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'FFA Stars' to be Honored at State Convention
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 05/16/2017

Some of the top FFA members in Wisconsin will be honored this summer in Madison during the organization's state convention. The Department of Public Instruction and the Wisconsin FFA Center has announced its candidates for the 'Stars Over Wisconsin' awards--which include finalists for the Star Farmer Award, Star in Ag Placement, Star in Agribusiness and Star in Agriscience.

In the running for Star Farmer this year are Noah Massie, Barron; Eric Wachtendonk, Bloomer; Jenna Broege, Janesville Craig; Carley Krull. Lake Mills; Danielle Robinson, Lomira; Brad Jones, Mt. Horeb; Melissa Sprecher, Sauk Prairie; Katelyn Zimmerman, Spencer; Elisha Riley, Waupaca; and Emily Schwanke, Waupun.

Students nominated for Star in Ag Placement include Paige Nelson, Ellsworth; Alyssa Templeton, Evansville; Morgan Fitzsimmons, Mineral Point; Augustave Swanke, Montello; Erica Helmer, Plymouth; Maverick Guenther, Randolph Cambria-Friesland; Sean Smedema, Randolph Cambria-Friesland; Jensen Trinrud, Waupaca; Jesse LaMie, Weyauwega-Fremont; and Taylor Statz, Wisconsin Heights.

Finalists for the Star in Agribusiness competition will be Alex Krueger, Janesville Craig; Gage Rataczak, Randolph Cambria-Fiesland; Jared Mack, Sauk Prairie; Brett Koski, Waupaca; and Dylon Pokorny, Waupun.

And the top award nominees for Star in Agriscience are Amelia Hayden, Big Foot; Katelyn Galetka, New Auburn; and Seth Piencikowski, Waupaca.

Each of the candidates will receive a plaque, with the top winners of each award also earning cash prizes. The finalists were selected according to the amount of money earned in their Supervised Agricultural Experience Program.

The Wisconsin FFA Convention will be held at the Alliant Energy Center on June 12-15.

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