At the 2012 Montana State Convention held March 28-31 in Bozeman students from the Ruby Valley FFA program cleaned up house, winning the Agricultural Sales competition and placing third in the Team Sweepstakes competition.
Sheridan students Tessa Bowey, Eric Browne, Chase Grover and Elle Wood finished first out of 37 teams and 142 individuals from across the state in the Ag Sales contest. The contest was designed as a team marketing project, where students were required to market and sell a specific product to one of the competition judges, who acted as a customer. This year the product was a wet/dry vacuum manufactured by John Deere.
Ruby Valley FFA advisor and Sheridan Ag Ed teacher Rodney Braaten was pleased with the results his program put up at this years’ convention.
“It’s better than we’ve ever done as a chapter,” he said.
Of the 30 students that participate in the local FFA program the Ruby Valley sent 18 to the convention.
Also at the convention Ruby Valley FFA students Raquel Boyd, Celeste Hagen, Clinton Marsh and Jaia Naisbitt placed third out of 66 teams in the Livestock Evaluation competition. Students Eric Browne, Colter Guinnane, Austin Huttinga and Michael Tilstra finished in fifth place out of 62 teams for the Agriculture Technology and Mechanical Systems competition, and in the Farm Business Management competition Ruby Valley FFA students Tiffany Boucher, Tessa Bowey, Raquel Boyd and Johan Van Der Duin finished seventh out of 52 teams.
Ruby Valley FFA finished in third place out of 43 teams for the Sweepstakes competition, which combines the best four contest scores. While Braaten proudly boasted his students’ success from the recent convention, he also reflected on what FFA participants gain in the bigger picture.
“They learn pretty important communication and leadership skills out of it,” he said, adding “It gives them something pretty neat to stick on their resume.”