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FFA Ag Marketing Plan team takes second place at state

GHS FFA members David VanderVorst (Allen and Barb), Denver Jost (Tricia and Jeff), Eric Worth (Barb and Craig), and Dennis Maude (Terri) brought home second place from the State FFA Leadership meeting in Pierre. The men were part of the Ag Marketing Plan team. Photo courtesy of Gerri Ann Eide

On Dec. 2-3, 630 FFA members and guests from across South Dakota met in Pierre for the State FFA Leadership Career Development Events. FFA members and chapters were recognized for their success in 10 leadership areas. Members advanced to state level competition by placing first or second at their district competitions.
Five students from Gettysburg qualified to compete.  The Gettysburg Ag Marketing Plan team, of Eric Worth, Dave VanderVorst, and Denver Jost, assisted by Dennis Maude for technical support placed second out of 15 state qualifying teams.  In the competition, student teams determine a local, community need and create a complete strategy for marketing a new ag product or company to fix that problem.  The Gettysburg team focused on the idea of having a city wide community garden to fill a need and improve social interaction.  The state sponsor, as a special project of the South Dakota FFA Foundation, providing their team plaque, is Legend Seeds, Inc.
Also competing from Gettysburg were Dennis Maude in Extemporaneous Speaking, and Jenna Schwiess in Public Speaking.
Gerri Eide, who traveled with the Gettysburg students, said,  “I am proud of how all five students represented Gettysburg FFA.  Competition at this level is very tough. The marketing team took Mr. Lehman’s idea that he gave us in August and made us all proud.  This was a time consuming project, and I pushed the students to figure out the challenges they faced on their own. They all learned a lot if they placed or not.”
State winning teams and individuals will advance and compete in their Career Development Event areas at the National FFA Convention in Louisville, KY next fall. Jason Frerichs, state legislator from Wilmot, and past FFA member, addressed FFA members at the awards luncheon Monday afternoon, sharing the importance for advocating for agriculture in SD.
Submitted by Gerri Ann Eide