A local Manzanola FFA chapter was selected  last May to compete for national recognition in a career development event at the 92nd National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis, Tuesday - Nov. 1, by placing First and Gold in the Colorado State FFA Career Development Event Contest held at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins. There were 38 teams comprised of 128 individuals from all size divisions of Colorado High Schools participating in the Milk Quality Contest.

The Manzanola FFA Chapter will send members to Indianapolis as they vie for national honors in the area of milk quality and products. Culver Franchising System, Inc. and Dairy Farmers of America Inc. sponsor the event. FFA members who will represent the chapter include Emily Horn, Ean Martinez, Hayden Pate and Dakota Sims. The team was coached by Trudy Hardy and Advisor, Becky Ball.  

The team was recognized and presented with their State winning plaque last week at the Colorado State FFA Convention. Manzanola also received a Gold ranking the National Chapter Award program based on 15 quality standards and competed Nationally to be ranked as a Three Star Chapter, the highest ranking a chapter can receive at the National level. The chapter will be recognized on stage during the second general session of the National FFA Convention.

Milk quality and products is one of 25 career/leadership development event areas, covering jobs skills in everything from communications to mechanics. Participants test milk samples for flavor, taste cheese samples as well as identify cheese characteristics. Members evaluate milk samples using the California Mastitis test. Finally, the participant’s knowledge of milk production and marketing is assessed by a written exam.  CDEs and LDEs help students develop the abilities to think critically, communicate clearly and perform effectively in a competitive job market.
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 653,359 student members who belong to one of 8,568 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is also supported by 344,239 alumni members in 2,051 alumni chapters throughout the U.S.