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After shining in Silverton on Nov. 18, the group headed to OSU where they took 12th in the state

COURTESY OF MEGAN DILSON - Gervais FFA finished 12th out of 56 teams in the state competitions held Saturday, Nov. 23 at Oregon State University.It was a day of learning, and a day to showcase what you've learned.

Gervais High School FFA headed to Oregon State University on Saturday, Nov. 23, to take part on the state FFA competitions held at the university's Strand and Brexell Hall. The Gervais contingent placed 12th out of 56 teams.

Scores were as follows: Dresen Ferschweiler, 12th out of 227; Jennife Ferschweiler, 79th out of 227; Lauren Ferschweiler, 71st; Mike Tapia, 137th; Uriel Aguilar, 169th.

Gervais FFA advisor Megan Dilson outlined the constitution of the competition:

"They completed a skit to show the relationship between veterinary and animal welfare,  wrote a letter portraying the pros and cons of declawing cats, identified parasites, breeds, and surgical tool, and completed four clinical and practicums which consisted of tail tying horses, preparing a fecal slide, lateral and lateral restraints of small animals, and taking a math practicum that made them calculate medical dosages and converting weights of animals," Dilson noted.

Dilson added that post contest the competitors were able to be part of OSU's preview day; they toured the campus and learned more about each of the different colleges within the university.

"We are so proud of how they did," Dilson said. "Most of it was done behind closed doors so other kiddos couldn't see what they had to prepare for when they entered the room."

Getting to state

Prior to the Corvallis engagement, a Monday, Nov. 18, trip to Silverton proved to be a fruitful outing for the Gervais FFA.

Gervais FFA earned a trip to the state competitions in Vet Science and Ag Sales that after finishing second in its 12-team district competition held at Silverton High School.

Highlighting the district contest for Gervais were Dresen Ferschweiler, who placed 1st overall individually in Vet Science, and Gracey McCargar, who placed 5th individually in the beginners' contest.

"Dresen excelled in every section of the contest, including parasite, breeds, and tool ID," said Megan Dilson, the Gervais FFA advisor. "She also completed two practicums and clinicals which included haltering a horse and giving subcutaneous injections."

Dilson said McCargar's task was no easy charge either.

"Gracey McCargar excelled in Steps of Selling and Customer Relations which is dealing with a difficult customer," Dilson said.

The advisor urged team and Cougar staff and student-body members to "Give them a pat on the back when you see them!"

"Gracey McCargar excelled in Steps of Selling and Customer Relations which is dealing with a difficult customer," Dilson said.


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