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Perham's Sazama wins AgriBusiness award

The Minnesota FFA Association has named Kaylee Sazama of Perham the 2011 Minnesota FFA Star in AgriBusiness, one of the association's highest honors. Sazama competed with three other finalists at the 82nd Minnesota FFA Convention held May 1-3 in St. Paul.

Sazama has successfully trained and won numerous shows with her registered quarter and thoroughbred horses. She lists barrel racing as her favorite hobby with a goal to continue this SAE to invest in better horses.

Sazama participates in a variety of local FFA chapter activities as well as the horse evaluation career development event, placing in the top five individually in the region. She also actively participated in community service events such as the Perham Turtle Races, FFA Blood Drive and Children's Barnyard.

Sazama plans to attend Dodge City Community College in Dodge City, Kan. in the fall, and to major in equine training and management.

Each year at the Minnesota FFA convention, 16 state finalists--four in each category--vie for the association's top awards: Minnesota FFA Star Farmer, Minnesota FFA Star in AgriBusiness, Minnesota FFA Star in Production Placement and Minnesota FFA Star in AgriScience.

These awards honor students who have developed outstanding agricultural skills and competencies through their supervised agricultural experience; demonstrated outstanding management skills; earned the Minnesota FFA Degree - the Association's highest level of accomplishment; and met other agricultural education, scholastic and leadership requirements.

Each finalist was interviewed by a panel of judges, who ultimately named the top candidate in each area. The winners were announced in an onstage convention ceremony and received a plaque and an award of $300. The runners-up also received plaques and $100 each.

Sazama's parents are Robert and Laurie Sazama, and her adviser is Carl Aakre.