R-P FFA teams qualify for 2020 state convention early

Members of the Rushford-Peterson FFA pictured with their “bus buddies” from Fillmore Central and Lanesboro at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis in October.
Chad Smith

The Rushford-Peterson FFA chapter is in the middle of a busy school year and already qualifying teams for the 2020 Minnesota State FFA Convention. Three R-P teams have qualified for the convention, held April 19-21 on the University of Minnesota campus in the Twin Cities, and  more will compete between now and April. R-P FFA adviser Colby Lind says regional tournaments are the only way a certain number of teams can make the state convention.

“There are eight regions in the state and only a certain number can advance to state competition from our region,” Lind said. “They spread those competitions out through the school year.

“Our Livestock, Horse, and Soil Teams have all qualified for the state competition and will represent our region,” he added. “Our Poultry Team has attended some invitational events, and their region contest takes place Dec. 6. As of right now, we’re three-for-three in sending teams to region events and having them qualify for the state convention.”

The Horse team placed third in the region contest. Members include Allie Kingsley, 10th overall; Megan York, 14th overall; Hannah Highum, 21st overall; Emma Heiden, 58th overall; and Hunter Mart, 83rd Overall.

The Livestock Team placed fifth in the region contest. Members include John Luhmann, third high individual; Hans Lind, 17th overall; Alyssa Nesler, 30th overall; Tristyn Hegland, 44th overall; and Jens Lind, 55th overall.

The Soils Team finished fifth at region competition, and Tim Highum placed fifth as an individual. Other teammates are Kail Heiden, Andrew Wilkemeyer and Matthew Maynard.

The Poultry Team placed sixth in the UWRF invitational and will compete to go to state on December 6. Team members include Julia Maynard, Paige Dailey, Aubrey Ingvalson, Ceona Johnson and Giselle Kahoun.

Success in FFA competitions requires a big commitment. Lind said he’s proud of the kids for putting in a lot of studying, both during and after school. The students also do a lot of work on their own time as well. He says a lot goes on with several contests to get ready for every year.

“We were just at the National FFA Convention (Indianapolis) with a group of 13 kids and we kept busy,” Lind said. “We did some tours, the kids did some workshops, as well as some different networking events too. The kids got in some career exploration at the big trade show at the convention. A bunch of different universities from across the country also host a college fair out there for the kids. It was a great trip.”

The trip to national convention was also unique because the R-P FFA teams up with the Lanesboro and Fillmore Central FFA chapters for the trip to Indianapolis. “We cost-shared on some rooms and busing,” he said. “It was neat for the kids because a lot of them have friends from those chapters. It’s good for the kids to make friends outside the walls of the Rushford-Peterson School.”