The Montezuma FFA Farm and Agribusiness Management team captured third-place honors in the Career Development Event (CDE) at the 92nd National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis, Oct. 30 – Nov. 2.
The Montezuma team consisted of Maddy McKeag, Madelyn DeJong, Carissa Van Zee and Mykayla Henry. All four young ladies received gold emblem individual honorees.
Alternates attending included Chloe Latcham, Michael DeJong, Mariah Seaton and Alyssa Cline.
The National FFA Farm and Agribusiness Management CDE is designed to test the ability of students to apply economic principles and concepts in analyzing farm and ranch business management decisions. Participants respond to questions concerning economic principles in farm business management as well as a problem-solving analysis section. Each team in the event has competed with other chapters in their state for the privilege of participating in the national event.
“Competing at Nationals was such an amazing experience,” said Madelyn DeJong. “The countless hours of studying really paid off and I was happy to be able to share this moment with the other three girls on the team. The three-hour test wasn’t easy and there is no way I would have made it through without (FFA advisor) Mr. Swenson’s teaching and encouragement. This CDE has taught me many things that will certainly help me in the future and has helped me to decide my future college plans.”
“It was an amazing feeling for our team to earn third-place at nationals,” added Mykayla Henry. “This experience is something that we will all always remember. Without the support of the Swensons for putting in all these hours with us and working around our crazy schedules, this would of never happened.”
Photo courtesy of Montezuma FFA.