Stanwood FFA Agriculture Mechanics team

Members of the Stanwood FFA Agriculture Mechanics team pose last week at the state championships in Indiana.

The Stanwood FFA Agriculture Mechanics team placed 11th in the nation out of 40 teams.

The team was representing Washington state in the National FFA Convention Oct. 24-27 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The team competed in welding, land survey, topographical map reading, electrical, tractor power, compact engines, masonry and a knowledge test, according to FFA Advisor Darryl Main.

The Environmental Natural Resources CDE team place seventh out of 41 teams to earn the Gold rating in the National FFA Environmental Natural Resources CDE.

Individually, Natalie Fogarty placed seventh out of 164 contestants getting a Gold rating for her efforts, as did Amelia Main.

The Stanwood team won first in the state at the Washington FFA State Convention, held April 13 at Perry Technical Institute in Yakima. The team beat out 23 other teams to earn the right to compete at the national competition.

The team won a Lincoln SP-140 wire feed welder for finishing in the top 10 in the welding contest.

Earlier in the year, the team competed in contests at high schools in Deming, Bellingham and Burlington, at Bellingham Technical College and in the district contest in Stanwood.

Contact reporter Evan Caldwell at and follow him on Twitter @Evan_SCN for updates throughout the week and on Instagram @evancaldwell.scn for more photos.

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