COVINGTON — This fall, the Covington Agriculture Education program held a chapter-wide job interview contest. This is an actual FFA career development event that FFA members have the opportunity to compete in at the high school level.
Every 7th and 8th grader, freshman, sophomore, junior and senior enrolled in an agriculture education course in the first quarter competed in the chapter contest. This included filling out a job application, preparing a cover letter and resume, completing a 10-minute personal interview with an actual professional and completing a follow-up letter regarding the interview.
Special thanks to Angie Otte and Brian Riethman of Farm Credit of Mid-America, who volunteered to judge the students during the contest.
The high school students were placed as the top three in each division respectively and the first place individual earned the right to represent Covington UVCC FFA chapter at the district FFA competition.
First place in the Freshman division went to Brenna Miller; due to illness she was unable to compete at the district contest. First place in the Sophomore division was Jack Shell, who went on to place 15th in the district contest. First place in the Junior division was Lindsey Kimmel and she placed fifth in the district contest. Jace Owens won the first year upperclassmen division, but due to illness did not compete at districts. First place in the senior division was Kelsey McReynolds, who placed fifth in the district competition.
In the future, the junior high students who have ag class in the second, third and fourth quarters will also complete the job interview experience.
The Covington agriculture education program and FFA chapters are satellites of the Upper Valley Career Center.