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Perham FFA competes at forestry career event

Perham FFA members Anthony Owczynsky, Dean Sailer, James Vana and Tristan Schlasser competed in the regional Forestry Career Development Event earlier this month, taking 4th place. Submitted photo

The Perham FFA chapter traveled to Mahnomen High School Oct. 9 to compete in the regional Forestry Career Development Event.

Perham FFA received a score of 795 points and brought home the 4th place ribbon. The team was one of nine to compete.

Team member James Vana received a score of 310 and received the 9th place ribbon. Other team members included Tristan Schlasser, Dean Sailer and Anthony Owczynsky.

Forestry is one of 25 national career development events, covering job skills in everything from communications to mechanics.

The forestry event measures FFA members’ knowledge of forestry and wood products management issues. Members are asked questions on tree and equipment identification, are given a general knowledge exam, and must demonstrate skill at interactive forestry applications such as compass reading and timber cruising.

Career development events help students develop the ability to think critically, communicate clearly and perform effectively in a competitive job market.

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 557,318 student members who belong to one of 7,498 local FFA chapters.