Sweet Springs FFA member Heath Snider earned top honors in the 2011 National Creed Speaking Career Development Event. He received the award last week during the seventh session of the 84th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind.
Snider and the other top three individuals received stipends to attend the Washington Leadership Conference. The stipends and the FFA Creed speaking event are sponsored by CHS of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., and the National FFA Foundation.
The National FFA Creed Speaking CDE is designed to recognize outstanding FFA members for their ability to present the National FFA Creed in a competitive setting. Members deliver the FFA Creed from memory and respond to three questions. The event gives FFA members the opportunity to develop their ability to communicate in a powerful, organized and professional manner.
The Career Development Event is one of many educational activities at the
National FFA Convention in which FFA members practice the lessons taught in agricultural education classes. Dr. Kimberly Bellah of Kentucky served as superintendent of the event.
Other Missouri winners in the 2011 National FFA Career Development Events were:
Neosho R-V FFA – Agronomy -- 1st place team; 1st place individual Zach Aldrich
Miller FFA – Forestry – 1st place team
Columbia FFA – Environmental & Natural Resources – 2nd place team; Ag Mechanics, 3rd place team
Fair Play FFA – Dairy Foods – 2nd place team
Mountain Grove FFA – Dairy Handlers – 2nd place individual Tucker Peterson
East Newton FFA – Poultry Evaluation – 1st place individual Holly Loncarich; 3rd place team
Eldon FFA – Agricultural Sales – 4th place team
Aurora FFA -- Livestock Evaluation – 4th place team
Heiman receives a special VIP citation
The National FFA Organization awarded Terry Heiman, Jefferson City, a special VIP Citation for making significant contributions to agricultural education. The VIP Citation is one of the most prestigious awards a person may receive for supporting FFA and its programs. Heiman, recently retired as State FFA Advisor, was honored last week during an onstage presentation at the 84th National FFA Convention.
Heiman's FFA career spans six decades, beginning with his FFA membership at Salisbury High School in Missouri. Heiman was state FFA president during the 1966-67 school year. He taught agricultural education at three different high schools before joining the Agricultural Education staff at the University of Missouri. Heiman was named Director of Agricultural Education in 1984. Since then, enrollment in agricultural education classes increased from 13,000 students to more than 26,000, and FFA membership in Missouri has reached an all-time high. Heiman has also been a member of the National FFA Organization's board of directors and a trustee to the National FFA Foundation.
Source: National FFA Organization