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FFA Leaders Pursue Excellence

Answering the challenge of new careers in agriculture, several of the Cedar Springs FFA chapter’s members traveled to Lansing last month to compete in the annual Agricultural Skills contest. The contests were held April 20 on the Michigan State campus. As a state contest program, the members competed with teams from the UP all the way to the southern boarder of Michigan and demonstrated their skills in many areas of agriculture This year’s teams were Forestry Team: George Mauric, Charles Nelson, and John Spangenberg;  Ag. Mechanics Team 1: Austin Frandsin, Ken Hoogerhyde, Brent Willett, and Jerry Green; Ag. Mechanics Team 2: Blake Willett, Dano Dault, Justin Davis, and Tyler Savickas; Vet Science: Melanie Dubart, Kayli DeCanter, and Austin Hamilton; Floral: Sam Grody, Hanna Johnson, and Whitney Decker. The Ag mechanics Team 1 and Forestry walked away with Silver Awards.

In the area of chapter leadership, the newly elected officers of the Cedar Springs FFA Chapter attended the annual Region V Officer training conference at The Shack in White Cloud, MI. The conference was held by the Region V FFA Officers. It is open to all 19 FFA Chapters in our region. While attending the conference, the new officers participated in many games and activities pertaining to their office. The new officers include: President Jerry Green, Vice-President Charles Nelson, Secretary Cynthia Karaba, Treasurer Justin Davis, Reporter Whitney Decker, Sentinel Kevin DeCanter, and our Historian Olivia Maslin, who was unable to attend. Accompanying the Officers were Mrs. Ginger Nelson and Advisor Mr. Larry Reyburn.

The officers gained the skills and knowledge to excel as leaders. One officer commented, “You really grow as a person; you learn how to make better decisions.” During their spare time at the conference, the officers planned the upcoming activities and events for the 2012-2013 school year. They all look forward to serving their community for the year to come.

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