Staples-Motley FFA students qualify for national competition

The Staples-Motley chapter was also named Top Premiere Chapter of the Year.

FFA students pose for picture with awards
Staples-Motley FFA students display the awards they won at the state competition April 24-26, 2022. Ten students will go on to the national competition.

STAPLES — For the first time in school history, the Staples-Motley FFA chapter was named Top Premiere Chapter of the Year out for more than 200 chapters at the state convention April 24-26.

Ten students advanced to nationals, and several others ranked among the Top 5 in the state.

Students attended workshops and a career fair, along with a keynote address from Minnesota Gophers coach P.J. Fleck.

Highlights from the convention for Staples-Motley include:

  • Minnesota’s 2022 Premier FFA Chapter.
  • Agricultural Literacy Challenge winner.
  • Model of Innovation Award finalist.
  • First place ag sales career development event team (Lauren Rutten - third individual, Meghan Vanalst, Georgia Kruchten, Amy Rollins).
  • First place ag communications career development event team (Kris Taylor - second individual, Izzy Olander - third individual, Emery Lorber, Ali Olander).
  • First place Grain Production Proficiency Award (Cory Watland).
  • First place Agriscience Research: Animal Systems Proficiency Award (Caden Mrazek).
  • Minnesota FFA Star in Agriscience (Colton Converse).
  • Three Minnesota FFA Degree winners.
  • Second place Agriscience Research: Animal Systems Proficiency Award (Colton Converse).
  • Third place Agriscience Research: Animal Systems Proficiency Award (Alli Olander).
  • Third place Forage Production Proficiency Award (Brooke Converse).
  • Fourth place conduct of chapter meetings team (Dustin Converse, Brynn Bestland, Olivia Opheim, Kris Taylor, Jessie Lundquist, Kierra Zivkovic, Mabel Haehnel).
  • Fourth place parliamentary procedure team (Colton Converse, Caden Mrazek, Addy Lorber, Alli Olander, Cory Watland, Brooke Converse).
  • Fifth place nursery/landscape technology team (Heidi Zimmerman - seventh individual, Will Thew, Camryn Ferris, Evan Woodwick).
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