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Hayden Named State FFA President, Waupaca is Top Chapter
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 06/15/2018

The Wisconsin FFA Association has a new president. Amelia Hayden of the Big Foot FFA Chapter was elected during the closing session of the 89th Wisconsin FFA Convention on Thursday to replace out-going leader Ciera Ballmer of the Clinton FFA. Hayden is a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison majoring in Microbiology and hopes to pursue a career doing research and public outreach within agriscience. She served as a state FFA vice president during the past year.

Other members of the newly elected 2018-19 state officer team 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.

In her retiring address, Ballmer reminded her fellow members that it's okay to mistakes in life--as long as you use them as opportunities to learn and grow.

"We've all been there. Maybe we practiced our speech for our FFA Leadership Development Event, and then forgot that one line. Or we studied hours for that test, and then it didn't end up going so well," she admitted. "We all make mistakes, and from those we can learn and do better. Their purpose is for us to learn from our mistakes and do better next time."

Meanwhile, three other students were selected to join the state officers as official delegates at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis this fall. They are Samantha Hanner, Oregon; Nichole Catts, Clear Lake; and Olivia Schlesser, Arcadia.

Also on Thursday, the Waupaca FFA was named the state's top chapter--an elite honor that the program has received for 12 of the past 17 years. And Granton was the winner of the annual scrapbook contest.

The annual conference was attended by over 3,500 students, family and supporters this year. All of the events took place at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison.

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