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Chapter Highlights

2018 State Soils Event

State Team Winner - Ellie Holter, Bailey Marshall, Jacob Fowler, and Andrew Newcomb

State Individual Winner - Ellie Holter

This team has qualified for National Soils Event in Oklahoma in April 2019!!!!!

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2018 National Convention Highlights

National W
inner - Mason Sowers - Agricultural Sales Placement Proficiency Award

National Finalist - Bailey Marshall - Employment Skills Leadership Development Event

American Degree Recipients:
-Mason Sowers
-David Cummings
-Davis Fenster

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2018 State Food Science Career Development Event

5th Place Team - Ellie Holter, Morgan Marshall, Brian Holter, and Ainsley Simmons

4th Place Individual - Andrew Newcomb

Team Members - Ainsley Simmons, Brian Howard, Ellie Holter, and Morgan Marshall 
AlternateAndrew Newcomb

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Congratulations to the following members and teams for their outstanding accomplishments:

NATIONAL FINALIST - Mason Sowers - Agricultural Sales Placement Proficiency Award
- $500 award and moving on to compete at the national level!
- Mason becomes James River's first ever National FFA Proficiency Award Finalist

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National FFA Living To Serve Grant

- James River FFA Chapter has been award a $3,000 grant to assist in funding two school wide Day's of Service this Fall and Spring! 
- Our Fall Day of Service Event will be held on Friday, September 21st.

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2018 State Convention Highlights


#1 FFA Chapter in Virginia (National Chapter Award Program)

State Champion - Bailey Marshall - Employment Skills Leadership Development Event
State Champion - Daniel Holter - FFA Talent Event
State Champion - Ryan Borer - Junior High Individual - Livestock Evaluation Career Development Event

State Proficiency Champion - Mason Sowers - Agricultural Sales Placement 

State FFA Degree Recipients:
- Skyler Camper
- Olivia Gilliam
- Jarrod Hix
- Tyller Roney

4th Place Team - Environmental and Natural Resources Career Development Event Team
- Team Members: Ellie Holter, Morgan Marshall, Andrew Newcomb, & Ainsley Simmons

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2017 State Soils Event
Senior Team
4th Place Team- State Food Science and Technology Career Development Team - November 2017 - Qualifies for National Soils Event this Spring in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma!

- Team Members: Jeff Bower, Skyler Camper, Daniel Holter, and Matt Martin

Junior Team
2nd Place Junior Individual - Ellie Holter

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2017 National FFA Convention and Expo Results

Poultry Evaluation Career Development Event Team - GOLD Team Rating - 9th Place In the Nation!
- Team Members: Maddie Cummings, Davis Fenster, Bailey Marshall, and Mason Sowers

Environmental and Natural Resources Career Development Event Team - GOLD Team Rating - 9th Place In the Nation!
- Team Members: Jeff Bower, Skyler Camper, Daniel Holter, and Jarrod Hix

Livestock Evaluation Career Development Event Team - SILVER Team Rating!
- Team Members: Mikayla Fay, Olivia Gilliam, Sarah Harris, and Tyller Roney

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2017 State Food Science Career Development Event

3rd Place - State Food Science and Technology Career Development Event - October 2017
- Team Members: Ellie Holter, Brian Howard, Morgan Marshall, Ainsley Simmons, and Alternate: Jackson Haymaker
- This was our chapters 1st time competing with this event. Our full team of 9th graders did AWESOME!!

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2017 Big E Results

CHAMPION - Bailey Marshall Wins the Prepared Public Speaking Leadership Development Event at the Big E!


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2017 Virginia FFA State Convention Results


STATE OFFICER - Mason Sowers - 2017-2018 Virginia FFA State Secretary
- Mason is James River FFA's first member elected to a Virginia FFA State Office!

STATE CHAMPIONS - Poultry Evaluation Career Development Event Team
- Team Members: Maddie Cummings, Davis Fenster, Bailey Marshall, and Mason Sowers

STATE CHAMPIONS - Environmental and Natural Resources Career Development Event Team
- Team Members: Jeff Bower, Skyler Camper, Daniel Holter, and Jarrod Hix

STATE CHAMPIONS - Livestock Evaluation Career Development Event Team
- Team Members: Mikayla Fay, Olivia Gilliam, Sarah Harris, and Tyller Roney

STATE CHAMPIONS - Virginia FFA Talent Contest
- Group Members: Daniel Holter and Bailey Marshall

STATE CHAMPION - Computer Applications Career Development Event
- Maddie Cummings

State Runner-Up - Prepared Public Speaking Leadership Development Event
- Bailey Marshall

James River FFA - Superior Chapter Rating, Gold National Chapter Award Application, Gold Public Relations Recognition

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Member Accomplishments - 2015-2016

State Soils Evaluation
Senior Team - 5th Place Overall - Qualified to compete in the National Event this Spring in Oklahoma!
- Madeline Cummings - 5th Place Individual
- Davis Fenster - 17th Place Individual
- Mason Sowers - 20th Place Individual
- Jarrod Hix - 25th Place Individual

Junior Team - 4th Place Junior Team
- Jacob Fowler - 10th Place Individual
- Jared Campbell - 12th Place Individual
- Matt Martin - 13th Place Individual 

State Fair of Virginia
Lawn Tractor Operator Safety Event:
- Matt Martin - 4th Place and $100 Scholarship
- Mason Sowers - 8th Place FFA, 1st Place 4-H, Opportunity to represent Virginia 4-H at the National Event next Fall at Purdue University.

Farm Bureau Young Farmer's Conference:
Davis Fenster - STATE WINNER - Outstanding Young Agriculturalist
- Davis completed an application and resume in the Spring and was selected as one of the top 14 finalists from around the state. 
- In the final round, Davis presented a 5 minute speech on his ideas of how to "Strengthen Agriculture for Years to Come"
- Davis was awarded a scholarship that he will use to continue his education. 

State Convention 2016 Results:


Marketing Plan Team
- STATE CHAMPIONS!!

  • Team members: Maddie Cummings, Davis Fenster, & Mason Sowers

  • This team will represent Virginia in the National Career Development Event this October at the National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Avian Bowl Team - STATE CHAMPIONS!!

  • Team members: Maddie Cummings, Davis Fenster, & Mason Sowers

  • Individual Achievements: Davis - 3rd place individually, Mason - 5th place individually, Maddie - 7th place individually

Proficiency Area - STATE WINNER!!

  • Samantha Jackson - Home & Community Development

  • Samantha’s application moves on to the national level to be evaluated

Environmental & Natural Resources Team:

  • 3rd place team in the state

  • Team members: Jeff Bower, Dietrich Jamison, Jarrod Hix, & Hanna Brunner

  • Individual Achievement: Dietrich - 5th place individual

Livestock Evaluation Team:

  • 4th place team in the state

  • Team members: Tyller Roney, Mikayla Fay, RJ Bryant, & Corbin Brinkley

  • Individual Achievement: Tyller - 6th place individual

Job Interview:

  • Samantha Jackson - 16th place individual

Veterinary Science Team:

  • 17th place team in the state

  • Team members: Skyler Camper, Olivia Gilliam, Jarrod Hix, & Taylore Sydnor 

Virginia FFA State Degree Recipients (Top Degree A State Can Bestow On A Member):

- Hanna Brunner

- Morgan Curry

- Wyatt Hix

- Samantha Jackson

- Michael Roney

- Mason Sowers

James River FFA Chapter Recognition:

- STATE WINNER: #1 chapter in the Virginia for Student Development

- Top chapter in the Northern Area for community development

- Gold Rating - National Chapter Award

- Gold Rating - Superior Chapter Award

- Gold Rating - Public Relations Award

- James River FFA Chapter was named as one of the top 16 chapters in Virginia whose National Chapter Award application will be submitted to the national level for further evaluation this summer!


2015-2016 CDE Results:

2016 VIRGINIA STATE CATTLE WORKING CHAMPIONS: Morgan Curry, Davis Fenster, and Eli Stevens

Poultry Evaluation:
- 3rd Place State Team
- Individual Honors: Davis Fenster - 3rd Place, Maddie Cummings - 7th Place, Mason Sowers - 8th Place, Hanna Brunner - 13th Place

SAE Grant Results:
Davis Fenster - Selected for a $1,000 National FFA Supervised Agricultural Experience Grant
   Click on the link above to read the article in the Roanoke Times and Botetourt View

State Convention 2015 Results:
Davis Fenster:
- 2015 Virginia FFA State Prepared Public Speaking Champion
- Bronze Medal Recipient at the National FFA Prepared Public Speaking Career Development Event

Samantha Jackson:
- 2nd Place Individual in the Job Interview CDE at the Virginia FFA State Convention
- 5th Place Individual in the Job Interview CDE at the Eastern States Exposition in Springfield, Massachusetts

Poultry Evaluation Team:
- Team Members: Davis Fenster, Mason Sowers, Jordan Bowers, David Cummings and Hanna Brunner
- 2nd Place Team at the Virginia FFA State Convention
-- Mason Sowers was the 1st Place Individual in the State FFA Poultry CDE
-- Davis Fenster was the 4th Place Individual in the State FFA Poultry CDE
- 4th Place Team at the Big Eastern State Exposition in Springfield, Massachusetts 

Livestock Evaluation Team:
- Senior Team Members: Sarah Harris, Tyller Roney, David Cummings, and Davis Fenster
-- Sarah Harris was the 1st Place Individual in the State Senior Livestock CDE
-- The team placed 3rd overall in the State Career Development Event

- Junior Team Members: RJ Bryant, Devin Fowler, Mikayla Fay
-- RJ Bryant was the 1st Place Individual in the State Junior Livestock CDE 

Avian Bowl Team:
- Team members: Davis Fenster, Mason Sowers, Jordan Bowers, and David Cummings
-- David Cummings was the 3rd Place Individual in the State Avian Bowl CDE
-- The team placed 2nd overall in the State Career Development Event
 

 

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