Matt Hoadley earns honors at national FFA convention 11.18.09

Written by David Green.

A Morenci graduate earned high honors at the National FFA Convention Career Development Event. The convention took place Oct. 20-24 in Indianapolis.

Matt Hoadley, now a student at Ferris State University, earned a gold award by placing 13th in the nation individually in the Nursery and Landscape competition in a field of about 150 qualifiers.

Hoadley competed with the Ornamental Horticulture team from the LISD TECH Center FFA chapter. The group placed 17th in team standings, earning 1,482 out of a possible 2,000 points.

After finishing as runners-up in the Michigan state competition, Hoadley’s team was chosen to represent Michigan at the national convention.

“Although a lot of time was put into the preparation, it all paid off in the end,” Hoadley said. “I had an awesome time and it was a great learning experience.”

In addition to Hoadley, team members are Adrian graduate Tyler Sieler, home schooler Tedd Bergeron, Jr., and Joshua Thomas of Tecumseh. The team was coached by their FFA Advisor and class instructor, Don Fowler.

In addition to Hoadley’s gold finish, Sieler received a bronze rating. Bergeron and Thomas both received silver ratings.

The team competed in general identification, assessment and solution, landscape drawing, verbal and written assistance, nursery skills, as well as team activities and a written exam.

The LISD Agronomy team placed 24th at the convention. 

The students attended career shows, leadership training seminars, met with college representatives and visited historical monuments and buildings. 

Students got a first-hand look at the largest student organization in the United States with approximately 50,000 FFA members from all 50 states and Puerto Rico in attendance.

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