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Wisconsin FFA Foundation Raises Record $551,000
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 06/17/2015

Membership in the state's largest agriculture education organization is not only at a 30-year high this year, but the financial support behind the Wisconsin FFA has reached a level never seen before in its history. During the 86th Wisconsin FFA Convention in Madison on Tuesday, State FFA Foundation Board President Lori Lulich announced that sponsorships and other contributions to the organization have totaled over $551,286 this year--over $40,000 above its projected goal.

"We saw growth in every program we had to offer over this past year," Lulich said. "This record achievement goes to show that our sponsors truly believe in FFA members."

In addition to the total amount of money raised, the overall number of donors was also at an all-time high this year.

Also on Tuesday, student members were recognized in various events. Speaking contest winners included Beth Zimmer, River Ridge, Discussion Meet; Alex Brand, Ellsworth, Extemporaneous Speaking; Jared Retzlaff, Omro, Prepared Public Speaking; and Braden Kundert, Badger, Creed Speaking. The Stevens Point FFA won the Jr. High Quiz Bowl Contest, and Amery earned top honors for Parli Pro.

Emily Dahlke, Adams-Friendship, won the 2015 Junior High Essay Contest. And KatieAnn Sievert, Bonduel, was the winner of the GROWMARK Essay Contest.

Individual Proficiency Award winners were also recognized on stage. All of the state winners will advance to national competition this fall at the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky.

Attendees were also motivated throughout the day by various speakers, including National FFA President Kristen Schmidt and Youth Motivators Barrett Keene and Dr. Jermaine Davis. America's Got Talent Finalist Leeman Parker was also on hand to entertain the crowd last night.

The convention continues on Wednesday with more award announcements, like the State FFA Star Awards, adult recognition, the induction of candidates earning their State FFA Degrees, and the naming of the 2015-16 state officer team. The conference wraps-up on Thursday with the naming of the National Chapter Award winner and the announcement of the new state FFA president.

Wisconsin Ag Connection will continue to provide up-to-the-minute updates throughout the convention, thanks to a special sponsorship by Landmark Services Cooperative, Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board and Foremost Farms USA. The event is being held at the Alliant Energy Center.

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