The 83rd Annual Minnesota State FFA Convention was held Sunday April 22- Tuesday April 24. There were a little over 3,300 members at convention this year, the highest attendance in years. The Morris Area FFA Chapter brought 58 of those 3,300 members to Convention, having the highest attendance of any chapter in Minnesota.
These 58 members were very busy throughout convention from competing in their Career Development Events, to attending workshops, and taking time to explore the St. Paul campus at the University of Minnesota. All these students worked very hard to practice for their contests and thanks to them they defiantly made a presence at State Convention.
This year the Morris Area FFA chapter received many honors at State Convention. They placed 8th overall in the National Chapter Award Program. They placed 2nd in the Ag Literacy Challenge for their work with their Urban Ag in the classroom project. The Morris Area FFA chapter placed in the top 10 in the LAND of SERVICE PROJECT. The chapter also reached their benchmark of $45,000 in donations to Camp Courage.
Career Development Event Results
Trent Wulf, Bronze
Novice Parliamentary Procedure
Team Bronze- Beth Holland, Isaac Wente, Joanna Moser, Matt Munsterman, Bebekah Aanarud, Shayla Schmidgall, Steven Koehl, Trent Wulf
Team 2nd, Gold- Andrew Goulet, Anna Langerud, Kelsey Knobloch, Melanie Van Horn, Mike Rausch
Team 1st, Gold- Brooke Wente, Laura Kuhn, Hailey Kotts
Steph Hennen, Silver
Kaylee Brandt, Silver
Team Bronze- Jesse Disselkamp-36th Overall, Tim Smith-75th Overall, Nate Vipond-95th Overall
Team 3rd, Gold- Lloyd Lesmeister-9th, Jake Moser-19th Overall, Brady Wulf-15th Overall, Isaac Wente-86 Overall
Dairy Cattle Evaluation
Team Silver- Darion Helberg-175th Overall, Joel Harrrison-102nd Overall, Matt Huot-60th Overall, Connor Metzger-151st Overall
Individual Bronze- Cody Eystad-96th Overall
Team Bronze- Anna Hadler-78 Overall, Anna Langrud-168th Overall, Amy Disselkamp-179th Overall
Team Bronze- Julia Sauder-59th Overall, Laura Kuhn-91st Overall, Shayla Schmidgall-121st Overall, Carly Maanum-109th Overall
Team 7th, Gold- Becca Holland-66th Overall, Beth Holland-17th Overall, Chelsey Ehleringer-29th Overall
Team 3rd, Gold-Courtney Ehleringer-8th Overall, Jordan Staples-20th Overall, Tom Holland-25th Overall, Michael Michaelson-14th Overall
Team Silver- Renae Mullins-105th Overall, Kaitlin VanHorn-44th Overall, Matt Athey-88th Overall, John Huebner-74th Overall
Team Silver- Mason Metzger-99th Overall, Shauna Kill-43rd Overall, Brooke Wente-34th Overall, Steven Koehl-92nd Overall
Delegates and CDE Assistants
Xochil Mendez, Mac Beyer, Kayla Lesmeister, and Austin White.
Lloyd Lesmeister- 1st Place in Forestry Production Placement and will advance to Nationals in the fall.
Jake Moser- 2nd Place Diversified Ag Production
Kaitlin VanHorn- 3rd Place Vegetable Production
Brody Bahr- 2nd Place Swine Production Placement
State FFA Degree Recipients
Jake Moser, Lloyd Lesmeister, Brooke Wente, Hailey Kotts
Stars in 4 areas are chosen from the State Degree Applications. Morris Area had two Star Finalists in two areas and were recognized on the stage on Monday at the awards ceremony.
Brooke Wente- Star Finalist in Agri-Science
Lloyd Lesmeister- Star Finalist in Production Placement
The adults that attended state FFA convention included advisors Natasha Mortenson and Nick Milbrandt, and Shawn Schmidgall.