Team to Compete at National Event

Three members of the West Central FFA Chapter have advanced to national competition and will vie for national honors in the area of Agricultural Communications.  Members representing the state and chapter in the event include Liz Renner, Melinda Knuth and Rachel Schartz.

Pictured left to right: Liz Renner, Melinda Knuth, Rachel Schartz and Linda Petersen

Agricultural Communications is one of 24 career development event areas ranging from job skills in everything from communications to mechanics.  The three-member team is challenged in all areas of the agricultural communications field.  Participants attend a press conference, utilize information gathered in a team activity and complete individual practicums in design, electronic media and writing.  Students are also  tested on editing and other communications skills.  CDEs help students develop the abilities to think critically, communicate clearly and perform effectively in a competitive job market.  The event supports student development of sound communication principles to become strong assets to the agriculture industry in the future.

Renner, Knuth and Schartz earned a berth in the national competition by winning the state Agricultural Communications CDE earlier this spring.  The team will compete for individual scholarships and team awards worth more than $9000 made possible by the National FFA Foundation during the 85th National FFA Convention this October in Indianapolis, IN.  This year will be the third team to compete in the national Ag Communications CDE since the inception of the event in 2002.  Renner, Knuth and Schartz are members of the West Central FFA Chapter and are advised and coached by Linda Petersen.

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