Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Mississinawa Valley-MVCTC FFA General Livestock Team placed 8th in Nation

Kaelyn Marker, MacKenzie Dirmeyer, Preston Deeter, Jacob Breymier
The Mississinawa Valley FFA Chapter has had many accomplishments in the area of CDE’s (Career Development Events) the past few years.

Our chapter participates in many spring CDE’s such as: Dairy Judging, Agronomy, Equine judging, and General Livestock Judging. Two of these teams, Dairy and General Livestock, qualified for state judging. The two teams then headed to Columbus in which the Dairy Team placed 7th, and the General Livestock team placed 3th. State Dairy judgers consisted of Chelsea Skidmore (current National Dairy Entrepreneurship winner), Nicole Scholl, Stephanie Scholl, Lindsey Hunt, Megan Wilson, and Kasey Hummel. State General Livestock Judgers were Jacob Breymier, Preston Deeter, Zach Dirmeyer. Levi Livingston, Kaelyn Marker, Lane Manning, MacKenzie Dirmeyer, Joe Schmitz, and Coaches Joe and Carmen Hartzell. Top 4 individuals General Livestock Judgers, Preston, Joe, Kaelyn, and MacKenzie, attended state finals where they placed 4th. These judgers were then asked to attend the American Royal held in Kansas City, Missouri on October 31st, 2013. Of Course the team took this offer because all their hard work couldn’t go to waste; the team spent countless hours preparing and studying all year long. Joe Schmitz district 5 president, was unable to attend at the National level because of National FFA Convention; therefore, Jacob Breymier filled in due to the fact he was fifth on the team.

The team departed Ohio on Tuesday night, and arrived in Kansas City after 2 plane rides around 10 p.m. On Tuesday members did some site seeing and experienced some food traditions in Kansas City. Bright and early the next morning at 8 a.m the members were split into groups and off they went to begin their success. After a long day of judging and oral reasons judgers gathered in for the final banquet where Mississinawa Valley placed 8th in the nation. All of the hard work truly paid off for these students.

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