3 FFA teams from Nevis are heading to state

Three teams from Nevis School are preparing to compete at the State Future Farmers of America convention April 24-26 in Minneapolis.

Placing 2nd in the region was the ag sales team of Bennett Mitchell, Grace McNamee, Daniel Lindow and Luke McNamee.
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This is the first year Nevis School has entered this competition.

“I am extremely proud of their hard work,” agriculture teacher Ashley Anderson said. “For our first year as an FFA chapter, we had planned building a strong foundation for future years, but they have managed to exceed in their pursuits while building the foundation.”

The agriculture sales team, featuring Bennett Mitchell, Grace McNamee and Luke McNamee, took second in the region.

“They practiced with their coach, Luke Schmitz, and myself for three months,” Anderson said. “In order to compete in Grand Rapids on March 31, they had to complete an exam about economics, sales and marketing and score higher than three other schools. We managed to qualify for the competition, where three of the four members placed in the top 10 individually, and they placed second as a team.”

The sales team participated in an exam, a team planning section where they had to plan their sales pitch and presentation for three customer profiles, then present their team presentation to a number of judges before making sales individually.


The fish and wildlife team took seventh in Region. Will Gagnon, Ramsey Fisher, Jon Rice, and Sam Ganley competed on March 9 at Central Lakes College in Brainerd with 15 other teams.

Fish and wildlife team members Will Gagnon, Ramsey Fisher, Jon Rice and Sam Ganley earned 7th place in the region.
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“They all had a great amount of knowledge going into the competition from their personal experiences growing up hunting and fishing,” Anderson said. “They had to be able to identify a large variety of insects, mice, amphibians, mammals, game birds, and non-game birds.”

The forestry team of Mallory Kowalke, Peyton Offerdahl, Morgan Monroe and Blake Kowalke received 12th place in the region.

Forestry team members Mallory Kowalke, Peyton Offerdahl, Morgan Monroe and Blake Kowalke took 12th place in the region.
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“The forestry team had practiced a number of times prior to their competition in Grand Rapids March 31,” Anderson said. “The team had to identify wood samples, twigs, forestry tools, timber cruises to calculate board feet in standing trees. They also had to answer business management, forestry and compass questions.”

The winners will go on to perform at Section 6A competition Feb. 4 in Hawley.

Lorie Skarpness has lived in the Park Rapids area since 1997 and has been writing for the Park Rapids Enterprise since 2017. She enjoys writing features about the people and wildlife who call the north woods home.
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