R-P FFA very successful at State Convention

Pictured are FFA members who traveled to the State Convention last week (L-R): Hans Lind, Shawn Marg, Grace Luhmann, John Luhmann, Hannah Highum, Tim Highum, Emma Heiden, Nolan Mueller, Alyssa Nesler, Jens Lind.

Livestock Team, Silver Award: (L-R) John Luhmann, Hans Lind, Grace Luhmann, Alyssa Nesler, Jens Lind.

Horse Team, Silver Award (L-R): Emma Heiden, Hannah Highum, Shawn Marg, Tim Highum.

Dairy Handling contest, silver award: Nolan Mueller
By : 
Chad Smith

The Rushford-Peterson FFA Chapter did well at the recent State FFA Convention in the Twin Cities. Nine R-P FFA members were at the convention and competed in two team events and one individual contest. Both teams and the individual contestant came home with Silver Awards. Team members also received awards individually, as well.
FFA Chapter Advisor Colby Lind said they had a successful convention. Both teams had older students that were great senior leaders, as well as younger students making their first trip. “It was great to see them get up there and do well in their respective events,” Lind said. “And it’s great to see young kids do well. That means the future is bright for all of those teams. It was a lot of fun.”
The State FFA Convention can be a little overwhelming for the first-time visitor. “It’s a lot to take in at times,” Lind said. “But it’s a lot of fun to see the sea of blue (jackets) at the different places you go to. When you walk into Mariucci Arena and it’s filled with FFA students, advisers, chaperones, and parents, it’s a really fun thing for everyone to see.”
Nolan Mueller did very well in the Dairy Handling Contest, his first entry in that category. Lind said Mueller is not highly involved in showing dairy cattle, but decided to try something new and was willing to put the time and effort into practicing.
“We went out to Kari and Randy Drinkall’s place because they show cattle all over the country. Their daughter Katie took some time to help Nolan with some things,” Lind said. “For someone doing that contest for the very first time, he did a great job. I was helping with another contest at the same time, but I did get to sneak away and watch him compete a little.”
While the team is home from the state convention, the year’s activities are far from finished. The R-P FFA Chapter will have its end-of-year awards banquet on June 4 at the school. In addition to receiving awards, the chapter will install the new officers for the next school year.
The students will also participate in many summer activities, including local county fairs and a possible trip to the state fair.
“There will be different FFA camps to attend,” Lind said, “and we’ll also have our officer retreat. The officer team selects a place to go and we’ll spend a couple days planning the upcoming year’s activities.“