The Caledonia Community Schools FFA (Future Farmers of America) chapter maintained its standing and commitment to the organization through high performance at a recent regional competition and through state proficiency recognition of three members. FFA, an organization with 50,000 members nationwide and 6,000 in Michigan, focuses on personal growth as well as career exploration and success.
Caledonia Chapter Members have been recognized in a proficiency program that highlights students who show exceptional accomplishments and excellence in career development through a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) which includes extracurricular placement work in an outside environment as well as an entrepreneurial project involving ownership in an agricultural production or agriscience enterprise.
Out of fifty proficiency award areas, the Caledonia chapter can boast three students named as state winners. Jerry Pell was named state winner in Turfgrass. Hailey Goble won Beef Production Entrepreneurship and Alexandria Schut won the Sheep Production award. Jerry’s lawn care business earned top honors. Hailey’s purebred Hereford herd is based on her family’s
Ridgeview Farm in Alto. Alexandria raises club lambs as her project.
Students Show Promise at Regionals
At a recent leadership contest held at Lowell High School, three Caledonia teams were selected to compete at state competitions. The greenhand conduct of meetings team of Julian Buchan, Katelyn Potter, Alyssa DeGood, Courtney Bushart, Precious Stanton, Lauren Burgess and Abigail Ressler placed first. Shannon Good placed first in junior high public speaking. Kaitlynn Harper placed second in public speaking.
Tyler DeGraaf in Greenhand Public Speaking and the parliamentary procedure team of Cameron Hutson, Kylie Frahm, Danielle Oracz, Matthew Rogers, Kyle Schaap, Alexi Wolf and James Norton were selected as an alternate to state. State competitions are held March 11th and 12th at Michigan State University.