Each year, we say farewell to seniors who have been part of our program and excelled in many areas. While the 2019-2020 school year did not end as expected by anyone’s standards, we still want to take an opportunity to honor our graduating seniors.
First, we know that we probably have many proud family members reading this or people who might be interested in FFA so we thought we would define some of the common terms and acronyms that so many of us who are involved with FFA might take for granted as far as knowing the meaning.
Terms you should know:
CDE and LDE: Career and Leadership Development Events develop college and career readiness skills through competitive events that serve as an outgrowth of the agricultural classroom education the students in seven through 12 receive.
SAE: Supervised Agricultural Experience is a student-led, instructor-supervised, work-based learning experience. SAEs result in measurable outcomes within a predefined, agreed-upon set of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR) Technical Standards and Career Ready Practices that aligned with the student’s Career Plan of study. Students start with a Foundational SAE, then expand to include one or more Immersion SAEs.
Now that we’ve covered those terms, let’s introduce our seniors who graduated in a modified ceremony in June 2020.
Nate Jeremy Sauer
Nate’s CDE projects were shooting sports and the agricultural fair. His SAE was woodworking. We asked him about his future plans and he told us he plans to sere in the U.S. Navy as an aviation electrician. His favorite FFA memory? The 2017 Summer Campout at Grand Lake RV.
Brannan Kyler Vail
Brannan’s CDE was livestock judging and SAE was beef placement and swine entrepreneurship. His post-high school plans are to attend college and earn a degree in Kinesiology. What about his favorite FFA memory? Winning the State FFA Livestock Judging Contest.
Alex Kenyon Prince
Alex’s CDEs were environmental science and commercial cattle grading. He chose lawn management as his SAE. He plans to continue his academic and athletic career at Northeastern A&M College. Alex’s favorite FFA memory is when he attended State Convention every year.
Emma’s CDEs were Agriscience Fair, commercial and cattle grading, and food science. Her SAE was honey bee production and maintenance. Her plans are to attend ATA College and graduate with a certificate to be an ultrasound technician. After college, she hopes to maintain a job in the Tulsa area and keep up her beekeeping hobby. When we asked her favorite FFA memory, Emma said, “the hands-on opportunity to work directly with the honeybees as well as being a par of collecting honey from our chapter hives for my own agriscience experiment.
“Lastly, being on Channel 6 to spread awareness about the importance of bees.”
AJ Jean Schults
AJ’s CDEs were floriculture and forestry and her SAEs were egg production, sheep placement, goat placement, and swine placement. AJ plans to serve in the U.S. Air Force. Her favorite FFA memory is going fishing and camping on the Roaring River.
Bracie Dawn Sasser
Bracie’s CDEs were equine judging, commercial cattle grading, food science, and Agriscience Fiar. Her SAE was equine entrepreneurship. Bracie’s post-high school plans are to attend Northeastern A&M College and get an Associates in Agricultural Business and Management.
Her favorite memory from FFA? “Bus rides to and from CDE Contests and State Convention as well as getting to make memories with the other chapter members.”
Mickaila Renee Kelley
Mickaila’s CDE projects were commercial cattle grading, public speaking, horse judging, livestock judging, and the Agriscience Fair. Her SAE was custom hay baling.
She plans to attend the University of Arkansas to earn a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering.
What’s her favorite FFA memory?
“All the long bus rides and waiting on results at competitions. This is when you spend tie with your fellow members and get the best laughs out of the silliest things that you will remember forever.”
Congratulations to all our graduating seniors from the Vinita Class of 2020!