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Natoma FFA Celebrates Success, Builds Career Skills

Natoma FFA 12-5-18 Milk Quality and Food ScienceThe Natoma High School FFA Chapter has done well this fall in Career Development Events (CDEs).

On November 15, 12 members traveled to Russell to compete in the Northwest District Milk Quality and Products (MQ&P) and Food Science events.

Expectations were set high, because since 2014, Natoma has placed in the top three in district MQ&P, along with third and second place finishes at state in 2016 and 2017, respectively. The state team in 2018 also took ninth.

Members participated in a final practice at the NHS Ag Building two nights before the event.

Results on the day were as follows: Senior Team was third overall, Greenhand Team was second overall, Jayce Dickerson took second as a Senior Individual, Derek George took second as a Greenhand Individual and Ashton Lund was third as a Greenhand Individual.

In the Food Science event, Ethan Dickerson was sixth out of a field of 137 contestants. The Senior Food Science Team was eighth out of 18 teams and the Greenhand Team placed seventh out of 17.Natoma FFA 12-5-18 Greenhand Ritual

Two weeks later, the Greenhands and Shandra Griffin headed to Colby Community College for the Vet Science CDE and FFA Ritual competition.

Griffin competed individually, while the Greenhand Team placed seventh out of 16 teams. Derek George was third out of 80 participants in the event, with Ashton Lund, Nicholas Racette and Logan Pruter completing the team.

The Greenhands then went before a panel of judges and carried out the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of an FFA meeting. Each member memorized an officer part, and George and Racette even learned two, due to the fact that there are actually six officer positions in the FFA. While the team did not crack the top three, they gained valuable experience and worked as a team to accomplish a difficult task.

The next event for the Natoma FFA is the Agriculture Sales and Job Interview competitions at Northern Valley on January 10, 2019.

(Information and photos courtesy Jeremy Long, Natoma FFA Advisor. Photos: Natoma Milk Quality and Food Science teams. Back Row: Braydon Hays, Jayson Engling, Preston Ostmeyer, Ethan Dickerson, Jayce Dickerson and Derek George. Second Row: Ashton Lund, Jacob Murphy, Shayne Engling, Logan Pruter and Shandra Griffin. Front Middle: Nicholas Racette. And the Greenhand Ritual Team: Jeremy Long, Advisor; Logan Pruter, Reporter; Ashton Lund, Vice President; Derek George, President; and Nicholas Racette, Secretary.)

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