The Sleepy Eye FFA Chapter had 15 State FFA Degree candidates for 2018. (Front l-r): Courtney Dittbenner, Josie Lang, McKenzie Cselovszki, Clarissa Simonsen, Courtney Sellner, Lauren Klein, and Hanna Himmelman. (Back l to r): Isaac Nelson, Caleb Trebesch, Brianna Polesky, Jon Mickelson, Parker Neid, Mariah Miller, and Nick Ludewig. Not pictured: Karlie Ries.
By Courtney Sellner Reporter
On Thursday, February 8th, Sleepy Eye FFA members had interviews for State FFA Degrees and Proficiencies in Westbrook. Fifteen members applied for State FFA Degrees, the second highest degree achievable in FFA, and many members applied for different agricultural Proficiency Awards.
In order to receive a State FFA Degree, the following qualifications must be met. Having a Chapter FFA Degree, being an active FFA member, completing at least 2 years of agricultural classroom instruction, having earned and invested at least $2,000 or worked 300 hours through an SAE, as well as completing at least 25 hours of community service.
The members who applied for the State FFA Degree included: Brianna Polesky, Caleb Trebesch, Clarissa Simonsen, Courtney Dittbenner, Courtney Sellner, Hanna Himmelman, Isaac Nelson, Jon Mickelson, Josie Lang, Karlie Ries, Lauren Klein, Mariah Miller, McKenzie Cselovszki, Nick Ludewig, and Parker Neid. Qualified members will receive their State FFA Degree during the Minnesota State FFA Convention, which will be held in April.
Sleepy Eye had proficiency applications as well at the Region VI Review.
The results were:
- Cassidy Hacker – 1st Place, Specialty Animal Production
- Cassidy Hoffmann – 1st Place, Ag. Education
- Isaac Nelson – 1st Place, Dairy Production Entrepreneurship
- Josie Lang – 1st Place, Ag. Communications
- McKenzie Cselovszki – 1st Place, Equine Placement; 1st Place, Goat Production
- Parker Neid– 1st Place, Ag. Mechanics Design and Fabrication; 1st Place, Diversified Crop Production Placement
The third competition of the day was for the Region Star Awards. The Region Star represents the best of the best among region State FFA Degree recipients. Finalists for this award have mastered skills in production, finance, management and/or research. This year’s candidates from the Sleepy Eye FFA Chapter were Isaac Nelson – Region VI Star Farmer, Runner-up; McKenzie Cselovszki – Region VI Star in Production Placement, Runner-up; and Parker Neid – Region VI Star Agribusiness, Runner-up. The winner of the State competition will be announced at the State FFA Convention in April at the University of Minnesota.
Region VI Officer Interviews were also held the same day. Becoming a Region Officer helps FFA Members to be more active in the FFA beyond the chapter level. Serving on an elite team of FFA Members simulates working with others in a professional work environment. FFA helps teach specialized skills in hundreds of agriculture career areas. Opportunities such as this can add up to big life achievements! Maranda Braulick and Martina Nienhaus served as the Sleepy Eye FFA Chapter voting delegates for the Region Officer Interviews. They heard from all candidates, nominated candidates for office, and voted on the 2018-19 Region VI Officer Slate.