20 South Dakota FFA projects advance to national competition
BATH, S.D. - The National FFA Agriscience Fair is a competition for FFA members interested in the science and technology of agriculture. Students compete in one of six categories: animal systems; environmental services/natural resources systems; food products and processing systems; plant systems; power, structural and technical systems; or social systems. There are Jr. High, 9-10th grade, and 11-12th grade divisions.
State FFA Agriscience Fair winners submit their written research papers to the national level and 10 projects in each division are selected to advance and present their project for competition during the National FFA Convention. National FFA just released the finalists to advance to National FFA Convention, and South Dakota has 20 individual and team projects that will compete and be recognized during the virtual National FFA Convention on Oct. 27-29:
- Colton Stiefvater, McCook Central, Division 1.
- Ali Zacharias, West Central FFA, Division 3.
- Hadley Stiefvater, McCook Central FFA, Division 5.
- Maria Schaefer and Zach Brown, West Central, Division 6.
- Dylan McGregor, McCook Central FFA, Division 1.
- Ryan Blagg and Will Rotert, McCook Central, Division 2.
- Megan Nash, Northwestern Area FFA, Division 3.
- Megan Stiefvater and Mason Pulse, McCook Central FFA, Division 4.
- Vivian Koepsell and Grace Stoffel, McCook Central, Division 2.
- Lane Deutsch, McCook Central, Division 1.
- Lauren Roling and Madison Lauck, McCook Central, Division 2.
- Regan LaBrie and Greeley LaBrie, Doland FFA, Division 4.
- Power, Structural and Technical Systems Category.
- Jackson Remmers and Kolt Koepsell, McCook Central FFA, Division 2.
- Ethan Boekelheide, Northwestern Area FFA, Division 3.
- Madison Stroud, McCook Central, Division 5.
- Abbie Chase, McCook Central FFA, Division 1.
- Ella Stiefvater, McCook Central, Division 3.
- Hallie Kueter and Katelyn Lueth, Montrose, Division 4.
- Kayle Lauck, McCook Central, Division 5.
- Danika Gordon and Matea Gordon, Sturgis, Division 6.
Finalists receive a travel stipend to assist with expenses as a special project of the South Dakota FFA Foundation, sponsored by Ducks Unlimited, Black Hills Forest Resource Association, South Dakota Retailers Association, Central Farmers Cooperative, Next Level Ag, Bayer, South Dakota Biotech Association, Eichacker Simmentals, Meyerink Farm Service, Butler Machinery, Jim Chilson, Jason and Gail Gullickson, Salem Veterinary Service, Florence FFA, McCook Central FFA and the South Dakota FFA Foundation.