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FFA members active at nationals

November 5, 2013
By Fritz Busch - Staff Writer , The Journal

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Forty New Ulm and Sleepy Eye student leaders were part of the 86th National FFA Convention that set a new attendance record by attracting more than 62,000 students Oct. 30 through Nov. 2 in Louisville.

Three area men received Honorary American FFA Degrees - John Schroeder of Courtland, New Ulm attorney Mike Dove and the late Bob Christensen of Sleepy Eye.

"Those three men were outstanding FFA members and received the accolades they deserve for their work," said New Ulm FFA Advisor Jeff Nelson.

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Twenty-three members of the Sleepy Eye FFA Chapter attended the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky. They were: (left to right, row 1) Brandon Roiger, Jamie Fischer, Cynthia Hansen, Mary Rosenhammer. (left to right, row 2) Jeni Kotten, Ashley Johnson, Stephanie Hammerschmidt, Lauren Laffent, Ashley Helget. (left to right, row 3) Advisor Mary Hoffmann, Kacie Goblirsch, Jordyn Domeier, Tia Cselovszki, Natalie Stevens, Laura Rosenhammer, Matt Miller, Ms. Brandt. (left to right, row 4) Elizabeth Johnson, Austin Trebesch, Josie Schieffert, Kolten Nienhaus, Jacob Rossbach, Christopher Seifert, Matt Pulley.

New Ulm students receiving American FFA Degrees were Aaron Miller, Kyle Miller and Amy Stadtherr. Bridget Forst of New Ulm was selected and performed in the National FFA Choir.

"It was a great opportunity for the students to see so many people and see what they can achieve," Nelson said.

Sleepy Eye students received American FFA Degrees were Josie Fischer, Jessica Busch, Cynthia Hansen, Elizabeth Johnson, Laura Rosenhammer, Christopher Seifert and Desirae Rose. The American FFA Degree is the highest degree attainable in the FFA and is achieved by less than one percent of its members.

Sleepy Eye National Proficiency Finalists Busch and Brandon Roiger were named national runner-up in Ag Communications and Home and Community Development, respectively.

The Sleepy Eye Poultry team of Roiger, Tia Cselovszki, Matt Miller and Jamie Fischer finished 11th in the nation. Roiger placed 24th and Fischer 33rd among more than 150 competitors.

Sleepy Eye's National Quiz Bowl Team of Lauren Laffen, Natalie Stevens, Jeni Kotten, Kolten Nienhaus and Jacob Rossbach finished 13th. Laffen placed 33rd and Stevens 37th.

Sleepy Eye Senior Officers Jordyn Domeier and Stephanie Hammerschmidt accepted the chapter's 3-Star National Chapter Award for student, chapter and community development activities. They also worked at the KNUJ media booth, assisting with interviews, along with Roiger and Rosenhammer who worked in the radio news room.

"I am very proud of all my students who competed at nationals," said Sleepy Eye FFA Advisor Mary Hoffmann. "They worked very hard to achieve success and it was extremely exciting to see them compete at such an esteemed level."

In addition to attending the convention, students were given the chance to tour the Louisville Slugger Museum, Churchill Downs and Glassworks.

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