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FFA Alumni Honors Chapters During State Convention
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 02/12/2018

Many FFA Alumni members and their chapters were honored for their level of excellence during the past year at the Wisconsin FFA Alumni Convention in Appleton. On Saturday, the organization recognized the Denmark FFA Alumni with its Outstanding Chapter Award, with the Clinton chapter being named runner-up. National Outstanding Chapter honors were also presented to the Marshfield and Stoughton programs.

The Chilton FFA Alumni received both the Eagle Award for the highest percent increase in its membership, as well as the Dr. V.O. Martinson Award for the highest number of increased members. Janesville earned the Ann Martinson Award for having the highest increase of life-time members during the past year.

The Stoughton FFA Alumni earned the Best Newsletter Award, while Sauk Prairie was recognized for having the best website. The Black River Falls and Lakeside Lutheran FFA Chapters were awarded local program grants of $1,000 for curriculum, equipment, FFA supplies or other chapter needs.

This year's recipients of Outstanding Achievement Awards were John Arneson of Stoughton and Greg Lincicum from Juda. Alyssa-Neff-Miller from the Mishicot FFA Alumni was honored as the Outstanding Young Member of the Year.

Ag instructor Mary Handrich from Denmark was recognized for her involvement with local FFA Alumni groups. And the group honored Agropur with the Team Ag Ed-Distinguished Contributor Award.

Meanwhile, Mark Ladsten of Plain was elected as the new president of the association. He replaces Dan Follendorf from Sparta, who will remain on the board for another year as past-president.

"One of my goals for the coming year will be to recruit younger members to the Alumni," Ladsten told Wisconsin Ag Connection. "We also want to provide even more scholarship opportunities in order to reach more kids. We exist to support the FFA and our intention is to use our resources effectively to increase ways to help them."

Cari Sabel of Chilton is the new president-elect, and Rudy Kaderly from Juda was chosen as the new vice president during the convention.

The Wisconsin FFA Alumni is one of the nation's largest state affiliates with nearly 15,000 members listed on the group's roster.

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