agriculture education.

“The FFA does help a lot,” Yager said. “I probably wouldn’t have been a good teacher without it. It helps a lot with public speaking.”

RCHS FFA member Hallie Fenimore is an example of how those going into fields outside of agriculture can benefit from being an FFA member. Fenimore will attend Trine University to pursue a career in Civil Engineering.

“I learned leadership skills and how to be more confident speaking in front of people,” Fenimore said.

Purdue hosted Leadership Development Events (LDE) in which RCHS FFA members competed against FFA members from other Indiana chapters.

The RCHS chapter had multiple top four LDE finishes. Orme said a top four placement is great achievement.

The chapter also placed well in competitive agriculture events held throughout last school year.

Awards the chapter received at the convention are listed below:

• Kelby Roberts – first, Discovery Speaking

• Kelby Roberts and Kendra Buckley – first, Animal Science Demo Discovery

• Zoe Mann – third, Freshman Extemporaneous Public Speaking

• Jocelyn Geise – third, Leadership Ambassador

• Jocelyn Geise And Kyle Bacon – second, Natural Resource Demo

• Courtney Jackman and Lillian Robinson – 3rd, Plant and Soil Science Demo

• Karley Yager – Ag Ed Scholarship

• Nicholas Neuman – first, Ag Communications Proficiency

• Levi Marlatt – third, Ag Mechanics Design & Fabrication Proficiency

• Kyle Bacon – third, Outdoor Recreation Proficiency

• Hoosier Degrees – Megan Adkins, Morgan Adkins, Shannon Dougherty, Grant Hill, Aaron Trebley

• Traditional Scrapbook – second

• Living the Serve Community Award – second

• Small Engines – first and third

• Skillathon – third

• Quiz Bowl Discovery – second

Orme praised RCHS agriculture teacher Holly Wagner as being a vital part of the FFA program. He would also like to thank RCHS Principal Rob Hadley for supporting the school’s FFA chapter.

“Mrs. Wagner brings a level of expertise, enthusiasm and a demeanor that demands respect,” Orme said. “If she is in charge of something, she does it right and she expects the same out of our students. She is moving Rushville FFA forward.”

Orme would also like to inform community members the Rushville FFA Alumni is reestablishing. He encourages former Rushville FFA members to support the alumni’s efforts.

Look for more information about Rushville FFA Alumni in a future edition of the Rushville Republican.