LONG BRANCH, NJ - The Newton FFA Chapter won several of their events at the 89th New Jersey State FFA Convention in May at Monmouth University. The students brought home several awards competing against the best in the state.
Freshman Kirk Avondoglio took first place in the state FFA Creed Public Speaking competition. The event requires participants to recite the creed in front of a panel of judges. His win secures a place in the competition at National FFA Convention this fall.
Sophomore Bridget Fajvan also had finished first in the state in the Three to Five Minute Prepared Public Speaking event.
FFA Chapter members Alix Wojcik and Caitlin Bailey earned second and third place in the photography section of the Arts competition. Participants were invited to submit photos representative of the FFA theme.
Senior Maddie Enriquez was awarded the William G. Smith Memorial Scholarship Senior Kass Wojcik received the the Joshua Geary Memorial Scholarship. Each year the New Jersey FFA Foundation provides scholarships to seniors through an application process.
The Newton FFA received a Gold Ranking for the 8,000 Hour Challenge, having accrued the most community service hours of all the FFA chapters in the state. Newton also took home the earned the Outstanding Community Service Award for Think Outside Day.
Newton FFA Chapter advisor Jenny Allen received the high honor of New Jersey FFA Advisor of the Year award.
The accolades continued when Newton received the top prize in the state for Agricultural Awareness; Portable Exhibit; National Sweepstakes for participating in the most Career Development Events in the state.
Wojcik also received the National Individual Sweepstakes for ranking the highest in a National Career Development Event. The top three individuals received medals who participated in a Career Development Event for the 2017-2018 school year received medals. All students who participated and placed in the top five for hands-on practicums, received a certificate. The first place teams received a plaque sponsored by the National FFA.
Wojcik continued her winning streak having been named New Jersey FFA member of the month for February and earning first place in the state Essay Contest.
Newton Alumni Maggie Drislane and Summer Malone will receive their American FFA Degrees this fall at the National FFA Convention. The American Degree is the highest degree an FFA member can earn and is presented once the student has been out of high school for a year, continuing their Supervised Agricultural Experience as well as their volunteer time for community service.
Newton High School science teacher Yvonne LaForge, received her Honorary Garden State FFA Degree for her contribution to the FFA program in New Jersey.
"We had an amazing time," Brie Dul said.