By Sara Tischauser
FFA members from across Wisconsin gathered in Madison June 10-13 for the Wisconsin State FFA Convention.
Garret Karweick was one of the Seymour FFA members that attended the convention. Karweick competed at the Wisconsin State FFA Convention in the Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance Proficiency and won first place at state.
Karweick just graduated from Seymour High School and has been in FFA all four years of his high school career. Karweick chose to complete his Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) program in the Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance Proficiency area because it was something that held his interest.
“I chose this proficiency area because I have always enjoyed restoring things,” Karweick said. “I learned better ways to paint machinery, how to use new tools and how to properly spend money and have a budget.”
This project has been a work in progress and Karweick has spent a lot of time on his SAE.
“I started my SAE in the spring of 2017 and worked on it until the end of 2018,” Karweick said. “I had to work on and eventually submit my application to the State FFA in February 2019 so that it could be judged.”
For his proficiency award, Karweick had a specific project he completed.
“In my Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance Proficiency I repaired an old rusty gravity box and built a flat rack on repaired running gear,” Karweick said. “When I repaired my gravity box some of the things that I did included grinding it down, repainting it, adding new boards to the top and installing new parts. I am currently working on more projects.”
The knowledge gained from his SAE Karweick said will hopefully be helpful in the future.
“I hope to use this knowledge to keep repairing more advanced pieces of farm machinery,” Karweick said.
Karweick’s proficiency award application will now be sent on to National FFA Competition this summer.
“I am preparing for nationals by revising and improving my proficiency application,” Karweick said. “I hope that I have a good chance at going to nationals. I am competing against winners of other states and only four will make it to nationals.”
Having the financial support to complete his SAE was very important in Karweick’s success.
“Thank you to the Seymour FFA Alumni for the Supervised Agricultural Grant that helped me with this project,” Karweick said.