For the ninth straight year, Forest Lake FFA was named one of Minnesota’s top 10 chapters at the annual state FFA convention, held at the University of Minnesota on April 27-29.
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 10,000 Service Hours Challenge,” where members documented over 2,000 volunteer hours to the school and local community. They were also recognized for their efforts in literacy programs 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.
Individual members also received top honors during the convention. Seniors Mariah Daninger, Ben Plautz, Randy Rehbein and Luke Niemcyzyk earned the Minnesota FFA Degree, the highest level of recognition that the state association can award an individual. Annually, only about 300 of the state’s over 10,000 members receive this honor.
Daninger and Plautz were each one of four finalists for their respective Minnesota Star Awards. These awards honor students who have developed outstanding agricultural skills and competencies through supervised agricultural experience, demonstrated outstanding management skills, earned the Minnesota FFA degree and met other requirements.
Daninger competed in the Agricultural Placement category and Plautz in AgriBusiness.
Winners of the Minnesota FFA Association Proficiency Awards were announced last week. Plautz won in the nursery landscape area.
Students also qualified for state competition in 11 career development events, which allow students to demonstrate relevant connections between classroom instruction and real-life scenarios.
Ninth-grader Megan Palmer placed fifth in creed. Daninger advanced to the final round in prepared public speaking and placed in the top six. Junior Joe Ramstad placed in the top four in the Farm Bureau discussion meet event.