2013 Morris FFA Week
A special section that highlights the accomplishments of the Morris Area FFA.
Morris Area FFA Mission Statement FFA Chapter Officers: (Right) President: Brooke Wente, Vice President: Tom Holland, Secretary: Steph Hennen, Treasurer: Chelsey Ehleringer, Reporter: Hailey Kotts, Sentinel: Tim Smith, Parliamentarian: Brady Wulf, Director: Beth Holland Junior Officers: (Below) President: Mike Rausch, Vice President: Steven Koehl, Secretary: Joanna Moser, Treasurer: Becca Holland, Reporter: Carly Maanum, Sentinel: Austin White State Convention (Right) Fifty-seven Morris Area FFA members competed in a variety of Career Development Events this past year at state convention. The chapter did very well overall with three teams placing in the top three places. The Livestock Evaluation team took third place and went on to judge at the American Royal. The Agriculture Issues team placed second, and the Market Plan team placed first and advanced to the national competition. National Convention attendees (Left) The 85th National FFA Convention and Expo was held Oct. 24-27 in Indianapolis. The Morris Area FFA chapter brought one team, along with 11 delegates to the convention. The delegates attended a variety of workshops and sessions and took part in the FFA Rally to Fight Hunger. Brooke Wente, Hailey Kotts, and Laura Kuhn competed in the Market Plan CDE where they made their way to the national stage to compete in the final round of competition. Attendees included (left) Andrew Goulet, Laura Kuhn, Joanna Moser, Trent Wulf, Shauna Kill, Isaac Wente, Steph Hennen, Kyler Koubsky, Brooke Wente, Mike Rausch, Hailey Kotts, Tim Smith, Sara Stallman, and Brady Wulf. Morris Area FFA hits the 100 member mark (Right) Recruiting 30 new members was a goal of this yearâ€™s officer team since so many members had graduated. Events to encourage eighth and ninth graders to get involved with FFA included a pizza party during their lunch hour where officers informed them about FFA and an invitation to the September meeting. By the middle of October, the Morris Area FFA chapter consisted of 100 members. The FFA Creed I believe in the future of Agriculture, with a faith born not of words but of deeds -- achievements won by present and past generations of agriculturists; in the promise of better days through better ways, even as the better things we now enjoy have come to us through the struggles of former years. I believe that to live and work on a good farm, or to be engaged in other agricultural pursuits, is pleasant as well as challenging; for I know the joys and discomforts of agricultural life and hold an inborn fondness for these associations which, even in hours of discouragement, I cannot deny. I believe in leadership from ourselves and respect from others. I believe in my own ability to work efficiently and think clearly, with such knowledge and skill as I can secure, and in the ability of progressive agriculturists to serve our own and the public interest in producing and marketing the product of our toil. I believe in less dependence on begging and more power in bargaining; in the life abundant and enough honest wealth to make it soâ€”for others as well as myself; in less need for charity and more of it when needed; in being happy myself and playing square with those whose happiness depends upon me. I believe that American agriculture can and will hold true to the best traditions of our national life and that I can exert an influence in my home and community that will stand solid for my part in that inspiring task. Page 2C - Saturday, February 16, 2013 MORRIS SUN TRIBUNE - FFA WEEK Morris, Minnesota 56267 State Degree and Proficiency Tim Smith, Sarah Stallman, Michael Michaelson, Steph Hennen, Brady Wulf, Tyler Henrichs, Tom Holland, Rebekah Aanerud, and Shauna Kill will be receiving their Minnesota State Degree this year at the state convention. This is the highest degree that can be received on the state level. Earning the state degree requires an application displaying a memberâ€™s commitment and leadership on a local, regional, state, and national level, along with earning a certain amount of money from their Supervised Agricultural Experience. Seven have also completed their Proficiency Award that correlates with their Supervised Agricultural Experience. The application involves completing six essay questions to indicate how proficient they have become with their SAE project, identify six skills they have learned and how those skills have contributed to their success, and showcase three activities in which they excel at. Students are awarded for what they have learned and the level of achievement they have had in that area of agriculture. Brooke Wente - Emerging Agriculture Technology, Agricultural Education; Steph Hennen - Agricultural Sales and Home and/or C o m m u n i t y Development; Aaron Wehking - Ag Mechanics Energy Systems; Tim Smith- Grain P ro d u c t i o n ; Tom Holland Ag Mechanics Repair and Maintenance; Shauna Kill; S h e e p P ro d u c t i o n ; Jake Moser B e e f Production. Corn Drive Food Science Team competes at State On Jan. 11 the Morris Area FFA Food Science team traveled to Mankato to compete against 16 other teams in the state competition. Team members included Beth Holland, Chelsey Ehleringer, Carly Gullickson, and Sydney Engerbretson. The team received 10th place, earning them a silver status. Morris Area FFA holds a corn drive every year during harvest to collect corn donations that are sold at the local elevator. A large donation is made to Camp Courage, which is an FFA funded camp for disabled youth. The remainder of the funds went to local non-profit organizations including the Courage Cottage, Someplace Safe, the social service activities fund, and area firefighters. Summer trip to Colorado This last summer, ten members, along with Ms. Mortenson and Mr. Milbrandt, traveled to Colorado for a week. Throughout the week the group took a tour of the JBS Packing Plant and Feedlot and Coors Brewery, went flyfishing, horse back riding, and whitewater rafting, and were provided with a new view on agricultural practices. Alumni Work Auction fundraiser Morris Area and Hancock FFA will be participating in the third annual FFA Alumni Work Auction on Feb. 22, following the annual meeting. Members will be auctioning off their skills, such as fieldwork, painting, or cleaning, and alumni will be bidding on the members. The money raised will go towards scholar- ships for participating members. Students will offer work from two to eight hours and the bidder decides what they will be doing during their hours. This fundraiser has been an excellent experience in the past for members and alumni, while allowing for the connection between the two. Everyone is welcome to attend the Alumni Annual Meeting and Work Auction. The event will be held at the Hancock High School Gym this year. Thirty-five FFA members will be up for bids at the Work Auction. Supper and a silent baked goods auction will be from 6-7 p.m. Morris, Minnesota 56267 Saturday, February 16, 2013 - Page 3C MORRIS SUN TRIBUNE - FFA WEEK Ag in the classroom Morris Area FFA brought 33 members to inner city Minneapolis to teach elementary age students about agriculture. This was the third year that the chapter has planned the event and each year the project has been improving. The goal was to show the students how their food got to their plate and the FFA members did an excellent job educating them. The learning experience for members was equally as great. Ag Country and the West Central Cattlemenâ€™s Association were a huge help and contributed to the success of this yearâ€™s Ag in the Classroom Project. Career Development events Career Development Event teams started practicing for their contests in September to prepare them for the Regional Competition. D a i r y Fo o d s - (2nd Place) Courtney Gades, Sarah Stallman, Melanie Van Horn, Jake Anderson, and Denner Dougherty; Soils - (3rd Place) Brady Jergenson, Andrew Goulet, and Cole Watzke. All teams will be advancing to state. The S m a l l A n i m a l s team placed fifth after they completed small animal ID, a Veterinary Science exam, and practicums in anatomy and management of small animals. Team members include (from left) Melanie Van Horn, Anna Hadler (5th ind.), and Amy Disselkamp. Soils Dairy Foods H o rs e E va l u at i o n - (2nd Place) Savannah Aanerud, Risa Fehr, Rebekah Aanerud, and Diana Nelson; Horse Evaluation F l o r i c u l t u r e - (2nd Place) Laura Kuhn, Jena DeRung, Claire Lesmeister, and Brandi Domnick; Morris Area FFA teams competed at regions on Jan. 25 at R i d g ew at e r College in Wilmar. Rebekah Aanerud competed in the Farm Bureau Discussion Meet where she dis- Discussion Meet cussed various issues and practices in modern agriculture. Placing second in the Career Development Event, Rebekah will advance to the state competition this spring. The A g r i c u l t u r e S a l e s team worked together on a sales activity, and each individual was responsible for a specific sales activity and a written test. The team placed first in the Career Development Event and will advance to state. Team members include (from left) Jordan Staples (1st ind.), Michael Michaelson (4th ind.), Mike Rausch (3rd ind.), and Tom Holland (9th ind.). Small Animals Po u l t ry E va l u a t i o n Career Development Event consists of grading poultry classes, scoring eggs, and a written test. Poultry team members include (from left) Trent Wulf, Jase Wilts (9th ind.), and Matt Munsterman (4th ind.). Placing third, the team will advance to state. Poultry C r o p s E va l u at i o n placed third over all and will be advancing to the state competition. The Crops Career Development Event requires plant and seed identification, grain grading, a written test, and individual practicums. Team members include (from left) Mac Beyer (5th ind.), Nic Vipond (8th ind.), Aaron Wehking, and Bryce Jergenson. Floriculture Ag Sales Crops Nursery Landscaping N u r s e r y L a n d s c ap e (2nd Place) Abby Travis, Beth Holland, and Becca Holland; More Regional competitions will be held in March and April to qualify for State in other CDEs. MORRIS SUN TRIBUNE - FFA WEEK Page 4C - Saturday, February 16, 2013 Morris, Minnesota 56267 Advisers: Natasha Mortinson and Nick Milbrandt American Royal Veteran’s Day PALS Veggie Camp Donkey Ball National Market Plan Boys at State Officer Retreat We salute our FFA members who promote premier leadership, personal growth and career success. We wish you all the success in the world! 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