Convention 2018 Report
on May 1st and 2nd, 21 Collinsville FFA Members traveled to 92nd
Oklahoma State FFA Association State Convention in Oklahoma City.
Collinsville FFA had an extremely successful and recording breaking
year and we are proud of all of the hard work and accomplishments
of our members. Katsy Smalygo, Josh Guess, Kaylyn Branen, Jeremy
Sanders, Barrett Matlock, Daniel Kaiser, and Monica Rubio all
received the prestigious State FFA Degree. Less than 5% of senior
FFA members statewide receive the honor that is based upon all
years that the members are involved in FFA, not just one. In Collinsville
FFAs 91 year history, this is the most state degrees received
in a single year-----pretty impressive. Kaylyn Branen received
the State FFA Degree Academic Excellence Award. Only 86 of the
794 State FFA Degree recipients were chosen to receive this honor.
Students selected for this award are chosen based on grade point
average, class rank and ACT score.
We also had 8 members receive agricultural education career passports.
The career passport is awarded to students who have prepared to
enter the workforce through rigorous curricular and evaluation
activities established by industry. Recipients must complete coursework
in their chosen field and successfully pass objective and skill-based
competency tests. The career passport assures a prospective employer
holder is well prepared to enter a job in a specific field. The
following seniors received their career passports in various areas:
Josh Guess, Kaylyn Branen, Katsy Smalygo, Daniel Kaiser, Hannah
Ramsey, Newley Michael, Barrett Matlock, and Elizabeth Wedlake.
awards recognize excellence in a supervised agricultural experience
program and exceptional accomplishment in progressing toward specific
agricultural career objectives. These awards encourage members
to develop specialized skills to apply toward future careers.
Members are recognized for their accomplishments at the local,
state and national levels. This year we had three proficiency
award finalists: Kaylyn Branen in the agricultural communications
award area, Justin Branen in landscape management award area,
and Bailee Nunes in the chapter secretary book award area. Kaylyn
placed third in the state, Justin placed third in the state as
well, and Bailee placed 2nd in the state.
FFA was recognized for the chapter trust. Due to rising costs
of hosting FFA events our State FFA Foundation developed the chapter
trust program. The way the trust works is each chapter is expected
to donate funds to the trust each year. The interest generated
by the trust is used to pay for events such as convention. Each
year that a chapter adds funds to the trust they are recognized
at convention as a contributing chapter.
was recognized on stage as an Oklahoma Youth Expo Academic All-State
Scholar and she received a $5,000.00 scholarship and a letterman
jacket for this accomplishment. Kaylyn also received a $1,500.00
scholarship from the Tulsa State Fair Ringmasters.
FFA members were not busy being on stage, members explored the
career show and vendors.
We would also
like to take this opportunity to thank the Collinsville FFA Alumni
for purchasing our dinner at Cattlemens steakhouse located in
the historic Oklahoma City stockyards, Tommy Salisbury who purchased
our lunch in Bricktown, and another donor who chose to stay anonymous
for purchasing our dinner on Tuesday at Bricktown Brewery. Last
but not least thank you to Patrick Kaiser for driving our second
van of FFA Members to convention on Wednesday.
Kaylyn Branen (2017-2018