The Verona FFA Chapter achieved a Group II rating in the FFA Livestock Career Development Event at the 84th Missouri FFA Convention. There were 59 teams in the competition.
The team members are Tessa Bilyeu, Ashley Johnson, Savannah Parker and Jessica Youngberg. Bilyeu achieved a Group I ranking; Johnson, Parker and Youngberg were ranked in Group II in a competition consisting of 224 participants. The Verona advisor is Joe Moore
Participants in the contest evaluate beef, sheep and swine using performance records and physical appraisals. The team members present oral reasons on three of six classes they judged to defend and explain the placing of the class.
Sponsored by University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, FFA prepares student members for career success. Career development events engage student learning and make a real connection to lifetime goals.
The Wheaton FFA Chapter placed second in the State FFA Dairy Foods career development event at the 84th Missouri FFA Convention. There were 45 teams in the competition.
Wheaton team members are Daisy Alvarado, Monica Conquest, Mariah Kochell and Amanda Munday. Out of 170 participants, Conquest finished second, Alvarado took fifth, and Kochell placed 21st.
The participants in the competition taste test milk samples for flavor, identify 14 different types of cheeses and use a scoring system to test milk products according to USDA standards. The hands-on portion of the event is combined with an intensive written examination.
Tyler Schoelzel, of Purdy, took second place in the Missouri FFA Environmental Science and Natural Resources Management Entrepreneurship and Placement Combined Proficiency competition at the 84th Missouri FFA Convention in Columbia.
Schoelzel is a senior at Wheaton R-3 High School and the son of Jon and Tisha Schoelzel. He is a member of the Wheaton FFA Chapter. Chapter advisors are David Bolton and Eric Roller.
Schoelzel's supervised agricultural experience program consists of working with the Missouri Department of Conservation at Roaring River State Park.
Schoelzel has attended the State FFA Convention and area banquet. He is a member of the stream team and high school basketball team. He participates in the Wonders of Wildlife program
He plans to study wildlife management at College of the Ozarks. Following graduation, he hopes to enter the law enforcement program at Missouri Southern State University.