FFA ‘great’ at state convention

The 2012 Princeton FFA participants are: front row (left to right) Sara Moore Smith, Bryce Potvin, Bobbie Scheffler, Katie Klein, Jasmine Ortega, Tobi Turpen, Scotty McGrath and back row (left to right) Tony Johnson, Andrew Bott, Andre Jones, Ben Lacina, Jared Clemons, Heather Anderson, Ren Atterbury, Emily Scharber, Danny Pelzer, Jenn Hegna, Hollie Bavier, and Lyticha Nielsen.

The Princeton High School FFA chapter fared well at the FFA state convention conducted April 22-24 on both campuses of the University of Minnesota, chapter advisor Jessica Lupkes calling the results “great.”

Chapter members Jenn Hegna (saxophone) and Hollie Bavier (flute) were selected to play in the Minnesota State FFA band at the convention. The two had to submit an application and a recording of their playing to be selected.

The following is how the chapter’s teams and some individuals did in the competitions.

The Fish and Wildlife team placed 13th out of 54 teams, with team member Bryce Potvin placing the highest on the team. He placed 16th out of 194 individuals.

The Floral team placed 14th out of 37 teams, with member Emily Scharber placing 24th out of 132.

The Nursery Landscaping team came in 32nd, out of about 37 teams, with Lyticha Nielsen placing 69th out of 130 individuals.

Ben Lacina competed as an individual in Ag Mechanics competition and placed 21st out of 109 entrants.

The chapter received an award for 30 years of service to Camp Courage. The chapter has also been ranked 12th in the state out of the 191 chapters, and is a finalist in the national FFA chapter rankings. Lupkes explained that for a chapter to become ranked it must send in an application listing the chapter’s activities, including community service, and the goals the chapter set for each activity.