Students across Wyoming are top competitors at National FFA Convention
Indianapolis, Ind. – From Oct. 25-28, students from Wyoming competed in multiple contests at the 90th National FFA Convention themed, “I Can. We Will.”, in Indianapolis, Ind.
FFA members who qualified at the Wyoming State FFA Convention in April earned the chance to compete at the national level and were rewarded for their efforts.
“Hearing the national officers and others at convention talk about the ‘I Can. We Will.’ theme was amazing. I think it means one person can make a difference and has the ability to do so, but when someone becomes a part of something bigger than themselves and comes together as a group, that’s when true change happens,” states Wyoming FFA State President Trey Campbell.
“National FFA Convention is one of those experiences that, if any member can, they should experience. It’s incredible to be around members from across the country. One of the only things a lot of attendees have in common is being in FFA, but it’s enough to bring people together and make lifelong friends,” states Campbell.
“Not only did Wyoming FFA members exemplify ‘I Can. We Will.’ at the 2017 National FFA Convention, but they demonstrate those qualities at home, as well,” comments Stacy Broda, Wyoming FFA advisor.
“Our members come together as teams to represent Wyoming and compete on a national level, and they do very well every year,” she adds.
“It’s crazy and still hasn’t sunk in that Wyoming is the national reserve champion for the Veterinary Science Career Development Event (CDE). There were a lot of worthy teams and tough competitors, but it was really fun and rewarding,” Wyoming FFA State Treasurer and member of the Veterinary Science team Hunter Galluzzo states.
Broda mentions, with over 60,000 members present, National FFA Convention is a great opportunity for Wyoming FFA members to showcase their knowledge and hard work.
“It’s amazing they get to hear Wyoming called up on stage, and it shows that we’re working hard out here,” comments Galluzzo.
Despite Wyoming’s small popular and smaller membership numbers, its FFA members achieved several top 10 placings in CDEs and made it to semi-final rounds in leadership development events (LDEs), Broda adds.
Results from contests Wyoming FFA members competed in are listed below.
Agriculture Issues Forum
Silver – Frontier FFA – Addysen Rosner, Hailey Rosinski, Emily Davis, Grace Withers, Danette Vliem and Madison Green
Silver – Windy City FFA
Gold Individuals – Bailee Peterson and Rebekah Wise
Silver Individuals – Jenna Gilbert and Gentry Hiser
Agriculture Technical and Mechanical Systems
Eighth Place – Snowy Range FFA
Gold Individuals – Garett Nunn, Cameron Hick, Darryn Reynolds and Kyle Dory
Silver – Wheatland FFA – Brock Tamlin, Darci Tamlin, Ty Paisley and Todd Paisley
Conduct of Chapter Meetings
Bronze – Burns FFA – Gracie Keiter, Gabe Childers, Keenan Manlove, Kaycee Thomas, Kaden Lakin, Kayne Burnett and Braxton Olson
Bronze – Cade Campbell, Riverton FFA
Silver – Quentin Motor, Windy City FFA
Environmental and Natural Resources
Eighth Place – Casper FFA
Gold Individual – Abbigail Faxon
Other Team Members – Ben Campbell, Gillen Faxon and Michael Hollister
Extemporaneous Public Speaking
Bronze – Trey Campbell, Casper FFA
Farm and Agribusiness Management
Gold – Wheatland FFA – Chase Markel, Tyler Call, Wes Taylor and T.C. Hadley
Ninth Place Team – Buffalo Bill FFA
Fourth Place Individual – Bryanna Williams
Gold Individual – Makenzie Scott
Silver Individual – Adelle Ostrom
Bronze Individual – Kristina Nelson
Fourth Place Team– Torrington-Lingle FFA
Ninth Place Individual – Paige Miller
Gold Individuals – Clay Hiser, Makenna Greenwald and Quentin Meyer
Marketing Plan Evaluation
Silver – Ten Sleep FFA – Madison Anderson, Matt Fenton and Corey Rice
Meats Evaluation and Technology
Gold – Southeast FFA – Anna Schmick, Kaci Schmick and Shelby Schainost
Gold – Casper FFA, Laura Delano, David Seth Willett, Micheal Nading, Cole Maser, Timi Reynolds and Aletta Ziehl
Silver – Casper FFA – Tori McMurray, William Moffat, Angela Herrera and Matthew Willadsen
Prepared Public Speaking
Silver – Sheridan Stewart, Casper FFA
Second Place – High Plains FFA
10th Place – Claire Lake
Gold Individuals – Elizabeth Barbour, Caitlin Garcia and Hunter Galluzzo
Honorary American Degree
Grace Godfrey – Worland
Donn Randall – Pine Bluffs
Top Three in Division – Bree Coxbill, Southeast FFA and Nick Gutierrez, Casper FFA
This article was compiled by Heather Loraas, assistant editor of the Wyoming Livestock Roundup, from a variety of sources. Send comments on this article to email@example.com.