Wisconsin FFA Update - News In Brief

A weekly update on Wisconsin FFA activities from the Wisconsin FFA Center, Inc.

For November 6, 2019

1.        2019 National FFA Convention Results - Congratulations Wisconsin Association of FFA and Alumni!!!
2.        National FFA Convention Highlights
3.        National Convention Delegate Business Session Update
4.        Comments about the 2019 National FFA Convention
5.        Proper Official Dress Required for 212 and 360 Conferences
6.        Wisconsin FFA Foundation SAE Grant Applications Due November 15, 2019
7.        National FFA SAE Grant Applications Due November 15, 2019
8.        2020 District Leadership Development Events
9.        Students Participating in FFA Events MUST Be Active FFA Members
10.      Quote of the Week

PLEASE NOTE: The 212 and 360 Conferences for November 15-16 are COMPLETELY full. Don’t forget students can also attend the 212 Conference in March in Stevens Point. 

Upcoming Deadlines and Activities 
Remember these important dates: 

Nov. 7               Wisconsin FFA Foundation Board Meeting - Lomira
Nov. 11             Parliamentary Procedure Workshop - UW-River Falls
Nov. 14             Parliamentary Procedure Workshop - Tomah
Nov. 15             Wisconsin Team AgEd Meeting - Wisconsin Dells
Nov. 15             Wisconsin FFA Center Board Meeting - Wisconsin Dells
Nov. 15-16        212 and 360 Conferences - Wisconsin Dells
Nov. 15             National FFA SAE Grant Application Due to National FFA
Nov. 15             Wisconsin FFA SAE Grant Applications Due to Wisconsin FFA Foundation
Nov. 19             Parliamentary Procedure Workshop – Marshfield
Nov. 21             Parliamentary Procedure Workshop - Mayville
Dec. 2               Deadline for Initial FFA Membership Rosters Submitted Online
Dec. 2               Deadline for FFA Alumni Membership Rosters Submitted Online 
Dec. 3-7            NAAE Convention - Anaheim, California
Dec. 6-13          State FFA Officer Meeting and Check Point #2 Training

2019 National FFA Convention Results - Congratulations Wisconsin Association of FFA and Alumni!!!
Congratulations to all of the award winners, finalists, members, advisors and alumni that represented the Wisconsin Association of FFA at the National FFA Convention. You did an excellent job!! We are very proud of your accomplishments. Keep up the great work!!!

National Proficiency Award Winners
Niamh Sexton - Waupaca FFA - Equine Science - Entrepreneurship
Levi Alsum - Randolph Cambria-Friesland FFA - Vegetable Production
Kayla Reed - Pulaski FFA - Wildlife Production and Management

National FFA Alumni Award Winners
Outstanding State Association
Outstanding Alumni Chapter - Denmark FFA Alumni
National Outstanding Achievement Award Winners - Janet Schneider, Campbellsport and Mark Olsen, Denmark

119 American Degree Recipients from 65 Wisconsin FFA Chapters

Wisconsin FFA American Star Finalist
American Star in Agriscience Finalist – Amelia Hayden, Big Foot FFA

Honorary American Degree Recipients
Heidi Clausen
Kory Dahlen
Roger King
Mark Strohschein

National FFA Career Development Events
Gold Award Winners
1stPlace Team – Marketing Plan: Shullsburg FFA - Team members: Madison Russell, Zachary Woodworth and Brooklyn Strang
3rdPlace Team - Dairy Cattle Management/Evaluation: Amery FFA - Gold Individuals: 9thPlace Individual – Courtney Glenna; Hailey Clausen and Katherine Elwood
4thPlace Team - Ag. Communications: Shullsburg FFA - Gold Individuals: Cheyenne Burgess, Anna Wiegel and Faith Morrissey
13thPlace Team Horse Evaluation: Plymouth FFA - Gold Individuals: Kinsey Ninnemann and Katelyn Reilly
Dairy Handler: Payton Van Schyndle, Cuba City FFA

Silver Award Winners
Agronomy: Lancaster FFA - Gold Individual: Tanner Oyen
Ag. Technology & Mechanical Systems: Waupun FFA - Gold Individual: 14thPlace Individual - Jacob Loomans
Ag. Sales: Pardeeville FFA - Gold Individuals: Madisyn Arnett and Jenna Olson
Environmental Science/Natural Resources: Pulaski FFA
Livestock Evaluation: Menomonie FFA
Veterinary Science: Shawano FFA -Gold Individual: McKenzie Trinko

Bronze Award Winners
Farm and Agribusiness Business Management: Wrightstown FFA 
Floriculture: Osceola FFA
Forestry: Marshfield FFA
Meat Evaluation and Technology: Jefferson FFA
Milk Quality and Products: Kiel FFA
Poultry Evaluation: Brillion FFA
Nursery and Landscape: Oconto Falls FFA

Leadership Development Events
Parliamentary Procedure: Denmark FFA - Gold
Employment Skills: Jackie Rosenbush, Spooner FFA - Silver
Ag Issues: Shullsburg FFA – Bronze
Conduct of Chapter Meetings: Shullsburg FFA - Bronze
Creed Speaking: Kelly Herness, Whitehall FFA – Bronze
Extemporaneous Speaking: Jacqueline Wisinski, Stevens Point FFA - Bronze
Prepared Speaking: Ben Styer, Menomonie FFA – Bronze

National Agriscience Fair
Gold Award Winners
2ndplace - Power, Structural and Technical Systems - Division 2 - Evelyn Cody and Aliya North, New Auburn FFA
2ndplace - Power, Structural and Technical Systems - Division 5 - Connor Esch, Union Grove FFA
3rdplace - Plant Systems - Division 1 - Clare Viau, Stevens Point FFA
3rdplace - Plant Systems - Division 6 - Trinity Foster and Alexis Voigt, Wausau FFA
5thplace - Animal Systems - Division 4 - Caroline Ott and Kyla Dewick, Wrightstown FFA
6thplace - Environmental Services/Natural Resource Systems - Division 1 - Megan Schultz, Adams-Friendship FFA
6thplace - Social Systems - Division 1 - Ella Woodworth, Shullsburg FFA
6thplace - Social Systems - Division 2 - Cole Pederson and Jaidyn Simmons, New Auburn FFA
9thplace - Plant Systems - Division 3 - Amanda Bender, Big Foot FFA

Silver Award Winners
Animal Systems - Division 2 - Abigail Sykora and Katie Reimer, New Auburn FFA
Animal Systems - Division 5 - Melissa Konkel, Big Foot FFA
Animal Systems - Division 6 - Bryce Peterson and Olivia Peterson, Big Foot FFA
Environmental Services/Natural Resource Systems - Division 5 - Kayla Reed, Pulaski FFA
Food Products and Processing Systems - Division 3 - Kaelyn Sumner, Pulaski FFA
Food Products and Processing Systems - Division 6 - Kelli Sager and Brayden Hahn, New London FFA
Plant Systems - Division 2 - Hadly Skaw and Autumn Palmer, New Auburn FFA
Plant Systems - Division 4 - Caleb Gotham and Wyatt Gotham, New Auburn FFA
Social Systems - Division 3 - Madison Russell, Shullsburg FFA
Social Systems - Division 5 - Reagan Russell, Shullsburg FFA

2019 National Chapter Awards
Premier Chapter Finalists - Building Communities- Weyauwega-Fremont
Three Star Chapters –Badger, Big Foot, Columbus, Denmark, Freedom, Granton, Manawa, Stanley-Boyd, Verona, Waupaca, Waupun, Weyauwega-Fremont
Two Star Chapters –Adams-Friendship, Beaver Dam, Cochrane-Fountain City, Lodi, Prairie Farm, Sauk Prairie, Shullsburg, Spooner, Stevens Point, Thorp, Tomah, Whitehall, Winneconne.

National FFA Delegates: Ben Styer, Menomonie; Cortney Zimmerman, Spencer; Amara Livingston, Cochrane-Fountain City (1stAlternate)

National FFA Band, Chorus and Talent Participants
Band -Mya Ploor, Sevastopol FFA;Sydney Schlicht, Mt. Horeb FFA;Cassidy DeWitt, Wisconsin Heights FFA
Chorus -Jack DeWees, Union Grove;Lauren Jones, Darlington FFA; Leah Weninger, Hartford FFAMatthew Fischer, Owen-Withee FFA;Benjamin Huebner, Lakeside Lutheran FFA;Riley Siegfried, Shawano FFA
Talent -Cassie Johnson, Luck FFA

National FFA Convention Highlights
Don’t forget to check out https://www.ffa.org there you will find press releases, videos, blogs, and many highlights of the 92nd National FFA Convention.

National Convention Delegate Business Session Update
The following items of business occurred during the National FFA Delegate Sessions.
The dues and affiliated membership fee passed and will not increase for the 2020-2021 school year.  
All Constitution and Bylaw Changes Passed.  
All committee reports and items of business will go to the National FFA Board of Directors in January/February for review.  More updates will be provided as final committee reports are shared.
Thank you to all advisors and members for your input to the state officers as they represented our Association in conducting the business of the National FFA Organization.

Comments about the 2019 National FFA Convention
Another National FFA Convention is in the record books.  However, we would appreciate your feedback about your chapter's experience and what National FFA can do to improve the convention for future years.  Please feel free to share your suggestions with Ben Meyer at National FFA bmeyer@ffa.org

Proper Official Dress Required for 212 and 360 Conferences
Just a reminder that your members need to be dressed in Official Dress for the 212 and 360 Conferences. Helping students understand how to properly wear official dress starts with the FFA advisor.Let's continue Wisconsin's tradition of having our members look GREAT in Official Dress.Please review with your members the following guidelines for Official Dress. Again we want Wisconsin members to continue to uphold the tradition of wearing FFA Official Dress CORRECTLY and APPROPRIATELY.

Official Dress includes - Black skirt, black dress pants or black slacks, white-collared shirt with Official FFA blue scarf or FFA tie, black dress shoes with closed heel and toe, black nylon hosiery or black socks and an Official FFA jacket zipped to the top. The skirt is to be at least knee length.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE LENGTH OF THE SKIRT IS IMPORTANT - SHORT MINI SKIRTS ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE BLACK SKIRTS FOR GIRLS. This is becoming more of a concern. If the student does not have a proper skirt, black dress pants are considered official dress.

Also remind your members that when they are wearing their official dress that jackets need to be zipped up, ties tied and shirts tucked in. If you can help us remind students of this, they will even look sharper in official dress and representing FFA. Thank you!!

Wisconsin FFA Foundation SAE Grant Applications Due November 15, 2019
The 2019 SAE Grant applications are available now on the Wisconsin FFA website - https://wisconsinaged.org/ffa/scholarships-and-grants/. Please encourage students to apply. The applications must be postmarked by November 15 to the Wisconsin FFA Foundation.

National FFA SAE Grant Applications Due November 15, 2019
Applications may be submitted by members in grades 7-12. Grants are based primarily on financial need.
Please encourage your members to take advantage of this great funding source by applying for a grant. Also, for your member’s best chance at receiving a grant, they should use the scoring rubric which will also be on the website. 

2020 District and Sectional Leadership Development Event Dates 
The 2020 District and Sectional Leadership Development Event dates are now posted on the Wisconsin FFA website and attached to this email. Hosts will be contacting the schools in their districts as far as more details concerning the contests. All rules and guidelines for the Wisconsin FFA Leadership Development Events can be found athttps://wisconsinaged.org/ffa/events/leadership-conferences/

Students Participating in FFA Events MUST Be Active FFA Members
All students submitting award applications and participating in FFA events must be listed as active FFA members on chapter rosters. A review of membership will be done as students participate in events and submit applications. Don't forget to add everyone to your FFA roster.

Quote of the Week
The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today. - H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Cheryl L. Zimmerman
Wisconsin FFA Executive Director
Wisconsin FFA Center, Inc.
Phone: 715-659-4807