On Thursday, Feb. 8, Sleepy Eye FFA members had interviews for State FFA Degrees and Proficiencies at the Region VI Review in Westbrook.

On Thursday, Feb. 8, Sleepy Eye FFA members had interviews for State FFA Degrees and Proficiencies at the Region VI Review in Westbrook. Fifteen members applied for State FFA Degrees—the second highest degree achievable in FFA—and several members applied for different agricultural Proficiency Awards.

In order to receive a State FFA Degree, the following qualifications must be met: •have a Chapter FFA Degree, •be an active FFA member, •completed at least two years of agricultural classroom instruction, •earned and invested at least $2,000 or worked 300 hours through an SAE, •completed at least 25 hours of community service.

The members who applied for the State FFA Degree are Brianna Polesky, Caleb Trebesch, Clarissa Simonsen, Courtney Dittbenner, Courtney Sellner, Hanna Himmelman, Isaac Nelson, Jon Mickelson, Josie Lang, Karlie Ries, Lauren Klein, Mariah Miller, McKenzie Cselovszki, Nick Ludewig and Parker Neid. All qualified and will receive their State FFA Degree during the Minnesota State FFA Convention in April.

The results of Sleepy Eye FFA members’ proficiency applications were: Cassidy Hacker – First Place, Specialty Animal Production; Cassidy Hoffmann – First Place, Ag. Educatio; Isaac Nelson – First Place, Dairy Production Entrepreneurship; Josie Lang – First Place, Ag. Communications; McKenzie Cselovszki – First Place, Equine Placement and First Place, Goat Production; Parker Neid – First Place, Ag. Mechanics Design and Fabrication and First Place, Diversified Crop Production Placement.

The third competition of the day was for Region Star Awards. The Region Star represents the best of the best among region State FFA Degree recipients. Finalists for this award have mastered skills in production, finance, management and/or research. This year’s candidates from the Sleepy Eye FFA Chapter were Isaac Nelson – Region VI Star Farmer, Runner-up; McKenzie Cselovszki – Region VI Star in Production Placement, Runner-up; and Parker Neid – Region VI Star Agribusiness, Runner-up. The winner of the state competition will be announced at the State FFA Convention at the University of Minnesota in April.

Region VI Officer interviews were also held the same day. Becoming a Region Officer helps FFA members be more active in the FFA beyond the chapter level. Serving on an elite team of FFA members simulates working with others in a professional work environment. FFA helps teach specialized skills in hundreds of agriculture career areas. Opportunities such as this can add up to big life achievements. Maranda Braulick and Martina Nienhaus served as the Sleepy Eye FFA Chapter voting delegates for the Region Officer Interviews. They heard from all candidates, nominated candidates for office, and voted on the 2018-19 Region VI Officer Slate.