20 members of the Killdeer FFA Chapter along with advisor Mr. Larry Lundberg and soon-to-be advisor Mr. David Leier traveled to Fargo to attend the 87th ND State FFA Convention held on the NDSU campus.
Members had a very action-packed week that consisted of competing in various Career Development Events (CDEs) and attending sessions where they were able to listen to the inspirational and motivational words of the Keynote Speakers and the Retiring Addresses given by the retiring State Officers.
Members had a very successful week earning many awards and recognition. The Milk Quality and Products team earned a Silver rating. This team consisted of Liam McFadden, Colby Dukart, Molly Nies, Alex Sadowsky, and Jordan Martin. Colby also earned a gold rating individually.
In the Dairy Handlers CDE, Kayla Brew demonstrated her top-notch showmanship skills by handling a very ornery dairy heifer and was rewarded by earning 3rd placed overall!
The Floriculture CDE team consisted of Cate Fredericks, Sarah Rogers, Hannah Rebsom, and Iris Dukart. They earned a Bronze rating.
Hannah Rebsom, Hannah Kling, Rachel Voight, and Kylee Boltz made up the Food Science and Technology team. They earned a Bronze rating.
In the Advanced Agricultural Mechanics CDE, the Killdeer team earned a 4th place overall Gold Rating! This team consisted of Dane Larsen, Ryan Karey, Alex Sadowsky, and Hunter Bice. Hunter and Dane earned a gold rating individually as well.
The Killdeer Intermediate Ag. Mech. was represented by Liam McFadden. He did very well and earned a Silver Rating.
The Horse Evaluation team consisted of Rachel Voight, Kaitlyn Chinn, Matt Stroh, Iris Dukart, and Katelynn Lane. This team did very well and placed 5th overall earning a much deserved Gold rating! Matt Stroh had a very successful day and placed 3rd overall individually. Katelin Chinn also received a gold rating.
Killdeer unfortunately did not have a complete Meats Eval. Team. However, Colby Dukart and Katelin Chinn both competed and did very well in such a difficult contest with so much to learn.
Without the Courtesy Corps, convention would not run smoothly. We had two girls assist with that process this year. They were Kylee Boltz and Hannah Kling.
Lily McFadden competed in the Job Interview CDE that she had qualified in back in September during the District 8 Leadership competitions. Lily represented Killdeer very well and earned a Silver rating.
The last competitive team is the Small Animal Care team. This team consisted of Cate Fredericks, Lily McFadden, Kayla Brew, and Molly Nies. This young team did very well and just missed the gold rating and earned a Silver rating. Individually, Molly earned a gold rating as well!
Matt Stroh went to convention with other aspirations other than competing and attending sessions. His week began going through a vigorous screening process in hopes of being selected to State FFA Office. After a phenomenal nomination speech, Matt’s aspirations became reality as he was elected to serve as the 2016-17 ND State FFA Parliamentarian.
Overall, Killdeer had a very successful week and the students should be very proud of how they represented the Killdeer FFA Chapter and the community.