Gallatin FFA chapter – Superior Chapter
Beginning in March of 1999, the Chapter helped sponsor the Gallatin/Hamilton Judging contest. The Chapter hosted and placed first in the Diary Judging competition. Over 20 teams from North Missouri took part in the contest, which included four classes of cows, a written test and oral reasons.
The Chapter worked with North Central Missouri College to sponsor an Entomology contest and placed first in this competition.
The Chapter Secretary and Treasurer’s Books placed first at Area Contest. Record books from Andy Weldon, Travis Bohannon and Austin Story advanced to State.
Twelve members received proficiency plaques at the State competition: Brandi Carder – 1st Environmental Science; Bethany Vandiver – 1st Outdoor Recreation; Andy Weldon – 1st Landscape Management; Trent Dowell – 1st Wildlife; Jeremy Henderson – 2nd Swine Production, and Becky Miller – 2nd Beef Placement.
Kristen Ellis was selected to sing the National Anthem to open the final session of the State convention. The Gallatin FFA Chapter was proud to have 10 members singing in the State FFA Chorus — Jason Parker, Russell Ross, Kara Sullenger, Kristen Ellis, Brandi Carder, Anna Barton, Bethany Vandiver, Travis Allen, Jill Wilkinson, and Katie Moyer.
The Gallatin FFA Chapter placed 17th in Missouri in Chapter Activities and represented our state on the national level. Three contest teams finished in the top three at State. The Dairy Team of Wes Gay, Ben Hubbard, Randy Eaton and Nathan Henderson placed first at State and went on to represent Missouri at the National Dairy Judging Contest. The Ag Sales Team of Kristen Ellis, Jill Wilkinson, Kerri Lee and Julie Macy received third at State and also won both the Missouri Governor’s Sales Contest and the Missouri Pork Producer’s Sales Contest. Jo Ann Tummons was third in the Creed Speaking Contest.
After the convention, the Chapter held its annual banquet with over 250 in attendance. Many awards were presented, including: Star Greenhand – Jo Ann Tummons; Outstanding Sophomore – Wes Gay; Outstanding Junior – Kenny Youtsey; Star Chapter Agribusinessman – Andy Weldon; Star Chapter Farmer – Trent Dowell; and DeKalb Award – Kristen Ellis.
Members also attended the Area Banquet in Chillicothe where Andy Weldon was sworn in as Area II Vice President. The Gallatin Chapter Officer Team placed second overall in the rituals contest at the Area Leadership Conference in Hamilton Four members attended State FFA Camp Rising Sun. The Gallatin Chapter planned to host the Area II Sports Day, but was forced to cancel because of rain.
Over a dozen members exhibited their animals at local, area, district, state and national competitions during the summer. Big winners included Jo Ann Tummons, Wes Gay, Trent Dowell, Travis Bohannon, Kim Clevenger and Amanda Bohannon.
The Chapter selected four students, Kara Sullenger, Ida Jarboe, Andy Weldon and Trent Dowell, to represent the Chapter at the Washington Leadership Conference, a national event. Attending the Made For Excellence Conference in Jefferson City were Trent Dowell, Ida Jarboe, Andy Weldon, Julie Macy and Nathan Henderson. Kenny Youtsey and Travis Bohannon attended the Farmland Conference in Liberty.
Eight FFA members helped with Kids Kamp at Lake Viking by providing a petting zoo for the campers. The Missouri State Fair was the last big event of the summer. The Chapter placed second in the Field Crop Sweepstakes and members took home money awards for their plants and animals. At the end of the summer, the Chapter held their annual pool party.
The school year began with the Chapter welcoming 26 Greenhands who attended the area Greenhand Initiation in Bethany and the Greenhand Motivational Conference in St. Joseph, as well as other events. The Chapter held its annual trapshoot. At Barnwarming, King and Quean were awarded to Scott Crose and Amanda Bohannon.
Members sold over $15,000 in fruit and produce during their annual fruit sale. Trent Dowell was top salesman. Luke Leeper, Nathan Henderson, Christina Cox, and Ida Jarboe rounded out the top five salespeople. The Chapter also held a Christmas Party.
One of the big events of the fall was the Chapter’s trip to the National Convention, for the first time held in Louisville, Ken. The Chapter was represented by the Dairy Cattle Team of Nathan Henderson, Ben Hubbard, Wes Gay and Randy Eaton. The team placed 15th in the nation. This was the first time that a Gallatin judging team ever competed on a national level. The Chapter proudly accepted a National Chapter Award. Jeremy Henderson received his American FFA Degree. The Chapter attended the American Royal rodeo and concert. Freshmen and sophomore members attended the first ever American Royal Leadership Conference in Kansas City in November.
The Chapter worked with the community on many events. One highlight was the portable stage, built for community use. The Chapter also built gates for the fair, planted trees, donated fruit and food to the elderly and needy and built other projects. The Chapter continues to participate in the PALS Program for disadvantaged youth.
The Gallatin FFA Chapter once again led the way in the State by starting a Junior FFA organization. Their are currently about 40 junior members. Officers for this group are Mitch Riley, president; Erin Croy and Stephanie Dowell, vice-presidents; Emily Gay, secretary; Matt Hostetler, treasurer; Jenny Stanhope, reporter; and Justin Harlow, sentinel. The Junior group is currently holding their own activities and doing a monthly community service project.
An Agricultural Sales Team comprised of Ida Jarboe, Scott Crose, Kenny Youtsey, Ronnie Walker and Andy Weldon placed fourth at both the Missouri Governor’s Conference and the Missouri Pork Producer’s Sales and Marketing contests.
The Chapter saw nine members selected to have their State Degree applications reviewed.
The Chapter has won 11 first place area proficiency awards. These winners will represent Gallatin and Area II at the state convention. Winners were as follows: Travis Bohannon – 1st Cereal Grain Production, 1st Feed Grain Production, 2nd Oil Crop Placement, 4th Feed Grain Placement; Nathan Carder – 1st Ag Mechanics Placement; Scott Crose – 1st Environmental Science; Ronnie Walker – 1st Landscape Management, 1st Wildlife Management; Luke Leeper – 2nd Diversified Crop Production; Ben Hubbard – 3rd Home and Community Development; Andy Weldon – 1st Turf Management, 1st Emerging Ag Tech.;
Randy Eaton – 4th Diversified Crop Placement; Christina Cox – 1st Food Science; Bill Maddock – 2nd Ag Processing; Nathan Henderson – 5th Outdoor Recreation; Jo Ann Tummons – 2nd Beef Production, 3rd Specialty Animal Production, 5th Diversified Livestock Production; Ida Jarboe – 2nd Specialty Crop Production; Arlen McClellan – 4th Swine Placement; Wes Gay – 4th Swine Production; Kenny Youtsey – 3rd Beef Placement and Forage Production; Trent Dowell – 1st Agricultural Sales and Service, 1st Oil Crop Production.
Andy Weldon has been selected to represent Area II as the Star Area Agribusinessman. He will compete for the title of the State Star Agribusinessman at the State FFA Convention in April. [Submitted Photos]