Sleepy Eye FFA takes on State FFA Convention

The Sleepy Eye FFA Chapter had an amazing 2019 State FFA Convention at the University of Minnesota on April 28-30! They were named the 7th place chapter for the National Chapter Award. 57 members participated in the convention and numerous members earned awards as well as the chapter.

SLEEPY EYE — Fifty-seven Sleepy Eye FFA Members traveled to the University of Minnesota, St. Paul Campus, where they participated in the 90th Annual Minnesota FFA State Convention. More than 3,700 FFA members, advisors and guests from throughout the state gathered for the convention from Sunday, April 28 – Tuesday, April 30, 2019. The FFA members traveled to Convention with Advisors, Mary Hoffmann and Adam Manderfeld, Assistant Advisor Ben Seifert, and Student Teacher Caitlin Oeltjenbruns.

The Sleepy Eye FFA Career Development Event teams brought home plaques and success stories after competing at the state level. 13 Sleepy Eye FFA CDE Teams and Individuals were placed in the Top Ten for CDE contests.


Poultry – 1st place team, Advancing to Nationals

Maddison Helget – 1st individual, Martina Nienhaus – 5th individual, Cali Rossbach – 7th individual, and Emma Fischer

Best Informed Greenhand Team #1 – 2nd place team, Advancing to Nationals!

Trey Heiderscheidt – 9th individual, Morgan Hoffmann – 10th individual, Adam Johnson – 11th individual, Katelyn Capacia, Maddison Helget

Market Plan – 3rd place team

Tasha Martinez, Emma Schieffert, Mason Sellner

Dairy Cattle Evaluation: 8th place team

Macy Schenk, Sophia Portner – 4th individual, Gracie Sellner, Mike Ludewig

Milk Quality: 9th place team

Abby Hoffmann, Trey Heiderscheidt, Leslie Martinez, Paige Romberg

Floriculture: 10th place team

Cassidy Hoffmann, Livia Nelson, Alexa Steffl, McKenna Dockter

Soils: 10th place team

Isaac Finstad, Isaac Johnson, Jacob Meyer

Meats: 15th place team

Maranda Braulick, Kathryn Schroepfer, Brittney Dittbenner, Presley Bauer

Vet Science: Gold team

Morgan Hoffmann, Isaac Huiras, Miah Brown, Vanessa Konopka

Fish & Wildlife: Silver team

Kadon Strong, Matthew Sellner, Jake Price, Jacob Schultz

Forestry: Bronze team

Edwin Flores, Juan Cortez, Evan Fischer, Ethan Fischer

Horse: Bronze team

Leah Schnobrich, Clara Lemarr, Sophie Gustafson, Anna Sellner

BIG Teams 2 & 3: Bronze team

Presley Bauer, Miah Brown, Adrian Dena, Brennen Meyer, Wyatt Barnes, Syarrah Ulrich, Alexis Garza, Jorden Niebuhr, Nayzeth Luna, Taylor Lambrecht

In the proficiency category, the following individuals placed in the top three in the state:

Cassidy Hoffmann – State Winner: Agricultural Communications

Morgan Hoffmann – 2nd Place: Agricultural Education

McKenzie Cselovszki – 3rd Place: Equine Production Placement

The Sleepy Eye FFA had 4 members receive their State FFA Degrees while at the 90th State FFA Convention. They included: Cassidy Hoffmann, Paige Romberg, Macy Schenk, Landon Strong.

In addition, the Sleepy Eye FFA Chapter was recognized for their participation in the Land of Service Challenge and the Ag. Literacy Challenge. Sleepy Eye FFA was named the 7th top chapter for the National Chapter Award and was named a Triple Crown Award Winner.

Other happenings at convention included: Isaac Huiras, McKenna Dockter, and Trisha Ludewig attending the Teach Ag. Workshop. Maranda Braulick, Chapter Vice President, was also selected and served on the 2019 State FFA Officer Nominating Committee.

The Sleepy Eye FFA has a lot to be proud of in 2019. The members worked very hard this year to qualify for and excel at their state competitions! Advisor Mary Hoffmann states, “I am so proud of all of the hard work that the Sleepy Eye FFA members show on a daily basis! Through their efforts with CDE’s, their SAE’s, Ag. Courses, and Community Services projects, these members show and earn success through their great work ethic and dedication!”


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