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Check out what has been happening at Blue Ridge High School with the Ag Classes and FFA!
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August 17th seems to be much farther away than about a month ago, alas here we are a month into the school year.
Each of the classes have been hard at work learning about businesses, personal finance, FFA, Ag Careers, germination, plant cell structures, flower anatomy, natural resources, and soil! Feel free to browse the pictures to take a peek at what the Ag students have been accomplishing.
On April 6th , Parker Otto of the Blue Ridge FFA Chapter competed in the District 4 Public Speaking Contest. His area was Prepared Public Speaking. He wrote and delivered a 6-minute speech on GMO’s. Otto placed 4th in the competition.
The Blue Ridge FFA chapter from Farmer City had six members compete at the Section 16 Proficiency Awards in February of 2016 at Maroa-Forsyth High School. Students who complete a Supervised Agriculture Experience program (SAE) can compete at Proficiency Awards. Listed below are the results from the competition.
Shaila Quinn competed in Ag Communications
Vanessa Mattingly- Ag Education
Chase Zimmerman in Ag Mechanics
Chase won Specialty Crop Production at Section.
Jessica Collins competed in Ag Sales
Jessica Collins competed in Food Service
Parker Otto competed in Vegetable Production
Sydney Paris competed in Equine Science Placement
Zimmerman represented Blue Ridge FFA at the District 4 Proficiency Awards on March9 th , 2016 at Sullivan High School. This member interviewed against other members from District 4 in Specialty Crop Production.
On April 18, 2016, the new FFA Officer Team was installed. Officers include Noah Weitekamp, taking place of Chase Zimmerman for President, Vice President is Parker Otto, taking place of Noah Weitekamp, Sydney Paris, taking place of Vanessa Mattingly for
Secretary, Grace Holtz, taking place of Sydney Paris as Treasurer, Polly Reynolds, taking place Parker Otto for Reporter, Nick Becker is the new Blue Ridge FFA Sentinel, and Megan Schumacher as Historian.
Blue Ridge Places 5th Place Section 16 Poultry Contest
Blue Ridge FFA members: Polly Reynolds, Megan Schumacher, Clay Stephens,Garrett Wendell, Ellie Paulsrud, Alicen Herald, Nick Becker, and Josie Dodge competed at the Section 16 Poultry Contest. The team placed 5 th , with Megan Schumacher who
placed 4 th individually. Activities included completing a written test, judging interior and exterior eggs, placing market dressed birds and further processed items, identifying parts of a chicken. The team will compete at the State Poultry Contest in April.
On January 27th , 5 members of The Blue Ridge FFA Chapter competed in various areas of public speaking. In this contest there were three areas to compete in. Creed Speaking where freshmen Cassidy Burris and Megan Schumacher recited the FFA Creed, which is celebrating its 85 th anniversary, from memory, Prepared Speaking where sophomore Parker Otto wrote a speech, memorized it, and spoke it to judges, and Extemporaneous Speaking where juniors Vanessa Mattingly and Kylie Moubry had
a certain amount of time to write a speech at the contest on a particular topic and read it to judges. Placing in 2 nd place was Parker Otto who will be moving on to district in March. The Blue Ridge FFA extends much gratitude to teachers from the Blue Ridge
Junior High and High School who came and acted as judges at one of our most important events of the year.
Blue Ridge FFA members: Parker Otto, Grace Holtz, Nick Becker, Ellie Paulsrud Kaya Winstead, and Josie Dodge competed at the Section 16 Agronomy Career Development Event (CDE) at Parkland College. The team placed 2nd . Activities included completing a written test, judging placing classes of hay, corn, soybeans, and identifying crops, weeds, and insects.
Blue Ridge FFA members competed at the Section 16 Dairy Foods Career Development Event (CDE) on Wednesday, November 18 at Sangamon Valley High School. The team placed 10th overall. The team consisted of: Garrett Wendell, Ellie Paulsrud, Cassidy Burris, Kaya Winstead, Cassie Meier, Nick Becker, and Alicen Herald.
Activities included identifying 10 types of cheeses, describing off-flavors in milks, judging milker head units, compare and contrasting real vs. artificial dairy products, and completing a written test. Freshman, Nick Becker said, “ Even though we didn’t place the best I look forward to going next year and doing better.”