Open house on Friday caps 2nd big week for FLHS FFA Chapter

From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday May 4 at FLHS Ag Department

Cliff Buchan
News Editor

After a busy week during the 83rd annual Minnesota FFA Convention, the Forest Lake FFA Chapter is turning its attention to the home turf.

One of the highlights of the year is on tap Friday with the Forest Lake High School Agriculture Department Open House. The event is open to the public and includes tours and displays of year-long FFA and agricultural department student projects.

There will be animals to visit and the day will also include the FFA plant sale in the department greenhouse. The event runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and visitors are encouraged to park in the south parking lot at the high school.

The open house culminates a busy two week period for FFA members.

Chapter members were in action at the FFA convention at the University of Minnesota campus in St. Paul last week. More than 3000 state FFA members were in attendance April 22-23.

Forest Lake fell short of capturing the top state chapter award, but was named a top 10 chapter. The Hutchinson FFA Chapter captured the top honor for 2012 and will go on for consideration at the national level.

Chapters apply for the award by highlighting chapter activities in the areas of student, chapter and community development. Chapters are judged by a panel of individuals on the quality and innovation of ideas and accomplishing pre-determined goals.

Other Awards

Other awards and individual recognition was also achieved at the state convention.

Forest Lake will once again have a state officer.

Nathan Daninger was elected state treasurer. He was one of six FFA members from across Minnesota elected to serve as 2012-2013 Minnesota FFA Officers. He is a senior.

The six state officers were chosen by a nominating committee from a pool of 21 candidates. The new officers will not go through an extensive training process. Their duties will include visiting FFA chapters, industry leaders and planning the annual convention in 2013.

The Forest Lake chapter was one of 19 state chapters recognized for agricultural literacy. Winning chapters were recognized for their efforts to conduct agricultural literacy programs and the requirement to log their hours and activities.

Proficiency awards were also announced last week.

Forest Lake claimed one individual award.

Dakota Quimby was a proficiency award-winner in the category of specialty animal production.

As a state winner, Dakota earns the chance to represent Minnesota at the National FFA Convention this October in Indianapolis, IN. Proficiency awards are a way for students to showcase the skills and knowledge gained through their supervised agricultural experience.