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In March over 20 SHS FFA members traveled to Choteau for the Glacier District Career Development Event (CDE) competitions. Both the ag mechanics team, comprised of Sean Rogers, Dillon Luly, Aidan Torgerson and Alex Stratton, and farm business management team, Tyler Larson, Emma Taylor, Tabris Correa and Ben Aklestad, will continue on to compete at the State competition in Bozeman. 

The Shelby FFA has had a busy spring thus far. In March over 20 members traveled to Choteau for the Glacier District Career Development Event (CDE) competitions. The main focus of this group was to compete in the Agricultural Technology and Mechanical Systems (ATMS) aka “ag mechanics” and Farm Business Management (FBM) CDEs. 

The ATMS CDE involved multiple areas of trouble-shooting and problem solving. These areas include: welding, small engines, electrical, woodworking, surveying, tractor part ID and other trades. Once the results were tallied, the Shelby FFA team of Sean Rogers (second place individual), Dillon Luly (fourth), Aidan Torgerson (fifth) and Alex Stratton (sixth) placed first in the Glacier District. 

The Farm Business Management CDE involved the students taking a test about farm financial issues and banking terminology. The team of Tyler Larson (fifth place individual), Emma Taylor (sixth), Tabris Correa (seventh) and Ben Aklestad (11th) placed second in the Glacier District.

Both the ATMS and FBM teams qualified for the State CDE Competition in Bozeman at the 89th annual State CDE Days held in early April. The teams traveled to Bozeman and competed in the events. 

Another highlight of the trip to Bozeman was seeing a Shelby FFA member, Ryan VanTine, receive his Montana State FFA Degree. Ryan has diligently worked for almost four years to get the coveted degree and recognition. The requirements to receive the degree include: earning or investing $1,000 in his Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) project, working over 300 hours, complete 25 hours of community service, participate in five or more activities in FFA above the chapter level, complete a public speaking activity, participate in parliamentary procedure and maintain a GPA higher than 2.0. Ryan did all of these with ease. His main SAE was working at the Wanken Farm/Ranch here in Shelby. The Wankens have been an avid supporter of Ryan and the Shelby FFA Chapter. 

Ryan was recognized on stage at the Strand Union Building on the Montana State University Campus at a State Degree Recognition Dinner. Ryan is one of four recent recipients at Shelby and is the son of father, Andy, and stepmother, Janine VanTine, and mother, Kelley Bartosh, all of Shelby. Ryan plans on attending Montana Western University majoring in Environmental Science. He also has enlisted into the Montana Army National Guard. 

“I am extremely proud of Ryan and his achievements thus far. He has matured into that ‘all-American boy’ status that anyone could be proud of. The sky is the limit for Ryan. I know he will move on to do great things. He’s already gained a lot of momentum.”

The Shelby FFA will finish out the year and into summer with multiple events including: the Montana Envirothon, FFA Banquet, Ag Days at the elementary school, welding certifications at the Flathead Community College, a visit to the Camrose Hutterite Colony, a trip to the Fort Benton Ag Museum and competing in MT Range Days in Dillon.

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