Milbank FFA teams compete at state FFA convention
At the 93th South Dakota FFA Convention on April 11-13 in Rapid City, the Milbank FFA chapter had 31 members compete in Proficiency Award areas and AgriScience and Career Development events.
Korbin Leddy placed silver in the Beef Cattle Entrepreneurship. FFA Proficiency awards are an outgrowth of a member's supervised agricultural experience and recognize skill development and career-based competencies in related award areas. Korbin also participated in the AgriScience program. Korbin placed first in his AgriScience-Social Science Division. Korbin conducted a survey to study the effects of the COVID-19 virus had on future career decisions. Agriscience provides students with basic knowledge of agriculture and its history and the science applications in agriculture. This program includes units in animal science, soil science, plant science, agricultural mechanics, basic carpentry, food science technology, and agricultural leadership.
Milbank FFA members receiving the State FFA Degree, the highest FFA Degree given out by the South Dakota FFA were: Camryn Phinney, Jessica Pillatzki, Heidi Capp, Noemi Luis Gomez, Eric Van Sambeek, Chris Peery The State FFA Degree is the highest degree of membership conferred by the South Dakota FFA Association. The requirements for this degree include:
- Having earned and productively invested at least $1,000, or worked at least 300 hours in excess of scheduled class time, or a combination thereof, in a SAE program.
- Demonstrated leadership ability by performing ten procedures of Parliamentary Law, giving a six-minute speech on an agriculture or FFA-related topic, and serving as an officer, committee chairperson, or participating member of a chapter committee.
- Have completed at least 25 hours of community service.
This year all FFA Career Development teams had to qualify at the District FFA level, before they could compete at the state competition.
- Dairy Cattle: Second-place team — Cassidy Schwagel, fifth-place individual; Kylene Bowen, Brooke Schwagel and Keara VanHoorn.
- Floriculture: Second-place team— Halli Essington, first-place individual; Camryn Phinney, third-place individual, Lydia Street and Alexis Ninneman.
- Natural Resources: Third-place team —Wylie Mursu, fifth-place individual; Tice Mursu, Korbin Leddy and Marion Mischel.
- Milk Quality: Ninth-place team— Jessica Pillatzki, 11th-place individual; Nathan Pillatzki and Luis Berrones.
- Food Science: 13th-place team — Raul Berrones, second-place individual; Natalie Meyer, Isabella Vogel and Harley Davis.
- Livestock: 13th-place team — for three of the members, this is the first event they ever did at state FFA Convention. Members are Tanner Mertens, Garrett Mertens Lyndsey Mertens, Jenna Johnson,
- Agronomy: 14th-place team — members of the team are Landon Novy, Nick Fonder, Kaden Schweer and Avery Overbeke.
- Ag Mechanics & Technology Team: 15th-place team— Cole Brown, sixth-place individual. Cole won a 3/8 cordless drill for being in the top 10 of the event. Other team members are Isaac Sousa, Eric VanSambeek and Chris Peery.