LHS students attend State FFA Conference on Kauai

Students and advisers from the Lahainaluna High School Future Farmers of America Chapter traveled to Kauai to participate in the 2017 State FFA Conference March 7-10. This year’s state conference theme was “Transform: Purpose to Action.”

Students participated in leadership, team building and career exploration activities with their state and national FFA officers. They also competed in state-level FFA Career Development Events/competitions such as public speaking, FFA Creed recitation, corsage-making, vegetable judging, parliamentary procedure, etc.

Lahainaluna FFA’s team of M’Chelle Aguinaldo and Sheila Aina-Manrique won first place in the State Commodity Display. They prepared a display board with photos, captions and a description of all the agriculture products (commodity) that their FFA Chapter grows and sells as part of its fundraising activities. They also grew, harvested and displayed all of the fresh produce grown on the school farm.

Aguinaldo was also elected by delegates from each of the 15 FFA chapters in the Hawaii State FFA Association to serve as their 2017-18 state FFA secretary. Aguinaldo will travel with the state FFA officer team and advisers to Indianapolis, Ind., in October to represent the Hawaii State FFA Association at the National FFA Convention.

The FFA members who participated in this year’s State FFA Conference were: Aguinaldo, Aina-Manrique, Nate Beard, Kieran Groh and Marissa Ayonayon. Their advisers were Keith Ideoka and Jake Rodrique. The Molokai FFA Chapter also participated in the conference; Kai Sawyer was the chapter’s adviser.

The FFA is a national student leadership organization for students enrolled in agriculture or natural resources courses in a middle school or high school in all 50 states, including the U.S. territories of Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.