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Photo provided by Mandy Delaune -- Attending the recent state FFA conference areSt. Amant FFAmembers and school officials, first row from left, Jacob Smith, Megan Bordelon, Rod Hunt and Corey Alleman; and second row, chapter advisor Chris Head; Advisor, Assistant Principal Angela Boudreaux; John Hammatt, Haylie Heath, Principal Mia Edwards, Katie Constanza, Tylor Cain, Taylor Gautreaux, Assistant Principal Amy Knot, Blake LaBauve and advisor Mandy Delaune.

Ten St. Amant Future Farmers of America members attended the 85th Louisiana State FFA Convention June 3-6 at the Monroe Civic Center.

Megan Bordelon, Katie Costanza, Corey Alleman, Jacob Smith, Blake LaBauve, John Hammatt, Haylie Heath, Tylor Cain, Taylor Gautreaux and Rod Hunt were part of the St. Amant delegation.

At the convention, FFA members listened to speakers, attended leadership workshops and watched as members competed in state career development leadership skills events.

St. Amant FFA chapter was named best overall FFA chapter in the state in the National Chapter Award area, a news release from the chapter said.

The group was named division winners in student development and chapter development. Each year the state names the top-ranking FFA chapter based on its number of hours of service through the Living to Serve Challenge. With 14,354 hours, St. Amant FFA was named the state winner, chapter adviser Mandy Delaune said.

Members Hunt, Bryce, Gautreaux and Alleman were awarded their state FFA degrees.

The chapter won third place and a $1,000 grant in the Nutrients for Life Grant Award program.

The chapter won the award for its hands-on workshops held for elementary students to learn about plant development, testing soil in gardens, amending soil, planting vegetables, applying fertilizer to gardens and tracking how fertilizer increases production.

“The result of the FFA members’ hard work was evident in the enthusiasm of the elementary students,” Delaune said. “It was rewarding to see an educational connection that clearly benefited an important portion of the community. By preparing a younger generation, we are taking an initiative to nourish the world, which is ultimately rewarding for the agricultural industry and the community as a whole.”

The Nutrients for Life Foundation program in Louisiana is supported by the program’s founding sponsor, PotashCorp.