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FFA Companion Animal Science Career Development Event Team Places 1st in Region 2 Competition

On Wednesday, January 11th, the FFA Companion Animal Science Career Development Event Team placed first out of fifteen teams at the Region 2 competition, held at Central Lakes College in Brainerd.

Grace Swanson placed as top individual, Lauren Olson in 3rd place, Hailey Radle in 5th, and Liv Hendren in 8th place. A lot of preparation and study went into this competition, and they are looking forward to doing well at the state competition, held in April.

A school-based national youth leadership organization, FFA covers the fields of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources. A wide range of Career Development Events (CDEs) and Leadership Development Events (LDEs) take place throughout the school year.

“The Companion Animal Vet Science CDE consists of three parts: identification of cats, dogs, fish, birds, rabbits, and other small pets, a written veterinary science exam, and specialized practicums,” Grace Swanson explains.

FFA competitions begin at the regional level, and top-placing teams can advance to the state and national levels. Students from Two Harbors and Silver Bay will be competing in the Floriculture and Forestry CDEs later this spring, as well as completing applications for State Degree and Proficiency Awards.

Liv Hendren, Hailey Radle, and Grace Swanson became involved in the FFA competition in 8th grade, and “roped Lauren Olson in” the following year. Swanson says, “Over the years, we have drastically improved, and as seniors, are excited for our final trip to state. My favorite part is meeting new people and experiencing the nervous energy while waiting to be called on stage at the state convention.”

Liv Hendren says, “FFA has played a prominent role in my life. From public speaking, to knowing the parts of the heart in health class, FFA has snuck its way into nearly everything I do.”

Best wishes to the FFA competitors representing the Arrowhead Region! It will be fun to see how those principles of FFA sneak into your life in the future.

Haley Searls
Haley Searls
Hello! My name is Haley Searls. I’ve loved writing from an early age, though my nonfiction writing at five years old consisted mainly of weather and gardening reports. I still have some of those early articles: “It’s sunny.” “It’s still sunny.” “It’s raining.” I’m glad to say my writing has improved since then. I wrote a guest post for the Silver Bay Public Library blog, and was the writer/editor of the newsletter for my American Heritage Girls troop. I have been writing for the North Shore Journal since June 2022. Besides writing, I love reading, drawing, photography, music, and spending time with family and friends. Two books that have really influenced my writing are Reforming Journalism by Marvin Olasky and Writer to Writer by Bodie and Brock Thoene. As a journalist, I want to share positive community interactions and inspire people to make lasting connections. Article topics that interest me are ones which show community activities and involvement. Such articles include community events, youth accomplishments, library programming, small businesses, local history, local artists and authors, art programs, and cultural events such as theater and dance. If you have an article idea, email the North Shore Journal with my name in the subject line! I look forward to hearing from you!
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