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Area students receive FFA Degrees and Stars

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South Dakota FFA members will receive State FFA Degree and Star awards at the 85th South Dakota State FFA Convention, set for Sunday through Tuesday in Brookings.

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The State FFA degree is the highest degree of membership and requires 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 Ag Experience program; demonstrated leadership ability; and completion of at least 25 hours of community service.

The area finalists in each star category are, Star Farmer: Jake Krohmer, Wessington Springs; Star in Agribusiness: Brandon Reif, McCook Central; Star in Ag Placement: Levi Olinger, Wessington Springs; Evan Donahue, Howard; Jean Skoglund, McCook Central; Cole Potter, Howard.

Area FFA members receiving their State FFA Degree include:

Bon Homme: Dustin Cuka, Zac Heesch, Dan Jelsma, Tyler A. Miller, Zachary Schwartz, Alec Weber;

Bridgewater-Emery: Austin K. Bunger, Chandler Jansen, Franky Tusha, Terry Weber;

Chamberlain: Sheldon Stewart; Freeman: Caleb Gene Lang;

Howard: Evan Donohue, Hunter Eggert, James Jungwirth, Cole Potter, Wyatt Schwader;

Kimball: Hunter Dyles, Ariel Erin Gould, Brian Hoing, Stephen Miedema, Cadee Nikolaus, Lindsay Pazour, Russel Pick, Adam Toupal; Marion: Cassandra Engbrecht;

McCook Central: Zachary Bies, Kayla Gilbertson, Kelsi Kampshoff, Jacob Kelley, Natasha Krempges, Andrew Lauk, Cole Lauk, Stefani Matthies, Brandon Moore, Aubree Morris, Melissa Nelson, Matt Olinger, Brandon Reif, Kyle Reif, Mitchell Sabers, Emily Schallenkamp, Jean Skoglund, Cordell Wobig;

Mitchell: Kaelynn Dammann, Josh DiPippo, Jamie A. Iburg;

Wessington Springs: Shannon Duxbury, Trevor Easton, Jake Krohmer, Kathryn Lutter, Levi Olinger, Shiloh S. Starr, Bailey Willman; Woonsocket: Corrie Snedeker.

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