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NATIONAL CHAMPIONS!

by Maggie Reynolds, Kuna FFA Reporter

The Kuna FFA chapter had a national-winning team last week at the FFA National Convention! The Kuna Farm Business Management team spent two days participating in their Career Development Event (CDE) taking a three-hour test and doing a team activity. Every team member received the gold award as individuals. Teammates Mark Nebeker, Jeni Hagler (10th high individual overall) and Zack Reynolds (6th high individual) were awarded $1,000 scholarships while Josh Winger (1st High Individual!) was awarded a $1,500 scholarship. This is only the fourth national-winning Kuna FFA has ever had in its history.

Kuna sent three teams to the National FFA Convention. All three teams received the gold award in their CDE’s! The Parliamentary Procedure team was in the top twelve teams and advanced to the semi-finals in their event. They were required to take a test over parliamentary procedure knowledge and participated in two sessions. These sessions were ten minutes long and allowed the team to show their knowledge of parliamentary procedure by conducting a meeting and answering oral questions. This team consisted of Chris Ball, Anna Rodriguez, Kaisa Werner, Brynn Powell, Alyssa Shankel, and Scott Hukill.

The Kuna Agricultural Mechanics team placed 11th overall. Their CDE consisted of demonstrating their abilities to do things such as welding, wiring a breaker box, using a laser leveler, troubleshooting a tractor, and applying industrial skills in marketing. The team won two welding helmets and a welder for the Kuna Ag shop. The team had members Kevin Brown, Max Blitman (gold individual), Brett Berheim (gold individual), and Dylan Fadgen (gold individual and 21st high individual).

Congratulations to all of our teams!

NATIONAL CHAMPIONS!

by Wendy Johnson
Assistant Superintendent
Kuna School District
 
This afternoon Kuna High School’s Future Farmers of America (FFA) placed first place in the nation in Farm Business Management.
 
Led by advisors Joe Blackstock, Shawn Dygert and Travis Edwards, the four member team competed against almost every state in the nation to win first place in this prestigous award. Student team members were composed of three seniors, Jeni Hagler, Josh Winger, Mark Nebeker  and one junior, Zack Reynolds.
 
“We were incredibly excited to win this award,” said Hagler. “We have worked extremely hard over the last year.”
 
In addition to earning first place as a team, three of the four individuals placed in the top ten in the nation:
  • Hagler, 10th place
  • Reynolds, 6th place
  • Winger, 1st place
Hagler, Reynolds and Nebeker will receive a $1000 scholarship and Winger will receive a $1500 scholarship for their achievements.
 
“I want to thank my advisors. We couldn’t have done this without their coaching and dedication,” said Winger.
 
In addition to the first place ranking, Kuna FFA also achieved gold in the Career Development Events of Parliamentary Procedure and Agricultural Mechanics.

Kuna FFA travels to State, Sends Teams to Nationals

By Maggie Reynolds, Kuna FFA Reporter

The Kuna FFA chapter sent nine members to Burley last week to participate in the State Soils and State Rangeland CDE’s. Both of these Career Development Events (CDE’s) test the participants’ abilities to evaluate the potential of an area of land.

Kuna FFA Range Team - left to right: Henry Wilson, Maggie Reynolds, Mark Nebeker, Chris Ball, Mr. Dygert

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Kuna School District to host community meetings in October to discuss state of the school district

The Kuna School District is hosting a series of community meetings to share the educational and economic state of the school district.  Trustees will share information and also provide patrons with time to share their views.

District officials want to input from the community before implementing further solutions to the budget crisis facing the district.

Kuna FFA Scholarship Auction a Big Success

by Maggie Reynolds – Kuna FFA Reporter

The Kuna FFA scholarship auction was held Monday, September 26th. We were able to raise more than $28,200 that will be used to provide scholarships for travel and college. We would like to thank everyone who supported this event by donating items, money, and time. The Kuna FFA would like to specifically thank:

  • Clouss family for organizing buyer numbers and books
  • Auctioneers Ted Wheeler and Chris Brown
  • Hal Harris and Doyle McPherson for spotting bidders
  • The Kuna FFA advisory committee
  • Rita Ball and Robin Roberts for running computers

Thank you to everyone who helped make this event successful. We appreciate all of the support from the Kuna community! (more…)

BVD Leadership Workshop & Kuna FFA Scholarship Auction

By: Maggie Reynolds – Kuna FFA Reporter

The Kuna FFA chapter recently took part in the Boise Valley District (BVD) leadership workshop, on September 12th. Kuna was able to bring 44 members to this fun event. The BVD leadership workshop is a chance for FFA members to become acquainted and socialize with other members in the district, as well as participate in leadership activities and indentify some goals. This year, the Boise Valley district has decided to focus on community service. For this event, chapters were encouraged to ask members to bring canned food to be donated to the Boise Food Bank.

The Kuna FFA Scholarship Auction is coming up fast! This event will be September 26th and will start at 6:00 with a delicious pulled pork dinner. The silent auction will begin at 6:30 and the live auction at 7:00. The purpose of this event is to raise money that will be awarded in the coming year. Funds will be given to graduating seniors who apply for chapter scholarships at the end of the year, as well as members attending the Washington Leadership Conference next summer, which is held in the nation’s capitol. This conference gives members a chance to develop leadership skills that they can apply to their FFA chapter. Money is also used for creed speaking awards and travel costs for State Leadership conference in Twin Falls and State CDE’s in Moscow.

We will have some great items this year including horse feeders, Dutch oven cooking tables, a purebred weaned Angus heifer, pig crates, and much more. Come join us for this fun, community event!

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