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FFA Officer Team Announced, Star Award Winners Honored
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 06/14/2018

The 'Stars Over Wisconsin' shined brightly on Wednesday night in Madison as four FFA members where recognized with the highest awards a student can win at the state-level during the 89th Wisconsin FFA Convention. The Star Farmer award went to Colin Wussow of the Bonduel FFA; Wisconsin's Star in Agricultural Placement award winner was Shad Goplin from the Whitehall chapter; Logan Paul, Randolph-Cambria-Friesland FFA, was the Star in Agribusiness recipient; and the State FFA Star in Agriscience award went to Danielle Wrzesinski, Big Foot FFA.

Another 320 members walked across the stage to receive their State FFA Degrees. Many other students were recognized as scholarship winners. And Alexis Schank, Arcadia, took first in the Job Interview contest.

Meanwhile, chapter honors went to the Waupaca FFA, which was named the winner of the Food For America award. Amery FFA won the Sr. High Quiz Bowl contest, and also took first place in the Conduct of Meetings competition.

This year's FFA Hall of Fame Inductees included Peter Drone, Mary Elstad Gagnon and David Laatsch. A VIP Citation was presented to Jim Massey. Culver's, Dairyland Power Cooperative and the Henry Vilas Zoo earned Distinguished Service Awards. And 11 other adult supporters were granted honorary membership.

But the award winners weren't the only ones jumping for joy. Convention delegates elected 10 new state officers Wednesday, who will start their year of service on Thursday. They include Alexis Kwak, Prairie Farm, vice president; Paige Nelson, Ellsworth, secretary; Collin Weltzien, Arcadia, vice president; Amber Patterson, River Ridge, vice president; Gaelan Combs, Verona, sentinel; Ashley Hagenow, Rio, reporter; Jillian Tyler, Granton, vice president; Mitchell Schroepfer, Antigo, treasurer; Sarah Calaway, Denmark, vice president; and Emily Kruse, Elkhorn, parliamentarian.

State FFA President Ciera Ballmer and her officer team will hang up their FFA jackets one last time on Thursday morning before installing the 2018-19 officers--with the exception of one member from this year's group who will be named the new state president.

The 89th Wisconsin FFA Convention wraps-up on Thursday with the naming of the state's top chapter.

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