Maui County students attend FFA convention

Future Farmers of America students from Maui County watched the Hawaii Legislature in action and met with lawmakers one to one in their offices to discuss the future of agriculture education in Hawaii.

Students from Maui, Molokai, Oahu, Kauai and the Big Island participated in the 2019 Hawaii State Future Farmers of America Convention in Honolulu on April 3, 4 and 5. Of the 144 students and 15 Hawaii FFA School chapters present, three represented Maui County: Lokelani Intermediate, and Lahainaluna and Molokai high schools.

Activities on April 3 involved students participating in different career development events that tested their leadership skills and knowledge/skills related to agricultural science. All three Maui County schools placed in various events.

Lokelani’s Harley Strain and Eli Wynne placed first in the Vegetable Judging competition, Shayna Mae Wakayama was third in the FFA Creed Public Speaking event, and Marsenton Lau took third in the Job Interview event.

From Lahainaluna, Emily Lorenz Bradley placed first in the Educational Display competition, Adrian Ingan and Aleckz Pagdilao took second place in the Plant Identification competition, Kahealani Garcia and Abigail Sandi placed third in Corsage Making.

Molokai took first place in the Commodity Display competition, entered by Maria Angst. Molokai also took second place in three separate competitions: Vegetable Judging (represented by Leo Kalipi and Apolonio Aquino), Chapter Records (entered by Ciara Jade Adachi, Maria Angst and Kawohikukapulani Duvauchelle), and Educational Display (entered by Cobra Curtis, Matthew Rowe and Cameryn Kahalewai).

The second day involved a visit to the state Capitol where the students watched the Legislature in action, and met with lawmakers one to one in their offices to discuss the future of agriculture education in Hawaii.

FFA helps students develop their potential for leadership, personal growth and career success through agriculture/natural resources education.