Three Wisconsin FFA members walked away with top honors in their proficiency areas at the 91st National FFA Convention and Expo held late last month in Indianapolis.
Amelia Hayden of the Big Foot FFA Chapter in Sharon was named the winner in Agricultural Education (Entrepreneurship/Placement). Hayden, who is serving as 2018-19 Wisconsin FFA state president, began her work in this area after signing up to help with a fourth-grade agricultural literacy event. She enjoyed the experience so much that she continued to offer her services to her community.
She became involved with the county Extension program, working on a team of two youth to create a program on natural resources for middle school students. Her favorite aspect of this work, however, has been helping FFA members develop their own skills, whether it be teaching them how to develop an agriscience research project to helping with homework or proficiency applications.
Hayden’s FFA advisers are Lisa Konkel and Jeanne Case.
Logan Paul of the Randolph-Cambria Friesland FFA Chapter won the national proficiency award for Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance (Placement). Keith Gundlach is his adviser.
Paul works for his father’s repair and metal fabrication business. Most of his customers are farmers needing equipment repaired, but he also works with two trucking companies with more than 100 semi-tractors and trailers. Paul specializes in welding repairs. He plans to become a partner in the business in the future and eventually take over the operation himself.
Jakob Gmur of the Whitewater FFA Chapter earned top honors for Diversified Horticulture (Entrepreneurship/Placement). His FFA adviser is Paul Majors.
Gmur is owner of a lawn care and property services business, providing weekly lawn mowing, spring and fall cleanups, landscaping, hardscaping and snow removal. What began with a single lawn has expanded to more that 50 accounts four years later. After completing his education, Gmur plans to launch a full-time career as a lawn care and landscaping business owner.
The New Auburn FFA duo of Matthew Elmhorst and Jackson Skaw won first place in the National FFA Agriscience Fair’s Food Products and Processing Systems Division 2.
In national Career Development Event and Leadership Development Event competition, a team from Shullsburg FFA finished second in Marketing Plan. Team members were Reagan Russell, Luke Unbehaun and Grace Morrissey.
The Osceola FFA team of Kristi Getschel, Mikayla Peper, Grace Haase and Marie Haase placed third in Dairy Cattle Evaluation and Management. Peper was the second highest individual overall, while Marie Haase finished fifth.
The National FFA Convention is slated to be held in Indianapolis through 2024.