Avery Kraus, Zoey Borgman, Kylie Weber and Shelby Lawver are pictured with awards they took home from the FFA state competition. 

Members of the Exeter-Milligan/Friend FFA chapter agriscience team decided to move forward and compete on the state level this summer. They were the District 5 champions at the Career Development Events in the area.

The team received third place out of 52 teams. Avery Kraus placed ninth overall and was recognized for being a top 10 individual as well. Their test revolved around animal science.

The chapter recently had two students become national finalists in the Agriscience Fair in the Environmental Systems Division.

Sarah Casper and Jacob Bottom were selected to move forward to final interviews and completed an in-depth research project, literature review and data analysis from their project.

They won state this spring as their paper scored the highest in their division. Because they were state winners, their paper was then forwarded to the national level for evaluation.

All states can forward their winners to be evaluated on the national level.

Out of all of the papers submitted, Casper and Bottom’s landed in the top 10 to be interviewed. The national convention (in person) was canceled this year, but they have moved to an online format which includes the interview being moved online.

Final results won’t be known until the end of October, but to be a national finalist is huge.

 by Amy Tomlinson, EMF FFA advisor 

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