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Hall of Chapters Display Features a Year in Pictures

The Chinook Chapter of the FFA has been preparing for State Convention all year, but activity intensified at the end of March with the convention dates, April 2-6 looming. In preparation for the 94th Annual Montana FFA State Convention, a committee met to construct a display for the Chapter's entry for the Hall of Chapters. The theme this year is "Guided by Gold," and all entries must meet criteria outlined on a rubric.

According to FFA Advisor Mrs. Mizti Cecrle, this entry is a board that the members design and set up for display at the State Convention. "It must be designed using what your chapter has been up to over the year, who the members are, who the officers are, and what some of the most significant events and best inspiring SAEs were. It will be judged at the State Convention."

As outlined by the Montana FFA, the purpose of the Hall of Chapters Display is to highlight and showcase the individual chapter's yearly activities in an informative, creative, and visually appealing manner. Entries will be judge on content, with a focus on educational value and key take-aways; visual appeal, with design, theme, adaptability, and innovation being integral; and professionalism as evidenced by the Chapter representatives during the oral presentation of the Board. Their manners and appearance will also be part of that criteria point. Then, the Chapter with the winning display has the opportunity to adapt their display to represent the entire state of Montana at the National FFA Convention in the Hall of States.

Designers of Chinook's board built a bi-fold display from plywood which they then framed, hinged, stained, and draped with gold fabric. In addition to the display of pictures, the Chapter designed a brochure that celebrates their efforts. This brochure will be available for distribution at the Convention. It features pictures of Chapter Officers, Members, and Events. Inside, it not only shares fun facts but describes the Chapter as "learning to do, doing to learn, earning to live, and living to serve." It also lists four goals: "Be Role Models, Increase Our Chapter Attendance, Improve Our Officer Leadership, and Improve Our Competing Teams."

The Hall of Chapters Committee members included all officers: Aislinn Handy (President), Wylee Simeonson (Vice President), Brockton Elliot (Reporter), Madilyn Gruszie (Secretary), Jacob Metcalf (Treasurer), Falyn Cecrle (Sentinel), and Ashlyn Hofeldt (Parliamentarian), as well as Jameson Nordboe, Wacee Simesnon, Zoë Scofield, Ben Hofeldt, Oliver Standiford, Kohen Sullivan, and Bryce