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Area FFA youth attend convention

The 86th annual National FFA Convention was held Oct. 30 through Nov. 2 in Louisville, Ky.

Cooper Eliason, Howard, placed first in the Ag Mechanics Energy Systems Entrepreneurship competition, earning a $1,000 award. Other area National Finalist Proficiency award winners include: Kelsi Kampshoff, McCook Central, Ag Education Entrepreneurship ($500); Tyler Mentele, McCook Central, Diversified Ag Production Entrepreneurship ($500); Beth Mayrose, McCook Central, Home and/or Community Development Entrepreneurship ($500); Morgan Matthaei, McCook Central, Specialty Crop Production Entrepreneurship ($500); Brandon Reif, McCook Central, Turf Grass Management Entrepreneurship ($500).

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Silver Emblem teams and individuals:

Agricultural Sales: Mitchell team of Josh DiPippo (second place individual) Kaley Nolz, Micah DiPippo, Dylan Senska.

Livestock Evaluation: Woonsocket team of Aaron Linke, Jonathan Linke, Drew Olinger and Riley Schmiedt.

Milk Quality and Products: McCook Central team of Nicole Roth, Bridgett Tuschen, Cooper Seamer and Emily Heumiller.

Bronze Emblem teams and individuals:

Meats Evaluation: Kimball team of Mary Kroupa, Lisa Smith, Blake Kroupa, Alex Toupal.

Nursery/Landscape: McCook Central team of Kaytlynn Knudsen, Julia Loudenburg, Lauren Miller, Sarah Schoon.

National Chapter Award

Three Stars: McCook Central.

Two Stars: Howard.

State Booth: Mitchell.