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Cibola High School leaves its mark at 90th National FFA Convention

Cibola High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) Chapter member and sophomore student Taylor McNeece competed at the 90th National FFA Convention this past week in Indianapolis, Indiana. 

McNeece not only represented Cibola FFA, but also represented the state of Arizona by competing in the FFA Creed Speaking contest and earned a bronze metal. The FFA Creed consists of five paragraphs, written by E.M. Tiffany in 1928. The FFA Creed starts every paragraph with “I Believe,” and McNeece believed.

"Taylor worked so hard for this and it really showed,” CHS Agriculture Science teacher Erika Derma said. “I am so lucky to be her teacher and be on this journey with her."

Two former Cibola FFA program graduates, Kieran Faulkner and Katlyn Ogram, received their American FFA Degrees. Only 1 percent of all FFA members receive this degree and it is one of the organization’s highest honors. According to the website,, the American FFA Degree is awarded to members who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to FFA and made significant accomplishments in their supervised agricultural experiences. 

Faulkner and Ogram traveled with their families to Indianapolis for the ceremony on Oct. 28, 2017.

Kevin Swearingin