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Mabton FFA competes at State convention

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The Mabton FFA chapter posed in front of Beasley Coliseum in Pullman after earning a National Chapter Award at the recent State FFA Convention. Pictured are (standing L-R) Nohemi Meza, Vanessa Sanchez, Jazzee Sustaita, Karen Mendoza, Jesenia Meza, Raiza Arreola, Enrique Reyna, Baylie Tyus, Dallas Tyus, Michael Jaramillo, Justin Appling, Bryan Arellano, Zach Salinas and Alex Jaramillo; (kneeling L-R) Edson Rivera and Ty Leyendekker.

PULLMAN - On the afternoon of Wednesday, May 11, a total of 18 Mabton FFA members made the long journey through the Palouse Valley to Pullman.

This select group of junior high and high school students competed at the State FFA Convention for five days on the Washington State University Pullman campus. The convention hosted approximately 3,000 FFA members and guests from all over Washington state. The Mabton FFA chapter competed in nine career development events.

Career Development Events (CDEs) help students develop the abilities to think critically, communicate clearly and perform effectively in a competitive job market. There are 32 CDEs covering job skills in everything from communications to mechanics. Some events allow students to compete as individuals, while others allow them to compete in teams.

Jazzee Sustaita, Nohemi Meza and Raiza Arreola competed in the F.A.R.M. event, where they placed fifth in the state and earned a $100 scholarship.

The Rituals team, consisting of Alex Jaramillo, Michael Jaramillo, Jessica Vasquez, Miguel Navarrete, Edson Rivera and Zack Salinas, placed 12th out of 36 teams.

The First Year Member team, which included Alex Jaramillo, Michael Jaramillo, Vasquez, Rivera and Salinas, placed 19th out of 68 teams.

Dallas Tyus, Rivera and Salinas competed in the FFA Quiz Bowl and placed 2nd in the state.

The Agricultural Issues team consisting of Bryan Arellano, Ty Leyendekker, Karen Mendoza, Jesenia Meza, Baylie Tyus and Dallas Tyus presented their forum on Wild Horse Overpopulation and earned 13th place honors out of 36 teams.

The Marketing team comprised of Mendoza, Meza and Vanessa Sanchez placed 12th out of 25 teams.

Enrique Reyna competed in Extemporaneous Public Speaking and placed 10th. Sustaita and Sanchez submitted a chapter scrapbook and were awarded sixth place honors. Mendoza, Meza, Sanchez, Baylie Tyus, Meza and Leyendekker entered an application for the National Chapter Award and earned Gold.

The national chapter participants will be moving on to compete at the National FFA Convention this October in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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