CHIPPEWA FALLS (WQOW) – The four-person team from Chippewa Falls High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) will attend the 94th FFA National Convention and Exhibition.
The team has been training two to three evenings a week since early March.
“We put in countless hours of hard work and sat around tables to learn everything we could,” said Parker Olson, member of the FFA team.
This is the first time a team from Chippewa Falls High School has qualified for the FFA National Convention and Exhibition.
“They say it’s the best trip you can take through the FFA, and it’s a huge national event. I think 66,000 members across the country are coming and they’re in one place. ‘one of the coolest things you will see in your life,’ said Michelle Asselin, member of the FFA team.
“Neither of us thought we were going to be successful, but we’re very excited to go out there and compete with everyone. I’m very excited for the experience and just to compete against the States- United I think it’s going to be really fun and see how successful we are, ”said Jacob Raymond, member of the FFA team.
“Just to be able to watch them learn and watch them take on these activities that we learn here throughout their lives is pretty cool,” said Greg Raymond, FFA team coach at Chippewa Falls High School. .
“I’ve never taken a team to any of our 26 national competitions so we’re really excited. I’m really happy it’s this team because they worked really hard,” said Jeanna Burgan, FFA from Chippewa. Falls High School. to advise.
More than 50 FFA teams across the state were tested on agricultural mechanics and technological equations, and on topics such as construction, machinery, and soil and water conservation.
Chippewa Falls finished in first place in the state playoffs.
“We’re quite diverse in what we know, and we put everything together to be one team. We work really well together, and I think that has benefited us a lot. There are so many different areas that we all know well.” said Eric Kragness, a member of the FFA team.
Team members are using FFA now to prepare for the future.
“I signed up because I’m planning to go into farming, and that would only add experience. I just thought it was full of opportunities. I love farming. is the only thing that really interested me, “Asselin mentioned.
“When I figured out that I could participate in the agricultural mechanics competition, that’s what interested me all my life. I had to do it. It was the best thing that happened to me in high school,” said Kragness.
The Chippewa Falls FFA team will attend the FFA National Convention and Exhibition on October 27 in Indianapolis. All team travel expenses are covered by the Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District.