The Benson FFA Chapter had a busy fall. Starting Oct. 25, eight chapter members started the trip to Indianapolis, Ind., for the 92nd National Convention. They were able to sightsee and tour on the drive there, visiting the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, St. Louis Arch, Bass Pro Shops, Chicago Sky Deck, the Cloud Gate, Navy Pier and Fair Oaks Adventure Farms.

Chapter reporter Sophia Bergh competed in Prepared Public Speaking on the convention’s first day. During the convention week members listened to inspiring, motivational speeches by Bob Goff, Michelle Poler and the National FFA Officers. Members also attended the National FFA Expo, one of the largest shows with more than 400 exhibiting companies to network and build agriculture awareness.

To finish out the week, Austin Barney and Bryce Owen received their American Degree. Less than 1 percent of FFA members earn this award.

On Nov. 8, four days after returning from their trip, 15 chapter members competed at Chile Field Day. This day of competition was designed ignite passions for field agriculture, educate on modern ag techniques and genetic modification and provide a healthy outlet for competition.

Mindy Crump, Gabryella Dickey, Baylee Cardenas, and Zachary Laura won top team in the Category Judging Event. Zachary Laura also placed as the second highest individual in this event. In the Category Judging Event, students evaluated numerous chile pods, chile plants, cotton bolls, cotton plants and bean seeds. For the written exam, Benson also placed first and second. First place team consisted of Cheyenne Meier, Sarah Lyman, Sophia Bergh and Isaac Schmidt. Second place team consisted of Jace Carroll, Miguel Astorga, Brooke Schmidt and Maggie Barker. Students were tested on general knowledge of agriculture and reproduction, plant anatomy and types of plant diseases. Cheyenne Meier placed first individually and Sophia Bergh placed second individually in this event. In the overall division, Benson won first, second and third place team. Cheyenne Meier was first overall and Sophia Bergh placed second.

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