2014 National FFA Convention & Expo

While this post may be a tad bit late the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo occurred on the 29th of October through the 1st of November. All of our members had an amazing time during the three days our chapter attended. We even saw our chapter on the big screen when we were recognized as a National Model of Excellence chapter.

All in all while the event was busy it always pays off year after year to attend such an amazing event and be able to learn so much interesting information on topics, be able to be inspired by keynote speakers, and to just have some time to bond even closer as a chapter. Below you can find a album of some of the images we capture while at the event.

We would also like to apologize for our site being down for the past month or so. Our domain expired and we only got around to it recently.

Welcome Back

A new school year has begun. All of our agricultural classes are filled to the brim this year with so many talented students that are wanting to “Go All Out” and grow their potential. Our chapter officers just had their first meeting also and it is exciting what they have planned for our chapter this year. If you do not know who our officers are you can find them at this post here.

As you have seen we have put a new coat of paint on the website and it looks amazing. There is still some tweaks we may have to do throughout the year but this is the final design for the year as it stands. We hope everyone had an amazing summer. Many members of our chapter sure did through State FFA Convention, State Leadership Camp, Communications Summit and more!

If you have not yet make sure to like our chapter’s Facebook page! Our page can be found at http://facebook.com/marionffa. We try to update that page with a ton of photos from all the events we go to plus reminders about future events that are coming up within our chapter. We are hoping to see another great year for our chapter and are excited to see how members will go all out and try the be the best leaders they can be no matter if it’s at a local CDE event or in the future in the workforce.

Editors Note: This is Jonathan Jennings, I am a junior that is helping out Mr. Griffith out for all the incoming freshmen. I am currently the main one keeping all of our social media and website up to date with information. If you ever think we should add some sort of FFA news or anything of the sort that is related to our chapter to the website that is not on here feel free to contact me!

You can contact me at jjennings@students-marionunit2.org and I will talk over your content with Mr. Griffith and see if it should be added or not. It’s nice to have stories about a certain CDE or another event I did not attend that was an amazing event for yourself.

Greenhouse Sales


Note: You can click the image to get a better view of the flyer.

It’s that time of year again. Time to support your local FFA chapter and help us earn money to help support our students. Come on down this Tuesday at the time listed above at Marion High School and visit our grand opening of the 2013-2014 greenhouse. You can see some behind the scenes work here.

Murray State University Agricuture Field Day

Photos from all the all events ranging from Horse & Dairy Judging to Ag Mechanics.

View the rest of the photos here.

Chapter Officer Elections

After having a great time at SIU with Livestock/Dairy judging today we held officer elections.  We would let to congratulate the follow on their positions:

President – Brody King

Vice President – Jake Dunaway

Reporter – Riley Blandford

Treasurer – Kaley Jones

Secretary – Raven Stone

Sentinel – Zach Smith

It’s interesting how it’s going to be half juniors and half seniors next year.   I hope all 6 of you are ready for officer meetings next year!

Protip from Jonathan:  Someone make it their job to bring donuts and/or drinks to each meeting. No one likes being at a meeting with an empty stomach.




Today these students went out to the envirothon event. The students included:

Brody King
Haleigh Sever
Jake Dunaway
Jennifer Blankenship
Joseph Gilley
Justin Baltzell
Kaley Jones
Misty Hopper
Raven Stone
Sammy Raines

Both Jonathan Jennings and Riley Blandford also came out to help take the photographs you see. You can check out the album here for the rest of the photos taken throughout the day.

The Events of February and Early March

February 2014 has been a very busy month for the Marion FFA Chapter. Students have participated in events such as public speaking, parliamentary procedure, receiving proficiency awards, and receiving state degrees. As mentioned in a previous post, In the public speaking competition Austin Fishback won first place in the category of Prepared Public speaking for his presentation about the ways in which agriculture can affect over population problems. Lily Nicolaides won second place in the category of Creed Speaking at the public speaking competition.  The Marion FFA Chapter was the 2nd place team in the Section 24 parliamentary procedure contest, Shane Vaughn was 1st place chairman, Haley Easton was 3rd place secretary, and Alexis Baugher was 4th place floor member. In the district parliamentary procedure competition Shane Vaughn was 3rd place chairman, and Alexis Baugher was 6th place floor member.

In early March three members of the Marion FFA Chapter were 1st place proficiency award winners, Zach Smith for Diversified Ag. Production, Thomas Billingsley for Ag. Mechanics, and Ashley Walker for Equine Science-Placement. Lastly, two members of the Marion FFA Chapter, Jennifer Blankenship and Maria Ramirez, are receiving their state degrees. Both have been recommended for approval and awarding in June 2014 during the 86th Illinois State FFA Convention.


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