Timberlake FFA celebrates 2018-2019 success

 

State Champion Freshman Agriscience Quizbowl Team: Allison Richey (right), Farm Credit Associations of Oklahoma, joins Cynda Clary (second from right), OSU College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources associate dean for academic programs, to congratulate Timberlake FFA members Jacob Diller (third from right), Ethan Jenlink (center), Cade Severin (third from left) and Greysan Ioerger (second from left) and Timberlake Agricultural Instructor and FFA advisor Ashley Gaff.

The 2018 -2019 school year ended on a high note for Timberlake FFA members as they found great success at the State FFA Interscholastics in Stillwater April 26-27 and the State FFA Convention in Oklahoma City April 30-May 1.

Prior to the state contest, members have to qualify with their prepared speeches to participate in state competition. Ethan Jenlink, Jacob Diller, Greysan Ioerger and Cade Severin gave the FFA Creed. Emma Curry, Riley Hensley, Kinlie Judd, Henslee Powell, Kilynn Gaff, and Hannah Wear gave speeches in the 8th grade Agriculture Explorations division. Cade Jenlink had an Agricultural Policy and Agriscience speech. Joel Pecha presented a speech in 8-9-10th Grade General Agriculture and Dana Miller in Agriscience.

At the regional speech contest, Cade won both of his divisions, Ethan won the creed, Joel and Riley both placed 3rd and Hannah placed 5th. Cade, Joel, Ethan and Riley advanced to Area contest where Cade placed 2nd in both divisions and Ethan placed 4th. Cade then advanced to the State FFA Speech Contest where he placed 4th with his policy speech and then won the Agriscience division. At the State FFA Convention Cade's state champion Agriscience speech allowed him to compete in the overall prepared public speaking championship.


Several other members of the Timberlake FFA Chapter also won state championship honors at the 2019 Oklahoma FFA Career Development Events at Oklahoma State University.

The Timberlake Freshman Agriscience Quiz Bowl Team beat 25 other teams from across the state to win the gold. In this event, teams of four FFA members compete to answer questions from the Introduction to Agriscience curriculum and the FFA Student Handbook. Team members include Jacob Diller, Ethan Jenlink, Cade Severin and Greysan Ioerger.

Also at the State Interscholastics, the livestock judging team consisting of Joel Pecha, Jake Thorp and Braydon Frech placed 10th overall. The nursery and landscape team (Henslee Powell, Karleigh Decker, Natalee Green and Kilynn Gaff) and the Agronomy team (Riley Hensley, Hannah Wear and Kinlie Judd) also represented the Timberlake FFA chapter well.

Because of team and individual success at the State FFA Interscholastics, Timberlake FFA was the 5th overall single teacher school in the state CDE chapter sweepstakes competition out of 293 schools.

At the 93rd Oklahoma FFA Convention on May 1st, Joel Pecha earned first-place honors in the 2019 Oklahoma FFA Beef Production Placement Proficiency Award area. Pecha said his seventh-generation, family-owned cattle and wheat operation, E7 Ranch, was established in the 1893 Land Run. The operation includes 1,400 acres of farm ground, commercial cow herd, Hereford cow herd, and 800-1,000 head of stocker cattle. "I have learned the importance nutrition plays in cattle performance," Pecha said. "The nutritional needs of a stocker calf are vastly different than the nutritional needs of a cow."


His tasks include assisting in managing forage for the stocker cattle and calving herds; maintain additional feed, minerals and water; making breeding decisions; and assisting in record keeping. After graduation, Pecha plans to attend Texas Christian University to study ranch management. He plans to return to E7 Ranch. The beef production placement proficiency award is designed to recognize students who are involved in a supervised agricultural experience related to using effective management to produce and market beef. The 16-year-old Timberlake FFA member is the son of Lenny and Kelly Pecha.

Cade Jenlink also received first place in the 2019 Oklahoma FFA Environmental Science and Natural Resources Proficiency Award area. Cade's Supervised Agricultural Experience consisted of building a row tree shelter belt on his family's highly erodible land. After much research through Oklahoma State University and the Arbor Day Foundation, Cade selected the appropriate trees and shrubs needed to help guarantee success in his project. The shelter belt not only protects erodible soil but also provides shelter to livestock from the sun and wind, and even provides an improved hunting area.


After graduation, Cade plans on attending OSU and pursuing a degree in Agricultural Economics. With his degree, he hopes to obtain a career with an agricultural company or business as a lobbyist. He also plans on continuing to grow his cow-calf herd while keeping his family's land a sustainable and environmentally friendly farm. The 18-year-old FFA member is the son of Jay and Stephanie Jenlink.

Jacob Diller was recognized on stage for placing 3rd High Individual in the Junior Sporting Clays competition this past fall.

Jake Thorp, Cade Jenlink, Braydon Frech, Camdon Frech, Austin Stallings, Jaden Severin and KaLynn LeForce met requirements to receive an Agricultural Education Career Passport. The recipients were recognized on stage during the 93rd State FFA Convention. The career passport is awarded to students who have prepared to enter the agricultural workforce through rigorous curricular and evaluation activities established by industry. These graduating high school seniors must complete coursework in their chosen field and successfully pass objective and skill-based competency tests. The career passport assures a prospective employer its holder is well prepared to enter a job in a specific field.

Timberlake was also 1 of 258 Oklahoma chapters recognized for contributions to the 2019 FFA Hunger Challenge. In response to the theme "Don't Give Up," chapter members donated livestock and/or money to provide 1,531,200 protein sticks for the Oklahoma Food Bank's Backpack Program. Last year, the program provided food to more than 30,000 elementary school children who have inconsistent access to food on weekends and school holidays, according to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma. Dana Miller accepted the recognition at convention on behalf of the Timberlake FFA Chapter.

Braydon Frech, Camdon Frech, Cade Jenlink, KaLynn LeForce, Sophia Leierer and Jake Thorp received the State FFA Degree, the highest degree of active membership awarded by the Oklahoma FFA Association. The honor is bestowed upon high school senior FFA members who have demonstrated outstanding supervised agricultural experience programs and leadership skills. Only 806 of the nearly 27,000 Oklahoma FFA members advanced through the Discovery, Greenhand and Chapter Degrees to earn the state honor this year.

Last but not least, earlier in February Cade Jenlink was announced as a State Officer finalist as a candidate for Northwest Area Vice President. On Wednesday May 1st, the final night and final session of convention, Cade was announced as the 2019-2020 State FFA Northwest Area Vice President. While there has been past officers from Helena-Goltry and Jet-Nash, Cade is Timberlake's first ever State FFA Officer!

In total, after convention, Timberlake FFA has 6 State FFA Degree recipients, 9 State Finalists, and 7 State champions. In all Timberlake walked across the State Convention stage 30 times! Congratulations, to all Timberlake FFA members on an incredibly successful year.

Newly Elected State FFA Officer Team- Drew Hardaway (front center) Battiest FFA, President; Emily Kennedy (front left), Edmond FFA, secretary; Courtney Tillinghast, Owasso FFA, reporter; Tanner Taylor (back left), Adair FFA, northeast area vice president; Cade Jenlink, Timberlake FFA, northwest area vice president; Joseph David, Washington FFA, central area vice president; Krista Carroll, Tishomingo FFA, southeast area vice president; and Bryce Waugh, Tipton FFA, southwest area vice president.

 

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