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Soroco FFA chapter excels at national convention

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Members of the Soroco High School FFA chapter represented Colorado at the National FFA Convention, which was held Oct. 24 to 27 in Indianapolis. Soroco's livestock evaluation team placed 13th in the nation, and the chapter itself earned a two-star designation. In addition, the chapter qualified a member to sing in the National FFA Choir and two members received the FFA's highest award.

After winning the state contest last May, Soroco's livestock evaluation team of Grace Olinger, Kaetlyn Freideman, Bailey Singer and Sam Shaffer placed 13th out of 50 teams at the national competition. Individually, Olinger placed sixth out of 200 participants, Kaetlyn Freideman was 19th, and Bailey Singer finished 23rd. Olinger also earned first place in oral reasons and first place in the swine division.

Morgan Palyo and Caylee Hood received the American FFA Degree at the convention. The award is bestowed on less than one-half of a percent of the membership. To be eligible, FFA members must have earned and productively invested $10,000 through a supervised agricultural experience program in which they start, own or hold a professional position in an existing agricultural enterprise. Recipients must also complete 50 hours of community service and demonstrate outstanding leadership abilities and civic involvement.

Kate Olinger was one of two Colorado members selected for the National FFA Choir, which included a total of 85 members from around the nation. As a result, she spent the week practicing and performing for FFA members and the Indianapolis community.

The National FFA Convention, held in Indianapolis, had over 69,000 members, parents, advisors and guests in attendance, including nine Soroco students.

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