O-WO-W FFA members go the State Convention FFA members go the State Convention

O-WO-W FFA members go the State Convention FFA members go the State Convention

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July 1, 2022

Four Owen-Withee FFA members, along with Mr. Engel and Mr. Green, traveled to Madison for the 93rd Wisconsin FFA Convention. A registered total of 3,485 members, advisors and guests attended this year. Cheryl Ackerman and Gabby Goessl both entertained the Convention goers as members of the Wisconsin FFA Honors Chorus and Band, respectfully. Over seventy other talented young musicians joined them from across the state to entertain FFA members, advisors and guests during the state convention, performing at several convention sessions.

State Chorus Director, Mr. Peter Engh, Director of Vocal Music at Westby High School and the State Band Director, Mr. Monte Dunnum, recently retired Director of Instrumental Music at Westby High School work with this select group for only a total of seven days each year – three days in Madison and four days at the Wisconsin State Fair in August. 

The Wisconsin Association of FFA is grateful to the State FFA Chorus and Band for their dedication at the state convention. It is a week filled with rigorous rehearsals and performances to provide entertainment with those attending the annual state convention and share their talent with all.

Sierra Bakke represented the chapter in the FFA Employment Skills Contest on Tuesday, June 14. Sierra had previously won the Section 7 contest back in March in order to qualify for State Competition. 

The top ten FFA members from across the state were asked to select an agricultural career. The panel of judges would then conduct a mock interview asking questions of the job applicant. The participants were critiqued on their poise, confidence, and other necessary traits to be successful in the business world. Sierra did very well in her semi-final interview, but did not make the finals. She is excited about participating again next year to make another run at the State Finals. 

The Wisconsin FFA Alumni and Supporters presented Washington Leadership Conference Scholarships to help support members travel to Washington, DC during the summer of 2022. Students were selected based on their leadership abilities and FFA activities. WLC is designed for chapter leaders and is conducted by trained facilitators. 

Sierra Bakke and Gabby Goessl recently returned from WLC, and learned and experienced the true meaning of leadership, made new friends, and gained a better understanding of the FFA and our country. Thank you Wisconsin FFA Alumni Association!

The State FFA Degree is the highest degree that an FFA member can earn on the state level. To earn this degree, a member has to have earned both their Greenhand and Chapter Degrees, in addition to an extensive list of other requirements. The Wisconsin FFA State Degree program is sponsored by Renk Seed. Kayla Lobacz of Owen-Withee was one of the 348 FFA members recognized on Wednesday, June 15 at State Convention with their families and friends. Earning the State FFA Degree is an honor and great accomplishment for those that have set their goals to reach this level achievement in the FFA Organization. The National Chapter Award Program is designed to recognize FFA chapters that actively implement the mission and strategies of the FFA organization. These chapters improve chapter operations using a Program of Activities that emphasize growing leaders, building communities and strengthening agriculture. 

The Owen-Withee Chapter received a Silver ranking on their application for their chapter activities during the 2021-22 school year. Chapter officers set their program of activities during annual chapter officer training events. The Three-Star Leader Award recognizes individuals who made a positive difference within their chapter, especially using leadership to initiate their chapter’s activities. Wisconsin FFA Chapters who completed the National Chapter Award are eligible to nominate one member for this prestigious award. Kayla Lobacz of the Owen-Withee FFA chapter was named one of the Wisconsin FFA Three-Star Leaders, and was presented a pin and certificate sponsored by State FFA Convention Partners on Thursday, June 16. 

The Agricultural Artwork Contest gives students an opportunity to showcase and compete with their own artwork in 2D and 3D divisions. This contest is open to all FFA members, as well as FFA Alumni members and FFA Advisors – regardless if they attend the convention or not. Sierra Bakke and Gabby Goessl both submitted 2D artwork pieces for this year’s convention. Gabby’s “Family Traditions” and Sierra’s “Harvest Memories” were both well received by convention attendees, but did not bring home major awards. Both artists make art pieces and craft signs to market at multiple area craft shows. 

Career & Technical Education (CTE) is a key component of the Wisconsin education system and enhances the social, economic and environmental well-being of the state. Quality CTE departments work in harmony to attain whole-student development of 21st century skills and achieve college and career readiness. 

While the emphasis of Agricultural Education and the FFA Organization is the agriculture industry and its very broad spectrum of careers, many of our graduates are successful in careers beyond the agriculture industry and would attribute their accomplishments back to their Career & Technical Education courses. 

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