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Wyoming students see top placings at the National FFA Convention

by Wyoming Livestock Roundup

Indianapolis, Ind. – Last week, students from across the state of Wyoming traveled to Indianapolis, Ind. from Oct. 19-22 for the National FFA Convention. Themed, “Transform Purpose to Action,” FFA members who qualified at the State FFA Convention in April advanced to compete at the national level, and their hard work paid off.

The National FFA Officer Team said, “The future of agriculture is strong, and as the population continues to grow, so does the need for a healthy and abundant food supply. By working together, we can transform the message of agriculture. Together, FFA members can continue to educate others on the importance of agriculture.”

The Wyoming FFA Association commented, “With a wrap on National Convention 2016, we had three national championships, one reserve national championship, a third place team finish, other gold emblem teams and individuals, national agri-science fair competitors, one proficiency finalist and 35 American FFA Degree recipients – all in all, a pretty good convention for Wyoming.”

The Association also emphasized that, while Wyoming is vast in size, it often feels like one family attending convention together.

“We can’t help but feel blessed to be part of the amazing machine that is Wyoming FFA,” the Association reported. “We are a big state, but in times like these, it feels more like a small town with really long streets.”

They added, “Members from across the state came together to represent our entire state, not just their chapter. They competed with Cowboy pride, demonstrated our western work ethic and conducted themselves with integrity and respect.”

Results from the contests that Wyoming FFA members competed in are listed below, along with their results.

Career Development Events

Agricultural Issues Forum

Bronze – Snowy Range FFA

Agricultural Sales

Silver – Casper FFA

Agricultural Technology and Mechanical Systems 

Silver – Douglas FFA

Silver Individuals – Brendan Blackburn, Quinten Frye and Jake Logar

Bronze Individual – Tyler Dowton


Silver – Wheatland FFA

Gold Individual – Chase Markel

Silver Individuals – Tyler Call and Wes Taylor

Bronze Individual – Bailey Tillman

Creed Speaking

Bronze – Ayanah Winsor, Kaycee FFA

Environment and Natural Resources

Eighth Place – Buffalo FFA

Fifth Place – Jw Sayer

Bridgette Klasinski, Nathan Kessler and Trevor Spanyers

Extemporaneous Public Speaking

Bronze – Aften Peterson, Ten Sleep FFA

Farm Business Management

Gold – Wheatland FFA

Eighth Place – Ty Paisley

Gold Individual – Ashley Hyche

Silver Individuals – Tyler Erickson and Haydn Madsen

Horse Evaluation

First Place – Cheyenne Frontier FFA

Sixth Place – Danette Vliem

Gold Individuals – Jean-Marie Hess and Addysen Rosner

Silver Individual – Hannah Jankovsky

Job Interview

Bronze Individual Callie Klinghagen, Chief Washakie FFA

Livestock Evaluation

Second Place – Snowy Range FFA

Third Place – Logan Despain

Seventh Place – Kirby Hales

Gold Individuals – Tanner Wright and Kyle Despain

Marketing Plan

Third Place – Torrington-Lingle FFA

McKenna Greenwald, Paige Miller and Morea Shipley

Meats Evaluation and Technology

First Place – Casper FFA

First Place – Sheridan Stewart

Fourth Place – Benjamin Campbell

Sixth Place – Matthew Willadsen

Gold Individual – Hunter Romsa

Parliamentary Procedure

Silver – Buffalo FFA

Poultry Evaluation

Silver – Windy City FFA

Prepared Public Speaking

First Place – Trey Campbell, Casper FFA

Veterinary Science

Silver – Casper FFA

Honorary American Degree

Heath Hornecker – Casper

Cari Sue Covolo – Mountain View

AgriScience Fair

Animal Systems

Division 1 – Aubrey Reynolds, Jim Bridger FFA – Bronze

Division 2 – Callie Klinghagen, Chief Washakie FFA – Silver

Division 3 – Jacob Bentley and Gillen Faxon, Casper FFA – Silver

Division 4 – Ellary Golumb and Payton Hallsted, Casper FFA – Silver

Environmental Services/Natural Resource Systems

Division 1 – Michael Hollister, Casper FFA – Silver

Division 2 – Karen Lambert, Upton FFA – Bronze

Division 3 – Kelly Collins and Lexis Woodegeard, Casper FFA – Silver

Division 4 – Christopher Brown and Matthew Willadsen, Casper FFA – Gold

Food Products and Processing Systems

Division 1 – Caleb Bradford, Bow River FFA – Silver

Division 2 – Makyela Sorensen, Paintrock FFA – Bronze

Division 3 – Annette Pasley and Mackenzie Todd, Casper FFA – Gold

Plant Systems

Division 1 – Emma Mercer, Paintrock FFA – Bronze

Division 2 – Adeline Miller, Chief Washakie FFA – Bronze

Division 3 – Emily Richardson and Taya Steffens, Casper FFA – Gold

Power, Structural and Technical Systems

Division 1 – Wes Bray, Casper FFA – Silver

Division 2 – Landen Fuller, Torrington-Lingle FFA – Bronze

Division 3 – Carlice Cutright and Stone Lucas Vitale, Casper FFA – Gold

Division 4 – Morgan Hand and William Moffat, Casper FFA – Bronze

Social Systems

Division 2 – Abbigail Faxon, Casper FFA – Bronze

Division 3 – Toni McMurray and Baylie Till, Casper FFA – Silver

Division 4 – Brandon Adkins and Sheridan Stewart, Casper FFA – Bronze

This article was compiled by Saige Albert, managing editor of the Wyoming Livestock Roundup, from a variety of sources. Send comments on this article to

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