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Monroe FFA team places at national competition
Pictured, from left, are Nick Maveus, Traiten Gorr, Joel Faith and Mitch Millner. They make up the Monroe FFA's 2015 Monroe Ag Mechanics team, which competed at the National FFA Competition in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo supplied)
MONROE - The Monroe FFA placed seventh at the National FFA Competition during the Career Development Events in Louisville, Kentucky.

The 2015 Monroe Ag Mechanics team consisted of Joel Faith, Nick Maveus, Traiten Gorr and Mitch Millner. Together, they competed at various levels earning several awards along the way. They were required to perform individual written tests as well as group hands-on, problem-solving tests at each level of competition. Each is timed and graded, awarding scores to both individuals and the team as a whole.

The first event for the year was the sectional competition in Platteville. The team won fourth place overall with Joel Faith placing third individually, allowing them to advance to the state competition in Madison. There, the team placed first overall, with Faith placing first individually. That guaranteed them a spot at nationals, held this year in Louisville, Kentucky, where they placed seventh of the 50 state teams competing, earning them gold in the team event. In the individual competitions, Faith placed fourth in the nation, Gorr received a gold ranking, and Millner and Maveus both received individual silver rankings.

The team is advised by the Monroe High School agriculture education teacher Danielle Pernot and coached by Jim Faith of Faith Engineering Inc. Together, they have worked with the team to encourage strong work ethics and the continuation of their education in the agricultural and manufacturing industry.

Joel Faith and Gorr work at Faith Engineering Inc., under an apprenticeship program through School to Work. They both have been accepted to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in the fall. Maveus also works at Faith Engineering Inc. and is currently attending Blackhawk Technical College in the manufacturing information technology program. Millner is a junior at Monroe High School with plans to further his education after high school.