Each month the Sleepy Eye FFA features Members of the Month. The members who are featured are asked a series of questions relating to their experiences in FFA. This month the Sleepy Eye FFA has chosen to feature Kolten Nienhaus, Cheyenne Garness, Carter Tauer and Officer of the Month, Miranda McMullen.
Each month the Sleepy Eye FFA features Members of the Month. The members who are featured are asked a series of questions relating to their experiences in FFA.
This month the Sleepy Eye FFA has chosen to feature Kolten Nienhaus, Cheyenne Garness, Carter Tauer and Officer of the Month, Miranda McMullen.
Members of the Month
Kolten Niehaus is a sophomore who has been in FFA for the past four years. He said he joined FFA for the opportunities that it offers. The Career Development Event (CDE) that Kolten has participated in includes poultry and B.I.G. (Best Informed Greenhand.
Kolten said what he likes about his CDE is the knowledge he has learned about poultry and FFA.
His favorite FFA activity is the state convention and something he is looking forward to in FFA is attending the national convention.
“Through FFA I have learned how to be a hard worker, a better leader and a better role model,” Kolten said.
Awards that Kolten has earned that he is most proud of include when his B.I.G. team earned fifth place at the state convention and will now go on to compete at the National FFA Convention.
Cheyenne Garness is a freshman and has participated in FFA for one year. She joined, she said, because she likes being outside and doing things with her hands. And because FFA is fun, Cheyenne added.
She is part of the horse CDE team because of her love for horses.
Something Cheyenne is looking forward to this year is the FFA Lock-in and State FFA Convention.
Cheyenne said she has learned from FFA that she is helping others by being involved in the service activities.
The award that she is most proud of is being featured as a Member of the Month.
Carter Tauer is an eighth grader who has participated in FFA for the past two years.
Carter said he joined FFA to be part of the CDE trap-shooting team and participate in activities for FFA. What Carter likes most about his CDE team is the students he trapshoots with and the competitions.
What Carter said he would like to try in FFA or is most looking forward to this year is going into the Ag. shop to make projects.
From being in FFA Carter said he has learned about the different breeds of cows and horses, and a lot about agriculture.
An award the Carter is most proud of is earning a fourth place finish out of 198 competitors at the State Sporting Clays Competition this past year.
Officer of the Month
Miranda McMullen, president of the Sleepy Eye FFA Chapter, is a senior in school this year and has participated in FFA for the past five years.
She joined FFA, she said, to be part of the National FFA organization and to be part of a big and amazing family.
“My brother was a big influence as well,” Miranda added. “I’m big into leadership and I like using my skills. I enjoy working hand in hand with Mrs. Hoffmann, being responsible for many activities, and helping FFA students and officers with problems they have.”
Miranda is part of the Dairy Food CDE team and enjoys being able to tell the difference between types of cheeses and being able to notice defects in milk.
Her favorite FFA activity was Timberland Camp.
Miranda said she is looking most forward to state convention, because she is hoping she can make it once again in Dairy Foods and also make some lasting memories with FFA students, Mrs. Hoffmann and Ms. Brandt.
Miranda said what she has learned from being in FFA and Ag. class is how important agriculture is to everyone’s life.
“I have a deeper appreciation for agriculture,” Miranda said. “FFA has taught me how to become a good leader and I have formed deep friendships.
Awards that Miranda is most proud of include Discovery Degree, Greenhand Degree, Chapter Degree, Sophomore Leadership Award and Top Junior Leadership Award.