Sturgis FFA students set record for fruit sales

Tim Potts Meade County Times-Tribune
Farm Forum

The Sturgis Future Farmers of America (FFA) topped last year’s fruit sales by more than $6,000 to a record $30,000 this year.

Top sales people per class was Baylee Vollmer, senior; Abby Anderson, junior; Kordell Kuenzel, sophomore; and Lauren Fritz, freshman.

The profits from the fruit sales go towards learning materials, travel expenses, registrations, and hotel expenses for activities such as CDE competitions, FFA conventions, summer camp registrations, the FFA banquet, and many small events through the year. Adviser Brett Monson said “the funds raised are critical for the extra activities that develop students’ potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.”

Baylee Vollmer, the FFA chapter president, was this year’s top sales person with more than $2,000 in sales. Vollmer, who appears to be highly motivated after coming in second last year in sales, said “I set a goal to win this year’s competition,” she said.

She has been involved in FFA for three years and will use her prize funds for trips and entry fees.

Freshman Lauren Fritz sold $1,633 of fruit and said she got involved in FFA due to her sister encouraging her to join.

The FFA fruit was delivered in mid-December.