WCFFA Members Compete At State

Twenty seven West Central FFA members recently competed in the State Leadership Development Events held in Pierre.  Members earned their berth to the state level competition by placing in the top two teams or three individuals at the District VII Leadership Development Events (LDE).  District VII is composed of 11 area schools and their respective FFA Chapters.

Teams and individuals placing first at the State LDEs advance to the national level and will compete in Indianapolis, IN in October.

In Agricultural Sales, a team of four members completes a written exam, participate in a team problem where the members consider how to address a specific sales scenario and then work as a team to sell their product to the customer.  Team members also complete an individual fact to face sale.  The team of Clay Farmer, Jacob Harden, Branzon Underwood and Hunter Wilebski placed first as a team and advance to the National Ag Sales Event.

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Pictured left to right: Hunter Wilebski, Branzon Underwood, Clay Farmer, Jacob Harden, Linda Petersen – Ag Ed Instructor and FFA Advisor.

In Ag Communications, a team of four complete individual editing and communications quizzes, prepare a written media plan to address a specific scenario to advertise a project, product or idea within a given budget, and present their media plan orally to a panel of judges. The team of Game Lorang, Taylor McMartin, Kyra McMillin, and Cossette Ulrich placed second in the state event.

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Pictured left to right: Cossette Ulrich, Kyra McMillin, Taylor McMartin, Gabs Lorang

The Market Plan Event requires a team of three members to suggest the addition of a new product or service to a local agricultural business.  Team members prepare a written plan that outlines how the business owner might benefit through the addition of this new product or service.  The Market Plan team of Tiffany Rausch, Lauryn Riepma, and Megan Schoeneman placed second in the state event.

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Pictured left to right:  Megan Schoeneman, Tiffany Rausch, Lauryn Riepma

In the Agricultural Issues forum, a team of three to seven members select a topic of local importance and present opposing viewpoints concerning that issue to a panel of judges.  The team of Jami Bergeson, Samantha Bergeson, Zach Brown, Liz Cards, Truman Dick, Braden Peters, and Reece Ullerich placed third with their presentation “Is the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act Necessary?”

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Pictured left to right: Truman Dick, Reece Ullerich, Samantha Bergeson, Braden Peters, Zach Brown, Liz Carda, and Jami Bergeson.

Tiffany Rausch competed in the Employment Skills LDE where she placed 4th.  Isak Edwards and Ali Olson competed in the Ag Broadcasting Journalism LDE.  Kiara Ebbinga competed in the Creed Speaking LDE.  The team of Sydney Underwood, Lindsey Kapperman, Epiphany Hammer, Mackenzie Grauel, Lauryn Driscoll, and Maria Schaefer competed in the Parliamentary Procedure LDE.

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WCFFA Members Advance to State LDEs

West Central FFA members competed in the District 7 Leadership Development Events held Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at West Central High School.  District 7 is composed of 11 area schools including Baltic, Brandon Valley, Chester, Colman-Egan, Dell Rapids, Flandreau, Garretson, Harrisburg, Montrose, Tri Valley, and West Central.  The top three individuals and top two teams from each event advance to the State Leadership Development Events in Pierre December 3 and 4.

Individuals advancing include:

In Creed Speaking – 3rd place – Kiara Ebbinga

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In Ag Broadcasting – 1st place – Isak Edwards, 2nd place – Ali Olson (pictured)

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In Employment Skills – 1st pace – Tiffany Rausch

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Teams advancing include:

Ag Sales – 1st place – Clay Farmer, Jake Harden, Branzon Underwood, and Hunter Wilebski

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Market Plan – 1st place – Tiffany Rausch, Lauryn Riepma, and Megan Schoeneman

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Agricultural Communications – 1st place – Gabe Lorang, Taylor McMartin, Kyra McMillin, and Cossette Ulrich -not pictured.

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Agricultural Issues – 1st place – Jami Bergeson, Sam Bergeson, Zack Brown, Liz Carda, Truman Dick, Braden Peters, and Reece Ullerich.

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Parliamentary Procedure – 2nd place – Alex Deelstra, Lauryn Driscoll, Mackenzie Grauel, Epiphany Hammer, Lindsey Kapperman, Sydney Underwood.  Maria Schaefer – alternate. Not pictured -Alex Deelstra and Maria Schaefer.

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The state winning team and individual in each Leadership Development Event will represent the state of South Dakota in the National competition in October 2018 in Indianapolis.  West Central FFA members are students who are enrolled in agricultural education classes at WCHS. They are advised and coached by Linda Petersen: West Central Agricultural Education Instructor.

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12 Earn Highest Award

Twelve West Central FFA members will be awarded the American FFA Degree during the 90th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, IN in October.  Earning the degree means they are among a select group of individuals to be recognized for years of academic and professional excellence!
The American FFA Degree is the highest award that can be bestowed upon an FFA member.  Roughly 3,500 of the current 629,367 members will be awarded the degree during the National FFA Convention.  This represents one half of one percent of all members.  The American FFA Degree recognizes demonstrated leadership ability and outstanding achievements in agricultural business, production, processing or service programs.  To be eligible, members must have earned and productively invested $7,500 through a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) program in which they start, own, or hold a professional position in an existing agricultural enterprise.  Recipients must also make it their mission to demonstrate outstanding leadership abilities and community involvement.  West Central FFA members earning the American FFA Degree include Quinn Hanisch, Weston Hanisch, Austin Ideker, Rachel Kapperman, Alex Klein, Erica Lorang, Jordan Lueth, Cody Pearson, Cory Smith, Ryan Titus, and Kyle Vockrodt
The American FFA Degree Recognition program is sponsored by Case IH, Elanco, and Syngenta.  The West Central FFA is advised by Linda Petersen.
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West Central FFA Member Elected to Lead the State Association

West Central FFA member Dalton Larson was elected to serve as the State FFA President during the South Dakota State FFA Convention.

Dalton LarsonLarson participated in many hours of interviews before a nominating committee.  Each question posed by the committee is designed to assess a members’ skill level in a particular behavioral trait such as integrity, character, and work ethic.  Members are also tested on agricultural and FFA knowledge as well as their ability to work cooperatively in a group. More than 20 FFA members from across the state were among the candidates considered by the nominating committee to serve as one of the 6 members of the 2017-18 South Dakota State FFA Officer Team.  As the State FFA President, Dalton Larson will work with his fellow team mates to lead the work of the state organization for the next year.  Larson will attend the National FFA’s State President’s Conference in Washington, D.C. this summer. State officers will travel across the state to work with members, agricultural education teachers and FFA advisors, and will meet with agricultural business and industry leaders to advocate for the agriculture industry.  Dalton is the son of Kevin and Patty Larson and will attend SDSU to pursue a Pre-Vet degree beginning this fall.  Larson is the 5th WCFFA member to serve as a state officer.  His FFA Advisor is Linda Petersen, West Central Agricultural Education Instructor and FFA Advisor.

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Humboldt Threshing Show and Scholarship

The Humboldt “Old Fashion Threshing Show” will be awarding two $1000 scholarships to West Central FFA members who have volunteered their time at the show for two or more years.  One scholarship will go to a boy and one to a girl.  The application is due postmarked October 1, 2017.  The application is below.

The Threshing Show is Friday through Sunday, August 11 – 13. The site is located 3 1/4 miles south of Humboldt on  Highway 19.

Hours for the Threshing Show are:

Friday – Tractor pull 4 p.m.
Saturday – 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Be sure to sign in at the camper when you arrive and leave.

More information will be available on the Threshing Show Facebook page.

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Ag Issues Team Presents to Legislature

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Members present before the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.  Pictured left to right: Branzon Underwood, Derick Petersn Hunter Wilebski, Ellie Stone, Ellie Krizan, Tiffany Rausch, and Cossette Ulrich.

The West Central FFA Ag Issues Team recently traveled to Pierre where they delivered their Ag Issues presentation entitled “The Dakota Access Pipeline:  Good or Evil?”  The team was invited to present before both the House and Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committees. Each appearance was followed by questions and comments from members of the committees.  Members of both the House and Senate committees discussed the importance of advocacy in agriculture with the team and commended them on their research and performance. The Ag Issues team earned a berth to the National Ag Issues Career Development Event by winning the state title in December. The national competition will take place during the 90th National FFA Convention this October in Indianapolis, IN.

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Members Apply for State’s Highest Degree

Fourteen WCFFA members will be awarded the State FFA Degree.  The State Degree is the highest award that can be bestowed upon a member at the state level.  Those earning the degree are Nichole Axelson, Trey Struck, Ellie Krizan, McKenzie Henning, Aaron Mallinger, Devin DeMent, Jared Miller, Braydon Johnson, Emma Lewis, Joe Hanisch, Grant Linneman, Tyndall Petterson, Carson Ulrich, and Dalton Larson.  The Degree will be awarded during the South Dakota State FFA Convention this coming April on the campus of SDSU.

The State will select and award four Star Awards for those members with exceptional Supervised Agricultural Experiences.  Dalton Larson has been  named the District VII Star in Agribusiness.

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State Leadership CDEs

On December 4-5 2016, nearly 500 FFA members from across South Dakota met in Pierre for the State FFA Leadership Career Development Events (CDEs). FFA members and chapters were recognized for their success in 11 leadership areas. Students qualified through district competitions, advancing the top two teams and top three individuals from each of the seven FFA districts. State-winning teams and individuals now advance to the National FFA Career Development Events in Indianapolis next fall.

Congratulations to the following FFA members who competed in the State Leadership CDEs this week in Pierre.

The Job Interview CDE challenges FFA members to complete a job application, write a letter of application and resume, participate in an actual interview and compose a follow-up letter. Our sponsor is the South Dakota Department of Agriculture. The winning travel scholarship is sponsored by Kindra Gordon and Three Corners Agency, Inc. – Melissa Stearns, Agent.  Dalton Larson placed 3rd in Job Interview

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Pictured Sadie Vander Wal – Northwestern Area Bridger Gordon – Sturgis, Dalton Larson – West Central

Ag Sales team members work together to develop a strategy for selling pre-determined products to specific customer scenarios. Participants also practice their individual sales skills by selling an agricultural product to a customer. This event is sponsored by Eastern Farmers Cooperative. The winning travel scholarship is sponsored by Eastern Farmers Cooperative and Curry Seeds. The Ag Sales team of Dalton Larson, Tyndall Petterson, Blair Lammers and Sean Husman placed 3rd.

In Ag Broadcasting/Journalism, students have 30 minutes to prepare a five-minute agricultural radio newscast and then “air” it. This event is sponsored by Ludens Implement.  Isak Edwards placed 5th in Ag Broadcasting

In Ag Communications, teams of students play the role of communications consultants to develop and present a media plan for an assigned scenario. Members also complete Editing and Communications tests. This event is sponsored by the South Dakota Broadcasters Association.  The winning travel scholarship is sponsored by Dakota Farm talk.  The Ag Communications Team of Emma Lewis, Jacob Harden, Carson Ulrich, and Lauryn Riepma placed first.

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Pictured: Carson Ulrich, Jacob Harden, Lauryn Riepma, Emma Lewis, Linda Petersen – Ag Ed Instructor and FFA Advisor.

In Ag Issues, a team of 3-7 students discuss the pros and cons of a major agricultural issue facing their area. The sponsor is South Dakota Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers and the state winning team travel scholarship is sponsored by by South Dakota Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers and Dakota Risk Management.  The Ag Issues team of Ellie Krizan, Tiffany Rausch, Cossette Ulrich, Gabe Lorang, Hunter Wilebski, Jared Miller, and Branzon Underwood also placed first.
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Pictured:  Front – Gabe Lorang. Standing left to right: Branzon Underwood, Hunter Wilebski, Jared Miller, Tiffany Rausch, Ellie Krizan, Cossette Ulrich, Linda Petersen -Ag Ed Instructor and FFA Advisor

First place teams and individuals advance to the National CDEs!

Congratulations to all, your hard work and dedication paid off!

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District Leadership Career Development Events

Congratulations to the following FFA members who competed against 10 area schools at the District Level on November 14, 2016 and advance to state competition.

In Ag Broadcasting – 2nd place Isak Edwards, 3rd place Zach Brown

In Ag Sales – first place team of Dalton Larson, Blair Lammers, Tyndall Petterson, and Sean Husman

In Public Speaking – 3rd place Taylor McMartin

In Job Interview – 1st place Dalton Larson, 3rd place Carter Ulrich

In Ag Communications – 1st place team of Emma Lewis, Jacob Harden, Lauryn Riepma, and Carson Ulrich

In Market Plan – 2nd place team of Nichole Axelson, Sam Bergeson, and Kenzie Henning

In Ag Issues – 1st place team of Gabe Lorang, Ellie Krizan, Jared Miller, Hunter Wilebski, Tiffany Rausch, Branzon Underwood, and Cossette Ulrich

Congratulations to the following West Central FFA members who were elected to serve as District 7 officers for the coming year:

Sentinel – Gabe Lorang

Treasurer – Tiffany Rausch

President – Blair Lammers

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Members Put Leadership Skills to the Test

Congratulations to the following WCFFA members who competed at the Jackrabbit Invitational in Brookings.  There were 28 schools competing.

In Ag Broadcasting – Zach Brown and Isak Edwards advance to District Competition.

In Ag Communications – the team of Jake Harden, Emma Lewis, Lauryn Riepma, and Carson Ulrich placed 2nd

In Ag Issues the team of Ellie Krizan, Gabe Lorang, Jared Miller, Tiffany Rausch, Cossette Ulrich, Branzon Underwood, and Hunter Wilebski placed 1st

In Ag Sales – the team of Tyndall Petterson, Sean Husman, and Dalton Larson advanced to Districts

In Creed Speaking Lindsey Kapperman and Isabel Hanisch advance to Districts

In Extemp Speaking Cassia Olson advanced to Districts

In Job Interview: Dalton Larson Placed 1st and Carter Ulrich placed 5th

The Market Plan team of McKenzie Henning, Nichole Axelson and Sam Bergeson placed 3rd.

In Public Speaking Lindsey Kapperman and Taylor McMartin advance to Districts.

The District Leadership CDEs will be held on November 14th where members will compete for a berth in the state competition.

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