Manor FFA members earn honors in state competition

Several Manor FFA teams and individuals were named state champions and earned other honors at the State FFA Activities Week, held June 11-13 at Penn State University.

The Dairy Cattle Evaluation team was crowned state champions and will compete at the National FFA Convention and Expo Oct. 30-Nov. 2 in Indianapolis.

Members include Colt Barley, Alyssa Chalfant, Maddy Denlinger and Berklee Perry.  Manor FFA alumni Aaron and Angie Breneman coached the team.  

The Nursery Landscape team was named state champions and will move on to national competition. Members include Morgan Harnish (2nd place individual award), Sarah Bleacher (3rd place individual), Janelle Richardson and Maddy Kahler.

The Ag Communications team was named state runner-up. Members include Lauren Sensenich (1st place individual), Becca High, Jordan Arms and Laurel Barley.

Public Speaking – Arilyn Oatman placed second and will be competing at the Big E Eastern States Exposition in Massachusetts in September. She also was chosen to serve on the State FFA Officer team as Sentinel.

The Poultry Evaluation team placed third overall. Members include Micah Frey (1st place individual), Addy Eby, Bella Peters, and Ben Raifsnider.

The Vet Science team placed fifth overall. Members include Brianna McMichael, Audrey Schlegel, Angie Frola and Brenna McDevitt. 

Austin Kolb participated as an FFA State Delegate.

Nine Manor FFA members were recognized as State Proficiency Award Winners or Finalists. 

Proficiency Winners – Agriscience Research, Arilyn Tegtmeier-Oatman; Equine Science Entrepreneurship, Darby Conrad; and Swine Production, Rebecca High. They will move on to national competition.

Proficiency Finalists – Ag Processing, Rebecca High; Dairy Production Entrepreneurship, Austin Kolb; Dairy Production Placement, Joe Allman; Diversified Horticulture, Morgan Harnish; Equine Science Placement, Mandy Baker; Poultry Production. Sarah Bleacher; and Specialty Animal Production (bees), Jolene Fields.

Proficiency awards are based on student learning in a specific area of agriculture through a supervised agricultural experience program and a lengthy application submission.

The Manor FFA Chapter Application, highlighting activities, goals and results, placed fourth and will contend for a national ranking.

Congratulations to these students for their accomplishments!