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Two CSU, Chico Students Win National Marketing Plan CDE Competition

Two CSU, Chico Students Win National Marketing Plan CDE Competition

California State University, Chico students Anthony Toledo and Dillon Szyper won the national FFA Marketing Plan Career Development Event (CDE) competition during the 84th annual National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind. Oct. 19-22.

Toledo and Szyper, along with fellow team member Corinne Madison, competed on behalf of their home FFA chapter, Galt High School, in Galt, Calif. The Galt High School team earned the trip to Indianapolis when they won the state competition in San Luis Obispo in May while they were still seniors in high school. 

College of Agriculture Outreach Coordinator Audrey Denney said, “Winning a National Championship in one of the 23 Career Development Events is a tremendous accomplishment.  The students worked incredibly hard to prepare for the competition and are very deserving of that prestigious honor.”

Several CSU, Chico students made the trip to Indianapolis: Trevor Airola, Breanna Benton, Juliet Conant, Hannah Lovfald, Marlisa Nordstrom, Vince Pellegri and Jessica Vazquez all received their American Degrees on stage during one of the convention sessions. The American Degree is one of the highest awards that the National FFA Organization can bestow upon a member. 

Besides winning competitions and receiving awards, several students facilitated and presented development workshops. Leslie Buckingham presented a workshop titled “AIM (Action Influence Mission) to Influence” that encouraged students to positively influence others. Isaac Valencia presented a workshop titled “A Change Worth Making” that encouraged participants to consider peoples’ differences. Ryan Amaral presented a workshop about communications titled “Modern Day Communication.”

Past California state officers Vince Pellegri and Jessica Vazquez served as national delegates. They were involved in voting on amendments, approving a national officer slate and attending committee meetings.

CSU, Chico student Kelsey Markus worked behind the scenes of the convention setting up sessions, moving props and coordinating timing of award recipients. This year was Markus’s third year working for the convention.

CSU, Chico Agriculture Education Professor Brad Dodson said the National FFA Convention is a one-of-a-kind experience for future high school agriculture teachers.   “From an agriculture education perspective it is important for future agriculture teachers to attend the National FFA Convention and witness the competitions, workshops and sessions so they can see how to get their future students involved and actively participating in FFA.”

For more information about FFA and the National Convention visit www.ffa.org.