Vergennes FFA team compete in region, nation

Vergennes FFA represented Vermont at the regional competition at Springfield, Mass. and at the national level at the 8National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind. The convention included a career and college fair. This year, Indianapolis was overwhelmed by a sea of blue corduroy jackets with over 54,000 people in attendance.

Vergennes FFA represented Vermont for the first time in several years in the parliamentary procedure competition sponsored by the Mosaic Company.

Team members had to be familiar with Robert's Rules of Order, and they had to carry out a mock meeting based on a topic given by the judges while following Robert's Rules. Team members were Arie Smits, Garth Buck, Erika Evarts, Gary Grant, Peter McDurfee and Sam Marszalkowski. The team, coached by advisor Bill Van De Weert, represented Vermont well by earning the bronze level nationally against very tough competition.

The Agricultural Mechanics team, consisting of Chase Atkins, Trevor Patterson, Wade Steele and Alex Woods, placed an impressive fourth out of nine teams, and Wade secured ninth individually at the regional competition. Team members took a written test, diagnosed an engine problem, welded, and used technical manuals to problem solve equipment including a sprayer system and a John Deere gator.

At the national competition, which was sponsored by Firestone Agricultural Tire Company, the team was in the silver range with both Wade and Trevor earning silver medals.

The Dairy Foods team took a written test, identified cheeses and their quality, distinguished between dairy and non-dairy products, evaluated milk samples, and analyzed milking equipment. Adam Delisle, Ben Rao, AnnaJo Smith, and Jason Vorsteveld defeated all of the other states in the regional competition with AnnaJo winning third individually and Jason winning first. The team also ranked silver at the National level with Jason Vorsteveld and AnnaJo Smith both earning silver individually. This team as well as the mechanics team was trained by veteran coach Harmon S. Boyce, Jr.

The team publically thanked Monument Farms for providing milk for their practices and Dairy Farmers of America for sponsoring the national competition.

You can support Vergennes FFA Club by purchasing navel oranges and pink grapefruit through the club's annual citrus sale. Ask a local FFA member or call 802-877-2938, extension 263, for details.

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