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61st National FFA Convention 

JOVEMBER10- 12, 1988 




The Best and 
The Brightest 

They came from across the land, 
eager for the spectacle that lay 
before them. Over 23,000 FFA 
members, teachers, alumni, par- 
ents and friends traveled to Kan- 
sas City for an experience rich 
with inspiration, education and 

The Secret of 
Our Success 

Winning It All 

For those who hear their names 
called, the convention provides 
a magical experience that lives 
forever in memory. Gene 
Starkey (right) of Paris, Ohio, 
saw years of hard work pay off 
during Friday night's profi- 
ciency pageant when he was 
named national Soil and Water 
Management winner. (Photo by 
Mike Wilson) 

Your Guide to Convention Proceedings 

Agriscience Student Recognition 

Agriscience Teacher ol the Year 


American Farmers 


Building Our American Communities . 


Career Show 


Committee Reports 







Membership Development. 

National Contests 

National Convention 

National Leadership 



Organizational Development 

Program of Activities 

Supply Service 

Computers in Agriculture 



Distinguished Service Citations 

Extemporaneous Public Speaking Contest . 

FFA Leadership 

Honorary American Farmers 

National Advisor Profile 

National FFA Foundation 

National Officer Candidates 

National Chapter Awards 

New National Officers 

100% Plus States 

Prepared Public Speaking Contest 

Proficiency Awards 

Retiring Addresses 



Stars Over America 


VIP Citations 



An Eye on the Future 

Official convention delegates 
voted enthusiastically for 18 of 
19 constitutional amendments, 
among them a much-discussed 
name change. Larry Case (left) 
discusses the ramifications of the 
approved wording, "National 
FFA Organization" and "agricul- 
tural education." 

United We Stand 

Delegates (above) celebrated FFA's new direction 
From left, Ann Powalski, Alaska; Kris Williams, 
Minn.; Shawn Oliver, Miss.; Rudolph Pietrs, Vir- 
gin Islands; Heather Dunham, N.C.; and Joshua 
Cook, Calif. 

Thanks, Roger 

This year Roger Heath put 
away his baton as director 
of the National FFA Band. 
Heath pulled off the mi- 
raculous by bringing to- 
gether young musicians 
from across the country 
and blending their sounds 
into some of the finest 
music offered up at the 
past 20 national FFA con- 



Rick Metzger, outgoing Alumni president (above), and Josiah 
Phelps, Alumni Council member, served as ring men 
for a spirited alumni auction. In its third year, the 360 donated 
items brought $26,000 in support of the FFA and the alumni. (Photo 
by Sam Harrel) 

Mark Jenkins (right) of Milan, Tenn., explodes with excitement as 
he is announced winner of the Agricultural Electrification Profi- 
ciency award at the Friday night pageant. (Photo by Mike Wilson) 

A convention-goer (below), caught up in the excitement of the 
National Agricultural Career Show, shares a laugh with new-found 
friends from across the country. (Photo by Sam Harrel) 



Hundreds of FFA members were interviewed by a large contin- 
gent of media covering the convention and carrying news of the 
FFA to families and friends back home. Kurt Aumann (above) of 
Nokomis, 111., discusses his proficiency award with Sandy Heng of 
RFD/TV. (Photo by Molly Wilson) 

Joe Downey ( right ), 1988 National FFA Foundation Chairman 
and vice president of Dow 
Chemical Company an- 
nounces record-setting sup- 
port of $3.3 million generated 
for the FFA by more than 887 
members of the Foundation. 
(Photo by Orlin Wagner) 

Mike Miller of RFD/ 
TV and David Pearce, former 
national FFA vice president, 
co-anchored the satellite 
television broadcast of the 
convention, bringing 
over 17 hours of live coverage 
to millions of American 
homes. (Photo by Sam Harrel) 



American Farmers 

Highest Degree 

ALABAMA: Jerry P. Aycock, 
Russellville; Mark Blackwell, 
Collinsville; Byron S. Britnell, 
Russellville ; Steven W. Bryan, 
Clayton; Bret S. Dalrymple. Enter- 
pnse; Noel Danner, Anton; Tracy D. 
Dobbins, Bryant; Alicia M. Edson, 
Dozier; Joseph T. Ellis, Coffee 
Springs; Jimmy C. Fryer, Louisville; 
Gregory B. Gray, Louisville; Will G. 
Hankey Jr., Cullman; Patrick R. 
Holland, Rogersville; Peter D. James, 
Russellville; Aaron A. Knight, Clio , 
Jimmy Knight, Clio; Andrew S. Lewis, 
Ozark, Wendell L, McDaniel Jr., 
Graham; William T. McKenzie, 
Fairhope; Danny Miller, Collinsville; 
Eddy L. Outlaw, Anton; Richard L. 
Pinyan, Ozark; Samuel K. Piatt, 
Abbeville; Jerald K. Poole, Trinty; 
David E. Ruf III, Athens; Greg Smith, 
Andalusia; L. Denise Smith, Arab; 
Thomas E. Spencer, Auburn; Kevin 
D. Turner, Chunchula; Jerry D. 
Wales, Elkmont 

ARIZONA; Michael D. Armbruester, 
Tucson; Tami M. Austin, Mesa; 
Frankie Auza, Roll; David Auza, 
Yuma; Billy E. Kennedy, Roll; Leigh 
Loughead, Buckeye; Wayne A. 
Manske, Mesa; Mark A. Marlatt, 
Wellton; Kenneth E. Narramore, Palo 
Verde; Mike Pope, Willcox; William C 
Shipp, Yuma; Kody L. Taylor, 

ARKANSAS: Lesley L. Cupp, 
Paragould, Allen L. Fulton, Cove; 
Gary L. Gray, Boonevillle; Ray 
Halbert Jr., Palestine; Jack Mays Jr., 
Marshall; Bobby B Mills, Harrisburg; 
Leslie A. Morelock, Fayetteville, 
Duane A. Swotlord, Berryville; Bruce 
E. Westerman, Lonsdale; Dwight E. 
Williams, Farmington; H. Dwight 
Wynn, Fayetteville 

CALIFORNIA: Dennis K. Albiani. Elk 
Grove; Kathleen M. Almond, Rio Oso; 
Tamara Barnes, Kingsburg; Mark 
Barroso, Le Grand ; Barbra Baxter, 
Merced; Timothy J. Beck, Hughson; 
David J. Bettencourt, Turtock; Mike 
Bettencourt, Vlsalia; Dennis Betten- 
court, Visalia; Walter S. Binns III, 
Quartz Hill; Thomas P. Boyes, Chico; 
Dona M. Casale, Denair; Jack 
Chapman Jr., Le Grand; Timothy P. 
Cockburn, Visalia; Dan Costa, 
Turlock: Mario N. Flores, Chowchilla; 
Emily Flores. Chowchilla; Guillermo 
Guerra, Santa Maria; John R. 
Hamada, Kingsburg; Greg Hepner, 
Raisin City; Butch Hepner, Raisin 
City; Janel D. Hotman, Santa Rosa; 
Tammy K, Isaacs, Santa Rosa; 
Michael P. Johnston, Kingsburg; 
Kimberly A. Joramo, Three Rivers; 
Richard Kilgore III, Le Grand; Larry 
Kilgore, Le Grand; Arnold J. King, 
Petaluma; Craig D. Long, Live Oak; 
Lisa C. Lungren, Kingsburg; Brian R. 
Miller, Tehachapi; Max Olvera, 
Turlock; Jim Orradre, San Ardo; Brian 
M. Pacheco, Kerman; Dennis 
Pecarovich, Madera; Randi Ray, 

Chowchilla; Brian Reineke, Merced; 
Troy Rinkenberger, Atwaler; Michelle 
A. Rosa, Stevinson; Mike Schnoor, 
Chowchilla; Emmett F. Schultz, 
Exeter; Sandra L. Silveira, Merced; 
Sarah L. Silveira, Merced; Dennis 
Silvestre. Visalia; Timothy M. Souza. 
Tulare; Russell S. Switzer, Visalia; 
Dina M. Tesconi, Santa Rosa: Joan 
C. Webster. Fort Jones; Lessa A. 
Wildt, Midpines 

COLORADO: JoAnna D. Baker, 
Longmont, Joseph D. Blake, Holly; 
William A. Carwin, Eaton; Don 
Cramer, Wray; Dustin Dorsey, Eaton; 
Tim Graznak, Platleville; William 
Harman, Otis; Gary D. Saffer. Arriba; 
Mark J. Speaker, Briggsdale; William 
F. Steel, Windsor; Brent Wertz, 

CONNECTICUT: Robin E. Burns, 
Andover; Donald S. Dzen Jr., Broad 

DELAWARE: Kenneth Warren, 
Kenton; Michael Wheatley, Smyrna 
FLORIDA: Marshall T. Anderson, 
Haines City; Cynthia D. Bentley, 
Lakeland; Doni M. Brewer, Wauchula; 
Melissa Busch, Tampa; Melanie M. 
Fisher, Tampa; Angela J. Gamble, 
Live Oak; Michael W. Garner, 
Groveland: Charles B. Hewett Jr., 
Mayo; Karen L. Hurst, Branlord; 
Jeflrey W. Johnson, Dover; Joel C. 
Phillips, Williston; Arthur L. Rogers, 
Orlando; Michael T. Simmons, 
Valrico; Bruce E. Thomas, Bell; Frank 
L. Waller, Lakeland; John Wilder, 
Micanopy; James E.Williams, 
Worthington Springs; Anthony J. 
Willis, Bushnell 

GEORGIA: Bobby H.Barber Jr., 
Bainbndge; Paul Barron, Camilla; 
Ramsey Bennett, Blackshear; Connie 
D. Bums, Spnngfield; Brad Bush, 
Sparks; Susan K. Claxton, Kite; 
Henry H. Garrard, Washington; Bryan 
Gober, Oawsonville; Stanley A. Hires, 
Adel; Tony R. King, Alma; G. Walter 
Nasworthy, Kile; Jim L. Newberry, 
Camilla; Shalley Nottingham, Monroe; 
Clint Oliver, Reidsville; Andrew T. 
Parker. Hartsfield; Richard C. Poss, 
Harlem ; Ricky L. Powe, Cairo; 
Joseph E. Ridlehoover Jr., Donalson- 
ville; Mike D. Roberts Jr., Sylvester; 
Tim Sumner, Sumner; Stephen B. 
Tinsley, Homerville; Fred W Tison, 
Warwick; Tony Waller, Blackshear; 
Jamie W. Warriner, Donalsonville; 
Raymond L. Wilcox, Adel 
HAWAII: Samuel K. Eichelberger, 

IDAHO: Angle L. Beck, Burley; Leslie 
Danielson, Genesee; Shon M. 
Eddlemon, Nampa; Thomas L. 
Fnddle, Melba; David A. Frost, 
Meridian; Jeffrey K. Isom, Fruilland; 
William Lickley, Jerome ; Kathryn 
Ritchie, Rexburg; Kari B. Ritchie, 
Rexburg; Deron K. Scott, Malad 
ILLINOIS: Lon R. Aden, SI. Joseph; 
Eric L. Bailey, Farina; Jennifer L. 
Behme, Carlinville; Charles C. 

No other national con- 
vention ceremony drew 
as many parents, filled as 
many hearts with pride, 
nor recognized as many 
achievers as did the 
American Farmer Degree 
ceremony on Friday 

American Farmer can- 
didates, 702 in number, 
were raised to FFA's 
highest degree after dem- 
onstrating to their state 
associations that they had 
fulfilled the require- 
ments: at least $5,000 
earned and invested from 
an outstanding SOEP, 
exemplary leadership 
abilities, active member- 
ship in the FFA for at 
least 36 months, and 
successful completion of 
a high school agriculture 

National FFA Founda- 
tion sponsors made pos- 
sible the presentation of 
the coveted gold key, cer- 
tificate and a cash award 
and recognition lunch- 

Benson, Cortland; Donald W. 
Bergschneider, Franklin; Bryan 
Bower, Barry; Leroy B. Bnnkman, 
Payson; Scott N. Davis, Georgetown; 
Patrick P. Deutsch, Sycamore ; Keith 
R. Devlin, Bluffs; Kevin Drake, Clare; 
Ron Ehrler, DeKalb; Ingrid M. 
Erickson, OeKalb; Dean Huff, 
Brighton; Tyler M. Lobdell, Lena; 
Gary L. McConnaughhay, Salem; 
Alvie J. McCormick, Ava; Kenneth 
Ramsay, Caledonia; Trevor K. 
Ridgely, Parkersburg; Thelma E. 
Schoonmaker, Sycamore; Bryan D. 
Seidel, Altamonl; David L. Serven, St. 
Augustine; Michael L. Suess, 
Greenville; Brian Thompson, Ottawa; 
David L. Vandeburg, Sycamore 
INDIANA: Jeflrey S. Bauman, Berne; 
Michael W. Beale, Delphi; Dennis 
Boggs, Warsaw; Scott E. Crouch, 
Tipton; Scott Davis, Spencer; Kevin 
DeYoung, DeMotte; Kevin Green, 
Campbellsburg; Davey Henderson, 
Greenwood; Chris M. Holt, Wayne- 
town; Jefl L. Johnson, Burlington; 
Knic S. Kaufman, ML Vemon; 
Malthew K. Lehman, Berne; Kent 
Norr, Berne; David K. Perkins, 
Hudson; Rodney L. Simpson, 
Crawlordsville; John E. Vandenberg, 
Greenwood; Scott A. VonGunten, 
Berne, Brian S. Voyles, Salem 
IOWA: Malthew M. Daughton, 
Kellerton; Paul M. Ermer, Dougherty; 
Gene G. Granl, Preston; Robert A. 

Hanson, Caslana; William J. 
Henricksen, DeWitt; Luther S. 
Keehner, Luana; Kenneth D. Kline, 
Aflon; KerriLynne K. Kralka, Dysart; 
Mark Kraus, Guttenberg: Lynn A. 
Lovetinsky, West Branch; Paul D. 
Moeller, Miles; John Brian Priest, 
Diagonal; William L Randall, 
Woolstock; Gregory K. Schlosser, 
Collax; Todd A. Smeby, Klemme; 
Vincent P. Spain, Lost Nation; Todd 
A. Wiley, Vinton; Timothy J. Wright, 
Lamont; Gary J. Yoch, West Bend 
KANSAS: Stanley Brandyberry, Hill 
City; Scott R. Greene, Jewell; Steven 
R. Holz, Belvue; Justin M. McKee, 
Edna; Thomas S. Mulroy, Mayetta; 
Timothy S. Mulroy, Mayetta: R. Craig 
Nelson, Formoso; Kevin C. Pool, 
Coffeyville; George P. Rieck, 
Burlingame; James Riflel, Tampa; 
Devan A. Sarver, lola; Charles D. 
Tnplelt, Thayer; Enc Wolf, Burns; 
Christopher E. Zeller, Windom 
KENTUCKY: Kennelh T. Barlow, 
Paducah; David A. Bird, Law- 
renceburg; Robert B. Chapman, 
Woodburrc Terry W. Crouch, Carlisle; 
Robin M. Davis, Clarkson; J. Douglas 
Eades, Mt. Eden; Kevin R. 
Greathouse, Bowling Green; James 
A. Matheny, Georgetown; Patrick W. 
McCuiston, Trenton; Richard A. 
Portwood, Versailles; Tony Poller, Mt. 
Sterling; Charles D. Slaughter, 
Fredonia; James M.Smith, 
Russellville; Scott Travis, Cox's 
Creek; John D. Van Hooser, 
Princeton; Richard C. West, Sebree 
LOUISIANA: Toby Brazzel, Natchez; 
John E. Briscoe, Elton; Arthur G. 
Greer Jr., Pleasant Hill; Ronald A. 
Greer, Pleasant Hill; Craig R. Hill, Dry 
Creek; Mark W. Phenice, Welsh; 
Chris Reeves, Jennings; John Reina, 
Grand Chenier; Richard W. Robin- 
son, Oak Grove; Daniel J. Sarver, 
Crowley; Chad Simoneaux, Pain- 
courtville; David R. Sullivan, 
Winnlield; William J. Thompson, Lake 

MARYLAND: Melvin R. Arrington, 
Westminster; Wayne Cessna, 
Clearville; David L. Crum, Walk- 
ersville; Robert S. Devilbiss, 
Uniontown; Dana L. Gates, Thur- 
mont; Adnenne M. Shaffer, Knoxville; 
Allan M. Shipley, Mt. Airy; Gregory A 
Stull, Walkersville; Kurt A. Williams, 

MASSACHUSETTS: Donna L. Curtis, 
Hanover; Wayne Kirby, Westport; 
Jennifer Leighton, Maynard; David 
Nicoson, Ware 

MICHIGAN: Tony Bognar, Jonesville; 
John W. Cook Jr., Lake Odessa; 
Douglas R. Covert, Leslie; Donna 
Dulcher, Owasso; Neil G. Finegan 
Jr., Jonesville; Troy C. Fisher, St. 
Louis; Steve Gayari, Owendale; Todd 
E. Miller, Bancroft; Randall D. Nye, 
Camden; Chris Reau, Britton; Michael 
J. Ross, St. Louis; Charles E. Scovill, 
Fennville; Donald G. Walters II, 

Olivet; Michael Wenkel, Standish 
MINNESOTA: Jeffery T. Beckman, 
Dennison; Daryl M. Berg, Pipestone; 
Chad W. Biss, Wendell; Michael J. 
Brogan, Pine Island; Guy Dammann, 
Sanborn; Kurt Dvergsten, Greenbush; 
Douglas Green, Greenbush; Bruce 
Hansen, Madelia; Brian Hegland, 
Peterson; Brian D. Hicks, Tracy; Kent 
D. Janssen, LeRoy; Alan Johnson, 
Sleepy Eye; Kimberly K. Kaiser, Blue 
Earth; Lance Knoshal, Montevideo, 
Todd H. Leiding, Mapleton; Cheryl F 
Marti, Sleepy Eye; Robert J. Matthys, 
Cottonwood; Kyle B. Petersen, 
Murdock; Steven G. Salentiny, 
Dundee; Glenn A. Switzer, Northfield; 
Patrick G. Troendle, Spring Grove 
MISSISSIPPI: Granl Monroe, Connth; 
Mitchell C. Ormon, Hickory Flat; 
Wayne Thompson, Magee 
MISSOURI: Kevin L. Arnold, Macon; 
John Blankenship, Owensville; 
Christopher P. Bledsoe, Eldon; 
Richard M. Bloss, Sarcoxie; David D. 
Buehler, Mount Vernon; Russell L. 
Coon, Bethel; James S. Cornelius, 
Hamilton; David A. Dalton, Washburn; 
Daniel C. Dooley, Novelty; Richard 
B. Ewing, Fordland; Gregory L. 
Fenimore, Bethany: Charles R. 
Fullerton, Buffalo; Malthew J. Joyce, 
Jasper; Lori D. Kahler, Mendon; 
Walter W. Laut, Fredericktown; 
Mancil L. Marriott Jr., Stover; Richard 
L. Meyer, Troy; Gordon R. Nickels 
Jr., Barnett; Debra J. Powell, Reeds; 
Ryan Rogers, Fairlax; DeWayne H. 
Selway, Williamstown; Eric B. 
Sherwood, Gower; Shannon L. Stine, 
Billings; Marty R. Vancil, Campbell; 
Randy Voris, Halfway; Mark Wiggins, 

MONTANA: Rebecca K. Andres, 
Missoula; Chester L. Hill, Lambert; 
Russell W. Linhart, Hobson; Michael 
W. Milmine, Miles City; SivertO. 
Mysse, Ingomar; Tonja G. Sanders, 
Arlee; Lee B. Standley, Fairfield; 
Craig V. Taylor, Miles City 
NEBRASKA: Robert D. Boardman, 
Henderson; Brent Boettcher, 
Spencer; Mark T. Easter, Dunbar; 
Mark Heins, Hampton; Bart S. 
Jacobson, Holdrege; John D. Nelson, 
Monroe; Todd M. Neu, Minatare; 
Scott E. Schaneman, Minatare; Scott 
C.Schelkopf, Strang; Kirk J. 
Skibinski, Ashton; Dana M. Soukup, 
Spencer; Norris F. Talcott, Firth; 
Tammy M. Wellnitz, Chadron; 
Kennelh W. Wellnitz, Chadron 
NEVADA: Matt A. Lund, Gardnerville; 
Donald L. Noorda, Elko 
Colby, Northwood; Daniel W. Mooers, 

NEW JERSEY: Randall S. Arnold, 
New Egypt 

NEW MEXICO: Beverly Bell, Corona; 
Michelle Leigh Frosl, San Jon; 
Richard P. Maulsby, Amistad; Jeffrey 
L. Mobley, Dona Ana; Will Paltison, 
Clovis; Steven Townsend, Roswell 



American Farmers 

NEW YORK: Timothy L. Durant, 
Oneida; Thomas G. Eastman, 
Ellisburg; April D. Kelly, Woodbourne; 
Douglas J. LaFave, Locke; Kelly R. 
Manko, Warsaw; William L. Paddock, 
Remsen; Elaine Perkins, Cazenovia; 
William S, Shoemaker, New Wood- 
stock; Alan VanBuren, Walton; 
William D. Walley. Walton 
NORTH CAROLINA: Dereck Atkins, 
Troy; Ralph G- Beckerdite Jr., 
Winston-Salem; Scott M. Brawn, 
Marshall: Chad D. Bullington, 
Pinnacle; Barry W. Cabiness, Shelby; 
Gregory S. Cochran, Waynesville; 
Brian K, Davis, Taylorsville; James A. 
Dunnagan, Durham; Tony M. Furr, 
Albemarle; Vance R. Greeson, 
Burlington; Lee Herman, Taylorsville; 
Amanda J. Hill, Raleigh; Edward S. 
Howard III, Deep Run; Kemp J. 
Howard, Richlands; William T. Kelly, 
Newport; Travis E. Leonard II, 
Lexington; James S. McLamb, 
Angier; Eugene R, Mottolo Jr., 
Newport; Tim L. Myers, High Point; 
Richard E, Pendry, Boonville; Scott L. 
Rouse, Seven Springs; Raelord A 
Thompson, Chapel Hill; Jonathan S. 
Ward, Lexington; John K. Watlington, 
Yanceyville; John P. Williams, 

NORTH DAKOTA: Joel R. Carlson, 
Billings; Wayne R. Chrislianson, 
Fortuna; Leann L, Erickson, Beulah; 
Mark Hagemeister, Fessenden, 
Michael D. Johnston, Rugby: Diane 
Keidel, Mandan; Michael A. Lucy, 
Stanley; Brenda Rae Quale, Beach; 
Leroy J. Sandstrom, Lisbon; Arthur L. 
Schmidt. Williston; Philip Volk, Knox; 
John Woodbury, Carson 
OHIO: Jay R. Ackley, East Liberty; 
Brian L. Arnold, Sabina; Warren L, 
Boerger, Irwin; Jeffrey L. Bondurant, 
Baltimore; Larry R. Brandt, Archbold; 
Laura L. Charlton, Bowling Green; 
Jetl Cottrell, Mount Vernon; Todd A. 
Davis, Scio; John Davis, Delaware; 
Rex W Feasby, Payne; Terry L. 
Fitch, Grand Rapids; Robert Gano, 
New Philadelphia; Scott Gompf, 
Magnolia; Thomas A. Herr Jr., 
Melamora; Frank Keener, Ashland: 
Julie L. Lemmermen, Tiffin; David L. 
Marrison, Jefferson; Dean Miller, 
Washington C.H.; Jodi Nofziger, 
Wauseon; John P. Pellon, Delta; 
Brad Phillips, North Lewisburg; Todd 
B. Raines, Seaman; Marc A. 
Ruggles, Norwalk; Robert J. 
Schnippel, Botkins; Rick I. Shoup, 
Polk; Bryan R. Smith, Newark; Aaron 
J. Spiess, Wauseon; Jerry Starkey, 
Paris; John Thurston, Delaware; Jon 
J. Underwood, Wapakonela; Steve 

OKLAHOMA: Todd A. Ballard, Alius; 
Grant Beadles, Thomas; John L. 
Beck Jr., Pauls Valley; Williams. 
Beck, Pauls Valley; Ron D. Cole, 
Selling; Brian K. Courtney, Pryor; 
Dani Duncan, Allen; Fred A. Fischer, 

Highest Degree 

Hooker; Monica D. Flaming, Fairview; 
Brent C. Garvie, Burlington; John W. 
Gosney III. Fairview; Mark Hammock. 
Billings; William J. Hendrickson, 
Adair; David Herman, Durant; Mark A. 
Hix, Weatherford; Darin M. Howard, 
Mullhall; Russell Howard, Logan; 
Eddie P. Hunter, Sulphur; David E. 
Imhofl, Slroud; Steven Jensen, El 
Reno; Mary Jelt, Beaver; Scott L. 
Johnson, Afton; Robin Krasser, ' 
Chattanooga; Barton 0. Leiphardt, 
Mountain View; Chad F, Muegge, 
Lamont; Kathleen Preston, Laveme; 
Chet J. Purvine, Fay; Joseph J. 
Rempe, Chickasha; Stephen Shaw, 
Spiro; Sarah E. Shires, Achille; Lisa 
R. Spruce, McAlesler; Shane A. 
Stewart, Madill; Trent D. Slites, Vian; 
Julie K. Whitworth, Indiahoma 
OREGON: Michael E. Freeman, 
Amity; Timothy J. Healer, Sublimity; 
Michael R. Hurd, Harrisburg;TroyC. 
Michaels, Days Creek; Timothy L. 
Oakley, Scio; Jon R. Schmitt, Amity; 
Stephanie M. Steiner, Tillamook 
PENNSYLVANIA: Andrew S. Baer. 
Annville; Todd L. Bennecoff, 
Kutztown; Ronald Carter, MdDonald; 
Ellen M. Cole, Columbia Cross RDS; 
Gerald L. Davidson, Shippensburg; 
Richard L. Fink, Harrisville; Barry L. 
Harnish, Willow Street; Dwayne A. 
Hay, Glencoe; Bruce R. Heilinger, 
Newmanstown; Rodney E. Herr, 
Gettysburg; Terry W. Landis, Berlin; 
Timothy M. McCreary, Gardners; 
Matthew H. Pflieger, Manheim; Mark 
W. Shiderly, New Castle: D. Eric 
Shipley, Glencoe; J. Richard Speer, 
Blairs Mills: Donald H.Welk Jr., 

RHODE ISLAND: Kevin Allsworth, N. 
Sciluale; Matthew A. Knowlton, N. 

Orangeburg; Jetfery T. Clayton, 
Inman; Larry A. Davis Jr., Greer; 
Darrel Richardson, Gresham; Melissa 
L. Tyler, Lois 

SOUTH DAKOTA: Kevin J, Albrecht, 
Marion; Mario L. Anderson, Hartford; 
Kevin Fishbeck, Webster; Michael 
Fuller, Clark; Brad Hillman, Canova; 
Stanley D. Jaeger, Tyndall; Russell 
Maier, Bowdle; Joan D. Nold, 
Gettysburg; David L. Schriever, 
Hurley; Michael W. Wagner, Olivet 
TENNESSEE: Robert H. Barnett, 
Humboldt; John R. Butler, Dyersburg; 
Kimberly J. Carey, Crossville. Rory R. 
Cashon. Dresden; Joel E. Cox, 
Cleveland; Mark E. Douthat. Mohawk; 
Scott Dyer, Morrison; Timothy K. 
Hodges, Rogersville; Marshall 
Johnson, Harrogate; Jeff Jones. 
McMinnville; Danny B. Jones, 
Smithville ; Trevor B. Kerley, 
Crossville; James A. Lee II. Cleve- 
land; Goefl Lewis, Rock Island; Phillip 
D. Prater, McMinnville; Sarah L. 
Prince, Riceville; Barry F, Queen, Old 
Fort; Jim Sattertield, Jefferson City: 
Robert K. Singleton, Arlington; Jeffrey 

Sponsored by Arm- 
strong Tire Company; 
Case IH; Cyanamid 
Agricultural Division, 
American Cyanamid 
Company; Farm Credit 
System; Na-Churs Plant 
Food Company; and 
Pioneer Hi-Bred Interna- 
tional, Inc. 

L. Turner, Watertown; Jeffrey A. Via, 
Newbern; Shane M. Williams, 
Riceville; Jack P. Williams Jr., 

TEXAS: Steven R. Arnold, Leming; 
David Bazan, Mission; Lance A. 
Benes, Gonzales; James G. 
Blankenship, Seymour ; Brian L. 
Bruner, Quitman; John D. Bullock, 
Winnsboro; S. Denise Cain, Katy; 
John D. Cass, Odem; Shane 
Chaddick, Garland; Jay B. Davis, 
Ransom Canyon; Rachelle L. 
Fondren, Midway; Clint Haggard, 
Piano; Brooks H. Hagler, Anson; 
Connie Hand, Chico; Shawn L. 
Hughes, Booker; Wade A. Ivey, 
Mabank; John G. Kidd, Eastland; 
Rodney Lege', Huntsville; Toby L. 
Lepley, Coldspring; Dale B. Liggett, 
Bellevue; Cory L. Loudermilk, 
Stephenville; Kelly Mercer, Troy; Coy 
W Miller, Frisco; Toby Miller, 
Whilharral; Tonya M. Mitchell, Alba; 
Ronald G. Nauert, Austin; James K. 
Norwood, Campell; David Ohnheiser, 
Schulenburg; Robert M. Phillips, 
Ennis; John M. Pletcher, Perryton; 
William G. Price, Tyler; Blake W. 
Robinson, Fairfield; Jeffrey W. 
Shows, Dime Box; Chantele 
Singellon, Victoria; Dianna L. 
Skidmore, Pickton; Brad Smith, 
Teague; Bradley J. Smith, Round 
Top; Gerry E. Smith, Gail; Lori A. 

Steele, Glen Rose; Dara L. Swinney, 
Conroe; Mitchell H. Thomas, 
Raymondville; Ricky Thorn, Tyler; 
Darryl Tiemann, Richmond; Terry D. 
Tucker, Como; Michael Vosloh, 
Baytown; Marcia Walters, Baytown; 
Mike Wilfong, Palo Pinto; Paul W. 
Woolon, Hico 

UTAH: Clark S. Bown, Fayette; 
William N. Brown, Santaquin; Roy H. 
Carlson, West Point; Preston 
Harward, Richfield; Donald L. Jaques, 
Mountain Green; Kelby Swallow, 

VERMONT: Thomas Bates, 
Enosburg Falls; Rene B. Roy, West 

VIRGINIA: Todd B. Bailey, Harri- 
sonburg; Timothy A. Brannon, 
Studley; Bradley W. Bryant, Bucking- 
ham; John A. Cash, Afton; Laurie A. 
Cunningham, Danville: Paul B. 
Franklin, Champlain; Steven P. 
Funkhouser, McGaheysville; Gregory 
V. Gordon, Buffalo Junction; Melvin 
W. Harless, Abingdon; Kerri Hively, 
Broadway; Carlton D. Hulf. Hillsville; 
Jeffrey T. Kimble, Laurel Fork; Keith 
Lineweaver, Winchester; Kenneth M 
McClenny, Pamplin; William F. 
Moore, Mechanicsville; Michael S. 
Moulden, Clearbrook; Clinton M. 
Munsey, Bland; Annette D. 
Nesselrodt, Harrisonburg; Myron 
Reedy, Fulks Run; Jeanette G. 
Reynolds, Lancaster; Gregory C. 
Robinson, Studley; Woodrow A. 
Secrist II, Blacksburg; Billy R. 
Semones. Hillsville; Sharon K. 
Shuler, Wytheville; Buddy Thomas, 
Abingdon; Billy H. Wade ill, Green- 
ville; Randy C. Webb, Fancy Gap: 
Hal Whittinglon, Strasburg 
WASHINGTON: Elizabeth Baginski, 
Othello; Mike S. Brownlee, Granger; 
Charlene Bueler-Stangeland, 
Stanwood; James L. Campbell. 
Vancouver; Wesley Eldred, Belling- 
ham; Charles 0. Estes, Startup: 

David Hansen, Malaga; Ken Hilliker, 
Ealonville; Fred Jones, Ealonville; 
Kevin Kregger, Touchel; John A. 
Kummer, Othello; Lori L. Lancaster, 
Mesa; Dennis K. Laulenbach, Mesa; 
Eric M. Lund, Lind; Darin C. Michel, 
Othello; Devon D. Michel, Othello; 
Shannon M. Murdock, Walla Walla; 
Julio A. Omlin, Chelan 
WEST VIRGINA: Ken P. Barnett, 
Ripley; Roy L. Dodson Jr., Shepherd- 
stown; Paul R. Francis. Leroy; Alan L. 
Harris, Leroy; William A. Knighlen Jr., 
Shepherdstown: J, Willard LeMasler, 
Martinsburg; Kevin Maphis, Shenan- 
doah Junction: Brian E. McDermitt, 
Lelart; Scot L. Muncy. Gallipolis 
Ferry; Jim Pritchard, Marlinton; 
Glenna M West, Ripley 
WISCONSIN: Daniel Bauer, Wilton; 
Jeffrey S. Bohm, Shawano; Randi J. 
Brooks, Omrc; Mike Doubleday, 
Clinton; Jon Etta, West Bend; Jeff 
Freriks, Waupun; John C. Fritz, 
Lancaster; Daniel J. Gullickson, 
Deronda; Donald J. Hall, Tomah; 
Daryl S. Hoffman, Columbus; Warren 
M, Johnson, Osceola; Lori J. Lansing, 
Darlington; Ann M. Lerum, DeForest; 
Ronald J. Under, Blanchardville: 
Steven J, Macijeski, Wild Rose; Lisa 
Mullen. Bloomer: James Nyman, 
Orfordville; Ted Otto, Greenleal; 
Daniel D. Piechowski, Redgranite; 
Randy L. Prochnow, Wheeler; Robert 
Purintun, Evansville; David J. 
Rowbotham, Walworth; Lester Schlis, 
Denmark; Connie Schulke, Pulaski; 
Jay R. Sigg, Hollandale; Roger P. 
Sinkula, Two Rivers; Patrick H. 
Slaney, Brooklyn: Timothy J. Weigel, 
Plalteville; Randall C. Wenzel, 
Slinger; Greg L. Zimmerman, Osseo 
WYOMING: Jona M. Ely, Slater; 
Robert J. Hetenieder, Worland; 
Tammy J. Kokesh, Sundance; Kelly 
E. Krakow. Meriden; Andy B. Malm, 
Albin; Tim L. Slater, Lovell; Chad 
Ziehl. Mills 

FFA Snapshots 

"I'm very excited about receiving the 
American Farmer Degree. If s been a life 
long dream. If s an honor in itself. 
"My parents have had five children go 
through the program, and I'm the first 
one to earn the degree. They came to con- 
vention and even brought my little 

Leigh Loughead 
American Farmer 
Buckeye, Arizona 



Stars Over America 

Clint Oliver (left) was honored as 1988 
Star Farmer of America and Christopher 
Bledsoe received the 1988 Star Agribusi- 
nessman award at the "Stars Over Amer- 
ica" pageant. (Photo by Sam Harrel) 

The Star Farmers and Star Agribusiness- 
men gathered for a reception following 
their awards program Thursday night. 
(Photo by Sam Harrel) 

Cash awards sponsored 
by the Executive Spon- 
sors of the National FFA 

International Experience 
for National FFA Stars 
sponsored by Chrysler 
Corporation Fund and 
Federal Crop Insurance 

There was anticipation you 
could have cut with a knife. A 
hush came over the auditorium 
and the six national officers 
gathered around the lectern to 
open the ceremonial envelope 
containing the names of the 
winners. For the eight regional 
stars, it was the moment for 
which they'd waited, and one 
which capped off years of hard 

Then the words. .."The Star 
Farmer of America is Clint 
Oliver and the Scar Agribusi- 
nessman is Christopher Bled- 
soe." Wild applause followed, 
and the stars were rushed to the 
winner's platform. 

Each regional star received 
$1000 and the Star Agribusi-- 
nessman and Star Farmer re- 
ceived an additional $1000 each. 
All eight young achievers look 
forward to a week abroad on the 
International Experience Tour 
sponsored as a special project of 
the National FFA Foundation. 

Star Farmers 

J. Richard Speer, 21 

Blairs Mills, Pennsylvania 
Eastern Region 

Richard Speer began to build his 
agricultural enterprise at age eight 
when his father gave him his first 
dairy calf. Today, in partnership with 
his father, he manages two farms to- 
taling 560 acres and milks 56 Holstein 
dairy cows. A former state FFA treas- 
urer, Speer is a member of the South- 
em Huntingdon FFA Chapter. 

Wesley Eldred, 22 
Bellingham, Washington 
Western Region 

Wesley Eldred founded his dairy 
business in 1983 when he moved from 
an island off the Washington state 
coast to the mainland. Today, in part- 
nership with his brother, he manages 
a herd of 123 dairy cows. Eldred, a 
former state proficiency award 
winner in diversified livestock, is a 
member of the Femdale FFA Chapter. 

Clint Oliver, 21 

Reidsville, Georgia 
Southern Region 

Clint Oliver's purchase of a bred 
Duroc gilt during his freshman year 
of high school was the start of his ag- 
ricultural enterprise. Today his opera- 
tion has diversified to include 150 
crossbred sows, 1700 feeder pigs, 25 
feeder calves and 60 goats. This for- 
mer Star Georgia Planter (Star 
Farmer) is a member of the Reidsville 
FFA Chapter. 

Scott Schelkopf, 22 
Strang, Nebraska 
Central Region 

After being sidelined by a spinal 
injury while playing high school foot- 
ball, Scott Schelkopf put increased 
emphasis on his agricultural enter- 
prise. Today, using artificial insemi- 
nation and conservation tillage, he 
manages over 300 breeding hogs and 
raises 600 acres of corn and soybeans. 
The Geneva FFA member is a senior 
majoring in general agriculture at the 
University of Nebraska. 

Star Agribusinessmen 

Christopher Bledsoe, 20 
Eldon, Missouri 
Central Region 

Christopher Bledsoe began hauling 
livestock soon after he turned 16. As 
he saw his volume of business grow- 
ing substantially, he formed a part- 
nership with his brother. Together, 
they travel over 300,000 miles a year 
delivering livestock to and from the 
market. A former state proficiency 
award winner in specialty crops and 
agricultural sales and/or service, 
Bledsoe is a member of the Eldon FFA 

Steve Wilhelm, 21 
Custer, Ohio 
Eastern Region 

Steve Wilhelm started working for 
Carter Lumber Company as a high 
school sophomore. He started as a 
yardman, loading and unloading 
trucks before being promoted to yard 
foreman and finally into sales. Wil- 
helm is looking to purchase his own 
lumber company in four or five years. 
The former chapter vice president is a 
member of the Bowling Green FFA 

Phillip Prater, 21 

McMinnville, Tennessee 
Southern Region 

Phillip Prater was hired by Paul 
Holder Realty and Auction in 1983. 
His first duties included placing and 
retrieving auction signs, preparing 
items for sale and bookkeeping. To- 
day he is a real estate affiliate broker 
and apprentice auctioneer. Prater 
plans to obtain his broker and auc- 
tioneer licenses soon. This former 
Tennessee Star Agribusinessman is a 
member of the Warren County FFA 

John Gosney, III, 20 

Fairview, Oklahoma 
Western Region 

John Gosney purchased a used 
round baler to begin his agricultural 
enterprise- Today, this young en- 
treprenuer has built a custom wheat 
harvesting business that covers five 
states. He dreams of expanding his 
business into California. Gosney, a 
former Oklahoma Star Agribusiness- 
man, is a member of the Fairview FFA 



Computers in Agriculture 

Chad Luthro of Prairie, Iowa, 
was named national winner of 
the Computers in Agriculture 
competition. One of five final- 
ists, Luthro was recognized for 
his mastery of computer technol- 
ogy and for his expertise in 
using computer systems to 
maintain farm and family rec- 

Luthro and the other finalists 
were judged during an expense- 
paid trip to the National FFA 
Seminar on Computers in Agri- 
culture held in Washington, D.C. 
this past summer. Each also re- 
ceived an expense-paid trip to 
Kansas City and a plaque. 

ALABAMA: Brian K. Blankenship. Scottsboro 
ARIZONA: Craig Elliot. Ellrida 
ARKANSAS: Terry L. Horton, Lonoke 
CALIFORNIA: Tammy Pilcher, Chowchilla 
COLORADO: Janelte Wright, Woodlin 
CONNECTICUT: Jennifer Seymour, 

Northwestern Regional 
DELAWARE: Chapter Eric Orlando, McKean 
FLORIDA: Karen W. Strickland, Sarasota 
GEORGIA: Chris Flanders, Swainsboro 
ILLINOIS: John A. Slagel, Prairie Central 
INDIANA: Oarlene P. Lloyd, Southern Wells 
IOWA: Chad Luthro, Prairie 
KANSAS: Thomas 0. Phillips, Misson Valley 
KENTUCKY: Dow Rasdall, Warren Easl 
MAINE: Kirk Cote, Limestone 

r Chad Luthro, Prairie, Iowa, displays his award. (Photo by 

MASSACHUSETTS: Phillip Martin, Wachusetl 
MICHIGAN: Allan W. Tobey, Corunna 
MINNESOTA: Darin Anderson, Marshall 
MISSISSIPPI: Chris Shackelford, Pine Grove 
MISSOURI: John W. Trimmer, Mound City 
MONTANA: Mike McKamey, Cascade 
NEBRASKA: Matthew Kruse, Seward 
NEVADA: Bill Alexander, Ruby Mountain 

NEW JERSEY: Robert Perentin, Newton 
NEW MEXICO: Jamie Samples, Animas 
NEW YORK: Brian Smith, Stockbndge Valley 
NORTH CAROUNA: Huey H. Fann, Midway 
NORTH DAKOTA: Mark Knudson, Divide 

OHIO: Ryan R. Kissell, Southwest Licking 
OKLAHOMA: Danny J. Grellner, Kingfisher 

Sponsored by Agri- 
Data Network, Ag 
Ed Network and 

National Winner: 

Chad Luthro, Prairie, 

1st Runner-Up: 
Tammy Pilcher, Chow- 
chilla, California 

2nd Runner-Up: Kirk 
Snaza, Roslyn, South Da- 

3rdRunner-Up: Ryan 
R. Kissell, Southwest 
Licking, Ohio 

4th Runner-Up: Dow 
Rasdall, Warren East, 

OREGON: Craig Sauers, Yamhill-Carlton 
PENNSYLVANIA: Darian Parkinson, W.B. Saul 
SOUTH CAROLINA: Shane Bulman, Dorman 
SOUTH DAKOTA: Kirk Snaza, Roslyn 
TEXAS: Robert A. Schultz, Mansfield 
UTAH: Russell Mills, Box Elder 
VERMONT: Peter Sylvester, Enosburg 
VIRGINIA: Richard L. Mills, Patrick Henry 
WASHINGTON: Dianne M. Weber, Colton 
WEST VIRGINIA: Saundra J. Harris, Ripley 
WISCONSIN: Dan A. Spors, Melrose-Mindoro 
WYOMING: Frilzi Kenast, Glendo 

National Safety Awards 

Sponsored by Dow 
Chemical Company 
and Farm & Industrial 
Equipment Institute 

An ever-present concern of 
the agricultural community, 
safety has long been stressed to 
FFA members. Once again, 
chapters were recognized for 
their exceptional efforts to 
improve the safety and health of 
their communities. Bronze, 
silver and gold awards were 
presented during the Thursday 
morning session. 


ARKANSAS: Hartford 


ILLINOIS: Bluffs: Jerseyville; Sycamore: 

Warsaw: Winchester 
INDIANA: Carroll; Fort Wayne 
IOWA: Bullalo Center Bison; Cascade; Creslon 
KENTUCKY: Spencer County 
MICHIGAN: Laingsburg 

MISSOURI: Carthage; Stockton; Union 
NORTH DAKOTA: Willislon 
OHIO: Bowling Green; Greenville; West 

SOUTH DAKOTA: Bowdle; Roslyn 
TENNESSEE: Bartletl 
TEXAS: Ysleta 
WISCONSIN: Beaver Dam; Denmark; Granton; 

Green Bay West; Marshfield; Mauston; 

Monroe; New Auburn; Oregon; Pulaski 


ALABAMA: Crossville; J.R. Pittard; Jackson 

ville "Gold"; Russellville 
COLORADO: Holyoke 
FLORIDA: Lake Placid; Sarasota Vo-Ag 
ILLINOIS: Aledo; Cambridge; DeKalb; Franklin 

Center; Spoon River Valley 
INDIANA: Clinton Central; Prairie Heights; 

IOWA: Clarion; Eslherville; Marengo; Vinton; 

Webster City 
KENTUCKY: Lyon County 
MARYLAND: Catoctin; Clear Spring 
MICHIGAN: Charlotte 
MINNESOTA: Worthington 
MISSOURI: Owensviile 

MONTANA: Cascade; Fairfield 
NEBRASKA: Ravenna; Schuyler; Superior 
NEW MEXICO: Goddard; Ralon 
NORTH CAROLINA: Forest Hills; North Iredell; 

North Lenoir; Sun Valley 
NORTH DAKOTA: J.E. Easlgale, Lahmore 
OKLAHOMA: Billings 
OREGON: Forest Grove; Illinois Valley 
PENNSYLVANIA: Elizabethtown; Northern 

SOUTH CAROLINA: Green Sea Floyds; 

Pleasant Hill 
TENNESSEE: Woodbury 
TEXAS: Brownsboro 
VIRGINIA: Broadway; Essex; Stonewall 

Jackson Junior 
WEST VIRGINA: Marion County 
WISCONSIN: Bloomer; De Pere; New Holstein 


ALABAMA: Daleville; Robert Hatch; West 

ARIZONA: Antelope; Peoria 
CALIFORNIA: Ml. Whitney 
CONNECTICUT: Housatonic Valley 
DELAWARE: McKean; Millord; Sussex Central 

GEORGIA: Cook; Newton County 
IDAHO: Nampa; Nolus 

ILLINOIS: Cissna Park; Clinton; Mt. Carroll. 

IOWA: Humboldt; North Polk 
KANSAS: Centralia; Clay Center; Cofleyville; 
Mankato; Norton; Salina; Williamsburg; 
LOUISIANA: Crowley; Oak Grove; South 

MAINE: Limestone 

MINNESOTA: Marshall: Westbrook; Willmar 
MISSISSIPPI: Easl Marion; Weir 
MISSOURI: Memphis; Nevada 
NEBRASKA: Norfolk; Wilcox 
NEVADA: Diamond Mountam-Eureka; Ruby 

NEW JERSEY: Monmouth County Vocational; 

NEW YORK: Chemung-Tioga Fulure Consv.; 

NORTH CAROUNA: East Montgomery; 
Southern Guilford; Southern Wayne 
OHIO: River Valley; Wauseon 

VIRGINIA: Carroll County; Jefferson Foresl; 
Liberty Junior; Northampton; Park View; 
W.R. Legge 
WISCONSIN: Black Hawk; Boscobel; Green 

Bay East; Green Bay Preble 
WYOMING: Oouglas; Meeteetse 




National FFA Band 

Sponsored by Landmark 
Genetics and Manna Pro 

Director: Roger Heath 

Assistant Director: Gene 


Chaperone and Assistant: 

Mary Heath 

Chaperone: Helen House 

Chaperone: Garry Meador 

FFA's talented musicians 
added sparkle and emotion to 
every convention session. Band, 
chorus and talent members 
treated convention-goers to a 
myriad of sounds — -from stirring 
anthems to rock and roll. 

The young entertainers were, 
in turn, treated to an experience 
that will live in their FFA 
resumes and memories for years 
to come. 

A whirlwind week began with 
rehearsals for chorus and band, 
whose members had been cho- 
sen by mail, and with tryouts for 
the talent group. Then came per- 
formances, both in the conven- 
tion auditorium and throughout 
the Kansas City area. 

"Being in the band is great 
experience," said Jennifer Kapi- 
nos, a Denmark, Wis., percus- 
sionist. "Although we began as 
strangers, we learned to depend 
on each other and work together 
to be ready to perform. It im- 
proves your self-confidence 
because you have to be sure of 
yourself in order to work with 
other people." 

Drummers provide the rhythm for the National 
FFA Band's grand entry Thursday night. 
(Photo by Michael Wilson) 

ARKANSAS: Charlie Vaught, Hot Springs, 

French Horn; Daniel Wooten, Mansfield, 


CALIFORNIA: Tom Kimball, Woodland, 

Trumpet; Kenny Smith, McKinleyville, Clarinet 

COLORADO: Lynette Taylor, Olalhe, Flute 

CONNECTICUT: Kellie Moffat, Naugatuck, 


FLORIDA: Kalhy McCarthy, Palm Coast, 


GEORGIA: Jerry L Harris, Mershon, Tuba 

IDAHO: David Hansen, Oakley, Trumpet 

ILLINOIS: Tammy Daniels. Waterloo, Clarinet; 

Susan Johnson. Elmwood, Clarinet; Tim 

Thuline, Galva, Percussion; Dan Toohill, 

LeRoy, Percussion 

INDIANA: Julia Brown, Greenfield, Trumpet; 

Roseann Dawson, Morocco, Clarinet; Craig 

Houin, Plymouth, Bass Clarinet; Paul Jacobs, 

Huntington, Trumpet; Matt Jung, Tiplon, Bass 

Guitar; Andy Kopis. Denver, Tenor Sax; Lon 

Lafuze, Fountain City, Flute; Brian White, 

Morgantown, Trombone 

IOWA: Amy Dhondl, Rockwell, Trumpet; Emily 

Earwood, Lohrville, Flute; Jeff Jochimsen, De 

Witt, Percussion; Marcy Miller, Mount Ayr, 

Clarinet; Dianna Murphy, Knoxville, French 

Horn; Randy Pingel, Latimer, Trombone; Kim 

Shefller, La Porte City, French Horn 

KANSAS: Kurt Benfer, Longford, Tuba; Celia 

Jahnke, Leonardville, Alio Sax; Troy Marden, 

Riley, Alto Sax; Greg Nickel, Newlon, Tuba 

KENTUCKY: Mike Camenisch, Stanford, Bass 


LOUISIANA: Matthew Lejeune, Midland, 


MARYLAND: Rebecca A. Smith, Knoxville, 

Baritone Bass Class 

MICHIGAN: Wade Hanna, North Branch, 
Percussion; Brenda House, Webberville, 
Baritone Treble Clef; Jennifer Rhoades, Britton, 
Trumpet; Nelson Storms, Cenlreville, Trumpet 
MINNESOTA: Dulcie Anderson, Buffalo Lake, 
Alto Sax; Heidi Anderson, Buffalo Lake, Bass 
Clarinet; Marie Arnold, Caledonia, Flute; Daun 
Bondhus, Slorden, Clarinet; Tim Carlson, 
Welch, Trumpet; Spring Holland, Slorden, 
Flute; Jason Shippy, Ivanhoe, Trombone 
MISSISSIPPI: Eric Meador, Laurel, Trumpet 
MISSOURI: Scolt Burditt, Hunnewell, Percus- 
sion; Harold Feith, Mount Vernon, Tenor Sax; 
Bobby Garrett, Sweet Springs, Trumpet; Mary 
Husmann, Buffalo, Flute; Brenda Jones, 
Chillicolhe, Clarinet; Lillie Ann Pitts, Bronaugh, 
Contra Alto Class; Stanton Warren, Dawn, Alto 
Sax; Marisa Wilke, Lamar, Flute; Allen Ziebarth, 
Macon, Tuba 

MONTANA: Dean Jardee, Ekalaka, Trombone; 
Heidi Swanson, Hinsdale, Baritone Treble Clef; 
James Walts, Fairview, Trombone 
NEBRASKA: Andrea Welke, Long Pine, 
French Horn 

NEVADA: Chester George, Winnemucca, Alto 
Sax; Tina Yan, Wells, Clarinet 
NEW HAMPSHIRE: Tina Woodell, Alslead, 
Trumpet; Tammy Woodell, Alslead, Clarinet 
NEW MEXICO: Amanda Brower, Clovis, 
Baritone Bass Class 

NEW YORK: Tracy Brick, Perry, French Horn 
NORTH CAROLINA: Angel Baker, Eliza- 
bethtown, French Horn 
NORTH DAKOTA: Grelchen Anderson, 
Carrington, French Horn; Terry Enockson, 
Washburn, Trumpet 

OHIO: Carrie S. Coomer, Versailles, Twirler; 
Bill Mote, Piqua, Tuba; Scott Snyder, Chillico- 


Relive the memories of the 
National FFA Convention with 
your chapter members back 
home. Watch the rebroadcast of 
the entire com 

the, Tuba; Tracee Swank, Lewisburg, Oboe; 
Amy Wittman, Graytown, Bassoon 
OKLAHOMA: Matthew Garnelt, Cashion, 
Percussion; Marni Hannah, Stillwater, Trumpet; 
Jennifer Snow, Fairview, French Horn; Matthew 
Storm, Kingfisher, Trumpet 
OREGON: Mark Knight, Forest Grove, 
Trombone: Khryslina Newman, Hermiston, 
Clarinet; Jason Rau, Forest Grove, Trombone 
PENNSYLVANIA: Sharon Barrage, Honey 
Brook, Clarinet; Robert Raker, Mercersburg, 
Baritone Bass Class 

SOUTH DAKOTA: Kevin Herrick, Roslyn, 
Trombone; Wallace Waltner, Hurley. Tuba; Kari 
Welter, Harnsburg, Trumpet 
TENNESSEE: Amy Golden, Arthur, Trumpet; 
Angela Lee, Cleveland. Twirler 
TEXAS: Jimmy Foster, Rockdale, Tuba; Kanssa 
Hawkes, Houston, Oboe; Susan Lindley, 
Sulphur Springs, Flute; Gale Rask, Oakwood, 
Baritone Bass Class; Kim Ware, League City, 

UTAH: Jim Wilson, Lehi, Baritone Bass Class 
WASHINGTON: Kendra Felt, Cenlralia, Alto 
Sax; Vicki Lynch, Spokane, Flute; Pam Neifler, 
Othello, Trumpet; Cheryl Van Beek, Othello, 

WISCONSIN: Albert Baker, Ml. Horeb, Trumpet; 
Mary Bednarek, Rice Lake, Clarinet; Elizabeth 
Dostal, Cameron, Clarinet; Jode Edwards, 
Waterloo, Trumpet; Megan Graf, Woodville, 
Bass Clarinet; Jennifer Kapinos, Denmark, 
Percussion; Matthew Szymanski, Pulaski, Tenor 

WYOMING: Stephan Slack, Meeteetse, 
Baritone Bass Class 

National Chapter Awards 

Sponsored by the Gen- 
eral Fund of the National 
FFA Foundation 

For the 58th year, FFA chapters were 
recognized for their excellence in 
activities such as community service, 
leadership, public relations and super- 
vised occupational educational pro- 
grams. The gold, silver and bronze 
emblem awards were presented at the 
Thursday afternoon session and 
capped off a successful year of achieve- 
ment for 310 chapters. 


CALIFORNIA: Kingsburg 

FLORIDA: Orlando ■ Colonial. Sarasota Vo-Ag 


ILLINOIS: Amboy; Bushnell-Prairie City; Chicago Ag 

Science; Qssna Park; Clmlon; Dekalb; LeRoy. Sycamore 

INDIANA: Angola, Clinton Cenlral; Prairie Heights 

Shenandoah; Southmonl; Southwestern-Hanover; Tiplon; 

Western Boone; Woodlan 

IOWA: Algona; Buffalo Cenler Bison; Gulienberg; Harlan; 

Linn-Mar; Manchester; Marengo. Mounl Ayr; North Polk 

MINNESOTA: Cannon Falls; New Ulm 

MISSOURI: Carthage, Owensville; Union 

NEBRASKA: Leigh; Norris 

NEVADA: Ruby Mountain 

OHIO: Alexander; Bowling Green; Buckeye Valley; Eastern 

Brown County; Johnstown; Oak Harbor; River View: 

Trumbull County J.V.S.; Versailles 

OKLAHOMA: Billings; Burlington; Kingfisher: Owasso. The 


TENNESSEE: Bar e" Bradley 

VIRGINIA: Broadway, Essex. For! Defiance; James Wood, 

laurel Park; Montevideo Intermediate. Spotswood. 


WASHINGTON: Elma; Sumner; Yolm 

WEST VIRGINA: Manon County 

WISCONSIN: Bloomer; Denmark; Pulaski; The Darlington 


ALABAMA: Ider; Jacksonville 'Gold' 

ARIZONA: Peoria 

ARKANSAS: Marshall. Netrjeton 

CALIFORNIA: Ml. Whitney 

COLORADO: Delia; Valley 

FLORIDA: Chiofland Senior; Santa Fe; Trenton 

GEORGIA: Cokptt County; Franklin County 

IDAHO: kuna. Meridian 

ILLINOIS: Belvidere: Franklin Cenler, Georgeiown- 

Ridgelarm; Salem; Sparland; Warsaw; Westmer (Joy) 

INDIANA: Carroll 

IOWA: Apiinglon. Creslon, Estherville, North Linn; Vinton 

KANSAS: Clay Cenler. Mankalo 

KENTUCKY: Barren County; Graves County; Lone Oak, 

Lyon County; Oldham County; Scott County; Spencer 


MARYLAND: Clear Spnng 

MICHIGAN: Breckenndge; Corunna; Laingsburg; Marshall; 

MINNESOTA: Greenbush 

MISSOURI: El Dorado Spnngs. Four Rrvers AVTS- 

Washington. Stockton; Troy 

MONTANA: Fairfield: Missoula 

NEBRASKA: Blue Hill, Fullerton, Scnbner-Snyder; SI. 

Edward; Verdigre; Wesl Holt 

NEW JERSEY: Allenlown 

NEW MEXICO: Goddard; Raton 

NEW YORK: Barker; Sidney 

OHIO: Bolkins, Elgin; Otsego; Soulheaslern-Clark; West 

Chester; West Muskjngum 




National FFA Chorus 

National FFA Talent 

Sponsored by Ford 
Division — Ford Motor 

Director: Gary Maricle 
Assistant: Suzette Bazen 
Assistant: Joe Campillo 

ALABAMA: Bill Williams, Jacksonville; Darin 
Williams, Jacksonville; Joel Wilder, Jacksonville; 
Stephen Johnson, Jacksonville; Robert 
McCluskey, Jr., Athens 
ARIZONA: Arthur Coulter, Mineral Springs; 
John Bishop, Chandler 
ARKANSAS: Melissa Daniels, Lake Hamilton 
CALIFORNIA: Christine Ann Eotf, Kern Valley 
IOWA: Kelly Miller, Rodgers; Georgia Stitzfr, 
Knoxville; Brad Van Horn, Rockwell-Sheffield 
ILLINOIS: Damisha Cowan, Chicago Ag 
Science; Christy Goewey. Chicago Ag Science; 
Marnita Stennis, Chicago Ag Science; Holli 
Williams, Chicago Ag Science; Taryn Croft, 
Normal; Bryan Lunt. Iroquois West 
MICHIGAN: Dan Wooden, Litchfield: Ralph 
Kimble, Litchfield; Mark Jacoby, USA 
MINNESOTA: Christine Henning, Auron Lake 
Okabena-Lakefield; Jeni Januszewski, Perham 
MISSOURI: Kristi Chester, Couch; Denise 
Clark, Couch; Melissa Grooms, Couch; Sharia 
Reed, Couch; Karen Sue Cox, Buchanan; 
Rochelle Nelson, Van-Far R-1 ; Renee Olbricht, 


MONTANA: J C Green, Plenty Coups; Matt 

Barker, Plenty Coups; Warren Smilh, Plenty 

Coups; Chan Whitman, Plenty Coups; Marty 

Mitzkus, Plenty Coups 

NEVADA: Rhonda McCauley, Moapa Valley 

NEW MEXICO: Curtis K. Hawthorne, Tonatchi 


NEW YORK: Becky Nolen, Belleville Henderson 

NORTH CAROLINA: Perry Rape, Sun Valley 

NORTH DAKOTA: David Mautz, Garrison 

OKLAHOMA: Amy Palmer, Glencoe; Heather 

Stone, Jet-Nash 

OHIO: Candi Fyfte, Preble Shawnee; Holly 

Long, Bowling Green, Jorene Straszheim, 

National Trail 

TEXAS: Jason Blackman, Blum; Steve Ganl, 

Blum; Leslie Kyle, Blum; David McPherson, 

Blum; Darren Rape, Blum; Marc Robinson, 

Blum; Keith Boolh, Johnson City; Andy 

Liesmann, Johnson City; Garrett Craig, Johnson 

City; Van Smith, Johnson City; Justin Sulle- 

meier, Johnson City; Barbara McCully, 

Henrietta; Allison Moore, Duncanville; Krisla 

Remmers, Karnes Cily 

UTAH: Phillips Family Band— Kecia, Jim, Donni, 

Stephen, George and Judy Ann Phillips; Mt. 


VIRGINIA: Wayne Hubble, Bland; James 

Britton, Bland 

WASHINGTON: Rob Enbody, Toledo; Jennifer 

McVeigh, Finley 

Director: Stan Kingma 
Assistant Director; Owen Robbins 
Chaperone and Assistant: 
Marilyn Kingma 
Chaperone and Assistant: 
Joe Kingma 

ALABAMA: Marlon Owes, Thomasville; Lisa 

Peavy, Uriah 

CALIFORNIA: Tacy Johnston, Fallbrook 

FLORIDA: Venus Campos, Lulz; JoAnna 

Former, Live Oak 

GEORGIA: Tony Thompson, Twin City 

IOWA: Stacie Burgin, Webster City; Kory 

Kaalberg, West Liberty; Merlin Meyer, Rock 

Rapids; Henry Meyers, West Liberty; Jeff 

Mohwinkle, Aplington; Andrew Streeler, 

Rockwell City; Leslie Wells, Milton 

ILLINOIS: Teresa Benson, Cortland; Matt 

Harmston, Stockton; Andrew Maves, Peotone; 

Michele Panozzo, Chebanse; Maria Poelinitz, 

Chicago; Jonathan Rolhert, Basco; Cameron 

Shields, Cissna Park; Julie Vanway, Mt. Vernon 

INDIANA: Lesli Sell, Brook 

KANSAS: Shawn Bergstrom, Courtland; Julie 

Chaney, Edna 

KENTUCKY: Sara Frazer, Marion 

LOUISIANA: Bryan Bonner, Oak Grove 

MICHIGAN: Aguslive Hermes, III, Pickford; 

Diane Stevens, Hillman; Melissa Wagner, 


MINNESOTA: Steve Angus, Farmington; 

Melissa Beilke, Morgan; Jeannetle Hahn, 

Dawson; Bryce Henning, Brewster; Dawn Klug, 

Albany; Donna Koehl, Hancock; Paul Neumann, 

Ada; Gregory Sperr, Herman; Barry Weslman, 

Rush City; Becky Westrom, Elbow Lake 

MISSOURI: Jeffery Bond, Olean; Brian Davis, 

Marionville; Cathy Elliott, Green Ridge; Jeflry 

Gardner, Clarksdale; Angela Hampton, 

California; Steven Hoover, Platlsburg; Arlise 

Johnston, Rulledge; Waller Miller, Arbela; Todd 

Needy, Green Ridge; Jesse Rohrbach, 

Jamestown; Scott Smith, Maysville; Jason 

Spainhour, Dawn; Shaun Sweiger, Wealherby; 

Brian Thomas, Eagleville; Tonia Zink, Windsor 

NORTH CAROLINA: Ronald Clodfeller, 

Statesville; Robert Waller, Mooresville 

NORTH DAKOTA: Brill Evenson, Williston 

NEBRASKA: Gina Alber, Blue Hill; Lisa Nygren, 

Mead; Daniel Peterson, Waverly 

NEW YORK: Darlene Bailey, Greenwich; Sara 

Jane Bellinger, Howes Cave 

OHIO: Alan Aichholz, Atlica; Rick Bachman, 

Grand Rapids; Joseph Durkin, Mansfield; 

Bridget Kadel, Covington 

OKLAHOMA: Heather Bennett, Marietta; Kelli 

Bouteller, Yukon; Andrea Gosney, Fairview 

OREGON: Kristi Bainbridge, Oakland; Corwin 

Boswell, Joseph; Emily Donigian, Elgin; Gina 

Erhardt, Scappoose; Kelly Schilperoort, Sandy 

PENNSYLVANIA: Brian Weaver, Berrysburg 

SOUTH CAROLINA: Lavonnia Press, Holly Hill; 

Michael Young, Estill 

SOUTH DAKOTA: Aaron Bauman, Harrisburg; 

Paul Fuller, Clark; Rick Jensen, Volga; Nicki 

Kost, Harrisburg 

TENNESSEE: Jeremy Dill, Old Fort 

TEXAS: Clay Edmonds, Anahuac; Cris 

Stephenson, Liberty 

UTAH: Richard Harris, Richfield 

WASHINGTON: Kaye Beckel, Ellensburg; 

Barbara Bonstein, Lynden; Amy Feigal, 

Wenatchee; Shawn Hanowell, Everson; Kendra 

Kinnick, Kennewick; Chris Nobbs, Zillah; Rachel 

Osborn, Garfield 

WISCONSIN: Randi Brooks, Omro; David 

Kuecker, Lake Geneva; Randy Mortimer, 

Wonewoc; Donna Smerchek, Columbus; Brian 

Thomson, Lena 

WEST VIRGINA: Georgeann Lightner, Alderson 

National Chapter Awards 

OKLAHOMA: The Amber- Pocassei. Weatherford 


SOUTH DAKOTA: Elkton; Marion; Roslyn 

TENNESSEE: Cherokee; Polk; Powell Valley; Riverside, 


TEXAS: Bayiown Robert E. Lee. Clear Creek, Katy; Ysleta 

UTAH: Tooele 

VIRGINIA: JeHerson Foresi; Lee-Davis; Patrick Henry 

WASHINGTON: Evergreen; Mounlain View; Winlock 

WISCONSIN: Blanchardville-Pecalonica; Clear Lake; 

Evansville; Marshfield; Monroe; Oregon 

WYOMING: Gillette 

Russellville; Scottsboro 

ARIZONA: Anielope 

ARKANSAS: Hartford, Lavaca; Lincoln; Lonoke; Praine 

Grove; Wes! Fork 

CALIFORNIA: Fallbrook; Fresno Unified School District; 
Kelseyville; Tracy; Turlock 
COLORADO: Byers, Haxlun; Hoehne 
CONNECTICUT: Housalonic Valley; Rockville 
DELAWARE: Milford 

FLORIDA: Dade City Senior; Gaither; Lafayette Senior; 
Lake Butler Junior; Lake Buller Senior; Lake Placid Senior; 
Okeechobee Brahman; Ponce de Leon Senior; Sebring 

GEORGIA: Cherokee, Gilmer County, Newton County 

ILLINOIS: Somonauk-Leland; Union; Winchester 

KANSAS: Cherryvale; Concordia; Jackson Heights; 

Labetfe County; Pike Valley; Plainville; Unionlown; 

Westmoreland; Williamsburg 

KENTUCKY: Apollo; Breckmndge County; Daviess County; 


LOUISIANA: Crowley: Hathaway; Midland; Oak Grove 

MAINE: limestone 

MARYLAND: Caloctin 

MICHIGAN: Byron; Centreville; Charlotte 

MINNESOTA: Plainview; Willmar; Wonhington 

MISSISSIPPI: Caledonia; Weir 

MISSOURI: Albany. Bowling Green R-l; Chill icothe; Eldon; 

Hallway; Lakeland; McDonald County, Memphis; Monroe 

City R-l 

NEBRASKA: Logan View; Ravenna 

NEVADA: Carson Valley 

NEW JERSEY: Warren Hills 

NORTH CAROLINA: Banletl Yancey; Fairmont; Mounlain 

Heritage; North Iredell; Orange; South Johnston; West 


NORTH DAKOTA: Bottineau; Finley -Sharon; Lahmore J.E. 

Easlgate; Lisbon; Rugby; Williston 

OHIO: Northwestern-Clark; Peebles; Tn-Rivers Career 

OKLAHOMA: Allen; Cashion. Copan; Cushing; Dustjn; 
Hooker; Idabel; Laveme; Marlow; Pawnee; Perry; Prague; 
Springer; Stigler; Stratford; Stroud; Tecumseh; Thomas; 


OREGON: Elgin. Foresi Grove: Yamhill-Carlton 



SOUTH CAROLINA: Clover: Dorman; Lons; Pleasant Hill 


TENNESSEE: Doyle; Lexington, McMinn County; Meigs 

County, Northeast; Warren County 

TEXAS: Booker. Brownsboro, Bryan. Cal Farley's Boys 

Ranch; Calallen; Conroe: Dumas. Garland , Gilmer, 

Gladewaler; Godley; Hereford; Iowa Park; Jacksboro; 

Livingston. Lorena; Mansfield. McGregor; Midland; Missior 

Northwest; Orange Grove; Pleasanton; Prainland; 

Raymondville; Ross S. Sterling, South Garland; Sulphur 

Springs; West Sabine 

UTAH: Bear River 

VERMONT: Enosburg 

VIRGINIA: Greene; Liberty Jr ; Park View; Stonewall 

Jackson Jr, 

WEST VIRGINA: Ravenswood 

WISCONSIN: Green Bay East; Janesvilfe-Parker; Madison 

Easl; Manon; Mauston, New Auburn. Viroqua; Wesl De 


WYOMING: Meeteelse; Southeast Goshen 




Agriscience Teacher of the Year 

Sponsored by the General Fund of the National FFA 
Foundation, Inc. 

Regional winners of the Agriscience Teacher of the Year competi- 
tion vied for the coveted top spot during interviews on Thursday. 
Leeman Charles Parker of Selma, Calif, was chosen for his innova- 
tive approach. He transformed an average high school agriculture 
department into one of the state's model programs. He is now 
working to implement a state-wide agriscience program. 

Parker was the recipient of $2,000 and a plaque. All four national 
finalists received a clock, $1,000 and a plaque for their school. 

National Winner: 

Leeman Charles Parker, Selma, 


National Finalists: 

CENTRAL-Kansas: Jay Bohnenblust, Clay 
Center; EASTERN-Wginia: Lealand D. Luck, 
South Boston; SOUTHERN-Florida: Ronald E. 
Matthews Jr., Pierson; WESTERN-Calilornia: 
Leeman C. Parker, Selma 

Regional Winners: 

CENTRAL-lndiana; Ronald W. Hetty, Auburn; 
CENTRAL-North Dakota: Dennis R. Peterson, 
Devils Lake; EASTERN-Ohio: Nevin L. Taylor, 
Maryville; EASTERN-Delaware: Robert 

Lawson, Harbeson; SOUTHERN-Tennessee: 
Johnny Head, Clarksville; SOUTHERN- 
Alabama: Lamar Dewberry, Lineville; 
WESTERN-New Mexico: Ray E. Chelewski, 
Raton; WESTERN-Texas: Steven W. Forsythe, 
El Paso 

State Winners: 

COLORADO: Ben J. Rainboll Jr., Gilcrest; 
GEORGIA: Everett R. Tittsworth, Dunwoody; 
IOWA: Dennis L. Berry, Lake View; KEN- 
TUCKY: David L. Ducan, Franklin; MINNE- 
SOTA: Dennis A. Voyles, St. Cloud; MISSIS- 
SIPPI: Edward D. Lenard, Vaiden; MISSOURI: 
Edward Stephens, Carthage; OKLAHOMA: Bob 
E. Roberson, Drumright; SOUTH DAKOTA: 
John D. Risl, Bowdle; UTAH: Ray Gless, 
Salina; WISCONSIN: Steven G. Redenius, 

Winning the Agriscience Teacher of the Year award delighted Leeman Charles Parker, 
Selma, Calif. (Photo by Andy Markwart) 

Agriscience Student Recognition 

Sponsored by Monsanto Agricultural Company 

The notion of science in the agriculture classroom is nothing new. 
For the first time, however, FFA recognized the scientific efforts of 
students during a convention session. Developed on the heels of the 
Agriscience Teacher of the Year award, the two programs work 
hand in hand to encourage the application of science to agriculture. 

The national winner, Gary Todd, Conestoga, Neb., and other 
finalists were chosen from a field of seven regional winners during 
interviews held on Thursday. Todd's project explored the use of 
electrostatic spraying to increase the accuracy and effectiveness of 
chemical application. Electostatic spraying is a process in which an 
electrical charge is given to a spray mixture while the opposite 
charge is given to the plants to be sprayed. His experiements dem- 
onstrated that 26 percent less herbicide was needed to cover a given 
amount of acreage. 

As first place winner, Todd received a $5,000 scholarship. The 
runner up, Timothy Lam, Mt. Crawford, Va., received a $3,000 
scholarship. The eight regional finalists each earned $500 for their 
efforts and all 50 state winners received a $1,000 scholarship. 

National Winner: Gary Todd, Conestoga, Nebraska 
Runner Up: Timothy Lam, Mt. Crawford, Virginia 

Gary Todd, center, reacts to being named the FFA's first recipient of the Agriscience Student 
award. (Photo by Andy Markwart) 

Regional Winners: 

CENTRAL-South Dakota: Michael Jaspers, 
Eden; CENTRAL-Nebraska: Gary R. Todd, 
Union; EASTERN-Virginia: Timothy L. Lam, Mt. 
Crawford EASTERN-Ohio: Stephen M. 
Cameron, Lyons; EASTERN-Maryland: Lori L. 
Powell, Monrovia; SOUTHERN-Georgia: Lisa 
Smith, Comer; WESTERN-Washinglon: Lisa C. 
Gorman, Chattaroy; WESTERN-ldaho: Teresa 
C. Brown, Blackloot 

State Winners: 

ARKANSAS-Leslie J. Hays, Winslow; COLO- 
RADO-Lori A. Moeller, Flagler; INDIANA- Micah 
Hefty, Aubum; lOWA-Mike Jones, Lamont; 
KANSAS-Mart Hobelman, Republic; MAINE- 
Mary A. Rossignol, Washburn; MINNESOTA- 
Jennifer H. Sluiter, Hanska; NEVADA-Claire 
Hamer, Elko; NORTH CAROUNA-Rebecca M. 
Lew, Cary; NORTH DAKOTA-Mark Knudson, 
Crosby; OREGON-Andrew L. Dibbem, 
Hillsboro; WEST VIRGINA-John P. Patterson, 
Gay; WISCONSIN-Jill Coenen, Rudolph 



National FFA Foundation 

If FFA members are the 
organization's heartbeat, the National 
FFA Foundation is its backbone. The 
foundation provides solid support for a 
vast array of programs. From the in- 
centives that motivate performance to 
the recognition that rewards accom- 
plishment, the National FFA Founda- 
tion promotes and finances oppor- 

Nowhere was the foundation's work 
more visible than at the National FFA 
Convention. The culmination of its ef- 
forts were everywhere. Accomplished 
public speakers competed before a 
packed house. Talented young musi- 
cians took their bows amidst thunder- 
ous applause. Skilled judges tested 
their prowess in evaluating livestock 
while aspiring agricultural economists 
tested their knowledge of farm busi- 
ness management. And, at Thursday 
nighf s sponsor recognition, the 
foundation celebrated another success- 
ful year. 

Outgoing chairman Joe Downey an- 
nounced that another record-breaking 
sum had been raised — $3.3 million to 
be used in support of the FFA, the Na- 
tional FFA Alumni Association, the Na- 
tional Vocational Agriculture Teachers 
Association, the National Postsecon- 
dary Agricultural Student Organiza- 
tion, and the National Young Farmer 
Educational Association and Institute. 

Downey lauded the foundation's 
professional staff based in Madison, 
Wis., for the organization's phenome- 
nal growth. "Bernie Staller deserves 
recognition for the exceptional job he 
does as executive director," says 
Downey. "His level of dedication goes 
way beyond just doing the job." 

35 YEAR 

The Fertilizer Institute, Monsanto 
Fund, Pfizer Incorporated/Agricul- 
tural Division, Rohm & Haas Com- 
pany and Western Auto Supply 

25 YEAR 

Farm & Industrial Equipment Insti- 
tute, Kellogg Company and Welch 
Foods Incorporated 

15 YEAR 

BASF Corporation, Champion 
International Corporation, Dairy- 
men, Incorporated, Friday Foun- 
dation, Incorporated, Geo. A, 
Hormel & Company, Owen J. 
Newlin, Boyd C. Bartlett, Eugene 
R. Dahl, Forest D. Loudenslager, 
George W. Carts, Robert W. 
Engle, Rollie M. Hendrickson, Roy 
Uelner, William P. Harsh, William 
T. Kemper, The Sosland Founda- 
tion, Valley Farms Dairy, Incorpo- 
rated, W. D. Hoard & Sons 
Company and Young & Rubicam 

Nicholas Babson, 1989 chairman elect of the Foundation Sponsors 's Board, addresses the Thursday evening session. Photo by Sam Harrel 

Sponsors' Board 
Executive Council 

Joseph Downey 
Vice President 
Dow Chemical Company 

Chairman-Elect 1989 
Nicholas C. Babson 
President & Chairman of the Board 
Babson Bros. Co./SURGE 

Chairman-Elect 1990 

Thomas J. Hennesy 


TSC Industries, Inc. 

Past Chairman 

Robert C. Lanphier III 
DICKEY-john Corporation 

Sponsors' Board 

James Cornick 


John Coy 

Vice President, APCO Associales 

Thomas Dllle 

President & CEO, Rhone-Poulenc Ag Company 

William A. Hlller 

President 8 CEO, Agway, Inc. 

Thomas M. Lane 

Vice President, Merrill Lynch 

Dennis Pharris 

President, Pharris Farms, Inc. 

Larry Reese 

Pasl President, National FFA Alumni 


Dale Wolf 

Director, Delaware Development Office 

Sponsors' Board 

Noel E Callahan 

President, Callahan Enterprises, Inc. 

Wld P. Crawford 

President, Agricultural Division, Pfizer Inc. 

Darryl D. Fry 

President, Cyanamid Agricultural Divison- 

American Cyanamid Company 

E. Donald Griffin 

Vice President U.S. Operations, MSD AGVET 

Division, Merck & Co., Inc. 

Larry D. Hayes 

President, Agricultural Products, Butler 

Manufacturing Company 

Merle J. Karsi 

Senior Vice President/Director Sales & 

Marketing, Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. 

John D. Kelly 

President & CEO, Na-Churs Plant Food 


Raymond Marttlla 

Vice President, CTB, Inc. 

Gary W. McKilllps 

Vice President, Public Affairs, Contel Service 


Rick Metzger 

President, National FFA Alumni Association 

Dale A. Miller 

President and CEO, Sandoz Crop Protection 


Bernard L Nielsen 

President, The Gehl Company 

Robert J. Rauscher 

Vice President Marketing, Amoco Oil Company 

Robert W. Reynolds 

Vice President, North America, 

Monsanto Agricultural Company 

Richard H. Severson 

President, Kent Feeds, Inc. 

Bruce G.Wheeler 

President, Country General Stores 

Jerome B. York 

Vice President, Truck Operations, Chrysler 

Motors Corporation 

R. Larry Young 

President, Manna Pro Corporation 

Sponsors' Board 

Don Berg 

Vice President, Milk Procurement Division, Land 
O'Lakes, Inc. 
Neal 0. Christenson 
Vice President, Deere S Company 
John Haid 

Senior Vice President, Pilgrim's Pride Corpora- 

Roger Hems 

General Manager, Famam Liveslock Products 
Jerry Kane 

Vice President, First National Bank of Chicago 
James W. Kent 

Vice President, L. William Teweles & Co. 
Dr. Al Kern 

Vice President ol Commercial Development, 
Mycogen Corporation 
Charlie Scholes 
Vice President Marketing, Vicon 
Emmett J. Scherrman 
Vice President, LeaseAmerica Corporation 
Charles E. Seaton 
President, Kaiser Estech 
James Slplorskl 

President Elect, National FFA Alumni 
Lynnville Smith 

Vice President Purchasing & Distribution, 
Carnation Company 
George C. Thornton 

General Manager, Marketing, ICI Americas Inc. 
William Tribble 
President and CEO, 
Agrimerica, Inc. 
Gerald Welch 

Corporate Vice President & General Manager, 
The Upjohn Company 



Honorary American Farmers 

Adult supporters of FFA were 
recognized on Friday morning 
with the conferring of Honorary 
American Farmer Degrees. Criti- 
cal to the success of FFA, the ef- 
forts of teachers, teacher educa- 
tors, business and government 
leaders, parents and others were 
applauded as each was pre- 
sented with with the Honorary 
American Farmer certificate and 

'It is a personal reward for all 
of the time and the effort that a 
person puts into his job," said 
Jack Staats, Alva, Okla. 

ALABAMA: Jerome Campbell, Montgomery; J. 
L. Holmes, Montgomery 
ARIZONA: Ronald Wood, Avondale 
ARKANSAS: Clifton R. Braker, Fayetteville 
CALIFORNIA: Orville E. Thompson, Davis; 
Norman S. Waters, Sacramento 
COLORADO: Matthew J. Davis (Posthu- 
mously), Fort Lupton; Ramsey Groves, Fort 
Collins; Charles Johnson, Akron; Jay A. 
McCracken, Denver; Kenneth Ochsner, Fort 
Collins; Roberta Ochsner, Fort Collins; Alfred 
W. Renzelman, Haxtun; Windol Wyatt, Fort 

Washington; Darry Carmine, Washington; 
Bonnie Guiton, Washington; Diane D. Lewis, 
Washington; Wilmer D. Mizell, Washington; 
Mark Nestlen, Washington; Jerry Stromer, 

FLORIDA: John Denmark, Tallahassee 
GEORGIA: Thomas T. Irvin, Atlanta; Bobby W. 
Joslin, Cartersville; Curtis Kingsley, Atlanta; 
Ernest W. Morgan, Thomasville; Robert L. 
Nash. Macon; Cleon Oliver, Reidsville; Lanell 
Oliver, Reidsville 

IDAHO: Richard M. Garrard, Burtey; Gary A. 
Lee, Moscow; Louis E. Riesenberg, Moscow 
ILLINOIS: J. Gordon Bidner, Bloommgton; 
Murrel Holds, Bushnell; Kathy Hollis, Bushnell 
INDIANA: Joseph L. Downey, Indianapolis; 
James E. Hixson Jr., Greenwood; Jerry L. 
Peters, West Lafayette; Gary 0. Swaim, 

IOWA: Terry E. Branstad, Des Moines 
KANSAS: Lyle Hanschu, Lost Springs; Bill J. 
Ohlemeier, Topeka; John Parmley, Manhattan; 

John B. Riley, Manhattan; John W. Slocombe, 

LOUISIANA: Gwendolyn LeDoux, Denham 
Springs; Paul LeDoux, Denham Springs; Jeffrey 
W. Moss, Baton Rouge; John Sandel, Florien 
MARYLAND: Jesse I. Burall, Monrovia; Ivar D. 
Holmberg, Princess Anne; Gary L. Smith, 
College Park 

MASSACHUSETTS: Lee Salonen Jr., West 

MICHIGAN: Douglas Spike, Bloomfield Hills 
MINNESOTA: C. Eugene Allen, St. Paul; R. 
James Ertl, St. Paul; Gene V. Francis, Blooming 
Prairie; Ronald J. Hayes, Auslin; David A. 
McCarthy, Waseca; Sulo J. Ojakangas, Hibbing; 
Edgar Olson, Fosston; Bruce L. Pankonin, 
Minnetonka; Marvir L. Thomsen, Pipestone 
MISSISSIPPI: John W. Jones Jr., Jackson 
MISSOURI: Edgar I. Ailor Jr., Jefferson City; 
Don Bledsoe, Eldon; Roselyne Bledsoe, Eldon; 
Connie Guslafson, Kansas City; Larry Lackamp, 
Blue Springs; Dale L. Lightloot, North Kansas 
City; M. James Robertson, Orson Woods; 
Norman F. Rohrbach, Jelferson Cily 
NEBRASKA: Roy D. Dillon, Lincoln; Steve 
Equall, Lincoln; Jack Evans, Hayes Center; 
Linda Evans, Curtis; Richard L. Karl, Lincoln; 
Stanley Schelkopf, Strang; Donna Schelkopf, 

NEVADA: Joe G. Harper, Reno 
NEW JERSEY: Arthur R. Brown Jr., Trenlon 
NEW YORK: Tom Lane, New York 
NORTH CAROLINA: Alton R. Davis, Elizabe- 
thtown; Tom Dille, Research Triangle Park; Dix 
Harper, Raleigh; Barbara J. Malpiedi, Raleigh; 
Wayne McCall, Balsam Grove; Shirley McCall, 
Balsam Grove; Elijah J. Tyson, Charlotte 
NORTH DAKOTA: Donald Priebe, Fargo 
OHIO: Rick L. Melzger, Waterville; Larry E. 
Miller, Columbus; Kenneth W. Reisch, Colum- 
bus; Dean W. Simeral, Columbus; Betty 
Wilhelm, Custar; Marvin Wilhelm, Custar 
OKLAHOMA: John W. Gosney Jr., Fairview; 
Kristin Gosney, Fairview; David Hames, 
Norman; Sharon Hames, Norman 
OREGON: Michael J. Burke, Corvallis; Dewey 
Rand Jr., Salem 

PENNSYLVANIA: Dennis C. Scanlon, Univer- 
sity Park; Roger W. Smith (Posthumously), 
Waynesburg; James H. Speer Jr., Blairs Mills: 
Henrietta D. Speer, Blairs Mills 
RHODE ISLAND: Tom Hawkins, Johnston 
SOUTH CAROLINA: Hugh P. McClimon, 
SOUTH DAKOTA: Robert E. Glanzer, Huron; 

Shirley W. Seas (Posthumously), Brookings 
TENNESSEE: Gerry Newkirk, Nashville; Huston 
Prater, McMinnville; Geraldean Prater, 
McMinnville; Paul M. Stames, Chattanooga; 
Thomas C. Womack, Nashville 
TEXAS: Eugene Jekel, New Brauntels; William 
C. Sarpalius, Austin; James W. Stewart, 

VIRGINIA: J. Dale Oliver, Blacksburg; Dennis 
C. Shafer, Alexandria 

WASHINGTON: Si Eldred, Bellingham; Judy 
Eldred, Bellingham 

WEST VIRGINA: Ronald W. Grimes, Char- 
leston; Layle D. Lawrence. Morgantown 
WISCONSIN: Robert W. Helmeid, Blan- 
chardville; James Renier, Denmark; Charles 
SaLoutos, Platteville 
WYOMING: 0. R. Wille, Baggs 
WEST GERMANY: Reinhold Meislerjahn, Bonn 


ALABAMA: Randy M. Blacklidge, Elkmonl; Bob 

Moorehead, Skipperville; James A. Turner, 

Attalla; Jerry G. Williamson, Opelika 

ARIZONA: Robert K. Holland, Springerville 

ARKANSAS: Lanny E. Rice, Prairie Grove 

CALIFORNIA: Mark A. Anglin, Atwater; Jim 

Aschwanden, Gait; Patrick J. McCartney, 

Lincoln; Leeman C. Parker, Kingsburg; Frank 

Tebeau, Visalia; Bud West, Reedley 

IDAHO: Dan A. Sample, Kuna 

ILLINOIS: Bernard G. Goetze, Winchester; 

Donald G. Miller, New Holland; William A. Ritter, 


INDIANA: Fred E. Schuman, Berne; Lewis 

Whistler, Oxford 

IOWA: Thomas P. Cory, Alleman; Andrew E. 

Rowe, Marengo; Keith Wells, Fairfield 

KENTUCKY: Bobby Gaflney, Versailles; Eck 

Snowden Jr., Stanton 

MARYLAND: Boyd J. Michael III, Clear Spnng 

MASSACHUSETTS: Denise Megiel, Dighlon 

MICHIGAN: Curt Duvall, Mt. Pleasant; Daniel 

Latendresse, Remus 

MINNESOTA: Tim Radermacher, Montevideo; 

Dan VonBank, Clara City; Myron Warner, 


MISSOURI: Gene Courdin, Cassville; James L. 

Kyle, Marionville; Barbara Rothenberger, 

Columbia; Gerald Whistance, Half Way 

MONTANA: Sieve Wilcox, Kalispell 

NEBRASKA: Fritz Steinhofl, Atkinson; Michael 

Tyrrell, Waverly 

NEW JERSEY: Michael J. Hlubik, Columbus 

FFA Snapshots 

"I see the convention as a big 
bath of feelings. By seeing how 

they sing the 

national hymn and pray in the 
meetings. West Germans do not 
use such things because they are 
really afraid of Germany's past." 

Reinhold Meisterjahn 

Honorary American Farmer 

Bonn, West Germany 

General Secretary of the Farmer's Union 

of West Germany 

NEW MEXICO: Les Purcella, Roswell 

NORTH CAROLINA: Don C. Elliott, Lawndale; 

Fred H. Fox Jr., Cary; Robert S. Grady, 


NORTH DAKOTA: Myron Johs, Lisbon 

OHIO: Robert Bender, Marion; John A. Dilling, 

Lisbon; Kenneth R. Fliehman, Lees Creek; 

Robert Hermiller, Warren; Jack Jacquemin, 

West Chester 

OKLAHOMA: Larry R. Harvey, Beggs; Ronald 

K. Long, Lawton; Jack Slaals, Alva; Shirley 

Stephens, Chickasha 

OREGON: John B. Dimick, Central Point, 

William Peal, Pendleton 

PENNSYLVANIA: Joseph J. Very, Williamsburg 

SOUTH CAROLINA: Jerry Pace, Gresham 

TEXAS: Burke Bullock. Winnsboro; Steven W. 

Forsythe, El Paso; Charles Hutto, Eastland; 

Marcus Phillips, Ennis; Delbert W. Reed, Bryan; 

John Weathers, Lubbock 

VIRGINIA: Ernest W. Palin Jr., Lancaster; Dale 

H. Sanders, Tappahannock 

WASHINGTON: Bob L. Brown, Ealonville; 

Richard L. Cooper, Vancouver 

WEST VIRGINA: Roger L. Shaver, Parkersburg 

WISCONSIN: Robert A. Dielsche, Lena; Robert 

D. Holt, Arkansaw; Wayne L. Tomfohrde, 


Distinguished Service 

The strength of the FFA is due 
in part to the continual support 
of its sponsors. During the 
national convention, FFA mem- 
bers recognize those organiza- 
tions and companies which have 
sustained a strong commitment 
to the future of agriculture 
through the National FFA Foun- 
dation. Three such sponsors 
were presented the Distin- 
guished Service Citation at the 
Thursday afternoon session. 

NAVISTAR International 



Formerly International Harvester, 
Navistar is a major producer of trucks 
and is a 44-year sponsor. Navistar has 
sponsored two safety programs, 
"Brand 'Em for Safety" and "Brand 
'Em II." Both efforts inluded instruc- 
tional materials, audio-visuals and 
safety decals for equipment printed in 
three languages. 

CHRYSLER Corporation 
— Dodge Trucks 

Best described as a sponsor that 
wears many hats, Chrysler Corpora- 
tion — Dodge Trucks provides funding 
for the International Experience for 
National Stars progTam, the Cereal 
Grains Proficiency Award and the FFA 
Collectors' Belt Buckle Project. A spon- 
sor for 36 years, the company also has 
two well-known individuals who give 
of their time in support of the FFA: 
Chairman Lee Iacocca, who spoke at 
the 1987 convention and Jerry York, 
vice president, Truck Operations, 
Chrysler Motors Corporaton, who 
serves on the National FFA Foundation 
Sponsors' Board. 

DEKALB Genetics 

The DEKALB Agricultural Accom- 
plishment Award has been provided to 
115,000 senior high school students for 
41 years, and DEKALB Genetics Cor- 
poration is a 26-year sponsor of the 
foundation. Presently the company 
provides Work Experience Abroad 
scholarships and sponsors the Place- 
ment in Agricultural Production Profi- 
ciency Award. DEKALB Genetics 
Corporation also supports through the 
foundation the National Vocational 
Agriculture Teachers Association and 
National Young Farmer Educational 




National FFA 
Alumni Association 

As FFA members gathered in Kansas City, so did members of the National 
FFA Alumni Association for their 17th annual convention. 

Gary W. Bye, Pomeroy, Wash., the late Robert Schumacher, Denmark, Wis. and 
Duane A. Van Sickle, Buckeye Valley, Ohio were honored as the FFA Alumni 
Outstanding Achievement award recipients. 

In the Outstanding Alumni Affiliate competition, the Denmark, Wis., and 
Bushnell-Prairie City, 111., chapters earned first and second, respectively, from 
more than 1,200 local affiliates nationwide. 

Alumni delegates elected Jim Sipiorski, Green Bay, Wis., as the 1988-89 Na- 
tional FFA Alumni President. Other new officers are: Josiah Phelps, Fort Valley, 
Ga., vice president; Mark Williams, Oviedo, Fla., southern representative; and 
Roxann Sommers, London, Ohio, eastern representative. Past President Rick 
Metzger, Waterville, Ohio, and Western Representative Raymond Cockrum, 
Guthrie, Okla., will also remain on the National FFA Alumni Council for the next 


Thirty affiliates were honored as Outstanding FFA Alumni Affiliates: 


Bushnell-Prairie City, I 
Hopkins, Mich. 
Bonduel, Wis. 
Denmark, Wis. 
Mauslon, Wis. 


Gilmer County, Ga. 
Clay Center, Kan. 

Homer, Mich. 

Milan, Mo. 
South Rowan, N.C. 
Buckeye Valley, Ohio 
New Lexington, Ohio 
Yelm/Rainier, Wash. 
Black Hawk, Wis. 
Pulaski, Wis. 


Frostproof. Fla. 
Hill City, Kan. 
Washington, Kan. 

Westmoreland, Kan. 
Apollo, Ky. 
Walkersville, Md. 
New Ulm, Minn. 
Fairview, Mont. 
Central City, Neb. 
Norfolk, Neb. 
Scottsbluff, Neb. 
West Holt, Neb. 
Finley-Sharon, N.D. 
Halls, Tenn. 
Frederick County, Va. 

Rhonda Scheulen, 1983-84 national Ft A 
(Photo by Andy Markwart) 

president, presented a workshop Thursday aftei 

Rick Metzger, left, outgoing preside, 
by Orlin Wagner) 


As the final "Sold!" echoed through 
the air at the 3rd annual FFA Alumni 
Auction, nearly $26,200 had been 
raised for the organization's future 

A 1989 Silverado pickup donated by 
Chevrolet Motor Division brought the 
highest dollar value. Eugene and 
Nancy Adler of Bowling Green, Ohio, 
purchased theblue-and-gold pickup 
complete with FFA emblems. 

Louis Newbanks, Yuma, Colo., paid 
$2,450 for a Honda four-wheeler all 
terrain vehicle (ATV), donated by 
American Honda Motor Company. 
Yamaha Motor Company also spon- 
sored a four-wheel ATV, purchased for 
$2,425 by Mildred Moore, Pope, Miss. 

Members of the Michigan FFA 

Alumni coordinated and collected the 
360 plus donated items. Steve Meredith 
and Morris Fannon served as auction- 


Sponsored by Land 
O' Lakes, Inc. 

Some of the most popular events of 
the week for FFA members were the 
Alumni workshops presented by 
former national officers Rhonda 
Scheulen, Kevin Eblen, Steve Meredith, 
Kevin Coffman and Kevin Yost. Work- 
shops chairman Odell Miller of Ohio 
organized an exciting slate of speakers. 
Each led a one-hour session. 

VIP Citations 

A highlight of the Friday morning 
session was the presentation of VIP 
Citations to persons who have pro- 
vided exemplary service to the FFA. 
Four have held high state posts in vo- 
cational and agricultural education, 
two have served as teacher educators 
and one has been National FFA Foun- 
dation chairman. Together, these men 
have served the FFA for a total of over 
200 years. 

Irving C. Cross 
Professor Emeritus 
Colorado State University 

Irving Cross climbed the ladder of 
agricultural education, beginning as a 
high school agriculture instructor in 
1948. He became an assistant professor 
at Colorado State in 1957, and became 
head of the agriculture education sec- 
tion in 1968. Retired in 1983, Cross has 
authored many articles about agricul- 
tural production and business. 

Jerry T. Davis 

Former Assistant State FFA Advisor 

California Association 

Under Jerry Davis' leadership, Cali- 
fornia FFA membership grew from 
12,000 to nearly 30,000. His 20-year ten- 

ure in that position was highlighted by 
implementation of a statewide FFA 
leadership program and the writing of 
legislation which resulted in a special 
annual appropriation of $500,000 for 
the improvement of vocational student 

Ralph R. Dreessen 
Executive Director 
Oklahoma FFA Foundation 

Ralph Dreessen has been part of 
FFA for 47 years — from serving as state 
supervisor of vocational education to 
four years on the National FFA Board 
of Directors and National FFA Founda- 
tion Board of Trustees. He served as 
president of the National Association 
of Supervisors of Agricultural Educa- 
tion and was on the policy committee 
for agriculture education of the Ameri- 
can Vocational Association. 

Sidney E. Koon 

Executive Director 

Colorado Vocational Association 

From teaching high school agricul- 
ture to serving as state supervisor of 
agricultural education, Sidney Koon 
has been involved with FFA for 32 
years. He served as state executive sec- 

retary and was named Outstanding 
Teacher of Vocational Agriculture Tor 
18 years. Koon is an Honorary Ameri- 
can Farmer. 

O. Claude McGhee 
Professor Emeritus 
West Virginia University 

Holder of a doctorate in agricultural 
education, O. Claude McGhee spent 
over 43 years serving high school agri- 
culture and FFA. He taught high school 
for 19 years, and served as a university 
agricultural teacher educator for almost 
25 years. McGhee has been awarded 
numerous honorary FFA degrees. 

Owen S.Newlin 

Senior Vice President 

Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc. 

Owen Newlin has long been a force 
in the National FFA Foundation. He 
served as chairman in 1981 , was a 
member of the Sponsors' Board from 
1979 to 1982 and served on the Board 
of Trustees in 1980 and 1981. He has 
been instrumental in Pioneer's 33 years 
of support— for FFA, NVATA and 
NYFEA. Newlin has also headed the 
U.S. Feed Grains Council and was 
named Agri-Marketer of the Year by 

the National Agri Marketing Associa- 

Glenn See 

Former State Supervisor 

of Agriculture Education 


Many contributions to FFA and agri- 
cultural education are credited to 
Glenn See, who retired as state supervi- 
sor in August. Past positions include 
district livestock specialist, district su- 
pervisor, executive secretary of the 
Mississippi FFA Foundation and mem- 
bership on the National FFA Alumni 
Board of Directors. 

Jim Warren 

Former Employee, U.S. Department of 



Jim Warren has been a familiar face 
at many National FFA Conventions. As 
an employee of the U.S. Department of 
Education in Washington, D.C., he 
served on the National FFA Board of 
Directors. Warren advised the National 
FFA Nominating Committee for 18 
years, and also served as state advisor 
to the North Carolina association of 
New Farmers of America. 




"In our attic, I found an old FFA manual from the 1930s. 

On one page they had what they called 'Future Farmer Yells.' 

My favorite chant was one that went like this.. .Hayseed, 

pumpkin, turnip, squash, Future Farmers we are by gosh.' This 

chant symbolizes the changes in agriculture and in FFA over the 

years. Once these chants were appropriate because FFA was a 

farm boy dub. Today, we need to respond to the needs of our 

time and use FFA and agricultural education to prepare young 

people as they serve the broad industry of agriculture." 

Ron Wilson 

National FFA Vice President 1975-76 and a member of the 

National Academy of Sciences study committee on 

Agricultural Education in Secondary Schools 






Retiring Addresses 

National FFA Officers 

A Moment 
in Paradise 

Dear Diary, (September 27, 1988, Honolulu, Hawaii) Here 
I sit on an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean with 

volcanos, rainforest, 
flowers, and beach 

place many consider to 
be its own little world. 
I know that I've 
experienced a paradise 
far better than any of 
this. A paradise to 
which Helen Keller 
referred when she 
said," The best and 
most beautiful things 
in the world cannot be 
seen or touched, only 
felt in the heart" 

This year I have 
witnessed paradise 
in many of you. You 
displayed a simple 
but extraordinary 
quality of helping 
others out of the 
pure goodness of 
your hearts. 

Kelli Evans 

National FFA President 

Lincoln, Nebraska 

expecting nothing but respect in return. 

I started searching for those special moments early in 
the year. I was returning home in December, anxious to sec 
my hometown friends and my family. 

I walked into the house and immediately saw the 
beautifully decorated evergreen tree. Under it was every 
young person's dream. ..pretty paper, big bows, presents, 
presents, and more presents. As you might imagine, I 
searched the piles for the labels with my name. I held, 
shook, and sized each one up, even thought about pulling 
the tape off enough to open the corner of wrapping as I 
fantasized about the possibilities inside the boxes. 

Later I glanced into my nine-year-old sister's room and 
saw a large poster she had made and taped to her door. In 
one comer of the poster she had drawn a picture of our 
family and in another a sketch of our home. In the top left- 
hand corner were five lines where she'd listed her Christ- 
mas wishes. 

My little sister had filled in only two of the lines. 
Number one: I wish my sister would come home and 
spend six and a half weeks with us. Number two: I wish 
my brother were healthy again. I was humbled as I 
compared my sister's unselfish actions with my wanting 
every present under the tree. 

Sometimes we get caught up in a materialistic society, 
only thinking of ourselves and what others can do for us. 
We forget what life is all about: sharing unselfishly, 
exposing our hearts and outwardly giving, expecting 
nothing in return. Another lesson learned from a child's 
innocent mind and heart. 

Dear Diary, (February 9, 2988, Tokyo, Japan) We hear and 
talk so much about how admirable it is for people to put individ- 
ual biases aside, not be judgmental of others and come together 
for the good of a cause. This past week my fellow officers and I 
had many extraordinary experiences with some of the most 
unselfish individuals in the world — the Japanese people. 

I visited my host family and witnessed the Japanese 
priority in pleasing others. I noticed a beautiful Japanese 
doll sitting in the front room and mentioned to my host 
mother how attractive it was. You can imagine how 
surprised I was three days later when they wrapped the 
same doll and gave it to me as a gift from their family. 
Although not uncommon, their people find satisfaction in 
giving to others and putting aside personal wants and 

What a simple concept. I often wonder if our country is 
getting away from such basics. Our generation is hollering 
out for young people who don't judge others by their color, 
wealth or worldly success. Instead, we need yardsticks that 
will measure people by their quality of character: by their 
humility, service, honesty and courage. These simple 
qualities in great al jndance have and can make the 
greatest contributions to our organization and our country. 

FFA members, thank you for exposing these same 
unique, simple qualities in yourselves this year. As your 
s listened to many opinions about the proposed 


constitutional amendments. Although we cannot predict 
the outcome of our recent decisions, I believe this year will 
go down in history as a memorable one for the FFA. As 
when our forefathers shaped this great nation, you too, 
have come together and displayed an unselfish service for 
the betterment of the whole organization, now and into the 
next decade. May you continue to find strength in the 
ability to expose those simple qualities as you enter the 
company of men and women who are shaping the nation 
and its destiny. 

Dear Diary, (July 25, 1988, Washington, D.C.) I called home 
today and talked to my little sister and she told me about a poster 
contest she had entered. Apparently the winner will receive 
hundreds of dollars of scholarship money just by drawing a 
picture of their biggest wish. Again her thought process and 
actions caught me off guard. 

Jodi colored a picture of our 20-year-old brother, Kory, 
on the left side of the poster. Then she colored a solid, dark 
black strip to the immediate right of that which gradually 
faded to a lighter gray and eventually white as you 
continued to the right. On the far right side of the page was 
a beautiful color picture of our farmhouse and yard. At the 
very bottom was a little girl's etched words, "I wish my 
brother could see again." After a long-term battle with dia- 
betes, one which many of us on the outside would consider 
impossible, Kory courageously faced the loss of his eye- 
sight this past year. Although Jodi could have drawn 
everything from a bicycle, to a night rider car, to a new 
horse, she again showed her unconditional love and 
thoughts in her wish for another human being. 

What is the first comment an Olympic gold medalist, 
Academy Award winner, or Nobel Peace Prize recipient 
makes when they are victorious? 'Thank you to those who 
helped me get here." FFA members, we can reach our 
goals. We can believe in ourselves and practice to perfec- 
tion, but unless we have the strength, love, and concern of 
others to see us along the journey, we may never find the 
silver lining of paradise called success! 

In order to taste the sweetness of achievement, we need 
to search for strength not only in our creator, but in other 
people. We need to distinguish those who genuinely want 
to help from those who may be hindering. The message is 
clear. We need to find special individuals with such rare 
character that they will push us to be our best, pick us up 
when we fall, and not pull us off the pedestal when we 
succeed. This year I witnessed such fineactions in many of 
you people. The FFA is surrounded by people of this 
caliber. Advisors, parents, friends, state and national staff, 
officers and members who are eager to offer guidance, but 
only if we have the courage to ask for it. 

And it is now that I try the impossible yet necessary feat: 
a thank you. I'm standing before you as a combination of 
the many places I've traveled and people I've met. 

I thank my God because I know you can accomplish 
most when the one who loves you most is a part of your 
life. I can do all things through His name which strength- 

I thank my family for their many blessings and undying 
support, my brother for showing me that true beauty is 
beyond sight, and my sister for her refreshing views on life. 

I thank my teammates. We knew this was one in a 
million. Somehow we got here together and it certainly 
wasn't by accident. We've shared dreams, private jokes and 
challenges. And although we are all so very different, 
we've had a common and strong fiber which has woven us 
together— the will to be a team and our commitment to 
you, the FFA members. We will soon pass on the gavel. We 
retire knowing wholeheartedly that this organization is in 
the hands of chapter, state, and national leadership from 
people who have dedicated their lives to the betterment of 
FFA members nationwide. 

Next I thank my country. It's a land full of opportunity 
and freedom where only this year of paradise would be 

I thank myself for having just enough confidence and 
faith to dream a Greenhand's dream, overcome the many 
fears, and risk myself. The rewards have far outreached the 

As we all return to our hometowns tonight, many of you 
may be rummaging the gift shops for the perfect souvenir 
or present for some family members or friends. You'll take 
it home wrapped in pretty paper and big bows and give it 
to them saying, "Here, take this and know that I care." Yet 
this year you have shown me time and time again what 
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, "Gifts are only apologies 
for gifts." The only real gift is a piece of yourself. You have 
openly and thoughtfully provided me with a smorgasbord 
selection— moments of paradise which a camera snapshot 
can't catch. There's probably no way you can understand 
my heartfelt thanks — for your hugs, for your letters and 
cards with words of encouragement, for showing me all I 


ever have to be is what God made me, for the times your 
family welcomed me into their home, for singing at camp, 
for the pleasant surprises and phone calls, the reflecting 
pond vespers, the earth lodge, for helping me earn my 
wings, for letting me experience a natural high, for the 
touchstone, and sharing "Ever Since the World Began." 
May you continue to share the greatest gift you have— your 
life — and bless the lives of others as you have mine. 

Dear Diary, (November 12, 1988, Kansas City, Mo.) It's so 
hard to think the culmination of all my hopes, dreams, and hard 
work in this organization has come to an end all in one day. Yet, 
that's exactly how life is, one moment of paradise after another. 
The personal challenge is making these few moments stretch to 

If only I could bottle this feeling where my dream world 
collided with reality for a whole year. It is just my hope 
that I've shared those moments of paradise with those 
around me, who have put their heart in it. I thank you for 
the opportunity to serve. 

A Run for the Roses 

A run for the roses! What a perfect way to summarize 
and describe this fast-paced and exciting year. I 
dreamed of running 
this race for years, 

oach the finish 
, I realize that in 

s the 


that is 
truly rewarding. 
You see, if I had to 
make a choice today, 
I would not trade 
the experiences I've 
had during my six 
years as an FFA 
member for these 

the spotlight. 
Indeed, it is the 
journey through 
these past six years 
and not the destina- 
tion of this brief 
moment that I will 
treasure and remem- 
ber forever. And 


Kevin Ochsner 

National Secretary 

Fort Collins, Colorado 

end of this race, I can only hope that these parting thoughts 
will help you prepare for your own run for the roses. 

It's a run for the roses 

As fast as you can. 

Your fate is delivered, 

Your moment's at hand. 

It's the chance of a lifetime, 

In a lifetime of chance. 

The chance of a lifetime in a lifetime of chance. This year 
has been a chance of a lifetime. It has provided a daily 
opportunity to watch FFA members blossom and bloom 
into talented young leaders from Clovis to Columbus and 
from Nacogdoches to the North Pole. I have been inspired 
as you've planted your dreams, cultivated them with confi- 
dence, and irrigated them with your endless enthusiasm. 
Throughout the year, I have witnessed roses of different 
colors and persuasions come together at banquets, confer- 
ences and conventions to form beautiful bouquets, all in the 
name of brotherhood and cooperation. Indeed, each day 
has presented a new opportunity to run for the roses— the 
roses of friendship, knowledge and service to mankind. 

But, as I stop and think about it, my entire FFA career 
has been filled with chances to run for the roses. I remem- 
ber well the chance 1 had to stand on this stage five years 
ago and deliver my speech in the National Prepared Public 
Speaking Contest. It was a turning point in my FFA career 
and my life. I was awarded second place for my efforts that 
evening, but it's not the plaque nor the check I received that 
strengthened my self-confidence and prepared me for 
future opportunities. It was the experience of delivering a 
speech before an audience of 22,000 people that made such 
a lasting impact on my life. It was the chance to run for the 
roses, and though I didn't stand in the winner's circle, 1 
grew from the experience of running the race. 

Today I challenge each of you to dream a dream and to 
embark on your own run for the roses. After all, isn't that 
what the American Dream is all about — the opportunity to 



Retiring Addresses 

run for the roses — whatever those roses may be? 

[ warn you, many people will tell you there are no roses 
left in American agriculture. They would like you to 
believe that our industry is wilting and dying on the vine. 
However, they have not seen the garden of opportunities 
I've seen throughout this past year. The rapid growth in 
areas like biotechnology, food science, aquaculture and 
agrimarketing is evidence that American agriculture is 
blooming with fresh new careers. And, with a 13 percent 
annual shortage of qualified agricultural workers, our 
industry is crying for caretakers. 

FFA members, the stakes are high. Agriculture and 
America are betting their future on you. So as you prepare 
to run this race, I hope you will saddle yourself with all the 
knowledge, experience, and skills offered through high 
school agriculture and the FFA. I encourage you to seek out 
and accept the advice and training given by your parents 
and advisors, for without the coaching I've received from 
my parents and advisors, I would have never made it out 
of the starting gates. 1 challenge you to search out the 
support and friendship of fellow FFA members. It is 
because of the careful grooming I've received from FFA 
friends like the five I've worked with this year that I have 
been able to improve and prepare myself for each succeed- 
ing race. Finally, in your run for the roses, I hope you find a 
jockey who can guide and direct your life like my eternal 
jockey has directed mine. Only now do I realize the true 
meaning of Proverbs 16:9, "A man's mind plans his way, 
but the Lord directs his steps." 

Before you lunge from those starting gates, however, 
may I suggest once again that in the run for the roses, it's 
the run and not the roses that is truly rewarding. As Denis 
Waitley writes in his book Being the Best, "The secret to 
reaping the greatest benefits from hard work and purpose- 
ful living is smelling the roses while you're on the journey 
instead of waiting until you reach the destination." 

Earlier this year, I heard that same message in a high 
school gymnasium in Melba, Idaho. It was November 23 
when 1 fulfilled my first responsibility as a national officer 
by speaking at the memorial service for three individuals 
who had perished in the crash of Continental Right 1713. 
They were returning home from the 60th National FFA 

While that experience was, undoubtedly, the most 
painful and difficult experience of my year, 1 realize now 
the important lesson it taught me. 

During the service, a poem was shared which had been 

s chapter FFA 
, and only days before 
nber of theag 
onal competition 

written by Sherry Nelson. Sherry 

member just like you and me. She 

sentinel, the student council histo: 

her fatal accident, she had been a 

mechanics team that competed in 

right here in Kansas City. In her short 18 years of life, 

Sherry seemed to have discovered and captured in words a 

philosophy from which we can all benefit. In her poem she 

Take time to enjoy life 

To laugh and cry 

Take each day as it comes 

But don't let life pass you by. 

Take time to wonder 
What the future may bring 
But live for today 
Because today is everything. 

Today is everything. Life is not one long race, it is a 
daily opportunity to run for the roses. We can't wait until 
we're standing in the winner's circle to enjoy life, we must 
enjoy the race as we run it. For you see, if I've learned 
anything this year, it has been that true victory and 
satisfaction in life is not found in a few fleeting moments in 
the winner's circle, it is found in the friends you meet, the 
experiences you encounter, and the memories you make 
along the way. 

I close by challenging you to make every day a run for 
the roses and leave you with the words of a song written by 
Sherry Nelson's soccer coach in memory of the victims of 
flight 1713. 

Why do we wait to say what we feel 
Why do we hesitate to be real 
With those who we love until it's too late 
Please tell me why, why do we wait. 

Live every day as if it's your last 
Hold on to your friendships, don't let them pass 
For our memories are things we do every day 
So go out and make a memory today. 

A friend is a page upon which we write 

And our words can bring darkness, or soft gentle light 

So write words of honesty, laughter and love 

And treasure this gift from above. 

Don't dwell in the future, don't look to the past 
Remember when life comes your way 
That it's only what happens today that will last 
So go out and make a memory today! 

FFA members, thank you for a beautiful bouquet of 

s and may God bless you in your run for the roses. 


Instant Eternity 

rwenty seconds and counting ... 12, 1 1, 10, 9. 
Ignition sequence start, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 0. All e 

running, lift-off, we 

have lift-off, lift-off 

on Apollo 11/ 

Apollo 11, 


was July 20, 1969, 
when American 
astronauts first 
stepped onto the 
moon, proclaiming 
one small step for 
man and one giant 
leap for all man- 

With all the 
glamor of the mooi 
landing, we must 
also remember the 
time, energy and 
national spirit in 
preparation prior b 
the initial liftoff 
toward the moon. 1 
was a focus for our 

charted years 
vance that all 

Bill Mollis 

National FFA Vice President 

Central Region 

Bushnell, Illinois 

cheering for. 

President John F. Kennedy addressed the U.S. Congress, 
the entire nation and the world eight years before the moon 
landing. His message: "Now it is time to take longer 
strides, time for a great new American enterprise, time for 
this nation to take a clearly leading role in space achieve- 
ment, which in many ways may hold the key to our future 
on earth." 

Where are we today? Now it is time to take longer 
strides, time for great new leadership in agriculture, time 
for this organization to take a clearly leading role in the 
future of American agriculture, which in many ways may 
hold the key to the future in our world. 

Kennedy concluded that, in a very real sense, it would 
not be one man going to the moon. He made that judgment 
affirmatively. It would be an entire nation. We make our 
commitment affirmatively that agriculture's growth will 
not be for one member, one chapter or one state, it will be 

We have a mission. Your state delegates acted on the 
single largest packet of constitutional amendments ever. 
Our national staff is planning a summit at which they will 
determine how best to implement the decisions made at 

We all have a responsibility to that mission. Throughout 
our programs, contests and activities, we all have plans for 
action. We, as members, have experience programs and 
leadership opportunities from which to learn and grow. We 
are making choices that direct our future and we share this 
competitive edge over many of our peers. 

As much as I loved our trip to Japan, I felt fortunate to 
be from the U.S.A. You folks really have a choice of what 
you want to do. Japanese students are channeled by others 
even down to the everyday clothes they wear and the 
bookbags they carry. For some Japanese students, the 
pressure to qualify for college is so crushing that they 

My hope is that you don't feel overly pressured by agri- 
cultural education and the FFA, but that through it you will 
see and pursue the choices you really do have. The 
agricultural industry, with today's advancements in 
genetics, engineering, marketing and science, offers more 
diversity than ever before. I have to hand it to the Japanese. 
Their competition and test requirements really do drive the 
strong and talented to success. 

What drives us? For me, it is a desire to succeed and a 
willingness to work. The desire is our mission, our long 
run, our eternity. Our willingness to work, on the other 
hand, is our instant. Working as smart, as strong and as 
best we can today. 

I heard a self-development salesman say, "If you do it, 
you'll feel like it." More formally, that means logic cannot 
change emotion, but action will. 

Have you ever looked at your record books and said, 
"Boy, there are a lot of empty pages?" Telling yourself it's a 
big job doesn't make you enjoy it or appreciate it, but doing 
the first ten pages will. You get started, feel progress and 
move into a pace that is exciting. I still don't like keeping 
records, but 1 like to know how I'm doing and whether I'm 
making money. By doing it, I know how to get those results 
and that makes me happy. 

Everyone likes to know how they are doing, especially 
this year with the drought. I heard a state officer in her 
retiring address this summer say, 'These are the times 
when families grow closer to God." I think we need to keep 
this in mind. 

What arc you working for? 

Evaluate your purpose. Set your sights the highest of all 


and then draw from the best assets of everyone. Even if the 
end result seems to be a personal accomplishment of your 
own, you may be surprised at the number of others who 
would really like to see you succeed. 

There is a rock band at the top of the charts today sym- 
bolizing that team effort. Although there arc some connota- 
tions of rock music I don't like, I do like this team and their 
drive. Four years ago they were leading all other groups in 
the number of months at the top. Their third major album, 
released in 1983, gave them their main boost into stardom. 
They were European and after their U.S. tour, decided to 
return home to enjoy their success. 

Their stay in Europe was extended when a series of mis- 
fortunes came to the group. A serious car accident nearly 
took the life of their drummer. They began to reevaluate 
their performance. All this time the U.S. hadn't seen or 
heard of their music for nearly three years. They started 
concert tours throughout Europe, which they better 
explained as rehearsals, and finally came to a point of 

In August of 1986 they scheduled their largest European 
concert ever and were put to the test by over 50 of their 
recording executives. Their new music was overwhelm- 
ingly accepted; they recorded a new tape and set up a 
three-year tour of the United States. 

Right now, they have the number one rock tape in 
America. Their concerts are attracting sellout crowds and, 
whether you are a rock fan or not, the effort and message 
this band sends is one of teamwork, desire and success, 
because they are also the only number-one band in the 
world with a one-armed drummer. 

The group is Def Leppard. The tape: Hysteria. The 
drummer: Rick Allen. This is not only a message of one 
man's ability to overcome great obstacles, but more 
important, the efforts of the entire team, of five musicians, 
50 executives, numerous doctors and specialists and 
millions of fans who have supported the dream of Def 
Leppard returning to success. 

We all have a team. It's our national organization. It's 
your community, your chapter, your parents, your teachers 
and you. 

There are many people who, from my initial investment 
in the cattle business to my election last November, believe 
in this team. I sincerely thank the five officers I've had 
Cod's richest blessing of serving with. 

The national and state staffs I've had an opportunity to 
work with have been friendly and effective. My Illinois 
State Staff has been extremely supportive 

Our advisors and community at home are the only ones 
to uphold the day-to-day structure of this team. I'm one of 
these who loves his home town. I still believe that God 
made Bushnell as an example for the rest of the world to 

It would be foolish not to thank God for his ultimate 
responsibility in supporting me and this team structure and 
for allowing us all the family and friends to share it with. 

My mother, father, brother Rich and sister Becky have 
been heavily involved in this team. My dad told me as a 
freshman I could do just about anything I wanted. My 
mom supported me in every detail of my life. 

The strongest and largest bond that carries all others to 
the real reason for the FFA is the true friends in members, 
families, in business and industries who share in the power 
of the FFA. 

To you I challenge eternity and encourage you to begin 

May good fortune be with you, 
May your guiding light be strong. 
Build a stairway to heaven with a 

And whatever road you choose, 
I'm right behind you .win or lose. 

The Magic Attic 

In my heart is a magical dreamworld. A place to expect 
the unexpected. A vast array of hopes and dreams, free 
of restriction, only sheer imagination. In my mind is an 
attic, a storehouse of experiences, people, places, events, 
feelings, emotions, attitudes, and opinions — reality. 

Throughout the course of this year something beautiful 
transpired. It seems as if somehow my dreamworld 
collided with reality and left remaining with me, a magic 
attic. In it is a preserved history of the past, a collection of 
the present, and a hope for the future. It serves as a place to 
recollect stored treasures. A place to ponder the progress of 
the industry of agriculture. A place to envision the future of 
this organization. A place to seek my God, Savior, and 
friend. A place to laugh, leam, and grow. And finally FFA 
members, a place to be with you. 

In rummaging through the contents of a real attic you 
would find scrapbooks, photo albums, stored decorations, 
boxed letters, precious keepsakes, and a hope chest. Truly 
the experience of serving you this year has added to the 
contents of my real attic. 

Reminiscing through the pages of a photo album brings 
back fond memories of an international agricultural 
experience in Japan. When we traveled to that foreign soil 
we had no idea that in 12 short days we would love, learn 
and grow. Perhaps the most enlightening event during the 
trip was spending a weekend with a host family. Nestled in 



Retiring Addresses 

Terri Haines 
National FFA Vice President 

Western Region 
Norman, Oklahoma 

justly describe. Thank you, Bill, for 


a small home in snowy Tajima City, I learned that regard- 
less of color, religion, or nationality, the needs of people all 
across the world are 

received warmly, 
treated royally, and 
on departure day 
was in tears as my 
host father chased 
after my train. 
Arriving at the 
hotel, 1 was anxious 
to hear about the 
other national 
officers' weekend 
and to share my 
experience with 
them. Amidst the 
busy exchange of 
conversation I 
noticed that Bill 
Hollis sat quietly 
and listened. 1 have 
come to know Bill as 
a person who values 
family life. He 
humbly explained 
to me that his host- 
family weekend was 
a moving experi- 
ence, one that he 
feared words could n 
sharing your honesty and humility 

Traveling this year, 1 have seen an America diverse in is 
wealth, resources, religion, education, opportunities, and 
people. A nation dedicated to the principles of democracy 
and free enterprise. A country committed to peace 
through a signed treaty with the Soviet Union. States 
united in their cheers as our Olympic athletes competed in 
Calgary, Canada, and Seoul, South Korea. And as space 
shuttle Discovery successfully orbited the earth, individu- 
als shed tears of renewed faith and hope for the future. We 
are a proud America. 

I shall never forget the state presidents' conference in 
our nation's capital. As we stood under the celestial sky 
peering into the reflecting pool at the Washington Monu- 
ment, Kevin Ochsner explained that regardless of where 
you walk, the monument singles you out. As it points to 
you, we are reminded of our obligations and responsibili- 
ties as an American. I remember thinking how appropriate 
it was that Kevin share his patriotic sentiments with us, for 
he is a shining example of citizenship. Kevin, I appreciate 
your deep convictions and your heartfelt gratitude to live 

As high school students living in a free America, you 
made the decision to become a player in the game of life by 
enrolling in vocational agriculture and becoming a member 
of this organization. As victors in an industrious world, we 
must continually secure our number one reign. Compla- 
cency is our opponent. Uniformed in blue and gold, our 
generation of agriculturalists will experience a wide range 
of opportunities in the industry of agriculture. We must be 
prepared to carry the ball, to tell the story of FFA and 
American agriculture. As emphasis shifts from production 
to business, marketing, management and research, we will 
have to run the race and compete in a global marketplace. 
In the agricultural arena there is no room on the sidelines. 
Everyone plays. United as a team we must be proactive, as 
opposed to reactive. Our future depends on forward 
thinking and progressive ideas. By giving of our time, 
talents, and energy, American agriculture will prosper and 
we will win. 

There is one young man who has put his heart into the 
game this year. It has been a pleasure to work with Mickey 
McCall at NLCSOs. And as he informed corporate America 
about current agriculture policy during our business and 
industry tour, I learned not only about the industry, but of 
his future commitment to educate young people in 
agriculture. Mickey, thank you for being a pinch hitter and 
coming to bat for our team and American agriculture. 

In this history-making year of 19 proposed constitu- 
tional amendments, it has been an honor to represent you 
on the National FFA Board of Directors, to work with a 
group of progressive people committed to furthering 
agricultural education well into the 21st century and 
keeping this organization the mainstay of the agricultural 

Our success can be attributed in part to our solid 
national leadership. Kelli Evans has brought a rare mix of 
compassion and strength to our organization. Her uncom- 
promising standards underscore her professionalism and 
performance. But her greatest attribute is the simple gift of 
unconditional friendship. Some of the most memorable 
times this year have been spent with her. Kelli, thank you 
for sharing God's creation with me. 

Perhaps one of the unexpected blessings received this 
year has been my association with adults, state and local 
advisors, executive secretaries, and state staff. I am a 
product of the instruction and friendship of my executive 
secretary Mr. Boggs, the state staff, and the Oklahoma FFA. 
Many thanks to them. 

To voice all the blessings and friendships I have 

encountered this year would be impossible. To put into 
retrospect the feeling of serving on this team, my thoughts 
turn to Dunn LeDoux. In his column in The National 
FUTURE FARMER magazine he encouraged members to 
be happy and "Let the good times roll." This year we have 
been happy in our service to you. Thank you Dunn, for 
being a bright spot in our lives and living in a Walt Disney 
world of optimism. 

Certainly in my final remarks I would like to pay tribute 
to my family. They have served as the source of energy 
from which 1 am charged. While attending the "Big E" fair 
in Massachusetts, I walked around the midway and one of 
the children's rides reminded me of my family. The ride 
was a battery-operated car on a track. My parents have 
been the vehicle of growth allowing me the freedom to 
choose my own speed and direction. When I began to 
venture off the track there were rails to gently guide me 
back on course. They have cushioned those rails with love 
and understanding. Thank you, Mom and Dad. 

FFA members, in culminating the thoughts 1 wish to 
leave with you, 1 find myself holding on to the magic of this 

The final story 1 share with you is one of personal 
philosophy and is the inspiration behind this retiring 

One evening during a leadership conference for state 
officers in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, we went to an 
amusement park. There was something there for everyone: 
games, rides, dancing, and shopping. On the edge of the 
park stood a two-story building. The view from the balcony 
of the building was quite thought provoking. Looking to 
the right I could see all of the park with its masses of 
people and brilliant lights. There were sounds of carnival 
music and the ocean air was filled with the aroma of hot 
dogs and cotton candy. To the left was the Atlantic Ocean, 
deep, dark, and tranquil. I stood pondering the irony of the 
situation: Two separate worlds side by side. Wanting to 
bottle the feeling and rush of emotion, I began searching for 
symbolic meaning and applving it to life. On the left a large 
body of water stretching as far as the human eye could see. 
And then with just a glance, a colorful and busy amuse- 

The symbolism was clear. Every day we stand on the 
threshold of decision. Some choose the thrill of riding on 
life's roller coaster even with its twists and turns. Others 
with no will to win choose to drift along and soon are 
swallowed up in a sea of complacency. Certainly as I 
peered into a seemingly endless ocean it became evident 
that a great many people choose an ultimately unfavorable 
result while only a few decide to live in a "magical dream- 
world." A world where people are equipped with a belief 
in themselves, their God, and their country. People living 
for today and working for tomorrow. A world whose 
motto is, "service above self." Is it a "magical dream- 
world?" It is the rarity of that choice that makes it magic. 
Perhaps that is a simple thought, but truly a profound 
action. We always have a choice and inevitably, FFA 
members, the decision is yours. 

My hope is that you will stand on the balcony of 
foresight. May you clearly see life and choose to live it 
magically. I am thankful that seven years ago I chose to be 
an FFA member. To serve you in this capacity has been a 
rare experience — one that will be stored in the attic of my 
mind. In my heart I will carry the spirit of agriculture and 
the FFA. And in my magic attic, FFA members, I will visit 
you often. 

A Beacon 
in the Night 

Imade my Tnark in life 
And yet felt very -proud 
That the deed, 
and not the face 

Stood out boldly i 
the crowd. 

Throughout my 

question, "How 
could 1 have the 

greatest impact on 
the people I met? 
How could I influ- 
ence them the 

I thought about 
this a lot and now, 
as I prepare to leave 


entire year's 
experiences to help 
answer this ques- 
tion. 1 simply 
thought about all the 
members, advisors, 

Continued on Page 31 

Mickey McCall 
National FFA Vice President 

Eastern Region 
Balsam Grove, North Carolina 

Keep on Keepin' on! 

My greatest year has come and gone 

but life ahead it looks so grand 
And every day has molded me 

With every day I'm learning 

about life's ups and downs. 
But it's hard to look the world in 

the eye if you're lying on the ground. 

You've gotta keep on keepin on when 

things are going rough 
I know it's never easy 'cause sometimes 

life gels tough. 
But if we look around and lake our time 

I believe we all will find 
That if we keep on keepin' on 

we'll always be on top! 

I've been across this nation 

you could say I've seen it alt 
Been in the midwest when the farmers 

had their backs against the wall 
But with every seed I'm sowing 

and with every truth I'm shown 
It's the spirit of every one of you 

that keeps me keepin' on! 

—1988 }ack Jones/Dunn LeDoux 

Just words couldn't begin to express how I feel about 
the year that I have spent — no, not spent — but gained while 
serving you as a 
national officer. Just 
words wouldn't be 
adequate to commu- 

much of an inspira- 

members, have been 
as I've watched you. 
Keep on keepin' on! 

Several weeks 
ago I had just 
returned home from 

leadership work- 
shops in Missouri. 
The job that I had to 
accomplish was to 
compile my feelings 
and thoughts about 
this year into a few 
short minutes. Im- 
possible, I thought. 
My good friend Jack 
Jones said "Dunn, 
why don't we write 
a song about your 
feelings about the 
year and the people 

you've met?" We sat down and talked about the wonderful 
people and what really made this the greatest year of my 

We couldn't narrow it down to just one thing, but a 
combination of things. You have been an inspiration to me 
because of your diligence, persistence, and good attitude as 
you've strained to better yourselves and your chapters 
through the FFA. Also, you've taught me a valuable lesson 
about appreciating life and not taking things for granted. I 
dedicate this song to you. 

The past twelve months have been a journey of joy for 
me as I've been with you as you strived for higher goals. 
Many of you won; many of you didn't. But you weren't 
losers, because the only losers are those who don't even 
try. The fantastic thing is that many of you, after placing 
second, would come up to me and say, "Dunn, I'll win next 
year, just you wait and see." It's that ability to get up, 
brush yourself off, and keep on keepin' on that makes the 

It made a difference for my ancestors, the Louisiana 
Cajuns. They were ousted from France and went to Nova 
Scotia to seek refuge. In Nova Scotia once again they were 
forced to pack up what little they owned and settle in 
Louisiana. In those days Louisiana was not a friendly 
place, filled with challenging terrain that tested the faith, 
determination, and perseverance of all new settlers. Many 
people died as a result of disease and sickness. If they 
didn't succumb to those challenges, there were still snakes 
and other natural dangers such as hurricanes and floods to 
deal with. With a faith in themselves and their God they 
survived, because they kept on keepin' on! 

History books are filled with people who faced chal- 
lenges and never gave up. John Nabor, a 1976 Olympic 
gold medal winner, said, "Most Olympic champions are 
just ordinary people who hang in there long enough to do 
extraordinary things." With the Summer Olympics in 
Seoul, South Korea, we heard hundreds of stories about 

Continued on Page 31 

Dunn LeDoux 
National FFA Vice President 

Southern Region 
Denham Springs, Louisiana 



National Agricultural Career Show 

Thousands of FFA members and guests enthusiastically visited 
the National Agricultural Career Show's educational and promo- 
tional displays. A diversity of exhibitors, from major universities to 
National FFA Foundation sponsors, offered convention goers a 
taste of their purposes and opportunities. 

Over the years, the show has become a highly popular conven- 
tion activity. Starring with the grand opening on Tuesday, the FFA 
members took advantage of the many booths to learn more about 
agricultural opportunities. 

Concession stands and seating were available along with Na- 
tional FFA Talent performers. The Hall of States, where each state 
association could set up a booth, was a drawing card for those inter- 
ested in finding out more about FFA and other parts of the country. 


Expanding into the north half of H. Roe Bar tie Hall for the first time, the National 
Agricultural Career Show featured 192 exhibitors. (Photo by Andy Markwart) 

The "electronic classroom" provided members a chance to sit down at a computer 
keyboard. (Photo by Andrew Markwart) 


Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, 
Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michi- 
gan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New York, 
North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Puerto 
Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota and Wyoming 


Agricultural Communicators 

in Education 
Agricultural Communicators 

of Tomorrow 
Alabama ASM University 
Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity 
American Angus Association 
American Association of Nurserymen 
American Breeders Service 
American Cyanamid Company 
American Farm Bureau Federation 
American Fisheries Society 
American Gelbvieh Association 
American Institute of Cooperation 
American International Charolais 

American Maine-Anjou Association 
American Morgan Horse Institute 
American Polled Hereford Association 
American Quarter Horse Association 
American Salers Association 
American Simmental Association 
American Veterinary Medical 


Babson Bros. CoVSURGE 
Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology 
Bnggs & Stratton Corporation 
Bureau of the Census 
Case IH 

Chevrolet Motor Division 
Christian Farmers Association 
Coca-Cola, USA 
Cornell University 
Data Transmission Network 
Deere & Co. 
Delaware Valley 
Delmar Publishers, Inc. 


Diversified Marketing Associates, Inc. 

Farm & Industrial Equipment Institute 

Farmhouse International Fraternity 

Farmland Industries 

Federal Crop Insurance 

Florida Department of Citrus 

Food & Drug Administration Center for 

Veterinary Medicine 
Ford Motor Company 
Gordon Bernard Co., Inc. 
Hampshire Swine Registry 
ICI Americas Incorporated 
IMC/Pitman Moore 
Instructional Materials Laboratory 
International Brangus Breeders 

Intertec Publishing Corporation 
Iowa State University 
Kaiser Agricultural Chemicals/Estech 

(Divisions of Vigoro Industries, Inc.) 
Kansas State University 
Lakeshore Technical Institute 
Lincoln University 
Louisiana State University 
Michigan State University 
Mid-America Dairymen, Inc. 
Mid-America Voc. Curriculum 

Consortium (MAVCC) 
Mobay Chemical Corp 
Modesto Junior College 
Na-Churs Plant Food Company 
National Agricultural Aviation 

National Farm-City Council 
National Farmers Organization 
National Food and Energy Council 
National Grain and Feed Association 
National Guard Bureau 
National High School Rodeo 


National FFA Organization Booths— 

Agriscience Winner Displays 

(Sponsored by Monsanto) 

FFA Alumni 

Building Our American 




Take Pride in America 

Washington Conference Program 

Work Experience Abroad 
National Pork Producers Council 
National Research Council Board on 

National Rifle Association 
National Vocational Agricultural 

Teachers Association 
National Young Farmer Educational 

Nickerson Plant Breeders 
Northwest Missouri State University 
Ohio State University 
Oklahoma CIMC/MAVCC 
Park College 
Peace Corps 

Pecan Valley Nut Company, Inc. 
Penn State University 
Puerto Rico College 
Pioneer Hi-Bred 
Purdue University 
Remington Arms Company, Inc. 
Rhone-Poulenc Ag Company 
Rodale Institute 
Ruritan National 
Seald-Sweet Growers, Inc. 
Select Sires, Inc. 
Society of American Foresters 
Society for Range Management 
Soil & Water Conservation Society 
South Western Publishing Co. 
Southeast Community College 

Southeast Community College— NE 
Southern Illinois University 
Southwestern Vocational Technical 

Stone Mfg. Supply 
Texas A&M University 
Texas Tech University 
The Society of American Florists 
Tn-State Breeders 
U.S. Air Force 

U.S. Army Recruiting Command 
U.S. Marine Corps 
U.S. Navy Recruiting Command 
University of Alaska Fairbanks 
University of Florida 
University of Georgia 
University of Illinois 
University of Maryland 
University of Minnesota 
University of Missouri— Columbia 
University of Nebraska— Lincoln 

College of Agriculture 
University of Wisconsin 
Upjohn Company 

USDA— Agricultural Marketing Service 
USDA— Farmers Home Administration 
USDA— Forest Service 
USDA— Soil Conservation Service 
USDA— Soil Conservation 

Society-Educational Branch 
USDA— Soil Conservation 

Virginia Tech 
Vocational-Tech Education Consortium 

of States 
WIX Filters 

Wildlife Society— Missouri Branch 
Women's Christian Temperence 

Yamaha Motor Corp., USA 



Proficiency Awards 

Friday night's proficiency 
pageant was packed with ex- 
citement for the 116 members 
who were regional finalists. 

Earlier in the week, these 
regional winners took part in 
interviews at the Allis Plaza 
Hotel during which judges 
chose the winners, and they 
attended a luncheon in their 

During the proficiency 
ceremony, 29 regional finalists 
were named national winners. 
Each received $500, a plaque 
and a cash award to be used 
for travel to the convention. 
All national winners will also 
be the guests of their National 
FFA Foundation sponsors on 
the 1989 European Travel 
Seminar. Regional finalists 
each received $250, a plaque 
and a cash travel award. 

('denotes award winners) 

Agricultural Electrification 

Sponsored by National Food & Energy 

Council, Incorporated; Klein Tools, 

Incorporated and LeaseAmerica 


Central: Chad L Reed, Carthage. Missouri 

Eastern: Stokes D. McKoy II, Salemburg, North 

Southern: "Mark B. Jenkins, Milan, Tennessee 
Western: Randall Gardner, Kaulman, Texas 

Agricultural Mechanics 

Sponsored by Case IH 

Central: 'Roger Nelson, Spencer, Nebraska 
Eastern: Robert Woltf, Woodbury, Connecticut 
Southern: Darren Carpenter, Mooresburg, 

Western: Noel Cowley, Richfield, Utah 

Agricultural Processing 

Sponsored by Carnation Company 

Central: Eric Ripperger, Metamora, Indiana 
Eastern: Scott Radford, Kinston, North Carolina 
Southern: «Kory Hawkins, Sarasota, Flonda 
Western: Chad Gray, Duranl, Oklahoma 

Agricultural Sales 
and/or Service 

Sponsored by Babson Bros. Co.l 
SURGE; General Motors Corporation; 
and ICI Americas, Incorporated/ Ag 

Central: 'Kurt M. Aumann, Nokomis, Illinois 
Eastern: Bradley S. Webb, Fancy Gap, Virginia 
Southern: Brian Echols, Lula, Georgia 
Western: Jose R. Salinas, Santa Maria, 

Beef Production 

Sponsored by Nasco DivisionJNasco 

International, Incorporated 

and American Simmental Association 

Central: Richey Portwood, Versailles, Kentucky 
Eastern: Dennis Menefee, Boyce, Virginia 
Southern: Johnny R. Rogers, Madisonville, 

Western: 'Stephen Knutson, Clyde Park, 


Cereal Grain Production 

Sponsored by Chrysler Motors 
Corporation and Unocal 76 


Central: 'Jeffrey S. Bauman, Berne, Indiana 
Eastern: George L. Scott III, Milton, North 

Southern: Darren G. Bruce, Oak Grove, 

Western: Joel Adams, Torringlon, Wyoming 

Dairy Production 

Sponsored by Alfa-Laval Agri, Inc.; 
American Breeders Service; and Manna 
Pro Corporation 

Central: Daniel Siemers, Cleveland, Wisconsin 
Eastern: Irene G. Benner, Millerstown, 

Southern: Ginger Wilson, Cleveland, 

Western: • Jay Wilson, Yelm, Washington 

Diversified Crop 

Sponsored by Cargill, Incorporated 

Central: Roger Carnahan, Altamonl, Kansas 
Eastern: Morgan B. Oft III. Bealelon, Virginia 
Southern: •Allen Lewis, Gates, Tennessee 
Western: Jeff Stephens, Casa Grande, Arizona 

Diversified Livestock 

Sponsored by Wayne Feed Division! 
Continental Grain Company and 
Starbar Division ofZoecon Corpora- 

Central: 'Robin M. Davis, Clarkson, Kentucky 
Eastern: Randall L. Eisenhauer, Bellevue, Ohio 
Southern: Matt Pearce, Okeechobee, Florida 
Western: Kirk Oswalt, Toppenish, Washington 

Feed Grain Production 

Sponsored by Pioneer Hi-Bred 
International, Incorporated 
Central: • Jeff Krieger, Greensburg, Indiana 
Eastern: Dean Miller, Washington C.H., Ohio 
Southern: Stephen C. Gindl, Cantonment, 

Western: Justin D. Johnson, Alton, Oklahoma 

Fiber Crop Production 

Sponsored by Sandoz Crop Protection 

Central: David Mayberry, Dexter, Missouri 
Eastern: 'Wesley L. Barefoot, Dunn, North 

on stage following Friday evening 's exciting ceremony. 

Southern: Shannon D. Gray, Oak Grove, 

Western: Jason Herring, Tipton, Oklahoma 


Sponsored by The Paul Ecke Poinsettia 
Ranch; The Lerio Corporation; and 
American Floral Endowment 

Central: Michelle L. Schneider, Fort Wayne, 

Eastern: William E. Syme, South Windsor, 

Southern: Rusty Hays, Opelika, Alabama 
Western: 'Gary Kidd, Roy, Washington 

Forage Production 

Sponsored by Gehl Company and 
Northrup King Company 

Central: James Blakeley, Calhoun, Kentucky 
Eastern: Robert R. Crabb Jr., Milton, North 

Southern: David Johnson, Harrogate, 

Western: -Mario Flores, Chowchilla, California 

Forest Management 

Sponsored by Stone Container Corpo- 

Central: Mark Glasscock, Taylorsville, Kentucky 
Eastern: Christopher A. Tignor, Milford, Virginia 
Southern: »AI Griffin, Lineville, Alabama 
Western: David Persell, Elma, Washington 

Fruit and/or Vegetable 

Sponsored by Briggs & Stratton Corpo- 
ration Foundation, Incorporated 

Central: Kurt D. Meyer, Kendallville, Indiana 
Eastern: 'Jerry Boes, Arcadia, Ohio 
Southern: Adrian I. Land, Branford, Florida 
Western: Kyle Smith, Tipton, Oklahoma 

Home and/or Farmstead 

Sponsored by Upjohn, TUCO, Asgroio, 
and O's Gold/Agricultural Division of 
The Upjohn Company 

Central: Allan P. Tiede, Le Center, Minnesota 
Eastern: Tim Worley, Leicesler, North Carolina 
Southern: »Tim Thomas, Athens, Tennessee 
Western: Tyler J. Boyd, Wheatland, Wyoming 

Horse Proficiency 

Sponsored by American Quarter Horse 

Central: Todd Gnder, Columbia, Kentucky 
Eastern: Robert M. Hunf, Monroe, North 

Southern: Steve Beam, Arab, Alabama 
Weslem: 'Jell Harnson, Hugo, Oklahoma 

Nursery Operations 

Sponsored by MSD AGVET Division of 
Merck & Co., Inc. 

Central: 'Adam Schumacher, Heron Lake, 

Eastern: Lionel C. Theriault, Caribou, Maine 
Southern: Nathan Walker, McMinnville, 

Western: Eric Stinson, Winlock, Washington 

Oil Crop Production 

Sponsored by The Chicago Board of 
Trade and FMC Foundation 

Central: Greg Greenwell, Uniontown, Kentucky 
Eastern: 'KirkKeefer, Athens, Ohio 
Southern: Danny LeJeune, Jennings, Louisiana 
Western: Joey C. McEnlire, Agra, Oklahoma 

Outdoor Recreation 

Sponsored by Yamaha Motor 

Corporation, U.SA. 

Central: 'John W. Sherwood, Dadeville, 

Eastern: William A. Nobili, Woodlawn, Virginia 
Southern: Jason C. Stafford, Waverly, 

Western: Jason Watson, Ft. Bridger, Wyoming 

Placement in Agricultural 

Sponsored by DEKALB Genetics 
Corporation and Serous Rubber 
Company, Inc. 

Central: Chad L. Alverson, Wayland, Michigan 
Eastern: 'Gregory A. Stull, Walkersville, 

Southern: Anthony Curtis, McMinnville, 

Western: Rick Pack, Royal City. Washington 




Poultry Production 

Sponsored by Chore-Time Equipment, 
Incorporated; Red Brand fence/ 
Made by Keystone Steel & Wire 
Company; and Pitman-Moore, Inc. 

Central: -Steve K. Burkel, Greenbush, 

Eastern: Greg Mabe, Seagrove. North Carolina 
Southern: Scotl Griffith, Cleveland. Tennessee 
Western: Kirsten Olsen, Winlock, Washington 

Sheep Production 

Sponsored by American Sheep 
Producers Council, Incorporated; 
Justin Boot Company; and Kent Feeds, 
Inc. and Evergreen Mills, Inc. 

Central: "John T. Clark, Formoso, Kansas 
Eastern: Travis L. Fliehman, Sabina, Ohio 
Southern: Eric Dalton, Benton, Tennessee 
Western: Billy R. Copeland, St. Vrain, New 

Soil and Water 

Sponsored by Ford New Holland, Inc. 
Central: Kathy I. Keehn, Wetmore, Kansas 
Eastern: -Gene Starkey, Paris, Ohio 
Southern: Mark E. Hillis, McMinnville, 

Western: Scott Barringlon, Bradley, Oklahoma 

Specialty Animal 

Sponsored by Purina Mills, 
Incorporated; LeaseAmerica 
Corporation; and 
Country General Stores 

Central: Ronald R. Piechowski, Redgranite. 

Eastern: Justin Forward, Bouckville, New York 
Southern: Chris Flanders, Kite, Georgia 
Western: 'Brett Bonham, Cordell, Oklahoma 

Specialty Crop Production 

Sponsored by RJ Reynolds Tobacco 

Central: Glen Stites. Deputy, Indiana 
Eastern: "Donald F. Lea Jr.. Milton, North 

Southern: David Moyers, Speedwell, 

Western: Timothy S. Wirth, Tangent, Oregon 

Swine Production 

Sponsored by Pfizer Incorporated/ 
Agricultural Division 

Central: Frank Niemeyer, Curryville, Missouri 
Eastern: Matthew M. Lanlz, Fremont, Ohio 
Southern: 'Derek W. Bartholomew, Huron, 

Western: Darren DeLozier, Adair, Oklahoma 

Turf and Landscape 

Sponsored by O. M. Scott & Sons 

Central: Bradley S. Shuler, Smithville, Missouri 
Eastern: -Stephen Kelsoe, Winchester, 

Southern: Roger D. Skaggs, Bartlett, 

Western: Steve Branen, Collinsville. Oklahoma 

Wildlife Management 

Sponsored by The Prudential 

Central: Shane Dailey, Clear Lake, South 

Eastern: -Rodney D. Williams, Biscoe, North 

Southern: Monty C. McWilliams, Halls, 

Western: John H. Wright, Victoria, Texas 

National FFA 

Forestry teams converged on Swope Park to test their identification skills. (Photo by San 

Agricultural Mechanics 

Sponsored by Firestone Trust 

First Place Team: Riceville, Iowa, 
Jacob Christensen, Greg Drilling, 
Kevin Ries 

High Individual: Nelson Book, 
Miles, Texas 

Dairy Cattle Judging 

Sponsored by Associated Milk 
Producers, Incorporated and 
Babson Bros. Co./SURGE 

First Place Team: Sleepy Eye, Minne- 
sota, Jill Marti, Denise Marti, Rach- 
elle Marti 

High Individual: Ryan Starkenburg, 
Lynden, Washington 

Dairy Foods 

Sponsored by Mid-America 
Dairymen, Incorporated and 
Patz Sales Incorporated 

First Place Team: Hanford, Califor- 
nia, Katherine Thomsen, Gerra 
Searcy, Cindy Crose 

High Individual: Cindy Crose, Han- 
ford, California 

Farm Business 

Sponsored by John Deere 

First Place Team: Westphalia, Mis- 
souri, Patrick Luebbering, Leon 
Luebbering, Rachelle Kuster 

High Individual: Darin Anderson, 
Marshall, Minnesota 


Sponsored by the National FFA 
Foundation General Fund 

First Place Team: Yanceyville, North 
Carolina, Bryce Barker, Kelly Butler, 
Wendy Gammon 

High Individual: Wendy Gammon, 
Yanceyville, North Carolina 

A great many FFA mem- 
bers came to Kansas City 
with one thing on their 
minds: competition. These 
students of livestock, 
meats, dairy foods, for- 
estry, horticulture, me- 
chanics and business were 
eager to prove their exper- 
tise under pressure. 

"This contest is a lot 
harder than our state 
contest," said Cole Everett, 
Prairie Grove, Ark., farm 
business management 
contestant. 'Td rather 
compete under all of this 
pressure than to have it 

All contestants were 
honored at banquets spon- 
sored by their National 
FFA Foundation benefac- 
tors. At these meal func- 
tions, winning teams and 
individuals were an- 
nounced. Each first place 
team received a trophy and 
team members were each 
presented with a plaque. 
The second through fifth 
place teams also received 
a plaque and all other 
teams received certificates 
ranking them as gold, 
silver or bronze. Individ- 
ual scores were also recog- 
nized and these competi- 
tors received a medal or 
certificate of honorable 


Sponsored by Homelite Division 
of Textron Inc. and Champion 
International Corporation 

First Place Team: Lineville, Alabama, 
Eddie Duke, Brannon McDonald, 
David Price 

High Individual: Holly Mock, At- 
lanta, Georgia 

Meats judges took to the cooler at Safeway 
Distribution Center in Kansas City, Kan. 
(Photo by Sam Harrel) 

Livestock Judging 

Sponsored by Purina Mills, 

First Place Team: Atascadero, Califor- 
nia, Jeff Evans, Steve Mora, Michele 

High Individual: Michele Randall, 
Atascadero, California 

Meats Judging 

Sponsored by Geo. A. Hormel & 
Company and Oscar Mayer 
Foods Corporation 

First Place Team: Olive, Oklahoma, 
Larry Allison, Danny Randolph, Roy 

High Individual: Cathy Donaldson, 
Lind, Washington 


Sponsored by American Associa- 
tion of Nurserymen, Kubota 
Tractor Corporation and Rhone- 
Poulenc Company 

First Place Team: Vancouver, Wash- 
ington, Phil Nienaber, Jenny Glass, 
Andy Price 

High Individual: Phil Nienaber, Van- 
couver, Washington 


Sponsored by Pilgrim's Pride 
Corporation and Tyson Foods 

First Place Team: Springdale, Arkan- 
sas, Jason Yates, Cammie Harp, Les 

High Individual: Les Shepherd, 
Springdale, Arkansas 



Extemporaneous Speaking 

Sponsored by American 
Farm Bureau Federation 

In what has been described as 
one of the most challenging FFA 
contests, four regional winners 
took to the stage on Thursday 
afternoon to speak extemporane- 
ously or "without rehearsal." 
Participants were allowed only 
30 minutes for preparation of a 
topic drawn at random. Each 
then delivered a six-to-eight 
minute speech and answered 
questions posed by the panel of 

All four contestants received a 
plaque and a cash award. The 
winner received $300, second 
place received $275, third place 
received $250 and fourth place 
was awarded $200. 

National Winner: 

Steven D. Gibson, Bolivar Central, Tenn. 

Second Place: 

Larry Goelz, Cedar Mountain, Minn. 

Third Place: 

Linda Jo Blan, Stillwater, Okla. 

Fourth Place: 

Regina Williams, Linganore, Md. 

"Preparing Agricultural Professionals to Work in a Global Agricultural Industry" 
Steven Gibson, Tennessee 

Today the Americ; 
community is a very < 
cated industry. No lo 

nplex and compil- 

er c 


iply grow his crop, harvest it and 
then trade it to an investing nation. Today 
the American agricultural industry is faced 
with the dilemma of foreign competition by 
developing nations. Tariffs and quotas are 
placed on agricultural commodity products 
by foreign nations which want to protect 
their national farmers and by price support 
systems and subsidy programs which are 
plaguing the American farmer today. 

Where can the American farmer turn? 
What must he be able to do to solve these 
problems which are so evident in his 
industry today? The answer lies in the 
ability of professional agriculturists to assist 
the American agricultural industry in 
becoming competitive once again in world 

Honorable judges, fellow Future 
Farmers and distinguished guests: how is 
America going to go about preparing 
agricultural professionals to work in a 
global agricultural industry? What qualities 
do these professionals need to possess in 
order to be effective in the marketplace 
when looking at the global aspects of the 
agricultural industry? 

These agriculturists need to possess 
three basic attributes if they are going to be 
effective in helping the American agricul- 
tural industry. The first attribute that these 
professionals need to possess is that of 
working diplomatically with foreign 
nations. In the past two years the American 
farmer has seen an increase in agricultural 
exportations to foreign nations because of 

In November of 1987 the USSR imported 
an additional 1.7 million metric tons of 
wheat and an additional 1.3 million metric 
tons of soybean meal from the United 
States. The reason for this was not because 
they had had a drought in their nation or 
that their people were going hungry, but it 
was a sign of friendship between the USSR 
and the United States. 

Just recently Japan has decided to phase 
out its restrictions and quotas on the beef 
industry in America. Because of this three- 
year phase-out, the American beef industry 
can hope to sell an additional S2 billion in 
beef exports in the next decade. The effects 
of diplomacy are astronomical. 

The second attribute that these profes- 
sionals must possess if they are going to 
help the American farmer is that of creating 
world markets in underdeveloped nations. 

It's been estimated that the world 
population will increase by 450 million 
people in the next six years and that 90 
percent of these people will inhabit poor, 
impoverished nations. It has also been 
estimated that 90 percent of the American 
farmers and the American agricultural 
industry's markets will come from these 
same impoverished nations. 

If the American agricultural industry 
hopes to survive the 21 st Century he must 
not only be efficient, but he must be able to 
capitalize on these increasing markets. And 
the way that he must do that is through the 
assistance of trained professional agricul- 

These professionals must be able to go 
into these foreign nations and set up a 
trading system which would be beneficial 
to both the American farmer and the 

foreign nation. A system of bartering is 
such a system that will be efficient and will 
work in helping establish trade between the 
Americans and these foreign nations. 

The third attribute that is very important 
to the success story of the American 
agricultural industry is that of these 
professionals working hand-in-hand 
domestically with the American agricul- 
tural industry in helping them get out from 
underneath the control of subsidy and 
price-support systems and in once again 
producing on a supply-and-demand basis. 

Because the American farmer has gone 
away from producing on supply and 
demand, he has seen, over the years, his 
surplus increase to a point that the real 
price for his products has been diminished 
greatly. He is watching foreign competitors 
steal his product markets away because his 
price is simply too high. 

These trained agriculturists need to 
work with the American farmers in 
developing a new marketing system. They 
need to show the American farmer the 
power of cooperative marketing and 
supply-and-demand economics. 

Many people feel the American agricul- 
tural industry is on the downhill side of the 
mountain and that it won't be long till we'll 
see a restructuring of the American family 
farm and many agricultural industries. But 
if the agriculturists and the agricultural 
industry will assist the American farmer 
and others in his industry, the American 
farmer will not only survive the 21st 
Century, but he will come out of it being 
the most successful farmer in the most 
successful industry in the world. 

Building Our American "Communities 

Sponsored by RJR 
Nabisco, Inc. 

Gold, silver and bronze emblems 
were presented to chapters who put 
forth outstanding efforts in community 
development. Recognition of the Build- 
ing Our American Communities 
(BOAC) award winners was a proud 
moment for chapter representatives as 
they made their way across the conven- 
tion stage. 

Also recognized on stage were the 
BOAC national winners who had been 
awarded their honors at a Capitol Hill 
luncheon held in October in Washing- 
ton, D.C. National winner, the Marion 
County chapter from Farmington, West 
Virginia, was applauded for its efforts 
to stimulate economic activity. Chapter 
members constructed a tourist center 
to promote tourism. 

Second place winner, Westminister, 
Colorado, "xeriscaped" a 16,000- 
square-foot community garden. 
Xeriscaping is the process of landscap- 
ing for energy and water conservation. 

Third place winner Bartlett, Tennes- 
see, took part in a project that involves 
the work of 15 civic organizations: pre- 
serving the historic Raleigh Cemetery. 

Ravenna, Nebraska, fourth place 
winner, chose the theme "Ravenna — 
Maintaining the Quality of Life" as the 
umbrella for their projects. These in- 
cluded involvement in LIFELINE, a 24- 
hour communications system for the 

Elizabeth Morgan of Raton, New 
Mexico, was recognized as the national 
Achievement in Volunteerism winner. 


ALABAMA: Fairhope; Jacksonville "Gold - ; 


CALIFORNIA: Fresno Unilied 

COLORADO: Westminster 

FLORIDA: Colonial; Taylor Senior 

ILLINOIS: Cissna Park; DeKalb; Franklin 

Center; Somonauk-Leland; Warsaw 

INDIANA: Carroll Fort Wayne 

IOWA: Algona; Buffalo Center Bison; Crestland; 

Holland; Klemme; Lake View-Auburn; Marengo; 

North Polk; Prairie; Sibley; Webster City 

KANSAS: Clay Center; Cofleyville; Concordia 

MICHIGAN: St. Louis 

MINNESOTA: Luverne; Marshall 


MISSOURI: Owensville 

NEBRASKA: Ravenna 


OHIO: Bowling Green; River Valley; Wauseon; 

West Muskingum 

OKLAHOMA: Billings; Moore; Morrison 



TENNESSEE: Bartlett; Lexington 

TEXAS: Ysleta 

UTAH: North Sevier 

VIRGINIA: Montevideo Intermediate; Strasburg 

WASHINGTON: Bethel; Elma; Mablon; Yelm 

WEST VIRGINA: Marion County; St. Marys 

WISCONSIN: Denmark; Evansville; Marion; 

Monroe; Pulaski 

WYOMING: Devils Tower 


ALABAMA: Grand Bay; J. R. Piltard Area 

ARIZONA: Kofa; Peoria 
CALIFORNIA: Anderson Valley; Kingsburg 
COLORADO: Dolores 
CONNECTICUT: Ledyard Regional 
FLORIDA: Apopka Memorial Middle 

IDAHO: Kuna 

ILLINOIS: Bluffs; Chicago Ag Science; Clinton; 

Egyptian; Georgetown-Ridge Farm; Sycamore; 

Union; Westmer; Winchester 

INDIANA: Woodlan 

IOWA: Charles City; Harlan; Sheldon Golden 

Corn; West Bend Hawkeye 

KANSAS: Mankato 

KENTUCKY: Lyon County: Oldham Counly; 

Spencer Counly 

MARYLAND: Clear Spring 

MICHIGAN: Breckenridge; Marshall 

MINNESOTA: Morris FFA/Agribusiness 


NEBRASKA: Franklin; Prague; Schuyler 

NEW JERSEY: Cumberland Regional 

NEW MEXICO: Goddard 

NEW YORK: Northern Adirondack 

NORTH CAROLINA: Bartlett Yancey; West 


NORTH DAKOTA: Williston 

OHIO: East Clinton; Indian Valley 



SOUTH DAKOTA: Bereslord; Bowdle; Roslyn 

TEXAS: Millsap 

UTAH: Granite Mountain 

VIRGINIA: Essex; Northampton 

WASHINGTON: Lynden; North Thurslon; Royal 

WISCONSIN: Bloomer; Granton; Green Bay 

East; Green Bay West; Holcombe-Lake 

Holcombe; Marshlield; New Auburn; Verona; 

Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln 


ALABAMA: Ider; Jacksonville •Blue"; Robert C. 


ALASKA: North Pole 

ARKANSAS: Greene County Technical; 

Lonoke; Stuttgart 

CALIFORNIA: Polytechnic; Westminster 

CONNECTICUT: Housatonic Valley 

DELAWARE: McKean; Milford 

FLORIDA: Moore Haven; Silver Sands Junior 

GEORGIA: Newton County 

HAWAII: Waiakea; Waialua 

INDIANA: Clinton Central; North Montgomery; 

Shenandoah; Southwestern-Hanover 

KANSAS: Centralia: Norton; Tonganoxie; 

Wamego; Williamsburg 

LOUISIANA: Crowley; Hathaway: Oak Grove 

MAINE: Caribou; Limestone 

MARYLAND: Frederick County Vo-Tech 

MASSACHUSETTS: Essex; Silver Lake 

MINNESOTA: Glencoe; Lake Crystal-Wellcome 

Memorial; Lanesboro 

MISSOURI: Carrollton Area Vo-Tech; El Dorado 

Springs; Keytesville; Slater; South Shelby; 


MONTANA: Fairfield; Joliet 

NEBRASKA: Loup City 

NEVADA: Ruby Mountain-EIko 

NEW HAMPSHIRE: Coe-Brown Much-To-Do 


NEW YORK: Lisbon 

NORTH CAROLINA: Mount Pleasant; North 

Iredell; Southern Alamance; West Montgomery 

NORTH DAKOTA: Bottineau 

OREGON: North Marion: Weston-McEwen 

PENNSYLVANIA: Brothersvalley; Cedar Crest; 

Grassland; Greenwood; Oley Valley; Twin 



SOUTH CAROLINA: Central; Furman- 


UTAH: Lehi 

VERMONT: Central Vermont; Danville 

VIRGINIA: Bluestone Middle; Culpeper Junior; 

Fort Detiance 

WISCONSIN: Black Hawk; Green Bay Preble; 

Janesville Parker; Turtle Lake; Viola-Kickapoo 

WYOMING: Bear Lodge; Gillette 



Prepared Public Speaking 

"The Pursuit of Destiny," Danny Grellner, Oklahoma 

Danny Grellner grabs the attention of the 
audience with his speech- (Photo by Andy 

Sponsored by FMC 

Four regional winners com- 
peted in the national finals of the 
prepared speaking contest on 
Friday night. Regional competi- 
tions earlier in the week nar- 
rowed the field, and in the finals 
each contestant presented a six- 
to-eight minute speech before 
answering questions from a 
panel of judges. 

Each finalist received a plaque 
and cash award. The national 
winner received $300, second 
place received $275, $250 went 
to the third place winner and 
fourth place received $20D. 

National Winner; 

Danny Grellner, Kingfisher, Okia. 

Second Place: 

Laurie Sheridan, Federal Hocking, Ohio 

Third Place: 

Jon Brekke, St. James, Minn. 

Fourth Place: 

Kelly Denise O'Neill, Chietland, Ha. 

He was a man with a dream. A dream so 
vivid and compelling that it caused him to 
leave home alone at the age of seventeen. In 
1903, as he embarked on his journey across 
the Atlantic into the unknown, he was 
confident of not only his purpose, but also 
his abilities to fulfill that purpose. Yet, as 
his voyage was drawing to a close, he was 
forced to deal with the reality of uncontrol- 
lable fear. Doubts assailed his conscious- 
ness while panic was threatening to choke 
his thoughts and his dream. He questioned 
past decisions and worried about unan- 
swered dilemmas. How would he commu- 
nicate, for he spoke only German? Where 
would he go? How would he get there? 

Then he saw her towering in the harbor. 
She held a book and a torch in her hands. A 
crown was on her head, and a broken chain 
lay at her feet. Her mere presence renewed 
his confidence. His dream continued to live. 

In pursuit of destiny, like thousands of 
other immigrants, he had a dream. A dream 
that was not uncommon, but rather a global 
experience shared by mankind even today. 
This vision for the future consists of not 
simply monetary wealth, but human worth. 
Although several words approximate the 
definition such as freedom, liberty, and 
opportunity, it is a dream that is difficult to 

The young man must have had these 
thoughts and many more. Yet, this was 
more than just a story, and he was more 
than a nameless drifter. His name was 
Henry Mueggenborg, my great-grandfa- 
ther, and I am living testimony of his desire 
to achieve freedom. His dream seemed as 
boundless as the ocean, and his journey 
resembled a Quixotic adventure; yet he 
continued to pursue destiny. 

The outset of this decade marked an 
American farmer who appeared to be 
involved in a foolhardy quest for survival. 
Agriculturalists had been placed in a row 
-■like ivory and black -clad dominoes. With 
one false touch the initial collision began, 
and the lingering sound of the continuous 
staccato of collisions is evident today. The 
chain reaction of the fall of American 
agriculture began on the family farms. It 
quickly spread to the agricultural compa- 
nies, rural communities, and even metro- 
More recently, Americans have silently 
watched the United States grow to become 
the largest debtor nation in history with a 
trade deficit in excess of one hundred 
billion dollars for 1988. Even Wall Street 
has demonstrated tentative tendencies 

toward our economy. No longer is October 
29, 1928 known as the largest one-day drop 
in the market, for October 19, 1987 replaces 
the previous date and now holds the 
dubious distinction of being known as 
Black Monday. Finally, the drought of 1988, 
perceived by many to be the worst in 
history, has also added to the distress of 
farmers that are currently in dire straits. 
While American agriculture has been 
experiencing strife, today, as I stand here 
before you, I can honestly say that despite 
the difficulties and frustrations of the 
current moment in American agriculture, 
the dream still exists: the dream of agricul- 
ture becoming and remaining a viable and 
competitive industry. 

The capitalistic economy is a harsh and 
brutal world and one in which the meek 
rarely survive. However, the surviving 
agriculturalist must either adapt to the 
adversity or face eventual extinction. 
Adjusting to adversities could possibly be 
achieved by exploring a variety of "alterna- 
tives" which offer immediate savings. 
Exciting developments for agriculture are 
caused by the advancements of limitless 
research and technology. The practical 
application of research can increase the 
profit margin for both agricultural produc- 
tion and processing. Even though biotech- 
nical advances combined with alternative 
agriculture allow the farmer to profit in a 
nontraditional manner, it still must be 
recognized that these new breakthroughs 
alone will not save the farm. As former 
North Carolina Governor Robert Scott 
stated, "We must remember that technol- 
ogy is a tool, not a solution." 

The exploration of alternatives and the 
utilization of advanced technology are 
extremely necessary to the long-term 
survival of agriculture. However, salvation 
farmers currently experiencing difficul- 
. could depend. upon the course of future 
agriculture policyvand the recognition of 
current opportunities. As an FFA member, 
am optimistic about tomorrow's recogni- 
ion of current opportunities. As an FFA 
nember, 1 am optimistic about tomorrow's 
griculture, and I believe that now is the 
ime for the future agriculturalist to start 
he acquisition of assets! For example, 
deflated land values and the availability of 
used implements allows for a buyer's 
market. Modest interest rates are simply an 
added attraction. Subtle changes in 
governmental policies combined with 
unexpected benefits for world trade suggest 
the coming of a more competitive industry. 

For agriculture to realize a more prosperous 
future, the distortion of commodity prices 
by governmental subsidies must be 
eliminated. Yes, creating a market-oriented 
agriculture is an admirable goal, but one 
that will require global cooperation for the 
farmer to be competitive. 

Liberalizing trade has been an ambitious 
objective of the United States for 1988. In 
fact, during July, the United States took part 
in multilateral trade negotiations for 
international commitments of subsidy 
reductions. President Reagan has stated 
that the administration desires "to achieve 
the goal of free agricultural markets around 
the world by the year 2000." Ten years of 
phasing out subsidies beginning in 1990 
would be extremely beneficial for American 
agriculture in the long term, even though 
immediate results could be disastrous for 
operators who are currently struggling for 
survival. The newly-elected president and 
his administration could prove to be a wild 
card; still, a smooth transition along with 
policy consistency are the keys. 

Dramatic new possibilities for interna- 
tional trade are looming on the horizon as 
the dollar has reached an all-time low in 
foreign markets. Additionally, the dollar 
has dropped a total of forty-six percent 
since 1985 in comparison to the Japanese 
yen. The weak American aollar increases 
the buying power of foreign currencies and 
should unleash foreign demand. Finally, 
the prospect of increased trade coupled 
with reduced stockpiles of grain causes one 
to believe that the potential for agriculture 
in the future is brillianc. 

An athlete often lifts weights in order to 
increase strength, but the human body is a 
unique machine. For a muscle to gain 
strength, it must first fail. Unfortunately 
failure on a number of agriculturalists is 
eminent, but lasting strength will be 
derived from each failure. 

Much like that young German immi- ' 
grant in 1903, young people today dare to 
dream. My dream consists of an industri- 
ous, healthy, and vibrant agriculture. The 
future holds a myriad of opportunity, but 
only for those who will risk failure. To 
paraphrase the late Robert Kennedy, "Only 
those who are willing to dare great risk will 
reap great rewards. We Americans view 
the future, not as a fate to be passively 
accepted, but as a bold vision to be realized. 
By blending the opportunities of today and 
the visions of tomorrow, we can build a 
healthier future while continuing the 
pursuit of destiny." 

Guest Speakers 
and Friends 

Gretchen Elizabeth Carlson, 
Miss America 1988, sponsored 
by Chevrolet; Denis Waitley; 
Ron Wilson, Committee on 
Agricultural Education in Secon- 
dary Schools, Board on Agricul- 
ture, National Research Council, 
National Academy of Sciences; 
Dr. Bonnie Guiton, Assistant 
Secretary for Vocational and 
Adult Education, USDE; Craig 
Patterson, Group Product Mar- 
keter, Commercial Products Di- 
vision, Amway Corporation; 
Kevin Davis and Tom Schlesin- 
ger, members of 1988 USA 

Men's Olympic Gymnastics 
Team; John Block, former U.S. 
Secretary of Agriculture; The 
Moody Brothers and The Plat- 
ters, entertainers for Take Pride 
in America; Lowell Catlett, 
sponsored by Farmland Indus- 
tries, Inc.; Dr. Earl Butz, spon- 
sored by ConAgra, Inc.; Michael 
Broome, inspirational and moti- 
vational speaker; Jerry Clower, 
sponsored by Mississippi 
Chemical Company; Eddie 
Rabbitt, American Royal enter- 

Dr. Lowell Catlett addressed the future of agriculture and biotechnology. His arrpet 
sponsored by Farmland Industries, lnc (Photo by Andy Markwart) 





Wednesday's business 
session was a showcase in FFA 
cooperation as delegates voted 
overwhelmingly to update 
FFA's image. 

Not since 1969, when dele- 
gates voted to accept female 
members, has FFA debated 
significant constitutional 
change. At the 61st conven- 
tion, 19 amendments were 
presented to the delegates. 
These amendments were the 
result of two years work by 
the National Study Panel on 
the Constitution and Bylaws 
chaired by Raymond D. 
Hagan, former state executive 
secretary from Missouri. 

Key: • denotes passed 

■1. Change the 
organization's name from 
"Future Farmers of America" 
to "National FFA Organiza- 

•2. Change the words "vo- 
cational agriculture" to "agri- 
cultural education" 

•3. Change the words 
"supervised occupational 
experience programs" to 
"supervised agricultural 
experience programs" 

•4. Remove redundant lan- 
guage regarding withdrawl of 
a state's charter 

•5. Expand the definition of 
secondary agricultural educa- 
tion programs to include 
grades 7-12 

•6. Remove the word 
"farmer" from degree names 
and insert "FFA" 

•7. Require that chapter 
FFA degree candidates have at 
least 180 hours of instruction, 
at least $150 earned and 
invested or at least 45 hours in 
excess of scheduled class time, 
and plans for continued 
growth in a supervised agri- 

cultural experience program 

•8. Increase the dollar 
amount for State FFA Degree 
candidates from $500 to $1000 
and reduce the number of 
work hours required from 600 
to 300 

•9.Abolish the State FFA 
Degree quota system and 
allow states to determine how 
many degrees to award 

•10. Allow American FFA 
Degree candidates to qualify 
based on a combination 
dollar/hour criteria as allowed 
for the chapter and state 

•11. Change the number of 
American FFA Degree candi- 
dates a state can submit 
beyond their quota to 10 from 

•12. On the emblem, change 
the words "vocational agricul- 
ture" to "agricultural educa- 

•13. Allow states and chap- 
ters to elect more than six 

14. Provide that each state 
gets two national convention 
delegates plus one additional 
delegate for each 5,000 mem- 
bers or major fraction thereof 
above the first 5,000 

•15. Adopt the grammatical 
and incidental amendments 
recommended by the National 
Study Panel on the 
Constitution and Bylaws 

•16. Indicate that the princi- 
pal office of FFA is in the De- 
partment of Education, but 
that operations take place at 
the National FFA Center in Al- 

•17. Increase the terms 
served by board members 
from two to three years 

•18. Allow the national ad- 
visor to fill a board vacany left 
by a USDE representative 

•19. Adopt the miscellane- 
ous and incidental amend- 
ments to the bylaws 


Official delegates repre- 
sented their states' interests in 
business sessions and enjoyed 
a front-row seat during the 
entire convention. In addition 
to voting on proposed changes 
to the constitution, producing 
committee reports and electing 
new national officers, the 
delegates experienced a high- 
light of their terms as state 
officers by playing key roles in 
the convention. 

ALABAMA: Shane Black. Athens; 
Kim Sanders. Prattville; Mindy 
Stringer. Castleberry 
ALASKA: Ann Powalski, Two Rivers: 
Came Wilson, North Pole 
ARIZONA: Neil Scheider, Peoria; 
Amy Scott, Chinle 
ARKANSAS: Nina R. Laughlin, 
Conway: Renea Roberts, Wickes 
CALIFORNIA: Wendi L. Adams, 
Clovis; Kathy M. Almond, Rio Oso; 
Joshua F. Cook, Gridley: Roland J. 
Fumasi, Gall 

COLORADO: Clark Miller, LaSalle; 
Brenl Newbanks, Yuma 
CONNECTICUT: Christopher Coulu, 
Lebanon: Jeanine Harris, Somers 
DELAWARE: Shelly Apha. 
Franklord; Keith Shane, Smyrna 
FLORIDA: Wesley Davis. Vera 
Beach; Mike Swindle, Clewiston 
GEORGIA: Stewart Humphrey, 
Lavonia: Ray Mancil, Nicholls 
HAWAII: Jackelyn Pascual, Kohala, 
Jocelyn Manuel, Kohala 
IDAHO: Casey Isom, Fruitland; Angie 
Tlucek, Melba 

ILLINOIS: Corey Torrance, Good 
Hope, Jon Van Dyke, Louisville 

INDIANA: John Colin, Trafalgar; 
Scott Dunn, Trafalgar 
IOWA: Bill A. Belzer, Albia; Timothy 
W. Teel, Woodburn 
KANSAS: Dennis Fry, Fort Scott; 
Jackie McClaskey, Girard 
KENTUCKY: Shannon Morgan, 
Alvaton; Dana A Tucker, Har- 

LOUISIANA: Jody Adams. Winnlield; 
Paul Theriot, Iowa 
MAINE: Brent Grass, Mars Hill; 
Linwood Winslow, Presque Isle 
MARYLAND: Darla Broadwater, 
Grantsville; Stacey Troxell, Thurmont 
Carver; Joseph Cote, Winchendon 
MICHIGAN: Susann Malburg, 
Almont; Tom Nugent, Lowell 
MINNESOTA: Chris Henning, 
Okabena: Dean Von Bank, Clara City 
MISSISSIPPI: Shawn Oliver, Madi- 
son; Susan Walkms, York 
MISSOURI: Christi Hart, Center; 
Glen Waters, Norborne 
MONTANA: Sara Hougen, Melstone: 
Stephen Knutson, Clyde Park 
NEBRASKA: Julie Classen, Ayr; Eric 
Thurber, Roca 

NEVADA: Gary Aldax, Minden; Kevin 
Hetrick, Orovada 

NEW HAMPSHIRE: Marc Roulhier. 
Guildhall; Patrick Surrell, Keene 
NEW JERSEY: Dan Berg, Cream 
Ridge; Michael lannitelli, Belvidere 
NEW MEXICO: Randy Bouldin. 
Portales; David Massey, Edgewood 
NEW YORK: Roni Langlry. Ham- 
mond; Todd Lighthall. Munnsville 
Dunham, Cary; James S. McLamb, 
Angier; N. Scott Vanhoy, Gold Hill 
NORTH DAKOTA: Shane Goettle, 

Donnybrook; Tom Lilja, Lanmore 
OHIO: Travis Fliehman, Sabina; 
Elisabeth Rodgers, Springfield; Laurie 
Sheridan, Athens 
OKLAHOMA: Danny Grellner, 
Kingfisher; Scott Stewart, Tecumseh; 
Janel Wedman, Yukon 
OREGON: Scot! Ruby, Scio; Brian 
Van Bergen, Amity 
Manheim; Jim Ladlee, Smethport 
PUERTO RICO: Griselle Gerema, 
Camuy; Marisol Villabos, Ciales 
RHODE ISLAND: Sherri Foster, 
Bradford; Julie Teftt, West Greenwich 
Capps, Hemingway; George L. 
Ulmer, Cope 

SOUTH DAKOTA: Lee Frieson, 
Menno; Mike Jaspers, Eden 
TENNESSEE: Leah Carden, Johnson 
City: Ruby Williams, Reagan 
TEXAS: Donnell Brown, Throckmor- 
ton; Lesa Ann King, Howe; Russell 
Laird, Lubbock; Ellen Lumpkin, 
College Stalion; Glen Alan Phillips, 
Seagraves; Keith Reep, Blossom 
UTAH: Shad Sorenson, Oakley; Mike 
Thomsen, Spanish Fork 
VERMONT: Robert Gervais, 
Enosburg Falls, Amy Pease, 

VIRGINIA: Cindy Fannon, Charlotte 
Courthouse; Scot Lilly, Mechanicsville 
WASHINGTON: J D. Baser, Mablon, 
Aaron Johnson, Enumclaw 
WEST VIRGINA: Jason Hughes, 
Ravenswood; David Sharp, Marlinlon 
WISCONSIN: Bryan Higgms, Antigo; 
Bobbi Jo Oyen, Lodi; Michelle 
Waege, Tomah 

WYOMING: Stephen Green, Pine 
Bluffs; Tina Guest, Hawk Springs 




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Committee Reports 


We express our gratitude to 
Woody Cox, John Hillison, 
Mildred Moore and Jim Sipi- 
orski for valuable contribu- 
tions to our committee. We 
have been enlightened by the 
knowledge that these individ- 
uals have given us. The devel- 
opment of FFA Alumni affil- 
iates throughout the country 
will aid in the preservation 
and promotion of agricultural 

Wc suggest and support the 
following items. 

1. Include Alumni programs 
and presentations at National 
Leadership Conference for 
State Officers. This will allow 
the National Alumni to reveal 
information and resources 
available to state officers so 
they can become better edu- 
cated about the organization. 
This will also promote a better 
understanding between FFA 
and the FFA Alumni and their 
role in supporting agricultural 

2. Initiate programs at the 
Washington Conference Pro- 
gram (WCP) which will be 
educational. This will also in- 
form the Alumni about the 
FFA and its activities. We en- 
courage the conference staff to 
include programs that will be 
motivational and educational 
for the alumni members 

3. State FFA conventions 
and state FFA Alumni conven- 
tions should be separate func- 
tions. This would allow the 
alumni to give 100 percent 
support at both the state FFA 
convention and the State 
alumni convention. States with 
smaller alumni organizations 
may choose to hold their state 
Alumni convention in con- 
junction with the state FFA 
convention. We feel confident 
that this will increase the 
alumni attendance at both con- 

4. Increase Membership 
through the visibility of the 


FFA alumni. We feel The Na- 
tional FUTURE FARMER mag- 
azine, along with state and lo- 
cal publications should allow 
the promotion of FFA alumni 
through articles and advertise- 
ments. We thank The National 
for allowing the publication of 
alumni information. We en- 
courage them to run an alumni 
article in each issue in conjunc- 
tion with "Chapter Scoop." 
We also encourage state asso- 
ciations and local chapters to 
send correspondence. 

5. When alumni dues arc 
paid, alumni should then have 
opportunity to purchase a Na- 
tional FUTURE FARMER sub- 

6. Place articles in BE- 
TWEEN ISSUES to encourage 
chapter advisors to start 
alumni affiliates. 

The national organization, 
state associations and local 
chapters should send informa- 
tion regarding membership 
and lifetime membership to 
graduating students and adult 
vocational education groups. 
Due to the examples set by na- 
tional and state FFA officers, 
we encourage them to become 
lifetime alumni members. 

The alumni is ready and 
willing to continue their 
support of FFA and agricul- 
tural education. We highly en- 
courage chapter participation 
in all alumni activities. We 
sincerely believe that if imple- 
mented, these items would 
benefit the FFA as well as the 
Alumni Organization. 
Respectfully submitted, 
Leah D. Carden, TN (C) 
Bryan Higgins, WI (CO 
John Colin, IN (S) 
Dale Kunneman, OK 
Jocelyn Manvel, HI 
Bill Belzer, IA 
Jason Hughes, WV 
Woody Cox (Consultant) 
John Hillison (Consultant) 
Mildred Moore (Consultant) 
]ames Sipiorski (Consultant) 

We recommend to the 
National FFA Organization: 

1 . The audit report of Stoy, 
Malone and Company, found 
satisfactory and meeting the 
requirements of Public Law 
740 for the fiscal year Septem- 
ber 1, 1987 to August 31, 1988, 
be accepted. 

2. Place a copy of the 
budget summary in the dele- 
gate convention package sent 
to the official delegates and the 
state FFA staff before arrival in 
Kansas City and provide upon 
request copies of the National 
FFA Organization Budget 
from the National FFA Center. 

3. Continue to distribute a 
condensed financial report in 
each delegate package that is 
received upon registration in 
Kansas City and encourage 
these delegates to share this 
information with their fellow 
state officers. 

4. Continue to provide upon 
request copies of the Stoy, 
Malone and Company report 
from the National FFA Center. 

We feel that these recom- 
mendations will provide a 
sound basis for the financial 
growth of the National FFA 

Special thanks to David 
Miller, national treasurer, and 
Wilson Carries, administrative 
director, National FFA Center, 
for all of your help and advice 
concerning our committee's 

Respectfully submitted, 

Mike Swindle, FL (C) 

Dana Tucker, KY (CO 

Neil Schneider, AZ 

Clark A. Miller, CO 

Keith Shane, DE 

Ann Mane Powalski, AK 

Ellen Lumpkin, TX 

Elisabeth Rodgers, OH 


We make these recommen- 

1. Publicize the new video 
entitled,"A World Journey", in 
order to encourage use by state 
associations as well as by local 

2. Compile a list of ex- 
change students from the 
United States and participants 
from inbound countries who 
arc willing to make presenta- 
tions at various state and local 

3. Update International 
Programs booklet to include: 
Work Experience Abroad; 
World AgriScience Studies; 
and travel seminars and 
developing projects, in a style 
similar to the BOAC and Food 
for America brochures. The 
new booklet should be funded 
by various sponsors and 
provided free of charge 
through the FFA Supply Serv- 
ice catalog. 

4. Encourage Washington 
Conference Program staff 
members to allot time for 
International interns and staff 
members to deliver presenta- 
tions on international pro- 

5. Make posters available 
which would spark an interest 
in various International 
programs to local chapters 

6. Publicize International 
programs through The National 
FUTURE FARMER magazine, 
FFA Alumni Association 
Newsletter, BETWEEN ISSUES, 
andU PD AT 'E in order to 
encourage participation 
among members and to 
develop a list of potential host 

7. Inform state officers and 
state staff members of Interna- 
tional programs at National 
Leadership Conferences for 
State Officers, including the 
new video and the revised 
International program booklet. 

8. Initiate a Building Our 
International Communities 
Program (BOIC). 

Respectfully submitted, 
Shannon Morgan,KY (C) 
Angle Tlucek, ID (CO 
Tony Young , VA (S) 
James R. Ladlee, PA 
Timothy W. Teel, IA 
Russell Laird, TX 
Wendi Adams, CA 
Dennis Fry, KS 
Scott Ryckman (Consultant) 

and Retention 

We bring forth the follow- 
ing recommendations. 

1 . That state and national 
leaders develop and imple- 
ment a "unified" curriculum 
that will serve the needs of 
students, not only in produc- 
tion agriculture, but also non- 
production areas including 
agribusiness, management, 
marketing and technology. 

2. That the national organi- 
zation make an effort to 
coordinate and improve the 
advertising and marketing of 
this organization in the areas 
of membership recruitment, 
development and retention. 

3. That collegiate chapters 
expand and improve their 
programs, and utilize their 
skills to aid in high school 
membership recruitment. 

4. That future agricultural 
classroom instructors have 
increased exposure to our 
organization s programs, pur- 
poses and activities. 

5. That an incentive pro- 
gram for states with increased 
membership be developed. 

6. That a feasible method to 
increase the academic accredi- 
tation received from agricul- 
tural courses be developed. 

7. That the national organi- 
zation develop a specialized 
program catering to the 7th 
and 8th grade membership, 
and activities and awards for 

We thank the national 
officer team for making 
membership recruitment and 
development a priority. We 
are confident that by imple- 
menting the recommendations 
cited in this report, that 
national FFA membership will 
increase, thus helping to 
sharpen "Agricultures Leading 

Respectfullv submitted, 

Scott Stewart, OK (C) 

Nina Laughlin, AR (CO 

Tina Guest, WY (S) 

Joe Cote, MO 

Wesley Davis, FL 

Aaron Johnson, WA 

Susann Malburg, MI 

Marisol Villalobos, PR 

Eddie Smith (Consultant) 

Richard Strangeway 

Jack Pitzer (Consultant) 




Committee Reports 

National Awards 

We have reviewed Achieve- 
ment; Building Our American 

ommunitics (BOAC); Na- 
nonai Chapter; National 
Chapter Safety and Proficiency 
Awards; and the Degree 
Program. We support the 
lollowing recommendations: 

1. Provide information 
about the Achievement Award 
Program to state officers, and 
discuss the program at Na- 

i ional Leadership Conference 
'or State Officers and promote 
it on the state level. 

2. We advocate the impor- 
tance of the BOAC program 

nd commend the RJR Nabisco 
Foundation for their continued 

3. Continue distribution of 
>OAC information, and 
ncourage state officers to 

stress the filing of applications 
by chapters. 

4. We encourage FFA 
members to become involved 
in the Take Pnde in America 

5. Develop additional 
national safety programs, such 
as the "Brand 'Em" campaign. 

6. Explore more sponsor- 
ship for the National Chapter 
and National Chapter Safety 

7. We recommend that 
permanent national staff 
address the Awards Commit- 
tee of the 62nd National FFA 
Convention concerning 
American FFA Degree quotas 
and minimum qualifications. 

8. Re-evaluate the 29 
proficiency award areas and 
implement new proficiency 
awards such as computers in 
agriculture, public relations, 
and agrimarketing. 

9. Standardize national 
criteria for issue to states 
concerning BOAC, National 

Chapter and National Safety 
Chapters, to be followed on all 

10. Brief the chairman, co- 
chairman and consultant by 
conference call before they 
reach Kansas City so that more 
information may be brought. 

11. We stress that commit- 
tees should spend more time 
addressing specific issues of 
their committees before 
making recommendations ( in 
order that they be qualified 

12. Provide access to the 
past five years' committee 
reports for committee mem- 
bers because programs are 
based on a five-year schedule. 

13. We stress the fact that if 
these recommendations are to 
be beneficial to our organiza- 
tion, the responsibility lies 
with you, the state FFA officer, 
in promoting activities on the 
chapter level. 

14. We appreciate our 
sponsors and encourage all 
members to wnte thank you 
notes to these dedicated 
individuals and companies. 

We also extend a word of 
appreciation to our consultants 
Bob Seefeldt, program special- 
ist-awards, and Kim Balfe, 
staff intern, National FFA 

Respectfully submitted, 
Mike Jaspers, SD (C) 
Kim Sanders, AL (CO 
Christi Hart, MO (S) 
Joshua Cook, CA 
Claudia Kaneshiro, HI 
Scott Vanhoy, NC 
Travis Fliehman, OH 


We bring forth the follow- 
ing recommendations. 

1. Maintain efforts by the 
board of directors to promote 
contest opportunities and 

2. Update current and 
future contests by including 
updated tests dealing with 
new technical developments in 
that area of agricultural 

3. Periodically evaluate all 
contests to determine their 
suitability due to the evolution 
of agriculture. 

4. Once policy has been 
established for adding, delet- 
ing, or changing contests, we 
recommend the following 
possible national contests be 
researched; agribusiness 
management, agrimarketing, 
agriscience, computers, parlia- 
mentary procedure, horse 
judging, crops judging, land 
use judging, and wool. 

5. We recommend that first 
consideration be given to 
agrimarketing and agribusi- 
ness contests. 

6. Consider other dates and 
sites for national contests 
when it is not feasible to hold 
the contest(s) in Kansas City 
during the national conven- 
tion. If such a situation should 
arise, we also recommend that: 
the winner(s) of that contest be 
awarded a trip to the national 
convention and that they be 
recognized as the national 

7. We agree with the 
National FFA Contest Study 
Committee with reservation 
on recommendations 4, 7, 12, 
14 and 15. 

We express our thanks to 
the committee, particularly 
Chairman Kirby Barrick of 
Ohio State University, for all 
their efforts throughout the 
course of the past two years on 
national contest issues. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Julie Classen, NE (C) 

Kathy Almond, CA (CO 

Roni Langtry, NY (S) 

Kevin Hetrick, NV 

Marc Routhier, NH 

Gayla Littrell, IL 

Leon Heisey, PA 

Shelly Atha, DE 

K. C. Beavers (Consultant) 

The National 

We, on behalf of the mem- 
bership of the National FFA 
Organization, wish to express 
our sincere thanks and appre- 
ciation to The National FU- 
TURE FARMER magazine 
staff and commend them on a 
job well done. 

After intense discussion and 
organized planning, we 
submit the following sugges- 

1. State associations compile 
information for regional 
highlight departments, includ- 
ing photos and articles on their 
respective states for the 

2. State officers are re- 
quested to compile informa- 
tion at chapter visits to send to 
"Chapter Scoop". 

3. Graduating seniors are 
encouraged to continue 
membership after high school 
in the FFA and subscribe to the 
magazine in order to stay 
informed about FFA issues. 

4. The following ideas for 
articles were recommended for 
future issues: features on 
current agricultural issues 
dealing with domestic and 
international economics that 
might affect FFA members 
and. new innovations in 
science and agricultural tech- 

5. If members are not 
receiving their magazines, or 
would like to receive the 
magazine at home, they 
should consult their chapter 
advisor and request to have it 
sent directly to their home. 

6. Members are to be 
encouraged to send in art- 
work, photographs, etc. for 
publication. It will also be 
noted that feature articles may 
be submitted by any member. 

Respectfully submitted, 
Lesa Ann King, TX <C) 
Cindy Fannon, VA (CO 
Michael Iannitelli, NJ (S) 
jeanine Harris, CT 
Lee J. Friesen, SD 
Amy Scott, AZ 
Rudolph Pieters, VI 
Casey Isom, ID 
David Sharp, WV 
Andrew Markwart 

Glenn D. Luedke 


National FFA 
Supply Service 

We commend the National 
FFA Supply Service on an 
excellent job of providing 
quality products, exceptional 
service and progressive im- 
provements. We also com- 
mend the service in their 
choice of a new 1988 catalog 
cover with bright blue colors 
and the picture of the national 

We recommend the follow- 
ing new items. 

1. Blue corduroy vest, for 
unofficial attire only, to be 
manufactured in Wyoming, 
and with all income, market- 
ing, and distribution to be 
handled by the National FFA 
Supply Service; 

2. Pierced earrings with 
gold emblem stud and/or blue 
backing with emblem; 

3. Corduroy FFA Official 
Jacket with attachments for 
chain placement and adjust- 
ments to avoid zipper show- 

4. Box to display medals; 

5. FFA socks and scarf; 

6. FFA stadium seats; 

7. FFA long underwear; 
8. 100 percent cotton 


9. More durable briefcases 
with possible price around 
$50.00 each. 

We suggest the following 
for improving catalog layout. 

1. Highlight various catego- 
ries on the film page; 

2. Place letters beside all 
items displayed in catalog. 

We suggest discontinuing 
the SOE cap. 

We recommend the supply 
service investigate more 
efficient methods of operating 
the sales booth to avoid 
confusion or long waits for 

We encourage chapters to 
purchase from the supply 
service. We request that all 
state officers and others 
associated with the FFA strive 
at all times to promote the 
purchase of items from the 
supply service. 

We recommend that the 
waterfall scarf be designated 
as official dress. 

We recommend that a 
revised version of retiring 
officer plaques be offered for 

We believe these recom- 
mendations are in the best 
interests for our organization 
in providing quality products. 
Our thanks to Dennis Shafer 
and Debbie Quigley for their 
unmeasurable guidance and 
assistance in these decisions. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Shawn Oliver, MS (O 

Ruby Williams, TN (CO 

Donna Bishop, MA (S) 

Brian Van Bergen OR 

).D. Baser Jr., WA 

Todd Lighthall, NY 

Patrick Surell, NH 




Committee Reports 




After analyzing the pro- 
grams of the National FFA 
Information Service, we 
believe our primary concern 
should be external public 
relations and we make the 
following recommendations 
for the improvement of the 
information services of the 

1. In developing advertise- 
ments and public service 
announcements, we encourage 
the incorporation of females 
and minorities into these ad- 
vertisements. We also encour- 
age the use of the new FFA 
posters illustrating this diver- 

2. Improve direct communi- 
cation with state officers by 
providing a list of all informa- 
tion and instructional material 
sent to individual chapters and 
providing a newsletter specifi- 
cally for state officers high- 
lighting the activities and op- 
portunities available. 

3. Produce a short FFA 
activities preview to be added 
before appropriate home video 

4. Provide promotional 
materials that emphasize 
involvement with other youth 
and civic organizations on 
contemporary issues. 

5. Establish a State Report- 
ers Conference providing 
insight concerning the respon- 
sibilities that their position 
entails (possibly in conjunction 
with State Presidents Confer- 

6. Improve the quality of the 
national convention videos 
available through the supply 

7. Provide a list of those 
sponsors who provided funds 
for promotional materials in 
order that members at the state 
and chapter levels may write 
notes of thanks. 

We thank the staff of 
Information Services: Bill 
Stagg, director and Jeri Mat- 
tics, program coordinator, for 
their hard work during the 
national FFA convention as 
well as for the many programs 
implemented by the National 
Information Service through- 
out the past year. We hope 
that these recommendations 
will be strongly considered by 
the National Information 
Service and encourage them to 
keep up the excellent work. 
Respectfully submitted, 
Dean Von Bank, MN (C) 
George Ulmer, SC (CO 
Sherri Foster, RI 
Robert Gervais, VT 
Keith Reep, TX 
Mindy Stringer, AL (S) 




We submit the following 

Washington Conference 

1 . Set up appointments for 
congressional visits and allow 
a representative from Con- 
gress to speak to the WCP . 

2. Provide a tour guide to all 
monument stops; recognize 
George Washington for his 
contributions to our organiza- 
tion while members are 
touring Mount Vernon; and set- 
aside one day to tour Wash- 
ington, D.C. to foster patriot- 

3. Schedule registration 
earlier so that more activities 
may be conducted on Monday. 

4. Require a national officer 
to be present on Monday and 
Friday of each conference or 
the entire week if possible. 

5. Include inslide show a 
posed shot of each member or 
state group present; give 
members the option to pur- 
chase slides or video of the 
slides, and use only current 
week's slides. 

6. Consider the following 
areas for workshops: team- 
work and cooperation; public 
relations; interview skills; 
proper application of devel- 
oped skills. 

7. Devote more workshop 
time to FFA and careers. 

8. Allot more time to tour 
the National FFA Center. 

Made for Excellence 

1 . Continue expansion of 
the program to new states. 

2. Begin registration earlier 
to lengthen the workshops. 

State Presidents' Conference 

1. Include more leadership 
development activities, 
preparation for the state officer 
term and preparation for the 
National Convention. 

2. Schedule both WCP staff 
and national officers to share 
activities and responsibilities. 

3. Organize congressional 

4. Increase time at National 
FFA Center. 

5. Visit the U. S. Department 
of Agriculture. 

6. Provide opportunity for 
each individual to choose tour 
stops of Washington, D.C. 

7. Exchange unique state 

We commend the FFA staff 
for the new marketing strate- 
gies: videotapes for WCP and 
pamphlets for the Made for 
Excellence Program. We 
would also like to commend 
the national officers, the WCP 
staff, and the MFE staff for 
their work. 

Respectfully submitted, 
Stephen Knutson, MT (C) 
Renea J. Roberts, AR (CO 
Scott Dunn, IN (S) 
Brett Richmond, WY 
Jackie McClaskey, KS 
Jon VanDyke, IL 
David Massey, NM 
Marshall Stewart, 

Conferences for 
State Officers 

We compliment the national 
officers and the national staff 
for conducting successful and 
efficient National Leadership 
Conferences for State Officers 
(NLCSO). Some suggestions 
are as follows: 

1 . Each state and area 
should have an NLCSO that is 
adapted to their area. This may 
mean more work for the 
national officers, but it is 
necessary and could be accom- 
plished by their meeting with 
the state coordinator two 
months before the conference. 

2. Communication is vital to 
the effectiveness of a state 
officer. Require a prepared 
speech, mock interviews with 
use of video and/or audio 
recorders, extemporaneous 
speaking, and attendance by 
speech and media specialists 

3. Allow more time for 
discussion and debate of FFA 
and agricultural topics, such as 
constitutional amendments. 

4. Allow more time for state 
officer teams to meet for the 
following purposes: formulate 
mission statements (game 
plans) of officer teams; goal 
planning for both teams and 
individuals; opportunity for 
individuals to evaluate the 
benefits that they can bring to 
their teams; complimenting 
fellow officers; building team 
unity; and constructive 

5. Emphasize preparation 
for chapter visits. National 
officers need to give mock . 
presentations and other 
activities to the participants, 
states should give their own 
presentations and at the end of 
the conference, schedule a 
critique of both the national 
and state officers. 

6. Hold a dance as this is a 
time of fun, sharing, and a 
time to get to know other state 

7. The national officers did 
not have ample time to spend 
with themselves and with state 
officers other than in sessions. 
With the help of consultants, 
state advisors, and executive 
secretaries, this problem can 
be avoided. 

Respectfully Submitted, 
Gennie Lou Capps, SC (C) 
Eric Thurber, NE (CO 
Michelle Waege, WI 
Roland Fumasi, CA 
Jody Adams, LA 
Shad Sorenson, UT 
Ray Mancil, GA 
Darla Broadwater, MA 
Rich Katt, NE, Consultant 




We propose the following 

Agricultural Marketing 
and Agriscience Programs 

Appoint a committee 
composed of representatives 
from the board of directors, 
staff, U. S. Department of 
Education, U. S. Department of 
Agriculture, National Voca- 
tional Agriculture Teachers' 
Association and consultants 
from the agribusiness and 
agriscience fields to research 
and develop agricultural 
marketing and agriscience 
programs. With the results of 
this research, contests on a 
state and national level as well 
as new proficiency areas, 
should be created. A report 
from this committee on its 
findings shall be given at the 
July, 1989, meeting of the 
board of directors. 

Expansion of the 
Investigate the feasibility of 
expanding agricultural educa- 
tion programs into suburban 
and urban high schools with 
an emphasis on modernized 
agriculture and career oppor- 
tunities. The purpose of this 
investigation is development 
of agricultural and FFA 
awareness throughout the 

Agribusiness Contests 
Develop more leadership 
contests dealing with agri- 
business, such as agricultural 
sales and job interview. 

Modernization of Contests 
Update and modernize 
existing contests and award 
programs with new techno- 
logical developments of that 
area of the agricultural indus- 

Improvement of agricul- 
tural literacy 

Agricultural illiteracy is a 
serious concern facing our 
organization. Therefore, we 
agree with the National 
Academy of Science's Report 
stating: "Beginning in kinder- 
garten and continuing through 
twelfth grade, all students 
should receive some system- 
atic instruction about agricul- 
ture." We can incorporate this 
recommendation by emphasiz- 
ing already existing programs, 
such as Food For America and 
Agriculture in the Classroom. 

These issues are only a 
small part of many critical 
issues facing our organization. 
However, we feel we are 
taking a major step towards 
the enhancement and im- 
provement of our national 

Respectfully submitted, 
Laurie Sheridan, OH (C) 
Tom Nugent, MI (CO 
Dan Berg, N] 
Christopher Coutu, CT 
James McLamb,NC 
Mike Thomsen, UT 
Janet Wedman, OK 
Kris Williams, MN 

Program of 

The members of the Pro- 
gram of Activities committee 
have analyzed FFA's national 
program of activities and 
submit the following recom- 

1 . Continue efforts to 
strengthen ties with areas out 
of the continental United 

2. Encourage the FFA to 
study the establishment of 
agribusiness, agrisciences (re- 
search and technology), sales 
and service, and job interview- 
type contests not directly 
related to production agricul- 

3. The National FFA Board 
of Directors and staff establish 
criteria for national parliamen- 
tary procedure and demon- 
stration contests. 

4. Encourage agriculture 
teachers to rename and/or 
restructure traditional agricul- 
ture classes to appeal to 
students, if necessary. 

5. Establish an interstate 
FFA exchange program similar 
to WEA for exchange and 
work experience among FFA 
members within the United 

6. Revise Article IV, Section 
VIII of the National Program 
of Activities regarding the 
American Royal Queen to 
conform to the American 
Royal Ambassador Program. 

7. Update the Program of 
Activities to comply with any 
changes to the National FFA 

8. Supply delegate commit- 
tee members with a report on 
the action taken regarding the 
previous year's committee 

We commend the National 
FFA staff for keeping this 
document orderly and up to 

Respectfully submitted, 
Brent Newbanks, CO (C) 
Shane Goettle, ND (CO 
Glen Alan Phillips, TX 
Carrie Wilson, AK(S) 
Kelvin Whitaker, AL 
Micheal Walton, LA 
Scott Ruby, OR 
Heather Dunham, NC 
Stacey Achorn, RI 



Committee Reports 

National FFA Adult Leadership 




As members of the National 
Convention Committee, we 
extend our warmest thanks to 
those who have made the 61st 
National Convention a mile- 
stone in the history of this or- 
ganization: the national 
officer team, Kelli Evans, 
Kevin Ochsner, Terri Hames, 
Bill Hollis, Mickey McCall, 
Dunn LeDoux; Dr. Larry Case, 
Coleman Harris, David Miller, 
Tony Hoyt, and other mem- 
bers of the National FFA staff. 
The entertaining speakers and 
performers for our convention 
which include Denis Waitley, 
Gretchen Carlson, Dr. Bonnie 
Guiton, Ron Wilson, Craig 
Patterson, Joseph Downey, 
Kevin Davis, Tom Schlesinger, 
John Block, The Moody 
Brothers and the Platters, 
Lowell Catlett, Dr. Earl Butz, 
Michael Broome, Jerry Clower, 
and Eddie Rabbitt. We would 
also like to thank all of the 
convention managers, conven- 
tion sponsors, those conduct- 
ing the leadership workshops, 
Gary Maricle, talent director 
Roger Heath, and Gary 
Meador conducting the FFA 
band, Stan Kingma in direct- 
ing the chorus, the National 
FFA Foundation staff, Spon- 
sors' Board Executive Council, 
Rick Metzger and the National 
FFA Alumni officers, council 
and staff. The judges and 
timekeepers of the various 
contests, courtesy corps, 
George Verzagt and the 198 
participants in the career 
show, the Kansas City Cham- 
ber of Commerce for support- 
ing the educational tours, 
Richard Berkley, the mayor of 
Kansas City, The American 
Royal, the media, and the 
continuing support of the new 
and present sponsors of the 
National FFA Foundation. 

The following recommenda- 
tions have been developed by 
the National Convention 
Committee for the 61st Na- 
tional FFA Convention. 

1. We recommend that the 
sound system on the conven- 
tion floor be thoroughly 
checked before each conven- 
tion session and also that more 

nicrophones be placed around 
he delegate floor during the 
ousiness sessions. 

2. We commend the RFD- 
TV for over 17 hours of 
convention coverage for 
publication and promotion of 
the FFA throughout America. 

3. We suggest that consid- 
eration be given to improving 
accuracy and consistency in 
the printing of the FFA Con- 
vention Program. 

4. We feel that the use of all 
spotlights would enhance 
opening ceremonies, massing 
of the state flags, and the 
grand entry of the band. 

5. We greatly appreciate the 
correct attitude of the delegate 
body during the history 
making business sessions of 
the 61st National FFA Conven- 

6. We commend the na- 


We, the Nominating 
Committee, have given careful 
and deliberate consideration to 
all applicants running for 
national office. The committee 
nominates the following slate 
of candidates to the delegates 
of the 61st National FFA 
Convention to serve as na- 
tional officers for the year 

President, Dana Soukup, 
Spencer, Nebraska 

Secretary, Jeffrey Johnson, 
Dover, Florida 

Central Region Vice Presi- 
dent, Brad Chambliss, Har- 
dinsburg, Kentucky 

Eastern Region Vice Presi- 
dent, Warren Bocrger, Irwin, 

Southern Region Vice 
President, Jaye Hamby, 
Benton, Tennessee 

Western Region Vice 
President, Jeffrey Isom, 
Fruitland, Idaho 

National Treasurer, David 

National Executive Secre- 
tary, C. Coleman Harris 

National Advisor, Larry D. 

Respectfully submitted, 
Christine A. Henning 
Donnel Brown 
Sara L. Hougen 
Tom Lilja 
Shane Black 
Linwood Winslow 
Scot Lilly 
Corey B. Torrance 
Stewart Humphrey 
Eldon E. Witt (Consultant) 
Arnold B. Cordes (Consult- 
Rosco Vaughn (Consultant) 

tional officers for developing a 
Vespers Program with an 
emphasis on involving the 
entire audience. 

7. We feel the national 
officers have instilled in us the 
principles that every FFA 
member believes — those being 
citizenship, cooperation, and 
patriotism. We commend the 
convention planners for the 
prominent display of the 
magnificent flag draped from 
the convention ceiling. 

We would especially like to 
thank Dr. Duane Nielsen for 
taking the responsibility of 
serving as the committee 
consultant and also for taking 
the time to become a friend to 
each of us. 

In closing, we wish the 
1988-89 National Officers 
success in keeping the FFA on 
the Leading Edge of Agricul- 

Respectfully submitted: 

Susan Watkins, MS (C) 

Randy Bouldin, NM (CO 

Gary Aldax, NV (S) 

Brent Grass, ME 

Glen Waters, MO 

Griselle Gererma, PR 

Amy Pease, VT 

Consultant - Duane Nielsen 

Board of Directors 

Larry D. Case, Chairman, National 
FFA Advisor, Division ol Vocational- 
Technical Education, U.S. Depart- 
ment ol Education, Washington, DC 
C. Coleman Harris, Secretary, 
National FFA Executive Secretary, 
Division of Vocational-Technical 
Education, U.S. Department ol 
Education, Washington, DC 
David A. Miller, Treasurer, National 
FFA Treasurer, Chief, Local Planning 
and Regional Coordination Section, 
Division ol Vocational-Technical 
Education, Stale Department of 
Education, Baltimore, MD 
Duane M. Nielsen, Deputy Director, 
Division of National Programs, U.S. 
Department of Education, Washing- 
Ion, DC 

Leslie L Thompson, Branch Chiet, 
State Administration Branch, Division 
ol Vocational-Technical Education, 
U.S. Department ol Education, 
Washington, DC 
David M. Cofley, Associate 
Protessor, (USDE Representative) 
Agriculture/Agribusiness Division, 
Western Kentucky University, Bowling 
Green, KY 

William T. Woody, Vocational 
Agriculture Teacher (USDE Repre- 
sentative), Lorena, TX 
John Denmark, State Program 
Director, Agribusiness and Nalural 
Resources Education, Slate Depart- 
ment of Education, Tallahassee, FL 
Leonard Lombardi, Slate Specialist, 
Agricultural Education, Office of 
Public Instruction, Helena, MT 
Terry W. Heiman, Slate Director, 
Agncultural Education, State 
Department ol Education, Jefterson 
City. MO 

Donald L Michael, State Supervisor, 
Agricultural Education, Bureau ol 
Vocational-Technical & Adult 
Education, Charleston, WV 


Carroll L. Shry, President , NVATA, 
Woodsboro, MD 

Duane Watkins, President Elect, 
NVATA, Thermopolis, WY 
John Sandel, Vice President, 
NVATA, Florien, LA 
Douglas Spike, Vice President, 
NVATA, Bloomfield Hills, Ml 
W. Wade Miller, Associate Professor, 
Agricultural Education, towa Stale 
University, Ames, IA 
Stacy A. Gartln, Assistant Professor, 
Agricultural Education, West Virginia 
University, Morgantown, WV 
Jeffrey W. Moss, Assistant Protes- 
sor, Agricultural & International 
Education, Louisiana Stale Univer- 
sity, Baton Rouge, LA 

Carl L Reynolds, Associate Pro- 
fessor, Agricultural Education, 
University ol Wyoming, Laramie, WY 

Foundation Board of Trustees 
Larry D. Case, President, Division ol 
Vocational-Technical Education, U.S. 
Department ol Education, Washing- 
ton, DC 

C. Coleman Harris, Secretary, 
Division ol Vocational-Technical 
Education, U.S. Department of 
Education, Washington, DC 
David A Miller, Treasurer, Chief 
Local Planning and Regional 
Coordination Section, Division of 
Vocational-Technical Education, 
State Department of Education, 
Baltimore, MD 

Leslie L Thompson, Vice President, 
Branch Chief Stale Administration 
Branch, Division of Vocational- 
Technical Education, U.S. Depart- 
ment ol Education, Washington, DC 
Duane M. Nielsen, Deputy Director, 
Division of National Programs, U.S. 
Department ol Education, Washing- 
ton, DC 

Joseph L. Downey, Vice President, 
Dow Chemical Company, Indianapo- 
lis, IN 

Nicholas C. Babson, Chairman and 
President, Babson Bros CoJSURGE, 
Naperville, IL 

James M. Comtek, Publisher, 
Moines, IA 

Carroll L. Shry, President, NVATA, 
Woodsboro, MD 

Duane Watkins, President Elect, 
NVATA, Thermopolis, WY 
Stacy A. Gartln, Assistant Professor, 
Agricultural Education, West Virginia 
University, Morgantown, WV 
Terry W. Heiman, Stale Director, 
Agricultural Education, State 
Department ol Education, Jefferson 
City, MO 

Donald L. Michael, Slate Supervisor, 
Agricultural Education, Bureau ol 
Vocational-Technical Education, 
Charleston, WV 
John Denmark, State Program 
Director, Agribusiness and Natural 
Resources Education, Stale Depart- 
ment of Education, Tallahassee, FL 
Leonard Lombardi, State Specialist, 
Agricultural Education, Office of 
Public Instruction, Helena, MT 
Jeffrey W. Moss, Assistant Profes- 
sor, Agricultural Education, Louisiana 
State University, Baton Rouge, LA 
R. James ErH, Stale FFA Executive 
Secretary, Stale Department ol 
Education, SI. Paul, MN 
Randy Trivette, State FFA Executive 
Secretary, Virginia Association, FFA, 
Richmond, VA 

Kelll Evans, National FFA President, 
Lincoln, NE 

National FFA Foundation 
Sponsors' Board Executive 

Joseph Downey, Chairman, Vice 
President, Dow Chemical Company 
Nicholas C. Babson, Chairman-Elect 
1988, President 8 Chairman of the 
Board, Babson Bros. Co./SURGE 
Thomas J. Hennesy, Chairman- 
Elect 1989, Chairman, TSC Indus- 
tries, Inc. 

Robert C. Lanphier III, Past 
Chairman, Chairman and CEO, 
DICKEY-john Corporation 

National FFA Center Staff 
Larry D. Case, National Advisor 
C. Coleman Harris, National 
Executive Secretary 
David A. Miller, National Treasurer 
Wilson W. Carnes, Administrative 
Director, FFA 

Dwight Horkheimer, Program 
Specialist, Educational Technology 
Robert W. Cox, Executive Director, 
National FFA Alumni Association 
Ted Amick, Program Specialist, 
Contests and Membership Develop- 

Robert Seeleldl, Program Specialist, 
Awards and Stale Services 
Tony Hoyt, Program Specialist, 
Leadership and Personal Develop- 

Bill Stagg, Director of Inlormation 
Lennle H. Gamage, Program 
Specialist, International & Organiza- 
tional Development 
John M. Pitzer, Senior Editor/ 
Electronic Communications, The 
Glenn D. Luedke, Director ol 
Advertising, The National FUTURE 

Andrew Markwart, Managing Editor, 
Dennis Shafer, Director, National 
FFA Supply Service 
George Verzagt, Director, Agricul- 
tural Career Show 

National FFA Foundation Staff 
Bernie Staller, Executive Director 
Tim Bailey, Regional Director 
Corporate Suppon-Southeast and 
Direct Marketing) 
Jeff Brazo, Regional Director 
(Corporate Support-Northeast) 
Melanie Burgess, Regional Director 
(Corporate Support-Northwest) 
Douglas E. Butler, Regional Director 
(Corporate Support-Southwest) 

National Convention Proceedings 

Thelma Schoonmaker 

FFA Information Staff 


Bill Stagg 

Volume VIII 

Sam Harrel 

Director of Information 

61st National FFA Convention 

Woody Howard 

Jeri Matties 

Proceedings is published by the 

Lightfoot Photography 

Program Coordinator— Information 

Nalional FFA Organization as a record 

Andrew Markwart 

and Promotion 

ol the organization's annual conven- 

Oriin Wagner 

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tion held in Kansas City, Missouri. 

Mike Wilson 

Program Assistant 

November 10-12, 1988. 


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Special Thanks to: 

Jody Matties 

Tom Bodine, Miriam Moynihan, Matt 

Darkroom Technicians 

Publication and printing assistance 

Tidwell, Kate Hegarty and Jill Munay 

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provided by Atwood Convention 

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Publishing, Kansas City, Mo. 

Proceedings Staff 

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Additional copies of this publication 


Editorial Assistants 

are available from the Nalional FFA 

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FFA Snapshots 

"The constitutional amend- 
ments are an attempt to shift the 
FFA from a production to an agri- 
cultural program, to broaden our 
sprectrum to include more stu- 
dents. The net effects will be an 
improved public image and an 
increase in the number of stu- 

Their implementation will be 
more clearly defined after the 
board meeting in January. The 
emblem will be the hardest 
change to manage since dies must 
be recast to produce medals and 
awards. The entire transition will 
be quite expensive. 

People must remember that the 
changes were adopted by over a 
two-thirds majority vote. This is a 
strong signal that most of the 
country was ready for a change." 

Larry D. Case 
National FFA Advisor 
Washington, D.C. 


to say thanks! FFA members, write a 
note of appreciation to the National 
FFA Foundation sponsor of any activ- 
ity in which you take part. They made 
an investment in you. Show them your 
appreciation. Don't know the sponsor's 
address? Send your letter in care of: 
The National FFA Foundation, 310 
North Midvale Blvd., P.O. Box 5117, 
Madison, WI 53705. 

Satellite Broadcasts 
Coverage At Home 

Satellite television coverage by 
RFD/TV added a special dimension to 
the convention, taking the coverage of 
the FFA stars to the heavens and back 
into classrooms and living rooms at 

The second year of unscrambled 
broadcasts aired in a "mini-political 
convention" format from an anchor 
desk in Municipal Auditorium. 

"Our main concern is to inform 
people that FFA is a valuable organiza- 
tion, valuable to the future," said Mark 
Dyas, field producer and director for 
RFD/TV. "Seventy percent of our 
audience is rural, but we're also 
concerned about telling the non- 
agricultural audience about the FFA's 

RFD/TV carried 17.5 hours of cover- 
age, including national officer retiring 
addresses and prerecorded biogra- 

phies, prepared and extemporaneous 
public speaking finals and award 
presentations, as well as remotes from 
judging contests and the Agricultural 
Career Show. 

"The television media is a step 
forward for the FFA," said David 
Pearce, FFA news anchor for the 
convention and former national FFA 
officer. "As it goes to large audiences, 
FFA is bracing for the future. 

"We take the convention home to 
people, so we don't have just an 
audience of 23,000 in Kansas City, but 
hundreds of thousands across the 

Advertising sponsors for the con- 
vention coverage were: Chevrolet 
Motor Division-Trucks/General 
Motors Corp.; Dow Chemical Com- 
pany; John Deere; Valmont irrigation 
Systems; and Rural TV. 

FFA visitors grab a bite at the "Golden 
Arches" (Photo by Orlen Wagner) 

100% Plus Membership Program 

Ten states were recognized for their outstanding membership efforts. 
100% Plus states are those in which all students of high school age are FFA 
members as originally intended by the organization's founders. 

North Dakota 


West Virgin 


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e traveled 
i thousands 
iow. The 

ordinary people like you and me, who 
hung in there long enough to do extraordi- 
nary things and become champions. 

This auditorium is filled with champi- 
ons. But in many cases the champion is 
hidden. It may be a champion public 
speaker, a champion agriscientist, or a 
champion farm business manager, but all 
champions just waiting to get out! 

Believe in yourself. You are a champion. 
Believe in yourself even if no one else does. 
Where would we be today if Albert Einstein 
had listened to his teachers who said he 
had a learning disability? Where would we 
be today if Alexander Graham Bell or the 
Wright brothers hadn't believed in them- 
selves when no one else did? Those cham- 
pions believed in themselves and their 
ideas. They kept on keepin' on! 

You, too, are a champion. V 
across our great nation and set 
of champions. I see thousands 
Lord created you to be a success — a shining 
success — believe in yourself. Keep on 

This year and the FFA have taught me 
an appreciation of life. I can remember the 
first time I came to the national convention. 
Most people say that they remember it 
because of the sea of blue and gold jackets 
or because it was their first plane ride. I 
remember it because I got homesick. I was 
13 years old and I wanted to go home to see 
my Mom and Dad. I wanted to be awak- 
ened with a smile and the smell of breakfast 
and not a computer saying 'This is your 
wake-up call." It was the little things I 

Now that we are all away from home 
here in Kansas City — think with me — what 
is it that you miss most about home? Is it 
your family? Is it your dog? Maybe you 
miss being able to go out in the afternoon 
and feed the animals or water your plants. 

It is a blessing for all of us to have the 
opportunity to travel away from home 
because that is when we realize all of the 
little things that make it so special. This 
year has taught me to appreciate life. We 
begin to take for granted all that our 
parents and families do for us. Thanks for 
all those in Louisiana that have made me 
what 1 am. Thanks to the five national 
officers who have been an inspiration and 

good friends. Thanks! 

It is being away from home that makes 
us realize how lucky we are. I challenge 
you to realize the little things when you are 
home. We need not be in a faraway place to 
appreciate what we have. Every morning 
when you wake up, thank God for all of 
your blessings and those who love you. 

This year I have been truly blessed. To 
gain a year as a national officer is a dream 
come true. Keep your dreams alive. You 
will be a shining success — just keep on 


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parents and others that I came in contact 
with and how they affected me. I came to 
the conclusion that a well-worn phrase 
applies: "Actions speak louder than 

I found that people can have a tremen- 
dous impact simply by the way they 
conduct themselves. I found that the most 
important thing about a person isn't an 
office or title, but sincerity, honesty and 
commitment to the things they believe in. 
My friends, as you go through life, many 
times people will look to you when you 
don't realize it. They will scrutinize your 
every move as an example of what they 
should do. They may be a brother or sister, 
a younger member, a peer, or just a passing 
stranger. I think we all look to certain 
things and people in life for simply what 
they represent and what they stand for. 

Today, on the North Carolina coastline, 
stands a towering symbol that many people 
have looked to for decades. The Cape 
Hatteras Lighthouse has guided sailors and 
merchants through the treacherous North 
Carolina coastal waters ever since its 
original construction in 1802. It stands 
guard over a dangerous area of shipping 
lanes where two major ocean currents 
collide, forming extremely turbulent water 
and earning the name, "The Graveyard of 
the Atlantic." The lighthouse stands at 208 
feet, taller than any other in the United 
States, and can be seen at night over 50 
miles away. 

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse has 
withstood many challenges over the years. 
It has survived countless hurricanes and 
storms, weathering the high winds and 
pounding waves. It was almost destroyed 

by both sides during the bloody Civil War 
and it witnessed the sinking of American 
ships by German submarines during World 
War II. Most recently, the threat of beach 
erosion has jeopardized the fate of the 
lighthouse, and modern technology today 
has rendered it useless for many of its 
original purposes. Yet for many years, 
countless people relied on those brilliant 
white flashes atop the black and white brick 
structure. The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse 
didn't just represent a clear and safe 
passageway, it stood for strength, security, 
and steadfastness. It wasn't just a warning, 
but a welcome sentinel of the coastline. It 
stood as a symbol of consistency, weather- 
ing time and the elements, and yet continu- 
ally shining a light, casting a beam, a 
beacon in the night. 

As a young child, 1 often wondered what 
it would be like to be on a ship off the coast 
in a thick, dense fog— uncertain of the 
future, uncertain of where I was, and then 
to suddenly come upon this brilliant 
beacon, like a ray of hope. Then I would 
realize exactly where I was and where I was 

Many people in the agricultural industry 
seem to be in a dense, thick fog. The/ re not 
sure of the future, of where they are or 
where they are going. Yet, over the past 
year, I have met some of the beacons who 
will lead our industry and our nation into 
the 21st century. I've seen brilliant flashes 
and towering accomplishments. I've met 
people, both young and old, who have 
weathered many storms and now are 
symbols of strength, security and steadfast- 
ness. They are the true symbols I have met. 
They are living beacons. 

Such instances of courage are rare today. 
Or are they? Many times this year people 
taught me about such courage and charac- 
ter. People who, without praise or glory, 
lived their lives with spirit, enthusiasm and 
energy. There were FFA members just like 
you, advisors, parents, businesspersons and 
countless others who went through your 
day-to-day lives affecting and influencing 
so many people simply by the way you 
conducted yourself, by what you repre- 
sented and by what you believed in. 

Five of the greatest influences on my 
year were the five fellow officers whom I 
had the pleasure of working with. They are 
five of the best living examples I've ever 
come in contact with. I think we were paid 
the ultimate compliment back in July after 
our State Presidents' Conference in Wash- 

ington, D.C, when a state officer came to 
me and said, "Mickey, you and your fellow 
officers showed us what we can accomplish 
if we work as a team." A team indeed. 

A former fellow state officer back in 
North Carolina used to say that a good 
friend never gets in the way, unless you're 
on the way down. This year I've had five of 
the greatest friends a guy could ever hope 
for. Dunn LeDoux, you taught us that along 
the journey of life, we need to be sure to 
enjoy the little things along the way that 
make it so special. Terri Hames, your spirit 
and energy could brighten the gloomiest 
day and your steadfastness set an example 
for us all. I have met very few people in life 
who emit the professionalism of Kevin 
Ochsner. Kevin, you are a tremendous 
influence on everyone you meet. Kelli 
Evans, because of your outgoing personal- 
ity and dedication, you taught us the 
importance of touching peoples' lives, one 
person at a time. Bill Hollis, you imbedded 
in us all our appreciation for teamwork and 
what we could accomplish if we simply 
worked as one. 

I'll never forget when we first became a 
team on this stage. We stood here with our 
hands joined high in the air, unified as one. 
I'll also never forget when, less than 24 
hours later, we wept and mourned as one 
over the tragedy in Denver. 

So many people have contributed and 
helped me this year, from my fellow 
officers, national center staff, numerous 
friends back in North Carolina, my parents 
and many of you. You have truly shown me 
the definition of a living example and I 
have looked to you many times this year for 
strength and encouragement from the 
sands of Myrtle Beach to the big sky of 

My friends, just as sailors look to a 
lighthouse and players look to a coach, 
America looks to us for the future. For the 
future of not only agriculture but our 
country as a whole. 

/ made my mark in life 
And yet felt very proud 
That the deed, and. not the face 
Stood out boldly in the crowd. 

When my final verse is written 

May it reveal my zest for sharing 

And plainly say "1 truly lived," 

The difference between knowing and caring. 

May God bless you all. 

National FFA 


Dana Soukup, a 20-year-old from Spencer, Neb., was 
elected national FFA president. His local advisor is Russell 
Lechtenberg. Soukup, the son of David and Linda Soukup, 
is a member of the Spencer FFA Chapter. 

Before being elected national president he served as state 
president, chapter president, secretary and treasurer. He 
participated in leadership workshops, public speaking and 
judging contests and received a silver rating in the National 
FFA Livestock judging Contest. 

Soukup's Supervised Agricultural Experience program 
includes sheep, beef and swine production. He also worked 
for a market, for local farmers and as a park caretaker. He 
was recently employed by the Nebraska Department of Agri- 
cultural Education as a leadership assistant. 

Soukup, a sophomore majoring in agribusiness, will take 
a one-year leave from the University of Nebraska — Lincoln 
to fulfill his duties. He plans a career in agribusiness upon 

Jeff Johnson, a 19-year-old from Dover, Fla., was elected 
national FFA secretary. His local advisors are Donald 
Vaughan and Jane Bender. Johnson, the son of Wayne and 
Launa Johnson, is a member of the Plant City FFA Chapter. 

In Florida, Johnson served as state president after serving 
as district president and chapter vice president. In 1987 he 
was the southern region FFA Prepared Public Speaking 
Contest winner as well as state winner in the Nursery 
Operations proficiency award area. He was also a member 
of state-winning parliamentary procedure, forestry and 
horticulture teams and was named Florida's Outstanding 
FFA Member. 

Johnson's Supervised Agricultural Experience program 
included swine, commercial steers and nursery plant 

A sophomore majoring in agricultural economics at the 
University of Florida, Johnson will take a one-year leave of 
absence to fulfill his duties. He plans a career in agribusi- 
" marketing. 

Warren Boerger, a 20-year-old from Irwin, Ohio, was 
elected national FFA vice president for the eastern region. 
His local advisor is William Conklin. Boerger, the son of 
Marvin and Karen Boerger, is a member of the Fairbanks 
FFA Chapter. 

Before being elected state president, he served as state 
treasurer, chapter president, treasurer and assistant treas- 
urer. He participated in extemporaneous public speaking, 
parliamentary procedure and a variety of judging contests. 

Boerger' s Supervised Agricultural Experience program 
includes dairy cattle, swine, corn, hay and soybean produc- 
tion. In addition, Boerger has worked at Ohio's state FFA 
camp, state FFA center and with an agricultural business. 

Boerger will take a one-year leave of absence from Ohio 
State University where he is a junior with a dual major in 
agricultural education and agricultural economics. He plan 
to achieve his doctorate in agricultural education and to 
enter a career in agribusiness or the teaching profession. 

Dana Soukup 
RR1, Box51A 
Spencer, NE 68777 
(402) 589-1115 

Brad Chambliss 

Route 1 

Hardinsburg, KY 40143 

(502) 756-2811 

Jeff Johnson 
Route 2, Box 938 
Dover, FL 33527 
(813) 659-0829 

Jaye Hamby 

Benton Station Road 

Benton, TN 37307 

(615) 338-8003 

Warren Boerger 
800 Rosedale Road 
Irwin, OH 43029 
(614) 857-1632 

Jeffrey Isom 

P.O. Box 455 

Fruitland, ID 83619 

(208) 452-3758 

Brad Chambliss, a 20-year-old from Hardinsburg, Ky., 
was elected national FFA vice president for the central 
region. His local advisors are Pat Henderson and Leon 
Smiley. Chambliss, the son of Robert and Janet Chambliss, is 
a member of the Breckinridge County FFA Chapter. 

Chambliss previously served as president of his chapter, 
region and state FFA organizations. He was runner-up in 
the state public speaking contest and a member of two state- 
winning chapter meeting teams. 

Chambliss' Supervised Agricultural Experience program 
includes corn, hay, tobacco and soybeans as well as Hereford 
cattle and Suffolk sheep. He received three state proficiency 
awards and was named national winner in diversified 
livestock production. 

Chambliss will take a one-year leave of absence from the 
University of Kentucky in Lexington where he is a junior in 
pre-veterinary medicine. After graduation, he hopes to 
establish a veterinary practice. 

Jaye Hamby, a 20-year-old from Benton, Tenn., was 
elected national FFA vice president for the southern region. 
His local advisor is Clayton Swartout. Hamby, the son of 
Billie Hamby, is a member of the Polk FFA Chapter. 

Before being elected national vice president, he served as 
state president as well as president and vice president in 
both his district and chapter. He participated in extempora- 
neous public speaking at the local, state and national levels 
and received a national gold emblem in the livestock 
judging contest. 

Hamby' s Supervised Agricultural Experience program 
includes 23 head of purebred sheep and 21 acres of pasture 
and hay. He also worked at the U.S. Forest Service in forest 
and wildlife management and is employed by Conasauga 
River Lumber Company. 

Hamby will take a one-year leave of absence from the 
University of Tennessee where he is majoring in agricultural 
education, with minors in animal science and forestry. He 
plans to teach high school agriculture and to farm part-time. 

Jeffrey Isom, a 19-year-old from Fruitland, Idaho, was 
elected national FFA vice president for the western region. 
His local advisor is Dwaine Tesnohlidek. Isom, the son of 
Waldon and Patricia Isom, is a member of the Fruitland FFA 

Before being elected national vice president, he served as 
state and district president and held chapter offices. He was 
the western region winner of both prepared and extempora- 
neous public speaking contests and won state awards in 
creed speaking and parliamentary procedure. He was also 
on a gold award team in the National Farm Business 
Management contest. 

Isom's Supervised Agricultural Experience program 
includes Hereford cattle, alfalfa hay and pasture production. 

Isom will take a one-year leave of absence from Brigham 
Young University where he is majoring in international 
relations. Upon completion of college, he plans to work as 
an international trade relations specialist. 

National Officer Candidates 

National officer candidate 
reception sponsored by 
Mobay Corporation, 
Agricultural Chemicals 

Thirty-seven national officer candi- 
dates came to Kansas City to throw 
their hats into the ring for six available 
student officer positions. An intensive 
interview process followed, consisting 
of a written quiz, questioning and im- 
promptu speeches. 

"There are no losers. We all go away 
with something wonderful because of 
the experience we'll carry with us for a 
lifetime," said Ricky Warren, candidate 

from North Carolina. "Preparing to be 
a national officer candidate is a grow- 
ing experience, because the process is 
more difficult than most people can 

By Friday night the nominating 
committee had made their choices, and 
on Saturday afternoon, a new slate of 
student and adult officers were nomi- 
nated, elected and installed before the 
convention's close. 

ARIZONA: Micheal David Armbruester, Tucson 
ARKANSAS: Morris G. Null, Bono 
CALIFORNIA: Dennis Albiani, Elk Grove 
CONNECTICUT: Robin E. Burns, Andover 
FLORIDA: Jeffrey Wayne Johnson, Dover 
GEORGIA: Shalley Nottingham. Monroe 

IDAHO: Jeffrey Kirk Isom, Fruitland 
ILLINOIS: Alvie McCormick, Ava 
INDIANA: Matthew Allan Rekeweg, Woodburn 
IOWA: Robert A. Hanson, Castana 
KANSAS: Justin McKee, Edna 
KENTUCKY: Brad Chambliss, Hardinsburg 
LOUISIANA: Chris Reeves, Jennings 
MARYLAND: Dana Lynn Gates, Thurmonl 
MASSACHUSETTS: Jeffrey B. LaFleur, 

MICHIGAN: Charles Edward Scovill, Fennville 
MISSISSIPPI: James Fitzgerald McDonald, 

MISSOURI: Brian Keith Mulnix, Ridgeway 
MONTANA: Michael Milmine, Miles City 
NEBRASKA: Dana M. Soukup, Spencer 
NEVADA: Lincoln D. Dahl, Deeth 

NEW MEXICO: Marvin Pounds, Corona 
NEW YORK: Cherie Lyn Engelbrechl, Madison 
NORTH CAROLINA: Ricky J. Warren, Clinton 
OHIO: Warren L. Boerger, Irwin 
OKLAHOMA: Shane A. Stewart, Stillwater 
OREGON: Eric Coppock, Adams 
SOUTH CAROLINA: Melissa Lynn Tyler, Loris 
SOUTH DAKOTA: Joan Diane Nold, 

TENNESSEE: Jaye L. Hamby, Benlon 
TEXAS: Toby Miller, Silverton 
UTAH: William Ralph Perkins, Panguitch 
VERMONT: Rene Blaise Roy, Wesl Charleston 
VIRGINIA: John Allan Cash, Afton 
WASHINGTON: Charles Oliver Estes, Startup 
WISCONSIN: Lisa Marie Mullen, Bloomer 
WYOMING: Cody Stewart, Douglas