By: Zoe Ertel
Cambridge FFA’s spotlight member for March is Grace Ertel. Grace is a senior at Cambridge High School and has been an active member of the chapter all four years of high school. In her free time Grace likes to read, ski, hang out with friends, and play sports. Over the years Grace has competed in the floriculture, food science, creed speaking, horse judging, livestock judging, vet science, and prepared public speaking competitions.
Grace has competed in two of those CDEs at the National Level. Her team placed 6th nationally in Floral in 2017 and her food science team placed 3rd nationally in 2018. After achieving 6th place in floral, the floral team was able to attend AIFD Symposium, or American Institute of Floral Design Symposium, this last summer in Washington DC. After placing 3rd in food science she was able to attend IPPE, the International Production and Processing Expo, in Atlanta, Georgia this last February with her team. Grace is so thankful for all the opportunities FFA has given her.
In March Grace competed in prepared public speaking and gave a speech about the Slow Flowers Movement that she learned about at AIFD. After winning the district competition with her speech, she moved on to state where she placed 2nd. This is the first member Cambridge FFA has had compete in this LDE, or Leadership Development Event, in a very long time and her chapter is so proud of how far she made it.
After high school Grace plans to attend the University of Idaho to major in Sociology to later get a career in Occupational therapy. Grace is a well-rounded individual and shows great promise for her future. The Cambridge FFA chapter is proud to showcase Grace Ertel, March 2019 Spotlight Member!