Pair compete in TeenAg nationals

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Finals Bound . . . Gore High School Pupils Melissa Currie (left, 16) and Georgia Ayson (17) are preparing for the National New Zealand Young Farmers Competitions happening early next month. PHOTO: VALU MAKA

Two Gore High School pupils were “surprised” to find out they had qualified to participate in the national New Zealand Young Farmers TeenAg competitions.

Pupils Melissa Currie and Georgia Ayson came second in the Otago Southland regional contest which was held online this year.

“Usually it is more practical but because it was the weekend when we were in level 2, they cancelled it way earlier in the year,” Melissa said.

The online assessment consisted of six or seven links and some of the questions focused on carbon emission and the environment, Melissa said.

“At the time we were trying to get the best answers and get them as detailed as possible.”

They were surprised to find out they had made it to the national competitions, Georgia said.

“I remember finishing work when Melissa told me and I was thinking right?

“But we were really excited.”

The national competitions will run from July 1 to 3 and will consist of both theory and practical assessments.

The duo were preparing for the competitions, Melissa said.

“We have been doing a lot of research around the businesses and sponsors involved, because usually this is what the tests will focus on.”

They had also set up time with the school’s woodwork teacher to learn more about the practical side of farming, Georgia said.

“We are planning on going out to Melissa’s farm to learn how to build fences and some of the basic parts of farming.”

They were both looking forward to meeting new people and building connections with a range of people in the farming sector at the national competitions, Georgia said.