Crothersville FFA Receives State’s Top Safety Award

Crothersville FFA members attending the 83rd Indiana State Convention were (front)  Derrick Maxie, Kaitlyn Hoevener, Denise Maxie, Brittany Hall. Back: Cody Defibaugh, Dakota McMahon, and Jacoby Gillis. Also attending but unavailable for photo was Dustin McCleery.

Members of the Crothersville FFA last week traveled to the campus of Purdue University in West Lafayette to attend the 83rd Indiana FFA State Convention. Local students participated in contests, attended voting meetings, toured a trade show, and listened to sessions with motivational speakers including Crothersville native Scott McKain.

Denise Maxie concluded her term as District XI FFA President as she led the election of new district officers. Maxie also served on the state nominating committee where she spent 20 hours prior to convention interviewing members who wanted to vie for the opportunity to serve as Indiana State FFA officers.

The Crothersville chapter’s biggest moment of the convention was when they were named first place in the state safety initiative.  This $1,000 reward, sponsored by Pioneer Hi-Bred, was awarded to the chapter for their work in community safety activities including the rabies clinic, fire safety week activities, and farm safety week educational tour.  The chapter was recognized with a $500 award, sponsored by Indiana Statewide REC and CHS Foundation, for their efforts in the area of community service including Veterans Day program, craft show, and toy & food drive.

Members participating in individual contests included Dakota McMahon and Cody Defibaugh with the chapter exhibit. Brittany Hall, Dakota McMahon, Cody Defibaugh, and Dustin McCleery served as members of the state Courtesy Corps. Kaitlyn Hoevener and Jacoby Gillis served as state voting delegates.  Derrick Maxie participated in the Discovery Degree demonstrations and was a member of the state chorus.  Denise Maxie competed in the state essay contest and leadership ambassador contest.