Fourteen FFA members from Prairie Heights will compete in three Career Development Events, the National Agriscience Fair, and a National Proficiency at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis Oct. 24th to the 27th. All of these students earned the right to compete at the national level by winning the state event this past year.
Kara Gunthorp has been named a national proficiency finalist for her work at Brushy Prairie Packing in the field of agricultural processing. She is one of four students from around the nation that will interview for this award. The National FFA Organization offers 49 proficiency areas in which students may compete.
Megan Shough and Sami Rinard will present their agriscience project which compares the effect of cutting board material to the possibility of cross contamination in food preparation. They will compete against 11 other teams in the food products and processing systems division 4 of the National Agriscience Fair.
Cara Perkins, Liz Kratz, Kelsey Younce, and Logan Mettert comprise the Agricultural Sales Team from Prairie Heights. They will compete in a two day event at convention that consists of a test, a team sales activity, and individual sales presentations using Purina horse and cattle feed.
Riley Lewis, Skylar Clingan, Jason Perkins, and Marshall Perkins will compete in the National FFA Dairy Cattle Evaluation event that takes place at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. This is also a two day event that involves judging six classes of dairy cattle, giving oral reasons for their placing on three classes, and a team event where the members use DHIA records to solve a dairy producer’s problem and then give their findings in an oral presentation.
Bethany Foley, Marissa Richardson, and Rebekah Frey constructed a detailed marketing plan for a local greenhouse, Hanaway Haven, and submitted it to National FFA in September. They will give their oral presentation of their plan at National Convention. They will also have to answer basic marketing questions following their presentation.
The National FFA Organization provides 24 competitions called Career Development Events to give students the opportunity to use the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom in a setting mimicking the workplace.