Shelby FFA members above, Taylor Parsons, left, Aidan Torgerson, Kolby Lohr and Dylan Mulvaney recently competed at the Shelby hosted Glacier District Agricultural Technology & Mechanical Systems Career Development Event and earned a second place finish and the opportunity to advance on to the state competition held in Bozeman later in March.

The months of February and March are hectic times for students and teachers: winter sports are in full swing, student organizations are preparing for contests and conferences, prom, school plays, spelling bees, spring sports are not too far on the horizon and the taste of summer freedom is within sight. 

One such contest recently hosted by the Shelby FFA was the Glacier District Agricultural Technology & Mechanical Systems (ATMS) Career Development Event (CDE). The Glacier District is composed of 13 schools from as far south as Cascade to the northern reaches of Sunburst. The contest consisted of a comprehensive test, masonry, electrical, small engines, welding and heavy equipment. Nearly 50 students competed in the CDE. Leading agribusinesses such as Torgerson’s, LLC. and General Distributing Co. provided judges and prizes, while local volunteers like Roy Benjamin, Chris Roberts and FFA advisors served as judges for the contest too. 

The Shelby FFA finished near the top of the heap and has qualified for the state competition which will be held in Bozeman in late March. Aidan Torgerson, Kolby Lohr, Taylor Parsons and Dylan Mulvaney placed second. As individuals, Aidan placed second, Dylan third, Taylor seventh and Kolby 11th. The top three teams were Fairfield, Shelby and Dutton/Brady. The top individual was Nolan Forseth of Fairfield.

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