The Susanville FFA chapter is off to a great start on its 2020 competition season, competing in its first three events of the year.
Tulelake Field Day
On Saturday, Jan. 25, the Susanville FFA chapter sent seven teams to compete at the annual Tulelake Field Day in Tulelake, California. The participating teams included the vegetable crop veterinary science, agricultural mechanics, impromptu and extemporaneous public speaking, novice parliamentary procedure, and advanced parliamentary procedure teams. There were roughly 200 contestants participating in this event.
The vegetable crops team won second place, with Waylon Miller placing third high individual and Nate Biggs placing second high individual.
Veterinary science also won second place, with Jae Norton placing first high individual and Erin Nickell placing second high individual.
The novice parliamentary procedure team placed fifth and the advanced parliamentary procedure team won the tournament.
Agricultural mechanics was fourth place, with Nolan Mallery placing fourth high individual.
Jae Norton also won fifth high individual for impromptu public speaking. Jae was the only member from the Susanville FFA chapter that competed in this contest.
Arbuckle Field Day
On Saturday, Feb. 1, the Susanville FFA chapter sent six teams to compete in the Arbuckle Field Day amongst 2,200 competitors from 110 schools.
The floriculture team won first place, with Taylore Somerville placing fourth high individual, Colby Talley placing seventh high individual, and EmmaLee Rotlisberger placing tenth high individual.
The veterinary science team came in second place with Erin Nickell third high individual and Jae Norton placing fourth high individual. The vegetable crop team won first place with Kaelee Taylor placing first high individual, Waylon Miller placing sixth high individual, Elena German placing seventh high individual, and Marisa Flux placing ninth high individual.
The Forestry team won first place with Felicia Johnson placing fourth high individual, Alexandra Lopez sixth high individual, Aidan Adams placing ninth high individual, and Ethan German rounding out as 10th high individual.
The agriculture mechanics team placed 10th overall. Dania Tynan also placed second in the job interview contest, which had 40 contestants. She was the only member from the Susanville FFA chapter competing in this contest.
On Wednesday, Feb. 5, Susanville FFA attended their Intermountain sectional contests for leadership development events. Ten schools competed with the goal of placing in the top four so they can advance to the regional contest held at Chico State University in March.
In impromptu speaking Jae Norton qualified with a first place finish and Emma Lee Rotlisberger took third.
In creed speaking, Cyprus Moore secured a spot with a fourth place. In extemporaneous public speaking, Elena German won the event and Allie Magarrell placed fourth. Dania Tynan and Erin Nickell will head to regionals with a first and third place respectively, and both the novice and advanced parliamentary procedure teams secured a spot with third and second places.
Overall, the Susanville FFA chapter did very well at all competitions, and the members are anxiously waiting for upcoming competitions. With every competition that the chapter participates in, the members learn more career and leadership skills, and the chapter expects to see even more success and advancement in the remainder of the season.