Emily Bloemer interviewed to win a national championship in her respected FFA record book area at National FFA Convention in Louisville KY this passed month and received 2nd place out of 610,000 FFA members from across the nation.
Along with finishing second, Bloemer was announced as the winner of a free Costa Rica trip seminar.
Bloemer does her FFA record book on Wildlife Management, where she conserves the wildlife habitat through eradication of invasive species, conducting of wildlife surveys, maintaining ground put into government conservation programs, and nourishing the wildlife through food plots.
Bloemer has worked on her FFA project for 5 years, but she began managing the wildlife on her family’s farm since she was in Kindergarten in 2001.
To get to this point was a 5 year journey for both her and her Agriculture Teacher, Jestun Nutter, as well as her parents, Paul and Sandy Bloemer. A lot of work goes into preparing for the national competition, including numerous obstacles to even get to the point of nationals.
Every Ag students completes a record book on a project of their choice, which is much like a 4-H project. A panel of judges ask questions to the students about their records at the local level. If the students wins locally they move to section where they competes against 14 other schools. After winning at section, they move to districts where they compete against roughly 60 other schools. If they win districts they move to state where they compete against 320 other schools and then the applications advance to nationals. At nationals, the record book applications are reviewed by a panel of judges and ranked Gold, Silver and Bronze. From the Gold record book applications the judges choose the top 4 in the nation. The top 4 students are then required to compete against each other through interviews at the National FFA Convention.