The "Unstoppable" theme for the Fertile-Beltrami FFA is holding true as seven FFA members competed at the 90th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis Oct. 24-28. Eighteen Fertile-Beltrami FFA members were of the 64,000 FFA members that attended National FFA Convention.

    The "Unstoppable" theme for the Fertile-Beltrami FFA is holding true as seven FFA members competed at the 90th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis Oct. 24-28. Eighteen Fertile-Beltrami FFA members were of the 64,000 FFA members that attended National FFA Convention.

    The National FFA Talent competition kicked off with 48 acts that were accepted out of over 150 qualified applications. The talent competition has three rounds. Britton Fuglseth showed just how unstoppable she was by performing "When We Were Young" by Adele and making the top 15 cut. Her second performance was on the main stage in front of 64,000 people on Oct 26. She performed the song "Hallelujah" by Alexander Burke. The top 3 advanced from the second round to perform on the main stage on Friday, Oct 27 in front of 64,000 FFA members.

    "I literally had goose bumps after her song!" said Nick Solie, chapter secretary.

    Britton advanced to the final rounds and sang "When We Were Young" by Adele. Britton was the top three of the Nation for her talent act.

    Thanks to the sponsorship of RFDTV, the National FFA Convention was broadcast and anyone was able to watch her performances.

    "I could not have been more proud of Britton. She was voluntold to sing at the Region I FFA Banquet this spring and the rest is history. Without extra-curricular classes like agriculture, art, band, choir - Britton would not have been able to see just how amazing she is! Not to mention all of the support from her parents," said Whitney Rupprecht, Agricultural Education Instructor and FFA Advisor.

    The AgriScience competition started the application process back in May when members who placed first at state needed to submit their application and research paper. Of those, only a few from each state were selected to present their finding at the National FFA Convention. McKenna Desrosier and Britton Fuglseth placed Bronze off of their research paper and application.

    "It was a huge accomplishment to be able to advance, let alone place!" Rupprecht said.

    Andrah Clark and Shelby Dunbar were one of the few selected to present their research at the National FFA Convention. During their first round of interviews, the members were questioned about their scientific research, findings, and applications. Andrah and Shelby placed Silver and placed 12th out of the nation.

    "It was very intimidating, but a really good experience,” said Andrah Clark

    A Proficiency application is a length application based off of a students Supervised Agriculture Experience. Students need to complete a career related task, such as owning a business, working for a business, or completing a multiple-year research project. The application includes hours, income and expense, learning objectives, goals, and a very detailed explanation of project. Camryn Larson was ranked GOLD on her proficiency application in Outdoor Recreation. Henna Anufriev was ranked SILVER on her application in AgriScience Research: Animal Systems. Ryan Benson was ranked SILVER in his application on Wildlife Management.

    "These applications are so hard, but worth it in the long run!" said Camryn Larson.

    A National Chapter Award is an application in which the Chapter Advisor records all of the activities their FFA completes. The application includes goals, steps, images, and a detailed description. The Fertile-Beltrami FFA Chapter was ranked a Two-Star Chapter. Only 10 percent of the chapters are given a rank.