Lakeland FFA traveled to Purdue University for four days to compete and attend at the 85th Indiana FFA State Convention and were pleased by their results.
Lakeland FFA members Lindsey Overholser, Victoria Miramonti, Austin Nelson, and Heather Schmidt took part in the Food Science Career Development Event. These members were required to identify aromas, do a triangle test, and then develop a new food product and design label that required them to calculate the nutritional value of their food product as well.
FFA members Logan Ott, Skyler Grubb, Dalen Neff, and Daniel Arseneau competed in the Agricultural Mechanics contest that required them to calibrate a sprayer, weld, electrical work, plumbing work, and take a written test. Each of these individuals brought home scholarship money to attend University of Northwestern Ohio.
Lindsey Overholser also competed in the Plant and Soil Science Demonstration representing all of District III FFA members by demonstrating how cover crops and different tillage practices affect soil erosion.
Victoria Miramonti ran for a District Officer position and was elected as District III FFA Student Advisor for this next year.
Lakeland FFA members also represented themselves well at the state in proficiencies. Josiah Yoder and Cole McCann both brought home state wins and will compete at the National level. Josiah Yoder will compete in Agricultural Service and Cole McCann will compete in Diversified Crop Production both in placements.
Hunter Sams brought home second place in the state in the Equine and Nick Byler received third place in the state in Agricultural Service.
Lakeland was also recognized on stage at convention as a Silver Chapter Donor to the Indiana FFA.
In addition to the competitions and awards that they received it was announced that Lakeland FFA member Zach Young was selected with his Supervised Agricultural Experience(SAE) to represent the state of Indiana to compete for Star in Agricultural Placement at the National Level. SAE is a class that high school students can take that allows them to have their own ag related business or they can work for an ag related business. This agriculture class teaches them how to keep records of their hours, expenses, income, inventory, liabilities, assets, and setting goals. Even though Zach is a graduate of Lakeland High School and continues to practice the record keeping that he has learned from the SAE class which has allowed him to come this far. It will be announced at the end of July whether Zach Young will make it as a National Finalist with his SAE.