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Montana FFA National Convention Results

Montana FFA National Convention Results

11/7/2017 7:15:00 PM/Categories: Popular Posts, General News, Today's Top 5

The National FFA Convention took place in Indianapolis from October 25th to the 28th.  This 90th annual convention is one of the longest running conventions in the U.S. and attracted over 67,000 people.  Nearly five hundred students from Montana attended the convention. 

 

Speakers for the event included Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, Laila Ali – author and professional boxer, Mick Ebeling – motivational speaker, Jon Petz – motivational speaker.  Leadership workshops were held throughout the week and sponsors and exhibitors from across the U.S. participated in the trade show.  Additionally, national winners were determined in a number of career development events (CDE’s) or more commonly referred to as contests. 

 

Montana’s career development event teams represented a good portion of the state.  From Shepherd to Kalispell, students competed in twenty-one different events.  Leading the way for Montana was the livestock evaluation team from Big Timber who placed fifth, the Townsend FFA Agricultural Sales team who placed seventh, and the Belgrade Farm Business Management team who also placed 7th.   The livestock team members from Big Timber were Jess Moody, Bailey Veteto, Dylan Laverell and Gunner Hathaway.  Townsend’s sales team was Tyler Noyes, Trenton Braaten, Andrew Ferrat and Jyler Thompson.   Belgrade’s business team was Joe and Anthony Tatarka, Shelby Stump and Emily Cady. These three teams as well as all the other Montana teams competed for the national title against state winning teams from the forty-nine other states in their respective events.  The highest individual placing was earned by Crystal Sutton from Kalispell with a third-place finish in Vet Science and Trenton Braaten from Townsend with a 9th place finish in Sales.

 

Other FFA members participating at the national convention were Michaela Allred from Corvallis, Karli Blanchard from Colstrip, and Jerrica Bursik from Park City who were members of the national FFA Chorus, Jean Blackman from Cascade who served with the national band.  A team of two from the Simms FFA Chapter competed in the Environmental Services and Natural Resource Systems area of the national Agriscience competition, while Megan Toplovich and Morgan Zuidema from Electric City FFA participated in the Power, Structural and Technical Systems area in the national Agriscience competition.  Forty-seven Montana FFA Members received the American FFA Degree which is the highest degree that can be bestowed upon a member.  Finally, Kacie Cummings from Cascade represented Montana in her unsuccessful bid for a national FFA officer position. 

 

The next activity for Montana FFA members is the John Deere Agriculture Exposition which will be held at Montana State University in Bozeman on November 9th through the 11th.

 

Final CDE results are as follows:

 

      Contest                                        Chapter                             Placing

Agriculture Communications        Cascade                              Silver

Agriculture Issues                           Corvallis                               Silver

Agriculture Mechanics                   Missoula                             Silver                   

Agriculture Sales                             Townsend                          7th place - Gold

Agronomy                                         Missoula                             Silver

Conduct of Chapter Meetings      Shepherd                            Bronze

Environmental Science                  Missoula                             Bronze

Farm Business Management       Belgrade                             7th place - Gold

Floriculture                                       Hinsdale                              Bronze

Food Science                                    Conrad                                Bronze

Forestry                                             Missoula                             Bronze

Horse evaluation                             Missoula                             Gold

Livestock evaluation                       Big Timber                          5th - Gold

Marketing Plan                                Victor                                  Silver

Meats                                                 Missoula                             Bronze

Parliamentary Procedure              Joliet                                   Gold

Veterinary Science                          Kalispell                              Silver

 

 

*INDIVIDUAL EVENTS

Employment Skills                           Kolby Dietz/Shepherd                     Silver

Creed Speaking                                Mckenna Quirk/Missoula              Bronze

Extemporaneous Speaking           Katie Koterba/Electric City           Bronze

Prepared Speaking                          Claire Stevenson/Hobson              Bronze

 

*The Gold, Silver and Bronze ratings represent approximately the top third, the middle third and the lower third respectively of all teams/individuals competing at the national level.

 

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