FFA Members Unlock the Legacy at 83rd Wisconsin FFA Convention

Madison, WI – The Wisconsin Association of FFA celebrated 83 years of premier leadership, personal growth and career success at the Wisconsin FFA Convention in Madison June 11 to 14. The convention attracted over 3,000 members, advisors, parents, alumni and sponsors to celebrate their year’s success and support for students involved in agricultural education.

Gillett FFA members Raymond Brock, Tonie Gilbertson, Mark Herzog, Abbey Horsens, Sammi Patzer, Kallie Rank, Rachel Ransom and Skhyler Simpson attended the convention.

Gillett FFA members were active in the following activities at the convention:

  • Patzer was recognized for receiving second place in the Equine Production-Placement proficiency award category.
  • Rank and Simpson served in the state convention newsroom.
  • Brock, Gilbertson, Horsens, Rank, Ransom, and Simpson competed in the high school opening/closing ceremonies contest.
  • Rank participated in the state FFA talent competition and ran to be a national delegate.

Members also heard inspirational messages from keynote speakers including: Alicia Hodnik, National FFA Vice President; Landan Schaffert, Past National FFA Officer; Rick Rigsby, Motivational Speaker; and Ethan Giebel, State FFA President. They attended leadership workshops and attended the career show.

This year’s National FFA theme is “I Believe” and Wisconsin students have taken “I Believe” to a new level showing their belief in the future of agriculture, agricultural education and FFA. This week is a celebration of the student success and recognition of FFA activities conducted across the entire state of Wisconsin. FFA is making a positive difference in today’s schools and communities.

“Students enrolled in agricultural education in Wisconsin schools and who are members of the FFA have a fantastic opportunity for leadership and career development,” said Wisconsin FFA Executive Director Cheryl Zimmerman. “The Wisconsin FFA Convention is our opportunity to recognize the importance of the education of our society about agriculture and the achievement of young people who are the future leaders of the agriculture industry.”

The Wisconsin Association of FFA is a leading student organization due to the efforts of more than 18,000 students across the state. With a focus on premier leadership, personal growth and career success, students’ FFA activities complement agricultural classroom instruction by giving them an opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge while gaining real-world experience. These activities are dependent on donor funding through the Wisconsin FFA Foundation. For more information about Wisconsin FFA and the Wisconsin FFA Foundation visit http://www.wisconsinffa.org or http://www.wisconsinffafoundation.org, become a fan of Wisconsin FFA Foundation on Facebook, or call 715-659-4807.


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