West Holmes FFA National Proficiency Finalists

By Ally Ogi, chapter reporter

West Holmes FFA members Logan Schlauch and Jayme Pennell recently competed at National FFA Convention as National Proficiency Finalists. Logan competed in Ag Processing and Jayme competed in Wildlife Management. The members had to give a 2 minute introductory speech and go through a 15 minute interview with a panel of judges during their week at National Convention.

Logan’s Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) involved working on his family’s dairy and yogurt processing operation. He is responsible for making, packing, and delivering the yogurt.  Jayme’s SAE involves reclaiming 11 acres of farmland to create a wildlife habitat. He has planted over 1,600 trees, doubled the pollinators on his property, and increased the number of deer beds on the property from 0 to 6.

Though neither of them won 1st place in the nation, it was a great opportunity to meet business contacts and FFA members from around the country. The members received a pin and $500 and they represent .00029% of FFA membership recognized as National Proficiency Finalists each year. They qualified for National Finalist by placing 1st in their proficiency areas at State Convention in May. A big thank you to the National FFA Foundation for sponsoring the awards.

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