Agri Kids Competition by Mrs Sarah Foley-Smith

PIA students and AgriKids trip to Feilding

Congratulations to William, Angus and Jessica

Nine of our Senior PIA students travelled to Feilding in the last week of term. The group was asked by NZ Young Farmers to help set up, judge and pack down the teen Ag competition at the National Final. The group spent Thursday in a hard frost and heavy winds assembling the National Fencing competition, gazebos, and the competition modules. Friday saw a 4.30am start in freezing conditions, which didn't improve throughout the day at all. They had to repair  wind damage prior to the competitors arriving followed by 6 hours of competition and then pack up.

These students were an absolutely fabulous group to take away. Hard working, obliging, gracious and wonderful ambassadors . The journey of the past 5 months has been eventful and entertaining. There would not be too many groups of teenagers who raise $8,000 (far more than needed) purely to work two 14+ hour days in freezing conditions for absolutely no reward. They showed initiative, attitude and resilience in abundance - 3 highly desirable and employable skills. Not a complaint was heard even when working in trying conditions with difficult people.

Jess, Will and Angus put in a dominant performance across all facets of their AgriKids competition winning the exam and scoring highly in the observation and practical modules. For the second year running, they made the top seven to race off (8 modules completed against the clock). Our team came first and this was followed by a nervous wait for the official Prize Giving to commence. The Geraldine Hillbillies were named winners of the exam and First Place overall. A thoroughly deserved result.