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


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.


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.

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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