The 90th National FFA Convention happened in Indianapolis in late October, and the Treasure Valley’s kids did such a great job. Teams attended from Nampa, Kuna and Meridian; my congratulations to all of them.

Here’s the rundown:


Gold emblem as a team in Agricultural Technology and Mechanical Systems, silver emblem as a team in Horse Evaluation

Andrew Gutierrez and Spencer Stoltey received gold emblems in Ag Tech and Mechanical Systems, and Tyler Duff and Matthew Stacey received silver emblems for the same.

Sydney Anderson and Anna Peterson received gold emblems for Horse Evaluation, and Shyanne Medley-Stillwell received a silver emblem. Isabelle Marx earned a bronze emblem.


Silver emblem as a team for Conduct of Chapter Meetings, fourth place and a gold emblem for Parliamentary Procedure. The Parliamentary Procedure team was made up of Savannah Stroebel, Shyla Flavel, Katelyn Hettinga, Emberly Stroebel, Jennifer Ball and Mason Roberts.


Ninth place as a team and a gold emblem for Food Science and Technology (team members Rachel Mansfield, Isaac Livesay, Courtney Marshall and Carly Connery), eighth place as a team and a gold emblem for Veterinary Science (team members Courtney Chambers, Alexa Phillips, Ashlyn Schiers and Kiara Wetzel)

Rachel Mansfield earned eighth place individually and a gold emblem in Food Science and Technology. In the same competition, Courtney Marshall received a gold emblem and Carly Connery and Isaac Livesay both got silver emblems.

Mallie Miller took second place as an individual in Employment Skills. She also got a gold emblem.

Courtney Chambers took ninth place individually in Veterinary Science and also received a gold emblem. Ashlyn Schiers and Kiara Wetzel also left with gold emblems in Veterinary Science, and Alexa Phillips took home a silver emblem.

Nampa High student shadows AG for a day

Short tidbit, but as always, a good one: Nampa High’s Jacob Buxton had the opportunity to shadow Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden on Nov. 21! This photo is from when he had the opportunity to meet Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra while attending a Land Board meeting with A.G. Wasden.

Stinker Stores customers donate over $50k to Foodbank

Stinker Stores has reported in from its Stomp Out Hunger campaign: Customers donated $56,772 toward The Idaho Foodbank!

The company is adding another $25,000 of its own, so The Idaho Foodbank is getting a total of $81,772.

Stinker Stores encouraged customers to donate by adding to their final total at check-out between Nov. 3-13. Thanks go to everyone who chose to pay a little extra at the register.

The nice thing about a cash donation to The Idaho Foodbank is that the food bank gets a lot of donations at this time of year, because of the holidays, and money is something that can be put aside and used later. Money expires a whole lot more slowly than even non-perishable food, after all.