FFA students compete at districts

Friday, April 2, 2021

Kelly Jensen received gold for the individual award on the Floriculture team at the March 6th FFA District Competition held in Lake Park. She was one of several Alta-Aurelia competitors.

“FFA this year has been fun. I have gotten to compete in new events that I would have never done before,” she said. There were certainly changes this year. “COVID has made it so we can’t attend some events in person but we can attend more events virtually.”

Jensen said that FFA has made her a better leader and was a great way to make new friends. She is a senior and plans to attend Buena Vista University to study Education. She lives half a mile from Hanover.

Both Jensen and Abbie Watts each received an Academic Achievement Award at the district competition. The criteria was to have a minimum 3.5 GPA and be active in FFA.

Watts and the others missed out on some of the normal projects this year.

“This year FFA was really different due to Covid. Our chapter didn’t get the opportunity to do our normal activities for the community this year including Feed the Farmer and helping at the Allee Mansion in Newell about farm safety. Fruit sales looked a lot different. I did a lot of mine over the phone.” She said a lot of the in-person contests were virtual, including livestock judging.

However, Watts has plenty of good FFA memories. “One of my favorite community service activities was Feed the Farmer. We would make sack lunches for the farmers and then hand them out at the co-ops in Alta and Aurelia and also Ag partners in Alta. Another is Meals on Wheels during FFA week. We would get out of school to go pick up food and then deliver the meals to the older people in our community.”

Life skills that have impacted her through FFA include leadership and communication skills, she said. “It has really helped me grow as a person and has made me more willing to try new things.”

Watts is a senior and lives on a farm south of Alta. She plans to attend Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville and major in environmental sciences.

Results of A-A students who placed in the FFA District Competition held on March 6th in Lake Park, Iowa:

Sara Cargin - bronze - Chapter Quiz

Braden Schmidt - silver - Greenhand Quiz

Zach Erpelding - bronze - Greenhand Quiz

Ava Graham - bronze - Greenhand Quiz

Kyler Mattson - bronze - Greenhand Quiz

Allison Watts - bronze - Greenhand Quiz

Floriculture team of Kelly Jensen and Ella Walters placed 10th and received bronze. Individually Kelly Jensen placed 10th and received gold, Ella Walters received bronze.

Kelly Jensen and Abbie Watts received an Academic Achievement Award.