FFA again ranked among state’s best

The high school’s annual ag department open house was held Friday, a cool day that started with a dusting of snow. Above: Amanda Williamson, Shelby Sandstrom and Savannah Jeans gave corsage-making lessons. (Photo by Mary Bailey)

The high school’s annual ag department open house was held Friday, a cool day that started with a dusting of snow. Above: Amanda Williamson, Shelby Sandstrom and Savannah Jeans gave corsage-making lessons. (Photo by Mary Bailey)

 

FLHS chapter also awarded for community service, agricultural literacy

 

For the eighth straight year the Forest Lake FFA chapter was named one of the state’s top 10 chapters at the annual Minnesota FFA Convention. Forest Lake was selected as the runner-up for the chapter award during this year’s convention held April 28-30 at the University of Minnesota.

Gilligan the dog gets attention from a Forest Lake high school student visiting the Katie K9 pet information stand at last week's open house. (Photo by Kat Ladwig)

Gilligan the dog gets attention from a Forest Lake high school student visiting the Katie K9 pet information stand at last week’s open house. (Photo by Kat Ladwig)

The recognition was based on an application submitted by the students, which identified successful activities in the areas of student, chapter, and community development. The application will now be reviewed at the national level.

The Forest Lake FFA was also named among the top FFA chapters in Minnesota as part of the “Land of Service Challenge” where members documented over 2,000 volunteer hours to the school and local community, and were recognized for their efforts in literacy programs as designed to inform others about the importance of agriculture.

“These achievements are a result of a dedicated and motivated group of students who seek to improve themselves, their school and the community,” said Mike Miron, one of three agricultural education teachers and FFA advisors. “While we are proud of our students, and their accomplishments, we hope that they continue to utilize their skills for the benefit of others.”

Individual members also received top honors during the convention. Seniors Zach Christenson and Amber McCarthy earned the Minnesota FFA Degree, the highest level of recognition that the state association can confer. Annually, only about 300 of the state’s over 9,700 members receive this honor.

Nathan Daninger, a 2012 Forest Lake graduate, completed his term as the Minnesota FFA state treasurer and delivered his retiring address during the second general session of the convention.

Students also qualified for state competition in 11 Career Development Events (CDEs). CDEs allow students to demonstrate relevant connections between classroom instruction and real-life scenarios. The events are designed to help prepare students for careers in agriculture and demonstrate technical skills and knowledge in a competitive setting. A complete listing of state CDE results can be found on the Forest Lake FFA website, www.forestlakeffa.org.

A few highlights include the Parliamentary Procedure team of sophomore Joe Ramstad, junior Mariah Daninger, senior Zach Christenson, junior Ben Plautz, junior Karlee Lawrence, and sophomore Sarah Neeck placing fifth overall.

Mariah Daninger also advanced to the final round of the Prepared Public Speaking CDE and took third in state. Additionally, the Horse Evaluation team of senior Hanna Post, senior Rebecca Piersdorf, senior LeighAnn Hall and junior Breanna Waddell placed fifth in the state.

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