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FFA brings home awards

by Tyrel Dressler

The Carson Valley FFA chapter came away from the Western Area Zone Competition held March 5 in Lovelock with two high team firsts in livestock evaluation and parliamentary procedures.

The chapter had individual awards going to Samantha Goldstein, second place in prepared speaking; Lucia Willson, first place in horse judging; Tyrel Dressler, second in extemporaneous speaking; and in livestock evaluation, Tyrel took first high individual, with Aimee Hoskin taking a second place high individual award.

Chapter president Samantha Goldstein and historian John Baughn were asked by Danny Works, a 4-H member from the Carson City 4-H Livestock Club, to do a presentation at Carson High School March 7.

Danny Works is in leadership class at Carson Middle School and is required to have a certain number of community service hours. He wanted the Carson Valley chapter to do a presentation on the benefits of ag science in the classroom and the FFA program. This was the same presentation the chapter officers presented to the Douglas High administration and school counselors. The program was very well received by the school administration at Carson High.

With the Nevada State FFA Convention just around the corner, the chapter has been very busy. Members of the horse judging team, livestock judging team and parliamentary procedures team spent two days at Davis University participating in contests and touring the campus. In addition, member John Baughn participated in the computer applications contest. Everyone came away from this contest with a little more knowledge.

The floriculture team, nursery/landscaping team, parli pro team, livestock judging team, horse judging team, meats judging team, dairy foods team and members of the extemporaneous and prepared speaking events will be competing at the state convention March 21-24 at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Members will also be participating as courtesy corps, delegates and nomination committee members. The courtesy corps will help during the general sessions, the delegates will meet to go over any Nevada State FFA rule and by-law changes and every chapter in Nevada sends one representative to be on the nomination committee. This committee interviews candidates, goes over the candidates’ resumes and selects the new Nevada State FFA officers.

There are 14 candidates who are running for a state office from the three zones, Western Area, Southern Area and Northern Area.