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Mitchell FFA chapter members part of national event

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Members of the Mitchell FFA chapter in South Dakota were one of 39 teams participating in the National FFA Agricultural Sales Career Development Event. The event was held in conjunction with the 86th National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky.

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The team, led by adviser Jeff Hoffman, was awarded a silver emblem. Members also competed for individual awards with 151 other participants.

Josh Dipippo received a gold emblem, Micah DiPippo received a bronze emblem, Dylan Senska received a bronze emblem and Kaley Nolz received a gold emblem.

The top 10 individuals and the national winning team members received cash awards to recognize their success in the event. The cash awards and the agricultural sales event are sponsored by Monsanto as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

“Just like the National FFA Organization, Monsanto is committed to helping the next generation to remain engaged in agriculture,” said Elizabeth Vancil, Monsanto community and youth outreach manager.

The National FFA Agricultural Sales CDE is a competitive event that allows students to apply classroom knowledge to real-life situations.

The event includes actual sales presentations, a written exam, team sales situation, an individual practical situation focusing on customer relations, customer service or prospecting for customers. Each team competed at local and state levels to represent their state at the National FFA Convention and Expo.

The event is one of many educational activities at the National FFA Convention and Expo in which FFA members practice the lessons taught in agricultural education classes.

-Source: Mitchell High School FFA

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