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Perham FFA 6th at the state competition

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State proficiency winners, Nathan Haskins, Michael Lehmann, Kaylee Sazama and Andrew Gorents.2 / 3
Back row L to R: State degree recipients, David Langlie, Emily Guck, Emily Young, Tiana Lynne. Front row: Michael Lehmann, Nathan Haskins and Kristina Januszewski.3 / 3

The Perham FFA chapter placed 6th at state competition this past week in the national chapter award competition. The chapter will move on to national competition this coming October at the National FFA Convention.

This award is given to the chapters that have been the most successful in the leadership, personal growth and career success of its members.

Thirty-five students competed in state career development events from floriculture to horse judging. The events are designed to help prepare students for careers in agriculture. Classroom instruction comes alive as students demonstrate their skills in a competitive setting. CDEs test the abilities of individuals and teams in 23 major areas of agricultural instruction.

Nine teams competed at state competition. The state team placings and winners are:

Wildlife 9th place Team Gold

Amber Kalina

Abby Kalina

Tanner Hofius

Brandon Boutiette

Meats - Bronze Team

Josh Knickrem

Michael Lehmann

Nathan Haskins

Cody Sazama

Horse Evaluation - Bronze Team

Kaylee Sazama

Kristina Janusewski

Amber Sazama

Kaelan Brambrink

Soills - Bronze Team

Cody McKlendon

Tom Manning

Floriculture Bronze Team

Krystal Rich - 4th Place Individual

Kandy Rich - 5th Place Individual

Amanda Welcome - 9th Place Individual

Elizabeth Maxwell - 8th Place Individual

Ian Potrament

Forestry - Bronze Team

Sam Stafki

Kyle Lehmann

Small Animal 12th Place Team Gold

Tiana Lynne - 4th Place Individual

Candace Rastedt

Ashley Dow

Emily Young

Crops - Bronze Team

Kelly Jo Lubitz

Ivy Honer

Kateri Dornbusch

Rebekah Genoch

Dairy Foods 8th Place Team Gold

Alisha Fritz

Ryan Franks

Emily Guck

Kayla Jahnke

David Langie

Seven chapter members received the State FFA Degree, the highest degree that can be earned in the Minnesota FFA Association. Those receiving the degree were Emily Young, David Langlie, Emily Guck, Kristina Januszewski, Tiana Lynne, Nathan Haskins and Jason Rich.

FFA members also interviewed and competed in award areas related to their project to prove their proficiency and understanding in their respective Supervised Agricultural Experience Areas. The State winners were:

David Langlie - Bronze in Sheep Production

Emily Guck - Silver in Agricultural Sales

Jason Rich - 3rd place in Agricultural Processing

Tiana Lynn - Gold in Small Animal Care

Andrew Gorentz - 3rd Place in Dairy Production

Michael Lehmann - 2nd Place in Diversified Agriculture

Nathan Haskins - Gold in Agricultural Processing

Kaylee Sazama - First Place in Equine Science

Kaylee will move on to National Competition this coming October at the National FFA Convention.

FFA banquet May 15

The Perham FFA Chapter will be celebrating a successful year at its annual banquet on Saturday May 15 at 1 p.m. at the high school.

The National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 506,199 student members - all preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture - as part of 7,429 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

The National FFA Organization changed to its present name in 1988, in recognition of the growth and diversity of agriculture and agricultural education. 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.

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Perham school ag department hosts open house May 18

The Perham Agricultural Department invites the community to visit its new Greenhouse on May 18 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.

The greenhouse is located on the southwest side of the High School across from the High School parking lot. The Greenhouse project has been a great success due to the community involvement and efforts of many organizations and individuals.

The Agriculture Department invites the community to come visit, see and experience the opportunities available for students enrolled in the Agricultural Program and the FFA. Plants and metal landscape décor will also be for sale with all proceeds going to the High School Agricultural Department.

The Perham FFA Chapter was assisted by many organizations and groups in making the Greenhouse project a success. Among them, Perham Rotary, 549 Family Foundation, Women of Focus, Perham Sand and Gravel, Blossoms, Birds and Beyond, Hammers Construction, ACS, Esser Plumbing and Heating, JC Electric, Grass Roots Garden Center.