The theme for the 2019 South Dakota FFA Leadership Retreat was “Rock On”. The 126 FFA members who attended the retreat held at Camp Bob Marshall near Custer July 9-12 developed and enhanced their leadership skills and self-confidence through interactive learning. By joining the FFA organization and taking the initiative to attend the retreat, members are “rocking” their potential to get the most out of the FFA. While at the retreat, Mason Machmiller, the Dells FFA Chapter vice president, participated in the program that featured workshops that helped members discover the value of servant leadership, character, attitude, a focused vision, communication, trust, and responsibility. They will use these new skills and ideas to benefit their local chapters and communities and continue to “Rock On”. Ridge Hugbanks, the central region vice president from Alva, Oklahoma attended the retreat and helped the state FFA officers encourage the members to continue to develop their leadership skills. Retreat attendees also participated in a service learning project held at Camp Bob Marshall cleaning up areas of the camp along with attending the light show at Crazy Horse.
“ADVISOR TRIBUTE” SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS CHOSEN
STUDENTS RECEIVE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR FFA SUMMER LEADERSHIP RETREATS
BATH (May 31, 2019) – Agriculture education teachers/FFA advisors make a world of difference for the students they teach. This spring students put into words, as part of an FFA Advisor Tribute Scholarship application, how their ag teachers/FFA advisors have impacted their lives. Sixteen outstanding examples of amazing teachers impacting their students have been chosen out of over 60 applicants, and winning students will each receive scholarships to attend a SD FFA Leadership Retreat this summer.
Sioux Valley Energy scholarships – Kaleb Holm, Brandon Valley; and Madison Decker, Garretson; Jacob Schmidt, Garretson; and Mason Machmiller, Dell Rapids senior
SD FFA Alumni scholarships – Shannon Brown, Deuel; Shane Johnson, Doland; Serena Davis, Belle Fourche; and Jacob Charles Campbell, Viborg Hurley
Walt Johnson Memorial Scholarships – Mikayla Oleson, Harrisburg; Ella Stiefvater, McCook Central; Grace Kock, Parker; Haelee Wuertzer, Rapid City; Lillyanna Wagner, Wall; and Joslyn Gonzalez, Wolsey Wessington
Leonard DeBoer Scholarships – Alex Seuer, Hoven and Paige Lehrkamp, Rapid City
The students wrote essays about how their FFA advisors have made an impact on their lives. Each of these students think their advisor is one of the best and is happy to say so!
- Kaleb Holm, Brandon Valley senior appreciates the two years he’s had with Ms. Jackie Bogue as his ag teacher, “From the start she pushed me to be involved. She shared all the different things FFA could do for me in and after high school. She is still supporting me and telling me about all the things for college and life.”
- Madison Decker, Garretson sophomore shares, “Mrs. Kientopf taught me to believe in myself, share my passion for agriculture, and have fun doing it. She let me know I am cared about and worth the time. She guides me in making decisions, makes sure I am doing my best and never gives up on me. I was a keep-to-myself girl; she took that shy girl, pushed me out of my comfort zone to try new things, and changed me into an independent person.” Jacob Schmidt, junior adds, “Ms. Kientopf has done so much for all of us – staying at school late to make sure everything is ready and even canceling family plans to helping us out. She cares about us, treats us like her own, and always makes sure we are ok!”
- Mason Machmiller, Dell Rapids senior appreciates all his advisor has done, “Mr. Tom Wolff has influenced me and the other members of my FFA chapter by encouraging us and pushing us to participate in Career and Leadership Development Events, which help us develop leadership skills for life.”
- Shannon Brown, Deuel FFA sophomore shares, “Mrs. Jaacks helped me understand that working hard to get to where you want to be is better than not trying at all. I have carried her advice beyond FFA, throughout the school year and it has proven itself over and over.”
- Shane Johnson, Doland freshman comments, “Mrs. Bailey Coates is caring, supportive, and encouraging. She goes above and beyond. She pushes me to strive for greatness in every aspect of my life and encourages me to incorporate FFA lessons into my everyday life. Because of her I have made amazing improvements in my Agriscience Fair entries and CDEs.”
- Serena Davis, Belle Fourche junior comments, “Mr. Bishop knows the students, can tell each kids personality and interests, and helps us based on these qualities. He is positive and never says a bad thing anyone. He’s informed about class subjects and seeks more knowledge to add to class. We will never forget his ability to help us grow and learn.”
- Jacob Charles Campbell, Viborg Hurley freshman, thanks his advisor, Mr. Nathan Knutson, “He taught me that if I work hard on something the results will always be good. He pushes us to volunteer for our community, making the world a better place. He is loyal, trustworthy, fun and encourages us to do our best and have fun doing it. He pushes me to meet more people through FFA and prepares me for life. Before Mr. Knutson, I knew nothing about farming or FFA, now it’s part of my life.”
- Mikayla Oleson, Harrisburg senior, considers Mr. Todd Marks, who has been an FFA adivosr for almost 40 years, a 2nd dad, “As a freshman, I cried at the thought of public speaking. I was depressed and couldn’t see myself going anywhere in life. Mr. Marks showed me the light in life, because he is encouraging and wants to see me and everyone else succeed. He is an amazing advisor.”
- Ella Stiefvater, McCook Central sophomore, is forever grateful, “My advisors, Mrs. Tracy Chase and Mr. Terry Rieckman, give me an abundance of opportunities and encourage me to do my best. Time management, work ethic, responsibility, and passion for agriculture are attributes they develop in members. Mrs. Chase’s ideas, creativity, organization, and endless supply of energy and generosity amaze me. Mr. Rieckman taught me to make a router sign, plan an SAE, and preside over a conduct of meetings team. Both continually support and push me to my greatest potential.
- Grace Kock, Parker senior shares, “Mrs. Kelly Dunkelberger works hard to ensure all her students are successful. Under stress, she always perseveres and makes sure everyone is getting the attention and help needed. She has a clear knowledge and great passion for teaching. She encouraged and pushed me to get out of my comfort zone, making me a stronger leader with goals for personal success. She has not only impacted my life, but many other current and past students, pushing them to find confidence.”
- Haelee Wuertzer, Rapid City junior say, “Mrs. Genetie Hendrix is always pushing us to our fullest potential. She doesn’t care about winning or doing well, but that we experience it, have fun, try our hardest and learn something. She is caring, humble, kind, and working to better the future of agriculture.”
- Lillyanna Wagner, Wall junior, appreciates Ms. Dani Herring, “for showing people what FFA is really about and supporting us in everything we strive to do. She shows us opportunities and pushes our limits to show us what we really are capable of doing.”
- Joslyn Gonzalez, Wolsey Wessington sophomore shares, “Mr. Boersma teaches students through hands on activities. Over the summer he checks in with members to look at SAE projects. He helps our community with shop projects, ice cream socials, and by organizing a school career fair. He has changed our school and the community’s perspective of FFA, bringing a new set of goals every year. His commitment to agriculture and FFA is inspiring.
- Alex Seuer, Hoven junior happily says thanks to her ag teacher, “Ms. Sara Colombe has showed me what leadership is in everyday life. FFA and agriculture class has allowed me to grow in many different ways, and see things in a different light. She pushed me to be an officer and has made a big impact in my life.”
- Paige Lehrkamp, Rapid City junior says “Mrs. Donavon has supported me from day one. She pushes me to strive for success and improvement within our chapter, district, and State. The first time I met her we discussed FFA livestock shows at the state fair and she got so excited! She immediately started emailing other advisors to get information. She helps her students grow in our passion of the agricultural industry and me become more confident and outgoing.”
Scholarships are made possible through the SD FFA Foundation by the SD FFA Alumni, Sioux Valley Energy, and the Walt Johnson Memorial Fund; in memory of two past FFA advisors: Leonard DeBoer and Walt Johnson. Both men led by example and their advice was truly ripened with wisdom. Mr. DeBoer spent his life teaching young people about agriculture and the leadership skills that would make them successful in their career choice. He was the FFA advisor in Chamberlain for almost 40 years where he lived FFA’s mission by making a difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Mr. Johnson served as the SD FFA Foundation President, as well as on the SD FFA Foundation board, in Newell as an ag teacher, community supporter and coach for FFA career development events. He was devoted to agriculture education and earned his Honorary American FFA Degree in 2007.
For more information about the South Dakota FFA Foundation and South Dakota’s FFA programs, visit www.sdffafoundation.org.
Olivia Clark qualified for the state oral interp competition in poetry with her performance at the region contest on Tuesday, November 15th. Averi Pankonen qualified as an alternate in the oratory category. The duet team of Tim Jaycox and Ella Lueders also qualified as an alternate. Morgan Nemmers, Abby Stauffenecker, and Sage Shellum also had strong performances at the region competition.
The Dell Rapids quiz bowl team competed at Sioux Falls Roosevelt on Monday, November 14th. The team of Joey Abbott, Micah Gleason, Justin Dorn, and Stephanie Dennis placed 13th out of 46 teams in the competition. The other two Dell Rapids teams each earned two wins in the six-round competition.
Recently Cheyenne Adams placed first in the District FFA Ag Broadcasting event. She will now advance to the state event which will be held in Pierre on December 4th and 5th. Trevor Pulscher also competed in the Ag Broadcasting event and placed sixth.
National FFA Week will be held February 20th-27th, and it gives FFA members an opportunity to educate the public about agriculture. The week-long tradition began in 1947 when the National FFA Board of Directors designated the week of George Washington’s birthday as National FFA Week in recognition of his legacy as an agriculturist and farmer.
The Dell Rapids FFA Chapter makes a positive difference in the lives of the members by amplifying their voice in agriculture education. Through their voices, they can boost the impact FFA has in promoting their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agriculture education.
Today’s FFA members are tomorrow’s leaders of America’s number one industry, agriculture.
Visit FFA.org today for more information.
Each year, FFA chapters around the country celebrate National FFA Week. The week-long tradition began in 1947 when the National FFA Board of Directors designated the week of George Washington’s birthday as National FFA Week in recognition of his legacy as an agriculturist and farmer. The first National FFA Week was held in 1948. Today, FFA Week always runs Saturday to Saturday and encompasses Feb. 22, Washington’s birthday.
This year National FFA week will be held February 21-28 and the theme is Go All Out. FFA asks its members to Go All Out as they live their lives. All agriculture students need to have courage and conviction in making choices that will lead to success for themselves, their schools and their communities. Members need to motivate themselves and put everything they have into everything they do. They need to be determined, know no bounds and take action.
National FFA Week is an opportunity for FFA members, alumni and sponsors to advocate for agricultural education and FFA. It’s a time to share with local, state and national audiences what FFA is and the impact it has on members every day.
Today’s FFA members are the innovators and leaders of tomorrow. Through agricultural and hands-on learning, they are preparing for more than 300 career opportunities in the food, fiber and natural resources industry.
The activities planned by the Dell Rapids FFA Chapter will consist of a scavenger hunt for various FFA symbols in the high school and a trivia question related to the FFA on Monday. The activities for Tuesday will be drive a tractor to school and a new FFA trivia question. The FFA chapter will provide muffins for the high school staff members as a sign of appreciation for all they do to support the program, a dirty vehicle contest and another FFA trivia question on Wednesday. On Thursday, a short activity will be conducted during a pep rally along with another FFA trivia question. To finish out the week, agriculture Olympic games will be set up in the shop for agriculture students to compete in and a final FFA trivia question.
**Submitted by Tom Wolff
The FFA Career Development Events are designed to develop skills that members can continue to utilize throughout their life. Part of the South Dakota State FFA Convention allows members to compete against others from across the state. The Dell Rapids chapter entered a Dairy Cattle Evaluation team, a Milk Quality and Products team, a Natural Resources team and an Ag Mechanics team to compete at the State FFA Convention on April 15, 16 and 17. The natural resource participants Ryan Nichols and Andrew Wiebenga along with the Ag Mechanics team comprised of Joe Wolles, Ryan Michel, Colin LeBrun and John Merry headed to Brookings on Sunday afternoon. The natural resource event consists of identifying 10 specimens in seven different groups –insects, waterfowl and upland birds, other birds, mammals, fish, trees and shrubs, and wood products, along with a written test and problem solving. There were 218 participants making up 61 teams. Andrew placed 124th and Ryan placed 188th. Since the team score is the top three scores from each school added together having only two participants put our team in 58th place. The ag mechanics event is split into two phases. Sunday night, the members completed a team problem solving activity as well as an individual written test. On Monday, the ag mechanics participants had to complete 10 specific hands-on operations. There were 48 teams comprised of the 159 individuals with Joe receiving 2nd place for a gold award and also received a cordless drill for his efforts. Ryan placed 41st for a silver award, Colin placed 86th and John placed 118th. The scores from our top three individuals were added together for the team total, giving them a 5th place finish for a gold award. The milk quality and products team started out Monday morning completing a team activity consisting of a problem solving activity. A sample of milk was tested with the California Mastitis test and each individual scored it based on the appearance. The next part of the event, Jackson Entringer, Riley Miller, Trevor Peter and Colin Karst had ten samples of milk to determine the flavor along with 10 samples of cheese to identify. The last part of the event was to identify four samples based on fat content. This event had 178 individuals making up 52 teams with the Dell Rapids team placing 12th for a silver award. Riley placed 23rd receiving a silver award and Trevor placed 30th for a silver award. Jackson placed 72nd and Colin placed 106th. Gina Wolles, Erica Jurgensen and Heidi Anderson started their Monday morning out taking a written test and then were bussed out to the SDSU dairy farm to evaluate four classes of dairy cattle. They also had to explain their placing of one of the classes by giving oral reasons. The pedigrees of four cows were provided to the members and they needed to place the animals based on information from their pedigree. They also received a scenario relating to a dairy herd and production records from four bulls and they needed to rank those bulls from best to worst in what is called sire selection. Out of the 82 individuals, Gina placed 11th for a silver, Erica placed 41st and Heidi placed 70th. Out of the 27 teams, the dairy cattle evaluation team placed 10th for a bronze award. This was the first year we entered a team in the Safety Quiz Bowl competition sponsored by South Dakota Farmers Union. The four member team consisted of Trevor Peter, Ryan Nichols, Austin Broin and David Halvorson. They competed against a team from Willow Lake and scored 70 points to win the round. Their team score was not high enough to advance them to the second round, where the top four scoring teams will compete at the Dakotafest Farm show in Mitchell in August.