Three FFA teams advance to state competition


SUBMITTED PHOTO The forestry team consists of, from left, Hannah Lange, Rebekah Hansen, Alexys Harwood and Maddie Snitker.

SUBMITTED PHOTO The FFA horse team is made up of, in front, Kaysie Vreeman, left, and Katelyn Hauser. In back are Emily Miner, Abby Dohlman and Caitlin Miner.

SUBMITTED PHOTO The general livestock team includes, from left, Seth Howard, Gavin Hubka and Nolan Fetterly.

SUBMITTED PHOTO The soils team includes, in front, Emily Mlinar, left, and Ashlyn Harwood. In back are Kenzie Heusinkveld, Rylee Guy and and Patrick Junge.

Three Spring Valley-Wykoff FFA teams qualified for state and another placed in recent career development event (CDE) competition. 

The forestry team placed third overall in competition at Lanesboro on Oct 23, advancing the team to state. In individual judging, Maddie Snitker took third place, Rebekah Hansen placed seventh, Hannah Lange finished eighth and Alexys Harwood finished 14th.

Members of the forestry team have to: identify tree samples, forestry tools and wood samples; read topographic maps; and complete a forestry management problem, a timber cruising exercise, a compass course, a GPS course and a written test. 

The soils team, which assessed four soil pits in Lanesboro on Oct. 23, finished fourth place overall and will also advance to state competition. Patrick Junge took 10th place individually.

Other members of the team are Rylee Guy, Ashlyn Harwood, Kenzie Heusinkveld and Emily Mlinar. They evaluated the soil properties and conditions depending on what the soil would be used for.

The Spring Valley-Wykoff horse team competed at the University of Wisconsin - River Falls on Oct. 11.  The fifth place finish there advanced the team to state competition.

In individual competition, Emily Miner took third place, Katelyn Hauser placed 23rd, Caitlin Miner finished 26th, Kaysie Vreeman was 56th and Abby Dohlman was 79th.

The members had to judge two halter classes, two performance based classes and give a set of oral reasons. 

The general livestock team placed 22nd overall in competition at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls. In individual competition, Nolan Fetterly placed 38th, Gavin Hubka finished 61st and Seth Howard was 104th.

The members judged beef, sheep, swine and goats. They also presented a set of oral reasons and a team activity.