FFA members win awards

Members of the Marion/Florence FFA were selected to receive several awards at the South Central District FFA selection day activities on Friday.

Five members were selected to receive district proficiency awards for activities relating to their supervised agriculture experience programs. In order to apply, members had to complete a 10-page application explaining their activities and financial earnings along with six pictures of their project.

Winners from Marion included Aaron Molleker in veterinary medicine in the placement division for his work at Animal Health Center in Marion; Clint Kroupa in grain production and diversified crop in the entrepreneurship division for his work on 80 acres of ground that he rents; Nicholas Meyer in poultry production and diversified livestock production in the entrepreneurship division; Bret Voth in turf grass management in the placement division, and Jacob Cope in forage production in the placement and beef production divisions for working at Doyle Creek Land and Cattle. Seth Snelling was named runner-up for the diversified crop production proficiency in the placement division.

Montana Percell, Jacob Cope, and Aaron Molleker were also selected to receive the state FFA degree. The state FFA degree is the highest degree that the state can award to members. In order to receive a degree, members must attend eight activities above the chapter level, present a six-minute speech, earn at least $2,000 or work 600 hours in their SAE program, perform 10 parliamentary procedure motions, serve in a leadership position in the local chapter, and have a satisfactory scholastic record.

All members receiving awards will be recognized at the South Central District FFA banquet on April 22 at Newton High School.

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