MANLIUS — Members of the Bureau Valley FFA chapter participated in the Section Record Book Interviews at Geneseo High School Feb. 7.
The purpose of proficiency interviews is to ensure successful competition of the duties of record keeping, and to ensure that chapter members are reinforcing skills learned in the classroom successfully through a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) — learning by doing. With help from Willard Mott, agricultural adviser, each chapter member who chose to participate developed a SAE project based on one or more categories: Entrepreneurship, placement, research and experimentation, or exploratory.
At the section level, the following students placed first and will advance to the district level Thursday: Susan Brummel (ag mechanics design and fabrication), Blaine Peterson (ag mechanics repair and maintenance - entrepreneur), Thomas Monier (diversified crop production - placement), Samantha Haney (grain production - placement), Michael Lotspeich (home and/or community development), Alex Johnson (safety), Andrew Smith (turf grass management), and Kristyn Ehnle (wildlife production and management).
Other members who competed in the Record Book Award program at the chapter level, placed at the section level and will not be advancing to district are: Dalton Kepner (beef production - entrepreneur), Trevin Kennedy (beef production - placement), Michael Lotspeich (agricultural communications), Lauren Peterson (equine science - placement), Kelly Sierens (grain production - entrepreneur), Kalie Rumbold (poultry production), Shelby Weborg (specialty animal production), and Annika Carter (vegetable production).