Its been a busy summer and fall for members of the Fillmore Central FFA Chapter.
In June four ninth grade students attended the State Greenhand Leadership Camp in Hackensack, Minn. They were Kayla Biel, Hannah Grabau, Alex Love and Domanic Merkel. While at the week-long camp, students had the chance to meet FFA members from all over Minnesota, learn more about the FFA program, attend workshops on goal setting, team building, growing their FFA chapter and etiquette. The students were also able to participate in several recreational activities.
The team of Kayla and Kelsey Biel and Coltin and Morgan Wingert competed in the Dairy Livestock Judging Contest at the Minnesota State Fair. Kayla Biel exhibited dairy heifers and a dairy steer and Hunter Aggen exhibited beef in the Minnesota State Fair FFA Livestock Show in August.
Once returning back to school, chapter officers Theresa Doerr, Kayla Biel and Alex Love were among over 225 FFA members from southeastern Minnesota to attend the Region 8 Fall Leadership Day held at Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC) on Sept. 17. FFA members attended workshops that included goal setting, exchange of ideas, career success and leadership skills. They also had the opportunity to tour a local vineyard, an implement dealer, and a landscaping business. Fillmore Central FFA Advisor Jenelle Thorman chaperoned the group and attended meetings with other FFA Advisors from Region 8.
On Sept. 24, 22 FFA members competed in General Livestock, Horse and Dairy Evaluation contests in Stewartville. The dairy team was led by seventh grader Kelsey Biel who placed fourth individually promoting her team to place third out of over 20 teams. Brady Ristau led the General Livestock judging contest by placing second individually out of over 125 contestants. From the 10 FC students participating, the top five scorers advance to be a part of the Regional Judging Team.
On Oct. 10, members traveled to the University of Wisconsin – River Falls for Region 8 state qualifying Dairy, Horse and General Livestock Career Development Events. The team of Daysha Erickson, Taryn and Tyler Raaen, Josh Peters and Brady Ristau competed in General Livestock where they evaluated seven classes of animals, prepared a set of oral reasons and completed a team activity on sheep.
Theresa Doerr, Courtney Nelson, Mikayla Vande Zande and Rianna Ryan competed in the Horse Judging Contest where they evaluated and placed four various types of equine classes and presented a set of oral reasons.
Coltin and Morgan Wingert and Kayla and Kelsey Biel participated in the Dairy Livestock contest which involved a team activity, four placing classes and a set of oral reasons.
Each of these three young teams did very well and gained valuable learning experiences in their preferred agricultural industry.