2017-12-07 / Community

Fall Success for North Huron FFA

By Jolene Iseler
North Huron FFA


Pictured here is the National Bronze winning Agricultural Communications team: (l-r) Liz Trudeau, Ben Zaleski, Nick Craig, Faith Yageman. Pictured here is the National Bronze winning Agricultural Communications team: (l-r) Liz Trudeau, Ben Zaleski, Nick Craig, Faith Yageman. KINDE - There is no downtime for the North Huron FFA!

In the past three months alone, the group has been busy with the Broiler Contest, the National Floral Contest and the National Agricultural Communications Contest.

Joe Ankley, chapter advisor, said, “It has been a busy fall, but we have had a lot of success to celebrate! We had two teams competing for a National title in Indianapolis and we actually won the Broiler Contest for the second time in the past five years.”

For numerous years, the North Huron FFA has been very successful at the Broiler Contest, which is conducted every year in the fall. Students have the opportunity to raise chickens for the contest either at their home or at the school. Altogether, the chapter raises about 375 chickens each year, with about 100 of them being donated to the Kinde Food Pantry. Also, 75 chickens are donated to the North Huron Farm to Fork lunch program, prepared by the school chef, and served to the students and staff. Many students get the Farm to Fork lunch so they can enjoy the tasty feast! The remaining chickens are sold to pay for the project. In the high school division of the contest, North Huron had one state winner, one state alternate, six gold awards, and five silver awards. In the junior high division of the contest, they had one state winner, one state alternate, and one silver award.

Not only has the chapter been successful with the Broiler Contest, it has also been successful with the National Floral Contest and the National Agricultural Communications Contest. The two teams, along with three other FFA members from North Huron, traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana, for the National FFA Convention on October 23-25 for a week of FFA fun and learning. Consisting of five members, Amber Emming, Hannah Gorkowski, Olyvia Majeski, Grace Wiley and Kelsie Goretski (alternate), the Floral Team received Silver at the national level Floral Contest. Individually, Wiley received Gold, Gorkowski and Majeski both received Silver, and Emming received Bronze. The Agricultural Communications Team received Bronze at the national competition, and, individually, Nick Craig received Silver and Liz Trudeau, Faith Yageman, and Ben Zaleski all received Bronze.

While at the convention, students who weren’t busy competing went on several tours. Students visited Hunter’s Honey, where they learned about the entire process of how honey is produced. They also visited the Trader’s Point Creamery to learn about the process of an organic dairy farm as well as try some of their products. Lastly, they went to Dow Agroscience to learn about their greenhouses and how they have genetically advanced plant growth.

Although the North Huron’s FFA Chapter has been through a busy three months, they have emerged victorious and look forward to what the rest of the year will bring.

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