BROOKINGS Member of the McCook Central FFA chapter brought home five first-place awards at various Career Development Events during the 2021 State FFA Convention in Rapid City recently.

In addition, Ella Stiefvater of McCook Central was named a top individual in the veterinary science event in addition to the McCook Central team taking first in the team portion of the event. McCook Central’s Mason Pulse was a top individual in the agronomy event, and Ashtyn Wobig was the top individual in the poultry event.

About 1,500 South Dakota FFA members competed at the convention.

McCook Central teams were awarded firsts in the following events. Top individual finishers are also included with each event:

  • Food Science and Technology. Advisors: Terry Reickman & Tracy Chase, Paul Kaffar, Abby Blagg, Jacob Wagner, Will Rotert; Top Individual: Gabe Johnson, Garreston; Awards sponsored by Valley Queen Cheese Factory, Inc. and the team travel scholarships sponsored by Dan and Sheri Kahnke and Monte and Mary Williams.

  • Livestock Evaluation. Advisors Terry Rieckman & Tracy Chase, coach Carrie Stiefvater, team members: Ryan Blagg, Max Nordlund, Colton Stiefvater, Lane Deutsch; Top Individual: Mitchell VanderWal, Northwestern Area; Awards sponsored by SD Pork Producers Council and the team travel scholarships are sponsored by Dakotaland Feeds, Inc. of Huron, Travis Hoffman and Kimball Livestock Exchange, LLC.

  • Milk Quality and Products. Advisors Terry Rieckman and Tracy Chase, team members: Bobby Koepsell, Avery Feterl, Tayah McGregor, Aubree Kranz; Top Individual: James Klages, Chamberlain; Awards sponsored by Agropur Inc-Cheese and Whey Products, and the team travel scholarships are sponsored in memory of Justin Maass and by Agropur Inc- Cheese and Whey Products.

  • Nursery/Landscape. Advisors Terry Rieckman and Tracy Chase, team members: Vivian Koepsell, Megan Stiefvater, Joe Loudenburg, Grace Stoffel; Top Individual: Kaylee Bosma, Lennox Sundstrom; Awards sponsored by Midwest Stihl and the team travel scholarships are sponsored by Northland Plains Landscaping, SODAK Gardens, Jenny’s Floral, and South Dakota Nursery and Landscape Association. Midwest Stihl also sponsors the chainsaw purchased for the first place individual.

  • Veterinary Science. Advisors Terry Rieckman and Tracy Chase; coach Carrie Stiefvater; team members: Madison Stroud, Grace DiGiovanni, Emma Heinz, Ella Stiefvater; Top Individual: Ella Stiefvater, McCook Central; Awards sponsored by Susan A. Stoterau, DVM and Alice Harty, DVM. The travel scholarships are sponsored by Susan A. Stoterau, DVM; Alice Harty, DVM; and the SD Veterinary Medical Association.

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Members of the McCook Central FFA team took home first place in the Livestock Evaluation CDE at the 2021 South Dakota State FFA Convention in Rapid City recently. (Submitted Photo)
Members of the McCook Central FFA team took home first place in the Livestock Evaluation CDE at the 2021 South Dakota State FFA Convention in Rapid City recently. (Submitted Photo)

Other teams and individuals that placed first at the Career Development Events were:

  • Willow Lake, Agricultural Business Management; Advisor Dan Tonak, team members: Grace Peterson, Trinity Peterson, Gwyneth Warkenthien, and Morgan Burke in Agricultural Business Management; Top Individual: Telson Cowan, Highmore; Awards and team travel scholarship sponsored by United Animal Health. Team travel scholarships are sponsored by FarmHouse Fraternity at SDSU and United Animal Health.

  • Philip, Agricultural Technology and Mechanical Systems; Advisor Reed Johnson, team members: Dane Daly, Alex Skow, Kelton Quinn, Carson DalyAgricultural Technology and Mechanical Systems; Top Individual: Everett Paul, Sunshine Bible Academy; Awards, drills for each of the top 10 individuals and team travel scholarships are sponsored by the CHS Foundation. The top place team also received a new welder from the Lincoln Electric Company.

  • Hot Springs, Agronomy; Hot Springs; Advisor Tanna White, team members: William Juhl, Rachel Rickenbach, Megan Sanders; Top Individual: Mason Pulse, McCook Central; Awards are sponsored by Wilbur Ellis and the team travel scholarships are sponsored by Wilbur Ellis, Croplan by Winfield United, De and Mike Johnson, In Memory of Walt Johnson, and Hoegemeyer Hybrids.

  • Sunshine Bible Academy, Dairy Cattle Evaluation; Advisor Jason Burma, team members: Jakki Burma, Charity Freed, Nolan Triebwasser, Taylor Michaelis; Top Individual: Nolan Triebwasser, Sunshine Bible Academy; Awards sponsored by SD Division of the Midwest Dairy Association and the team travel scholarships are sponsored by Sharps, Inc. Bath and Ashgrove Dairy.

  • Wessington Springs, Floriculture; Advisor Craig Schryock, team members: Advisor Craig Schryock, team members: Kenzee Schafer, Cheyene Burg, Kindra Wolter, Carter Grohs; Top Individual: Halli Essington, Milbank; Awards and travel scholarships are sponsored by Dr. David Graper, Kari Rogers, and Gettysburg FFA. Supplies sponsored by North American Wholesale Florists and the SD Florist Association.

  • Chamberlain, Horse Evaluation; Advisor Justin Graves, team members: Megan Marone, Melaya Dominguez, Keeleigh Elwood, and Buster Reis; Buster Reis, Chamberlain; Awards sponsored by K Bar J Leather Company, and team travel scholarships are sponsored by Rodney Yost Horsemanship and K Bar J Leather Company; Top Individual.

  • Harrisburg, Meats Evaluation and Technology; Advisors Tara Fastert and Josh Christiansen, team members: Cayl Rollinger, Levi Danielson, Ben Loos and Braxton Boer; Top Individual: Braxton Boer, Harrisburg; Awards are sponsored by Smithfield Foods of Sioux Falls, and travel scholarships are sponsored by Tri-Valley FFA Alumni, Tyson Foods and Smithfield Foods. Supplies are sponsored by Tyson Foods.

  • West Central, Environment and Natural Resources; Advisor Linda Petersen, team members: Connor Siemonsma, Jack Linneman, Bennett Sebert, Andrew Rick; Top Individual: Andrew Rick, West Central; Awards sponsored by SD Grasslands Coalition, and the team travel scholarships are sponsored by SD Grasslands Coalition, Jeff Vander Wilt and John Lentz.

  • Chester, Poultry; Advisor Andy Jensen, Coach Dr. Evan VanBeusekom, team members: Raegan Hoff, Emily Brown, Chase McDonald, Ashton Olivier; Top Individual: Ashtyn Wobig, McCook Central; Awards and team travel scholarships sponsored by the South Dakota Poultry Industries Association. The supplies are sponsored by Dakota Layers and the Salem Veterinary Service.

  • Kadoka, Range Plant ID; Advisor Brandy Knutson, team members: Emily Zickrick, Abigail Roghair, Reed Ohrtman, Dawson Reckling; Top Individual: Farynn Knutson, Kadoka; Awards sponsored by SDSU Range Club.

FFA members are preparing for agriculture careers, learning the role agriculture plays in feeding and clothing the world, and looking for opportunities to grow the industry. FFA’s Career Development Events are built around ag industry careers, expose members to many of the opportunities and needs in the agriculture sector, and enable them to develop and refine their abilities to critically evaluate, effectively communicate and, ultimately, succeed in future careers.

Supplies needed to make all the events possible are sponsored by Bruce and Kim Paterson, Duane and Ann Wulf, Clark and Lyla Hanson, Eric and Roxanne Knock, Tri-Valley FFA Alumni and the SD Nursery and Landscape Association.