Plymouth FFA students earn state awards

BEN HOLZMANN BEN HOLZMANN Four Plymouth High School FFA members are among 10 State Proficiency winners who will be honored for their Supervised Agricultural Experiences at the State FFA Convention in June.

This year 10 Plymouth FFA members completed State Profi- ciency applications, which were judged March 6-7 in Wisconsin Dells.

PHS students received seven gold rankings and three silver rankings as listed below.

Stephanie Thiel in Food Science and Technology Placement: 1st gold, State Proficiency winner.

Morgan Klumpyan in Food Service Placement: 1st gold, State Proficiency winner.

Ben Holzmann in Forage Production Placement: 1st gold, State Proficiency winner.

Anton Pohl in Nursery Operations Placement: 1st gold, State Proficiency winner.

Vicki Payne in Equine Science Entrepreneurship: 2nd gold.

Erica Helmer in Dairy Production Placement: 7th gold.

Hannah Larson in Poultry Production Placement: 11th gold.

MORGAN KLUMPYAN MORGAN KLUMPYAN Kim Beck in Beef Entrepreneurship: silver.

Emily Schicker in Dairy Production Placement: silver.

Makayla Klumpyan in Equine Science Entrepreneurship: silver.

Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAEs) are one of three primary components of agricultural education, along with classroom instruction and FFA.

“Proficiency Awards honor FFA members who have developed specialized skills while working at their SAE and can apply toward their future careers,” said PHS agriculture instructor Tracy Heinbuch. “These students often receive help from their agricultural teachers to develop the skills needed for their SAE projects. The students who apply for this typically spend several hours filling out the application, but it is well worth their time.”

There are 50 different profi- ciency areas ranging from Agricultural Communications to Wildlife Management, which are divided into four categories:

ANTON POHL ANTON POHL Entrepreneurship: Students create their own business such as a lawn care service or a pumpkin patch.

Placement: Students work an agriculture-related job, such as a farm or stable.

Research: Students develop a scientific thesis and conducts experiments to test it.

Exploratory: Students explore careers in agriculture.

For additional information, contact Heinbuch or Walter Taylor, agricultural educators at Plymouth High School, at 893-6911.


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