Nevada FFA sells nearly $30,000 of fruit and cheese

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Nevada High School FFA top sellers (front row, left to right) William Carsrud, Madeline Gibson, Ella Toot, Rylee Steffes, Lily Henderson, (back row) Nick Larson, Kent Sponseller, Kyle Kingsbury, McKenzie Arends, (not pictured) Isabelle Nelson, Wyatt Toot, Maggie Melton and Treva Sawyer.

Nevada FFA members sold $29,653 of fruit, cheese, sausage and chocolates this season. 

The wholesale product cost was $18,694, therefore providing the chapter with a profit of $10,959. 

Nevada High School students Abbey French and Keely Williams mix FFA fruit boxes for customer delivery.

Students sold products in October and early November, but also sold products through a new online system.

All products arrived at Nevada High School ag mechanics lab on Dec. 7. Students sorted and mixed boxes, then started loading out and delivering to customers after school.

Nevada High School students, (left to right) Ella Toot, Emma DePenning and Alexis Muschick, mix fruit boxes for customers.

Some sales were made through email and call-in orders which Kevin Cooper, Nevada High School agriculture education instructor and FFA advisor, took care of delivering.

Top salespeople this year were Mady Gibson with $1,600 of total sales, Rylee Steffes with $1,403, Kent Sponseller with $1,400, Ella and Wyatt Toot with $1,380 and Maggie Melton with $1,367 in sales. 

Nevada High School FFA members (left to right) Isabelle Nelson, Maddie Dunham and Ella Toot are pictured with fruit.

Proceeds from the fruit sales helps pay for FFA jackets, annual banquet, contest entry fees and chapter leadership development operations. 

“I am so impressed with the dedication and work ethic of our FFA members and their parents in getting all this product sold and delivered,” Cooper said.

Nevada High School FFA members (left to right) Leah Biensen, August Martinez and Cassidi Bartmess mix fruit.