Forest Lake hosts Career Development Event

Eighth FFA team qualifies for state

Sarah Neeck and Joe Ramstad are part of the parliamentary procedures team that is going to the state competition.
Sarah Neeck and Joe Ramstad are part of the parliamentary procedures team that is going to the state competition.

Another team of FFA students will advance to the next level after taking second place at the regional Career Development Event held at Forest Lake on Feb. 2.

The Farm Bureau Discussion Meet invitational contest allows members to discuss current agricultural issues in a community forum. The team of Amber McCarthy, Zach Christenson and Joe Ramstad took second place.

Career Development Events, held at several locations during the year, let students demonstrate connections between classroom instruction and real-life scenarios.

Other Forest Lake FFA teams have already qualified for the state meet coming in April.

The Horse Evaluation team of Hanna Post, Rebecca Piersdorf, Amber McCarthy and Heidi Morris qualified in October, with Post taking third in individual competition.

The Livestock Evaluation category requires knowledge of beef cattle, sheep and hogs. Regional champions in October were Forest Lake’s Alyssa King, Randy Rehbein, Rachael Anderson, Mitch Clemens and Zach Christenson. King took sixth and Rehbein took seventh in individual competition.

Also in October, Tony Adam and Nathan McCarthy qualified in Soils.

In the Dairy Foods division, FFA members complete a written exam on milk production and marketing. They evaluate milk samples for flavor and quality, identify cheeses, and look for defects in milker parts.

At the Princeton meet in November, the Forest Lake team of  Joe Ramstad, Sarah Neeck, Amanda Stafford, Nic Norem and Mia Peoquin took fourth place and earned a chance to continue.

The Poultry Evaluation team going to state, based on their second-place standing at regionals in November, are Savannah Jeans, Sofia Rappa, Laura Fagin, Madelyn Heurung and Josephine Hudoba.

In December Mariah Daninger was regional winner in Prepared Public Speaking.

The team of Ben Plautz, Zach Christenson, Karlee Lawrence, Joe Ramstad, Sarah Neeck and Mariah Daninger competed in Parliamentary Procedure in December, earning a second-place finish and qualifying for state.

The FFA members have also received several individual honors.  Seniors Amber McCarthy and Zach Christenson qualified for the Minnesota FFA Degree, the highest level of recognition that the state FFA can confer. Annually, only about 300 of the state’s over 9,000 members receive this honor. The degrees will be conferred at the state convention in April.

Rachael Anderson also took first in the region in the Diversified Livestock proficiency award area.  The application asks students to document skills and activities that are part of their Supervised Agricultural Experience program.  Rachael’s application will now advance to state competition.

For more information, visit the Forest Lake FFA website at