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Mandan FFA stands out at 2012 state convention

The Mandan 4-H Agricultural Communications team, who finished with a close third at the State Convention with a gold award. Submitted photos

At this year’s North Dakota State FFA Convention, the Mandan FFA Chapter participated in various events. Ranging from contests such as Floriculture to Agricultural Mechanics, members spent a week learning new, valuable skills associated with their contests as individuals and as team members.

In addition, this year, the former Mandan Public School Superintendent Wilfred Volesky received the very prestigious State FFA Honorary Degree.

At the end of the week, the compiled results for each chapter are distributed. For the Mandan Chapter team results, the Horse Judging team took sixth, giving them a gold award. Nursery Landscape took the fifth team spot with a silver award with their highest individual Brandi Boehm placing tenth in the contest.

In Dairy Foods, the team took a silver award, placing 17th ourt of 31 teams. Other team results include Floriculture, clinching a silver award with a 16th out of 26th team finish. The Food Science team took 21st, awarding them a bronze. The team members of Farm Business Management placed with a silver award. Similarly, the team members of the Small Animal Care contest placed with a silver team award as well with a 22nd place finish.

The Dairy Cattle Judging team took fifth place overall with a gold award. Out of 59 individuals competing, Tanner Gress led the team with a third place finish. Keela Burt is advancing to the National FFA Convention for her first place win in Dairy Handling. Renae Tokach, the prepared public speaker, made and impressive second place finish. In the third speech contest, O’Kaiden Straabe placed eighth with his demonstrative speech.

Other individual standouts include Cullen Gress for his performance in Creed Speaking, placing seventh, and receiving a silver award.

The Agricultural Mechanics contest is made up of three levels: Basic Agricultural Mechanics, Intermediate Agricultural Mechanics, and Advanced Agricultural Mechanics. In Basic, Cody Wald individually participated and received a silver award, placing 16th out of 44 people. In Intermediate, Sydni Schmidt clinched a sixth place finish, giving her a gold award for her performance. For the three members of the Advanced team, two received bronze awards and one received a silver. With all of the individual Ag. Mechanic scores combined, the members received an overall silver award.

In the Agricultural Communications contest, the team took third place, giving them a gold team award. Individual results in this contest include Madison Boechler taking first and Macey Isaacs taking second in the News Article contest, Sydni Schmidt taking first in Radio Broadcast, and Tessa Keller placing 12th in Web Design.

(l-r) FFA member Keela Burt, who took first place at State Convention, winning a baby bison trophy and a trip to National FFA Convention for Dairy Handling. Former Mandan Public School Superintendent Wilfred Volesky, who was named the recipient of the State FFA Honorary Degree.