Manson FFA celebrates FFA Week


Manson FFA members / Courtesy Manson FFA

Manson FFA Apple Judging Team 7th place at state highest ever placing for Manson: Left to right front row: Teresa Venegas, Raven Pope, Emely Valencia. Back row left to right: Blake Cochran, Raeauna Mogan, Zane Mericle, Gunnar Rasmussen, Cody Fitzpatrick, Delia Lysiak and Bryanna Harris.

Jude Peterson (right) Reserve Grand champion showman at Chelan County Fair for Novice division.

Gunnar Rasmussen with his Grand Champion shop project at the Chelan County Fair.

Left to right: Gunnar Rasmussen second place at the Shop contest at Tonasket and Micah Peterson first place at the shop contest at Tonasket.

Manson FFA traveled to the Spokane Ag Expo.

MANSON - Advisor for Manson FFA is Kevin Amsden and he has been the in that role for 38 years at Manson High School.
The Manson FFa was started in 1955 and current has  35 members.
Any student in Manson High School who enrolled in any of Mr. Amsden classes can join FFA.
Chapter officers are: – President: Blake Cochran, Vice-president: Cole Cochran, Secretary: Teresa Venegas, Treasure: Gunnarr Rasmussen, Sentinet:    Bryce La Mar and Reporter: Katie Gosvener.
Activities and events planned for FFA Week are: Monday: Green Hand Installation, Tuesday: FFA t-shirts, Wednesday: ice Cream social at lunch, and Friday: FFA BBQ  at lunch
The Manson FFA participates in a wide variety of activities throughout the year starting in the fall with the North Central Washington Fair, followed by the Chelan County Fair, where students take their livestock projects and shop projects to be judged. They start their livestock project’s as earlier as November or December of the past year. Most livestock projects will start in the spring.
After the fairs are over they move on to Apple Judging both at the local, and district level which Manson FFA host at the Manson Grange Hall, followed by state competition.  
During the winter months they participate in numerous  shop contest showing off their shop skills, as well as traveling to Spokane to take in one of the largest Agriculture Exhibits in the Northwest called Ag Expo.  
In the spring time they move into leadership events like, first year member for freshman, Creed Contest, Public Speaking, and Job Interview. Livestock judging at Okanagan happens in March, followed by the state FFA convention in May.
Highlights so far this year: At the Chelan County Fair: They had the Reserve Grand Champion goat by Bryanna Harris, numerous blue ribbons and call back for the finals. Jude Peterson was the reserve grand Champion in fitting and showing with his two hogs. Gunner Rasmussen had the Grand Champion Shop Project. In the Judging contest Manson came home with a third place in livestock and a first place in Produce Judging which put them third overall. In Apple Judging Cody Fitzpatrick won the District Contest, and then at the State Level Manson had their highest placing ever with the team taking seventh overall and winning a trophy. At the shop contest held at Tonasket Micah Peterson and Gunnar Rasmussen place first and second respectively in the welding competition

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