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Hastings FFA members take part in state convention

Gathering for a group photo at MSU during the 93rd Michigan FFA convention are Hastings FFA members (seated, from left) Ryan VanDorp, Kaylie Carl, Keegan Lindsey, Heath Hays; (standing, middle row) Katie Clark, Addison Horrmann, Elaina James, Hayley VanSyckle; (back) Emily Mitchell, Kayla Willard, Jade Hunter, Aydria Willard, Breanna Willard, Emma White, Michael VanDorp, Emily Roe and Faith Beede. (Missing from photo are Diego Coipel, Trey Casey and Wade Pennington) 

Several Hastings FFA members attended the 92nd FFA State Convention at Michigan State University March 4-6, taking part in various ways.

High school students participated in FFA State Band or took on responsibility as delegates. Several received honors, such as Outstanding Junior awards, state degrees or National Chapter Award. A team of middle school students competed in the Junior High Conduct of Meetings competition, placing third in the state with a Silver award.

The group took in some special stops, such as Preuss Pets and the Breslin Center, home of MSU Spartans basketball. At the Breslin Center, some Hastings students ran into a few Michigan State basketball players, who stopped for a photo.

“Memories and friendships were made, goals have been set, and this chapter is ready for next year,” Hastings FFA advisor Andria Mayack said.

FFA is a national organization that aims to develop student leadership, personal growth and career success and is one of the nation’s largest student leadership programs.


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