INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Newton High School FFA students were rewarded for their hard work having brought home titles and trophies from the 92 National FFA Convention, making the 13 hour bus ride worth the trip.  The school was well represented by 25 FFA students who took the13 hour bus ride to go up against teams from across the country over two days of competitions. 

"We are always extremely proud of our Newton FFA Chapter" Principal Jeff Waldron said. "They partner with several local groups, organizations, and school districts throughout the year to benefit our community in many ways.  They expose younger students to outdoor living and learning, they raise fish to help stock local waterways, and they process venison to help provide food to families in need, just to name a few."  This year, the Newton FFA had a school record 25 students qualify for competition at the 2019 National FFA Convention.  While I am thrilled our students did so well in the competition aspect of the convention, it is the educational value associated with the event that excites me the most.   By careful design, the skills required to be a successful FFA member are transferable across all professions.   The Newton FFA joined over 69.900 other attendees participating in the largest student convention in the country.  They attended sessions lead by several of our Nation's agricultural leaders and had the opportunity to network with over 400 exhibitors to help them prepare for life after high school.

Newton’s FFA students earned a trip to Nationals after finishing first or second in the team competitions at the New Jersey State competition level.  The teams earned team and individual awards in six categories:

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Environmental and Natural Resources Team-Silver

  • John Viersma-Gold Individually
  • Grant Parker-Bronze Individually
  • Domink Gruca-Bronze Individually
  • Jordan Sliker-Bronze Individually

Dairy Cattle Evaluation and Management Team-Bronze

  • Cassidy Viersma-Gold Individually
  • Angelico Villaruz-Silver Individually
  • Isobel Costello-Silver Individually
  • Matthew Kuever-Bronze Individually

Agricultural Sales Team-Bronze

  • Eddie Baldwin-Bronze Individually
  • Kirk Avondoglio-Bronze Individually
  • Sarah Phillips-Bronze Individually
  • Vinnie Cercone-Bronze Individually

Forestry Team-Bronze

  • Bridget Fajvan-Bronze Individually
  • Travis LeMasson-Bronze Individually
  • Alix Wojcik-Bronze Individually
  • Sal Zonca-Bronze Individually

Livestock Evaluation Team-Bronze

  • Donovan Hetzel-Bronze Individually
  • Danny Cleary-Bronze Individually
  • Aden Sathutiti-Bronze Individually

Meats Evaluation and Technology Team-Bronze

  • Brett Bergey-Bronze Individually
  • Nick Costa-Bronze Individually
  • Robbie Ford-Bronze Individually

Justin Marenzana, Katie Reidmiller and Michael Reidmiller were awarded the American Degree.  The American Degree is the highest degree an FFA member can receive.  It is presented once students have been out of high school for a year, continuing their Supervised Agricultural Experience of SAE as well as volunteer their time for community service. 

"This year, the Newton FFA had a school record 25 students qualify for competition at the 2019 National FFA Convention," Waldron said. "While I am thrilled our students did so well in the competition aspect of the convention, it is the educational value associated with the event that excites me the most.   By careful design, the skills required to be a successful FFA member are transferable across all professions."

The Newton FFA joined over 69,000 other attendees participating in the largest student convention in the country.  They attended sessions lead by several of our nation's agricultural leaders and had the opportunity to network with over 400 exhibitors to help them prepare for life after high school.

Newton High School Principal Jeff Waldron received an Honorary American Degree.  He was given his plaque on Friday.