Staples Motley FFA successful at 2016 state convention

Staples Motley FFA members competed at the 87th Minnesota FFA State Convention held at the University of Minnesota April 24-26. The Staples Motley FFA Chapter had 45 members competing, consisting of 12 teams and four individuals. This year’s state convention was very successful for Staples Motley FFA, with two state champions and multiple teams/ individuals finishing in the top five. 

This year’s theme was “Together We.” The state officers motivated over 3,600 FFA members on “together we can do amazing things.” The convention included multiple workshops on enhancing leadership skills and learn about careers and opportunities in agriculture. 

Last January, members had the opportunity to meet the National FFA Officers and returning to state convention was the National Western Region Vice President Sarah Draper who reconnected with Staples Motley members. 

“I was surprised she remembered me when she said my name,”  said Julia Trantina, Staples Motley FFA Reporter. “I appreciated that - she’s down to earth. Even though she has an important role she made sure every member felt welcome.”

State FFA results for Staples Motley included:

Agricultural Communications Team: 1st overall. The team will compete in national in October: 

- Rebekka Paskewitz (1st individual)

- Katie Benson (3rd Individual)

-Molly Lindgren (5th Individual)

Fish and Wildlife Team: 2nd overall:

-Jasiah Paskewitz (Gold Ranking, placed 5th individually) 

-Brenden Thompson( Gold Ranking, placed 10th individually) 

-Colton Rau and Joe Pugsley (Gold Ranking) 

Poultry Team: 2nd overall 

-Katie Benson ( Gold Ranking, placed 1st individually ) 

-Molly Lindgren (Gold Ranking placed 5th individually) 

-Mikayla Sauber and Kelsie Weite (Gold Ranking)

Novice Parliamentary Procedure Team:  3rd overall:

-Rebekka Paskewitz, [Katie Benson, Mikayla Sauber, Zach Strickland, Rachel Paskewitz and Molly Lindgren (Gold Ranking) 

Forestry Team: 8th overall:

-Dominic Nistler and Kyle Eckholm (Gold Ranking)

-Patrick Thompson and Curtis Miles (Silver Ranking)


- Lane Blowers, Austin Boyer, Cody Noble and Arthur Thew (Bronze Ranking)

Small Animals:

-Sadie Thompson (Gold Ranking)

-Jody Mack and Taeleigh  Marlowe (Silver Ranking) 

-Brian Seamann (Bronze Ranking)

Dairy Cattle Evaluation:

-Jenna Trantina and Tiffany Vorbeck  (Silver Ranking) 

-Rachel Paskewitz and Taylor Yungbauer (Bronze Ranking)

Agricultural Mechanics:

-Mike Youngbauer and Josh Mertens (Silver Ranking)

-Jaxon Olander and Eddie Papenfuss (Bronze Ranking) 

Nursery Landscape:

-Alyssa Bartkowitz, Sam Schimpp, Josh Carlson and Libertad Cassonova  (Bronze Ranking) 


-Amy Lochli and Haley Payne ( Sliver Ranking)

-Rachel Daly and Sarah Daly (Bronze Ranking)

Farm Bureau Discussion:

-Zach Strickland (Placed 1st Individually, Gold Ranking)

Job Interview:

-Katie Benson ( Placed 5th individually, Gold Ranking)

Prepared Public Speaking :

- Rebekka Paskewitz (Gold Ranking)

Extemporaneous Speaking: 

-Molly Lindgren (Bronze Ranking)

National Chapter Award:

-Staples Motley National Chapter Finalist (Gold Ranking and Competes at National Level)

State Degree Recipient: 

-Rebekka Paskewitz

The State Degree is the highest degree that can be given by the state association. The State FFA Degree is given to the top members of a State FFA Association.

State Officer:

- Rebekka Paskewitz - State Reporter 2016 -17.  


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