INDIANAPOLIS — The Perry High School FFA chapter sent numerous members to the national FFA convention Oct. 24-27.
Fifteen members attended sessions, heard from motivational speakers and national officers, visited with agriculture representatives at the career expo, and toured local agricultural businesses. Perry sent two teams and two individuals to compete at national career development contests.
The agricultural sales team of Emma Cochrane, Elaina Crowe, Marc Hendzel and Alex Scovill, earned eight place and received a gold award, one of only three gold awards by a Michigan chapter.
Cochrane and Hendzel earned gold, and Crowe and Alex Scovill earned silver. Students had to complete an individual sales call with a judge, work as a team to prepare a pre-call sales plan and take a written test.
The horse evaluation team of Jaden Chamberlain, Haylee-Ann Koc, Olivia Miller and Macie Slee earned a bronze team award.
Miller and Slee earned silver awards and Chamberlain and Koc received bronze. The contests consist of judging eight classes of horses, presenting oral reasons for four classes, completing a team activit and taking an identification test.
Alex Scovill competed with his agriscience project research on the use of Enogen feed corn on broiler chickens. He earned third-place gold and a $500 cash prize for his project. He conducted research while raising broiler chickens in 2017 and was judged on his written report, poster showcasing his project, and interview with judges.
Nathan Scovill competed in the prepared public speaking contest with his speech focused on a new technology that harvests oil from algae which can be used as fuel. He earned a bronze award.