MADISON– “What an amazing year the Spooner FFA had at State Convention – record breaking!” said advisor Susie Olson-Rosenbush. “As an advisor, I take great pride in my members’ accomplishments, but this year was truly over the top!”
Kristina Aschbacher, Brynn Bambenek, Kaitlyn Genske, Jackie Rosenbush, and Matt Vosberg of the Spooner FFA Chapter attended the 90th Wisconsin FFA Convention June 10-13 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison,
The State FFA Convention is a time to celebrate member and chapter success, to reflect on the accomplishments of the previous year, zip up the blue jacket with pride, and set individual and chapter goals for the future. This year’s Wisconsin FFA theme was “Our Tradition, Our Future, Our Legacy.”
The Spooner chapter was again honored to receive recognition as a Superior Chapter in the state. Matt accepted the Gold award for the National Chapter Award application on stage. As a gold state finalist in this area, the chapter application will now be sent on to compete at the national level. Kaitlyn was honored with the Three Star Leader Award on stage for her work on the application.
Kristina Aschbacher and Brynn Bambenek served as delegates representing the Spooner FFA in the business sessions. The chapter’s delegates also assisted in selecting the new Section One State FFA officer from Barron, Ryan Erickson.
Jackie broke records for the Spooner FFA chapter this year. She won the Wisconsin FFA Sheep Production Award and the Wisconsin Employment Skills Leadership Development Event, earned her State FFA Degree, and was named as the fourth runner-up for the State Star Farmer. In addition, she was a finalist for the Section 1 State Officer position.
Jackie was also involved in the Teach Ag Signing Day event.
“Never before in the history of our chapter have we had a student excel in so many areas at the state level as we did this year,” Olson-Rosenbush said. “Spooner can be very proud of the accomplishments of their FFA members!”
The Spooner members also heard inspirational messages from keynote speakers, including Layni LeBlanc, National FFA secretary from Lousiana; Wiley Bailey, motivational speaker; and Amelia Hayden, State FFA president. They received greetings from Carolyn Stanford Taylor, state superintendent of public instruction; and Brad Pfaff, Wisconsin secretary of agriculture.
The Wisconsin Association of FFA is a leading student organization due to the efforts of more than 20,825 students across the state. With a focus on premier leadership, personal growth, and career success, students’ FFA activities complement agricultural classroom instruction by giving them an opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge while gaining real-world experience.
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