The Iron Mountain FFA chapter representing Seward Middle and High School hosted the Kenai Peninsula District FFA Conference at the middle school Friday evening and all-day Saturday. The Conference included the Ninilchik, Midnight Sun, Kenai, and Iron Mountain FFA chapters who competed in the Leadership Development Events (LDEs) and participated in record keeping and agricultural mechanic workshops. The LDEs included were prepared speaking, extemporaneous speaking, creed speaking and job interview.
The Alaska FFA Association has increased to over 400 FFA members across the state, so this is the first year that participants competing at the state convention have to be narrowed down by district conferences with the first three placing individuals earning the chance to move on to state and national FFA competitions. The Alaska State FFA Convention will be in Palmer April 14-17, offering LDE's in career development events, parliamentary procedure, and chapter conduct contests.
The Iron Mountain FFA did well at the district event, placing in all events. In prepared speaking Tayten Barhaug placed third, Lincoln Farris placed second, and Lindy Guernsey placed first. In extemporaneous speaking Teak Barhaug placed third, Lindy Guernsey second, and Tayten Barhaug first.
For creed speaking the top three individials move on to the Star State Greenhand Contest which consists of reciting the FFA Creed, an interview, an FFA knowledge test, and proficiency project accomplishments aspect. Phaedra Rea from Ninilchik placed third, Nathanael Boatright with Midnight Sun, Kenai placed second, and Teak Barhaug with Iron Mountain placed first.
The Job Interview contest consisted of the members being judged on a cover letter, resume, job description application, phone interview, personal interview, and written interview thank you. Placing third was Akilena Veach, second was Lincoln Farris, and first went to Lindy Guernsey, all with the Iron Mountain club.
The chapters would like to thank all seven of the judges from Seward and Moose Pass who volunteered and the Seward American Legion Post #5 for helping with the meals.