Forest Lake Area High School’s FFA named one of Minnesota’s best; Chapter also receives awards for community service and agriculture literacy

Community Editor

For the 12th straight year, the Forest Lake FFA chapter was named one of Minnesota’s top 10 chapters at the annual State FFA Convention, held at the University of Minnesota April 23 to 25.

Forest Lake was seventh in the chapter award program. 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 also took third place honors as part of the agriculture literacy challenge, where members documented several events students had planned and organized revolving around agriculture literacy. Activities were evaluated based on their innovation and number of people reached.

This program was designed to inform others throughout the community 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,” FFA advisor Mike Miron said in a press release. “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. Joe Ramstad (2015 Forest Lake graduate) completed his term as the Minnesota FFA State Sentinel and delivered his retiring address, “jOURney,” during the first general session. Throughout the past year, Ramstad was one of six individuals who served as an ambassador for the state organization of over 11,000 members and the agricultural industry as he traveled throughout Minnesota and the nation to promote careers in the agriculture, food and natural resources career pathway. Some of his duties included traveling to dozens of high school FFA chapters, attending the meetings of government and civic agricultural groups, representing the FFA at the Minnesota State Fair, serving on the Minnesota FFA Student Board of Directors, and volunteering as a voting delegate to the National FFA Convention where he represented the national organization’s 649,355 members.

Megan Palmer, a senior at Forest Lake Area High School, earned the Minnesota FFA Degree. To be eligible for the Minnesota FFA Degree, students must have earned and invested at least $2,000 of his or her own efforts in the program. Each recipient must have completed a minimum of two years of classroom instruction in an agricultural, food and natural resources education program.

Students also qualified for state competition in nine career development events. 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 at www.ForestLakeFFA.org.