PERRY— At the 2018 Michigan Farm Bureau annual session in Grand Rapids, Perry FFA member Alex Scovill was honored as the runner-up.
After winning the regional competition in October and making it out of the state finals, he was one of six to compete in the finals of the annual Michigan Farm Bureau discussion contest.
The contest consists of members presenting a 30-second introduction statement, followed by a 30-minute topic discussion with other contestants, and ending with a 60-second closing statement.
This year’s topics included: Discussing what obstacles are preventing students from pursuing opportunities in the agricultural industry and what programs encourage young people to pursue a degree, certificate or career in agriculture; discussing the current issues associated with the Great Lakes freshwater basins and how they are affecting the nation’s agriculture and natural resource industries. What current resources and initiatives are addressing these issues; and discuss the progress that has been made in agriculture via organizations such as Farm Bureau. How will Michigan Farm Bureau remain relevant into the next century and what role will FFA and 4-H play.
Scovill is a junior at Perry High School and the son of Charles and Karen Scovill. In addition to this state recognition of his efforts, he also received a cash award.