Sleepy Eye FFA excels at State FFA Convention

Kayden Klein earned first place in the Best Informed Greenhand Competition out of 449 individuals at the State FFA Convention.

Seventy-one Sleepy Eye FFA Members traveled to the University of Minnesota Campuses and State Fairgrounds, where they participated in the Annual Minnesota FFA State Convention. More than 5,000 FFA members, advisors and guests from throughout the state gathered for the convention from Sunday, April 23 – Tuesday, April 25, 2023.

The Sleepy Eye FFA members traveled to Convention with Advisors, Mary Hoffmann, Katie Emmett, and Paul Hendrickx, Assistant Advisor Ben Seifert, and Paraprofessional Sarah Trebesch.

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

Sleepy Eye CDE Results:

Best Informed Greenhand (BIG) Team: 2nd Place Gold

The Sleepy Eye FFA Chapter had 71 members participate in the Minnesota State FFA convention and numerous members earned awards as well as the chapter. Pictured to l to r, front: Lucia Martinez, Anna Johnson, Daniel Armstrong, Alex Confer, Lily Kallevig, Grecia Navarro, Brooke Arneson, Jade Sellner, Megan Sellner, Madi Martinez, Hannah Meyer, Jace Schauman, Clark Lazatin, Yuri Fernandez, Andrew Ramos. Row 2: Envy Morales, Jose Castorena, Noah Rossbach, Santi Martinez, Kyle Capacia, Carter Lazatin, Leisha Martinez, Callie Evers, Ava Kunkel, Kamille Capacia, Destiney Dittbenner, Sam Price, Jony Flores, Mateo Hornsby, Izzy Kunkel, Chloe Howe, Amy Van Bragt. Row 3: Katelyn Tauer, Mateo Moreno, Conor Strong, Leo Fernandez, Marcus Martinez, Isaac Lendt, Alex Dominguez, McCoy Marti, Ari Krzmarzick, Robert Romberg, Sophie Gustafson, Rachel Portner, Riley Eckstein Sprenger, Ethan Evans. Back row: Carson Uecker, Trevor Rathman, Nolan Weicherding, Gavin Fischer, Caleb Suess, Nathan Rathman, Jacob Fulmer, Kayden Klein, Gunny Coulson, Logan Ludewig, Jake Price, Adam Johnson, Winsten Nienhaus, Antonio Ruiz, Charlie Hoffmann.

• Kayden Klein (1st Place Individual out of 449 participants), Mateo Hornsby, Destiney Dittbenner, Ari Krzmarzick, Lucia Martinez

Soils Team: 3rd Place Gold

• Wyatt Feucht (6th Place Individual out of 163 participants), Isaac Lendt, Winsten Nienhaus, Nathan Rathman

Poultry Team: 4th Place Gold

• Leo Fernandez, Ari Krzmarzick, Logan Ludewig, Mateo Moreno

Market Plan: 5th Place

• Gunny Coulson, Adam Johnson, Jade Sellner

Floriculture Team: 7th Place Gold

• Brooke Arneson, Lily Kallevig, Grecia Navarro, Jose Castorena

BIG Team #2: 7th Place Gold

• Carter Lazatin, Alex Confer, Logan Ludewig, Noah Rossbach, Sam Price

Milk Quality Team: 9th Place Gold

• Megan Sellner, Jace Schauman, Callie Evers, Carter Lazatin

Dairy Cattle Evaluation Team: 19th Place Gold

• Rachel Portner, Gracie Sellner, Lucia Martinez, Jared Portner

BIG Team #3: 22nd Place Gold

• McCoy Marti, Daniel Armstrong, Charlie Hoffmann, Hannah Meyer

Meats: 14th Place Silver

• Gavin Fischer, Nolan Weicherding, Trevor Rathman, Yuridia Fernandez

Nursery Landscape Team: 15th Place Silver

• Kyle Capacia, Marcus Martinez , Leisha Martinez, Madelyn Martinez

BIG Team #4: Silver

• Yuridia Fernandez, Jasmine Petermann, Andrew Ramos

Fish & Wildlife Team: Bronze

• Abigail Hornsby, Jake Price, Robert Romberg, Katelyn Wurtzberger

Forestry Team: Bronze

• Daniel Armstrong, Clark Lazatin, Riley Eckstein-Sprenger, Ethan Evans

Horse Team: Bronze

• Sophie Gustafson, Kenedi Wersal, Camryn Maher

State FFA Choir Participant:

• Envy Morales

State FFA Band Participants:

• Santi Martinez, Lucia Martinez, and Anna Johnson

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

Sophie Kyllonen – Dairy Production Placement: Runner Up at State

Isaac Lendt – Swine Production Entrepreneurship: Runner Up at State

The Sleepy Eye FFA had 11 members receive their State FFA Degrees while at the State FFA Convention. They included: Brooke Arneson, Gunny Coulson, Sophie Gustafson, Adam Johnson, Leisha Martinez, Grecia Navarro, Jake Price, Cristal Schmidtknecht, Gracie Sellner, Jade Sellner, Conor Strong.

We had several junior high students participate in the State Agriscience Fair this year. We had two groups in the Top 2 for the Plant Systems Division –

• Jacob Fulmer & Megan Sellner – State Winner

• Jony Flores & Carson Uecker – Runner Up

Sleepy Eye FFA Chapter Results:

• Sleepy Eye FFA was named a Top 3 Premier Chapter in the State of Minnesota for the National Chapter Award.

• Sleepy Eye was the Runner Up Chapter for the Ag. Literacy Challenge.

• Sleepy Eye was 3rd in the state for the Land of Service Challenge.

• Sleepy Eye FFA was also recognized as a Model of Innovation Finalist for Growing Leaders – Wee Deliver Buddies Program with 3rd graders.


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