Profieciency Finalists to represent SD at National FFA Convention |

Profieciency Finalists to represent SD at National FFA Convention

Alex Braun, Harrisburg: Diversified Horticulture.

The South Dakota FFA is pleased to announce the state will be represented by seven Proficiency Finalists at the 2012 National FFA Convention. The finalists are:

Beth Mayrose, McCook Central: Ag Education

Nick Mueller, Garretson: Ag Sales

Alex Braun, Harrisburg: Diversified Horticulture

Marshall Spaans, McCook Central: Outdoor Recreation

Alicia Rist, Viborg: Sheep Production

Abby Flanders, Harrisburg: Specialty Animal Production

Gavin Gassman, McCook Central: Wildlife Production and Management

Students competed against over 1,350 applications from across the nation in 49 categories ranging from Emerging Agricultural Technologies to Diversified Crop Production. The top SD student in each proficiency area was selected to compete against 50 other nominees (the United States, Puerto Rico, & the Virgin Islands.) Of these candidates, the top four students in each area were selected to compete for honors presented during the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana this Oct. 24-27.

Outstanding candidates possess the highest levels of skills and significant progress in moving into an agricultural career or enterprise as a result of the Agricultural Education Program, their Supervised Agricultural Experience Program and their involvement in FFA. All finalists are also eligible to compete to go on a week long International Experience Tour to Costa Rica provided by the National Sponsors as part of the Special Projects they support.

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