State FFA Degrees and Stars to be awarded

Farm Forum

BROOKINGS – 265 South Dakota FFA members will receive their State FFA Degree, with four of those individuals to be recognized as the State Star Farmer, Star in Agribusiness, Star in Ag Placement and Star in Agriscience, at the 85th South Dakota State FFA Convention held in Brookings, S.D., April 14-16, 2013.

The State FFA Degree is the highest degree of membership conferred by the South Dakota FFA Association. The requirements for this degree include:

·Having earned and productively invested at least $1,000, or worked at least 300 hours in excess of scheduled class time, or a combination thereof, in a Supervised Agricultural Experience program.

·Demonstrated leadership ability by performing ten procedures of Parliamentary Law, giving a six-minute speech on an agriculture or FFA-related topic and serving as an officer, committee chairperson or participating member of a chapter committee.

·Have completed at least 25 hours of community service.

Of the 265 candidates receiving their State FFA Degree, the four Star finalists in each division include:

Star Farmer:

Audrey Souza, Milbank

Preston Hansmeier, Webster

Jake Krohmer, Wessington Springs

Johannes Gimbel, Miller

Star in Agribusiness:

Brandon Reif, McCook Central

Lexi Slack, Viborg-Hurley

Chad Buse, Lennox-Sundstrom

Samantha Rothschadl, Viborg-Hurley

Star in Ag Placement:

Levi Olinger, Wessington Springs

Evan Donahue, Howard

Jean Skoglund, McCook Central

Cole Potter, Howard

Star in Agriscience:

Liz Renner, West Central

Beau Wensing, Florence

Gretchen Rops, Lennox-Sundstrom

Allison Dockter, Wilmot

2013 State FFA Degree Recipients


Casey Reihe


Cody Hall

Amanda Jensen

James Thomas Kersting


Dean Christensen

Patrick Hybertson

Kelsey Kennedy

Rachel Larson

Joshua Manning

Maggie Vander Laan


Anna Hatle

Wil Kolb

Lane Kopren

Shaley Lensegrav

Shelly Peck

Megan Serr

Bon Homme:

Dustin Cuka

Zac Heesch

Dan Jelsma

Tyler A. Miller

Zachary Schwartz

Alec Weber


Caren Eisenbeisz

McKenna Eisenbeisz

Jadon Geier

Jade Maier

Jordan Stotz

Kasey Wipf


Austin K. Bunger

Chandler Jansen

Franky Tusha

Terry Weber


Breanna Bullington


Austin Fossum

Kelby Nelson


Brittany Austin


Sheldon Stewart


Laura Alexander

Brandon Clausen

Rhett Florey

Seth Hemmingson

Janelle Paulson

Laura Schmit


Kayla Nuese


Lucas Richard Eide

Martha Hartway

Keith Alan Konlod

Thad Lonnie Krause

Rachel Thiewes

Mikayla Zubke

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