During the annual State FFA Convention members were recognized for their achievement in experiential learning through their SAE (Supervised Agricultural Experiences). Through their involvement in the SAE program, students are able to consider multiple careers and occupations, learn expected workplace behavior, develop specific skills within an industry, and are given opportunities to apply academic and occupational skills in the workplace or a simulated workplace environment. Through these strategies, students learn how to apply what they are learning in the classroom as they prepare to transition into the world of college and career opportunities. On the state level, finalists earn award money provided through the South Dakota FFA Foundation. First place receives $250, second place – $100, and third place $50. State winning applications advance to national competition where four “National Finalists” are selected for each of the award areas and will go on to compete for a national proficiency award. Each national finalist receives $500 cash award and a plaque. National winners receive an additional $500 award and a plaque. National finalists also compete for a reward trip to Costa Rica during the summer of 2017. WCFFA proficiency applications advancing to national competition include Weston Hanisch – Wildlife Management, Kyle Vockrodt – Sheep Production, Jordan Lueth – Ag Mechanics Design and Fabrication, Cory Smith – Outdoor Recreation, Alex Klein – Agricultural Processing, Joseph Hanisch – Poultry Production, and Ellie Krizan – Agricultural Communications. National finalists will be announced in early August.
State Proficiency Finalists – Matt Dellman, Weston Hanisch, Kyle Vockrodt, Erica Lorang, Jordan Lueth, Ellie Krizan, Cory Smith, Alex Klein, Quinn Hanisch, Braden Pirrung, Benjamin Miles, Ryan Titus.