Thursday, December 7, 2023

MT FFA Results from National Convention

by Brett McRae

Montana FFA Members recently returned from participation at the National FFA Convention and Expo
held in Indianapolis, IN.

Approximately six hundred Montana students attended the convention where they engaged in competitions, leadership workshops, tours and educational seminars. This annual event attracted nearly 73,000 members from across the nation.

In the national Livestock Evaluation competition, the Big Timber FFA chapter placed 2nd in the nation by
besting forty-four other state winning teams from across the U.S. Team members were Morgan
Anderson, Mollie Ruth, RaeAnna King and Rylee Swartz.

Pictured Above is the Livestock Evaluation Team from Big Timber: L to R: Morgan Anderson, Rylee Swartz, Mollie Ruth and RaeAnna King.

Another team from the Big Timber chapter placed 6th in the National Vet Science contest. Additionally, Kalispell FFA Chapter’s Agronomy team placed 7th and Gardiner FFA placed 10th in Food Science.

Individual members that rose to the top in their respective competitions were led by Kalispell’s Ethan Bay who placed 2nd in the national Agronomy competition, Shepherd FFA’s Claire Murnin placed 4th in the National Employment Skills event and Morgan Anderson place 10th in the livestock evaluation contest.

Perhaps the individual highlight of the convention was when Kyelynn Coombe from the Joliet FFA Chapter was named as the national winner in the Beef Production Proficiency Award area. Proficiency awards recognize students who excel in their work-based learning experiences.

Pictured Above: Kyelynn Coombe a member of the Joliet FFA Chapter was named as the National Beef Production Award Winner at the 96th National Convention held recently in Indianapolis.

Check out Andy Schwab’s story about Kyelynn’s project here:

Additionally, Kara Conley and Faith Berow from Missoula placed in the top 10 in the National Agriscience program. Finally, Aiden Fouhy from Scobey participated in the National FFA Chorus, Cort Fraker from Forsyth participated in the National Talent program and Shyanna Harmen from Huntley Project and Wybie Naber from Lewistown participated in the National Band.

The following are the results of how the other Montana chapters placed during this year’s national

*Note – Gold, Silver and Bronze ratings represent roughly the top, the middle, and the lower third of
teams participating.

Floriculture – Park City – Silver,

Marketing plan – Corvallis – Bronze,

Conduct of meetings – Shepherd – Silver,

Parliamentary Procedure – Bainville – Bronze,

Creed – Riley Jones – Miles City – Bronze,

Extemporaneous Speaking – Rylee Glimm – Kalispell – Bronze,

Prepared Speaking – Carly Friedrich – Plentywood – Silver,

Forestry – Missoula – Silver,

Ag Issues – Corvallis – Bronze,

Ag Communication – Wibaux – Silver,

Horse – Mission Valley – Silver,

Farm Agribusiness Mgmt. – Big Sandy – Silver,

Ag Mechanics – Mission Valley – Silver,

Poultry – Hobson – Gold.

The National Chapter Award recognizes chapters who excel in member, chapter and community
development. The Beaverhead FFA Chapter in Dillon was recognized as a top ten finalist and was
identified as a Premier Chapter.

In addition to the contest placings, 24 members received the American FFA Degree. They are as follows:
*The American FFA Degree is the highest degree that can be bestowed upon a member and represents at
least five years of dedicated participation in the FFA organization.

Olivia Collins – Joliet,

Carson Crary – Choteau,

Justin Dickhaut – Missoula,

Wyatt Dooley and Keena Lewis – Gardiner,

Jack Gibson and Daniel Martin – Beaverhead,

Anthony Hernandez – Little Big Horn,

Jesse Isaacs – Miles City,

Wyatt Iverson – Bainville,

Gabby Krueger – Corvallis,

Brighton Lane – Huntley Project,

Brealyn LaRue – Big Timber,

Jesica Masshardt – Ruby Valley,

Colton Noyes – Broadwater,

Shelby Pitman – Shepherd,

Adaline Reilly – Forsyth,

Darin Schallenberger – Carter County,

Mackenzie Serrano – Roundup,

Kiara Sherman and Ashlie Welker – Mission Valley,

Lenora Shoemaker and Jordyn Whitmus – Fromberg,

Claire Standley – Missoula.

Three individuals received the Honorary American FFA Degrees for their support of Montana FFA. They

Dave Kelsey – long-time FFA supporter

Stacy Dietz who is the Agriculture Education Instructor in Shepherd

Ben Meyer – former Ag teacher in Conrad and currently a National FFA employee

Finally, Montana Agriculture Education was awarded a 100% membership award and the Montana FFA
Association received an award for membership growth.

The next event for Montana’s FFA Members will be the Montana FFA Ag Expo, a regional activity set
for Nov. 16th – 18th in Bozeman.


MT FFA Association

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