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Two Park Rapids FFA members advance to state finals

In addition, 43 chapter members will compete in various categories.

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Autumn Kietzman
Contributed / Stephen Funk
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Two students from Park Rapids are among 121 finalists in various areas of Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAEs) who will be recognized at the Minnesota FFA Association’s state convention.

The FFA, formerly known as Future Farmers of America, is a youth leadership organization focusing on agricultural education with more than 200 high school chapters in Minnesota, including Park Rapids and Nevis.

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Hailey Kimball
Contributed / Stephen Funk

Park Rapids student Hailey Kimball was one of two proficiency award finalists in the SAE category of forest management and products, and Autumn Kietzman was one of three finalists in the outdoor recreation category.

The top student in each category will be named during the event’s general sessions, with more than 4,000 students plus teachers, supporters and guests expected to attend.

Altogether, the Park Rapids chapter is sending 43 students to attend the state FFA convention April 24-26 at the state fairgrounds, the University of Minnesota St. Paul campus and 3M Arena at Mariucci.

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Park Rapids students will compete in 12 career and leadership development events at the state convention, and the chapter will be recognized for rechartering since the last time an in-person convention was held.

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Park Rapids FFA members were recognized at an April 7, 2022 pep fest for their involvement in region contests this year, with 43 students advancing to compete at state April 24-25.
Contributed / Stephen Funk

Also competing in individual and team categories will be:

  • Kietzman in employment skills; 
  • Anna Eckman, Eli Burton, Madysen Maninga, Noah Huot and Quinn Hoscheid in crops; 
  • Kimball, Kelsey Berghuis, Allison Offerdahl and Sean Ward in forestry; 
  • Emma Berghuis, Natalie Berghuis, Rachel Ulvin and Isabel Nevala in small animal veterinary science; 
  • The region champion team of Isaac Knapp, Mackenzie Laferriere, Sophie Guida and Levi Trygstad in meats; 
  • Aracely Gutierrez, Lydia Leacox and Brooke Kritzeck in best-informed greenhand; 
  • Maria Wagner, Jillian Neubauer, Keely Peterson and Hailee Heltemes in floriculture;
  • Emma Vrieze, Holly Johnson, Alexis Usher and Jaime Brann in ag sales; 
  • Coley Girtz, Ashley Stopka, Sarah Kurth, Dawn Sharp and Aaliyah Preston in horse judging;
  • Eli DeVore, Tyler Hillukka, Naomi Knaack and Bianca DeRosa in fish and wildlife; and
  • Allie Rowland, Lizzie Seifert, Kilea Persons and Amelia Bagstad in nursery landscape.

In addition, Allison Offerdahl took first in regional competition and will represent Park Rapids in the Farm Bureau Discussion meet at state.
“Overall, we are extremely proud of the hard work that our students have put into their events and are excited for them to experience their first state FFA convention,” said chapter co-advisor Stephen Funk.

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