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Minnesota FFA announces top award recipients and elects leaders

MINNEAPOLIS -- The final session of the 89th Minnesota FFA Convention concluded with the election of the six-member state officer team. The newly elected team will serve more than 10,000 members in Minnesota for one year. They will also spend the...

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MINNEAPOLIS - The final session of the 89th Minnesota FFA Convention concluded with the election of the six-member state officer team. The newly elected team will serve more than 10,000 members in Minnesota for one year. They will also spend the next year representing Minnesota, agriculture and agricultural education at state and national levels.

The following is the 2018-2019 Minnesota FFA State Officer Team:

  • President: Grace Taylor, Randolph FFA Chapter
  • Vice President: Kegan Zimmerman, Red Rock FFA Chapter
  • Secretary: Laura Church, Randolph FFA Chapter
  • Treasurer: Adam Kroll, Pierz FFA Chapter
  • Reporter: Lauralee Eaton, Pine Island FFA Chapter
  • Sentinel: James Mathiowetz, Belle Plaine FFA Chapter

The state officer candidates were interviewed by a panel of FFA members, agricultural educators and representatives from partnering organizations earlier this week.
Career Development Events

During the final session, Career Development Events (CDE) winners were announced. The top chapters in the state will advance to the national competition in Indianapolis in October. CDEs are competitive activities for students to showcase their skills in their respective events. CDE results will be sent out in early May.

National Chapter Award

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The Chatfield FFA chapter received top honors for the National Chapter Award, sponsored by the Minnesota FFA Foundation. FFA chapters apply for this honor by highlighting their activities in the categories of student development, chapter development, and community development. Chapter applications are reviewed and scored on innovative ideas and accomplished goals by a series of judges.

Session speakers

During the third general session on Tuesday, April 24, FFA members heard retiring addresses from Spencer Flood and Eleora DeMuth.

“The sooner we learn that our lives are subject to change, the sooner we can change ourselves, leading us to a happier life,” Spencer Flood, state secretary, said during her retiring address titled, “Subject to Change.”

“Change your perspective so fear is no longer in control of you,” Eleora DeMuth, state reporter, said. DeMuth’s retiring address was titled “Ready, Set, Jump.”

Katie Benson, state president, gave her retiring address during the fourth general session. She emphasized that we all have the power to change the world.

“Changing the world is not out of our reach; it is something we all can do,” Benson said.

The keynote speaker during the fourth general session was Kyle Scheele, a motivational youth speaker. Scheele kept students laughing and engaged throughout his speech with dynamic and energetic stories about his childhood and lessons learned.

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All results are preliminary for one week following the Minnesota FFA Convention. Final results can be found on mnffa.org .

Convention photos by Matt Addington Photography can be viewed at: mattaddington.smugmug.com/FFA .

Related Topics: AGRICULTURE EDUCATION
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