Twenty-three FFA chapters from across the state were recognized for their community service efforts earlier this week at the 83rd Minnesota FFA Convention at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.
Among the honored chapters were Chaska and Le Center, both of which conducted service projects throughout the year and logged their hours to compete against the other chapters.
Another 52 FFA chapters were recognized at the convention for their contributions to Camp Courage and Courage Center programs. Waconia, Chaska, Le Center, Norwood Young America and Randolph were among the chapters to conduct a variety of events to raise funds for the organization.
Chapters around the state sent student delegates to the convention as participants in Career Development Events ranging from livestock evaluations to ag management to public speaking. In the Agriculture Sales CDE, the Belle Plaine FFA team took top honors in the state. Paige Hildebrandt, of the Waseca chapter, took first place in Creed Speaking. Other top-10 finishers in team and individual CDEs include:
- Belle Plaine – Erin Morrison, Extemporaneous Speaking (3rd); Katelyn Zurn, Job Interview (10th); Agriculture Sales team (1st); Parliamentary Procedure team (5th)
- Chaska – Dairy Foods team (4th); Dairy Cattle team (8th)
- Le Center – Farm Management team (9th)
- Norwood Young America – Dairy Cattle team (7th)
- Montgomery-Lonsdale – Small Animal team (5th), Fish & Wildlife team (6th), Meats Evaluation (7th), Floriculture team (10th)
- Randolph – Mary Liebenstein (Dundas), Dairy Handling (5th)
- Waseca – Paige Hildebrandt, Creed Speaking (1st); Horse Evaluation team (8th)
The 83rd Minnesota FFA Convention was held April 22-24 in St. Paul and drew 3,000-plus FFA members, advisors and guests from across the state. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
KCHK 1350 AM will air interviews this week from local chapters at the state convention, according to the following schedule:
Wed., April 25
1:20 Montgomery-Lonsdale #1
3:20 Le Center #1
Thur., April 26
8:45 Randolph (two kids from Jordan, Dundas)
10:20 Belle Plaine
1:20 Le Center #2
3:15 Montgomery-Lonsdale #2
These interviews will also be available in podcast form beginning next week here atkchkradio.net.