Activities fill calendar for Monticello FFA Chapter

Officers in the Monticello FFA Chapter, first row from left: Breanna Adams, Vice President; Tony Wallerich, Sentinel; Lauren Shady, Webmaster; Sophie Gray, Historian; Marissa Recker, Secretary; and Kirklen Kiburz, President. Second row: Robert Pejchl, Reporter; Austin Martin, Program of Activities (POA) for Community Development; Jacob Lorenzen, Treasurer; Wesley Henderson, POA VP for Student Development; and Caleb Hogan, POA VP for Chapter Development. (Express file photo)

Posing while climbing aboard a machine during National Convention week are (from top) Marissa Recker, Aspen Gillmore, Megan James and Lydia Franzenburg. (Photo submitted)

MHS graduates Parker Kray (left) and Stephanie Manternach received their American FFA Degrees during the National FFA Convention. Also earning the prestigious award, but not pictured, were Logan McQuillen and Calli McQuillen. (Photo submitted)

Earning Chapter Degrees this past fall were, first row from left: John Welter, Tony Wallerich, Hope Vorbeck, Megan James, Marissa Recker and Lauren Shady. Second row: Wade Picray, Austin Martin, Hunter Kramer, Austin Timm, Sophie Gray and Lydia Franzenburg. Third row: Chloe Gray, Caleb Hogan, Sydney Hansen, Aspen Gillmore, Tommy Dirks and Gavin Cooper. (Express file photo)

Chapter members Gavin Cooper (left) and Avery Martensen got the chance to stand on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway track during National Convention week. (Photo submitted)

     The Monticello FFA has participated in a variety of different activities throughout the 2016 calendar year.

     Cortney Price won second Place at State for her proficiency in Landscape Management.

     Members who received Iowa Degrees were Kaitlyn Jacobs, Taylor Cruise, Clayton Lubben, Gavin Timm, Zach Timm, and Megan Henrich.

     Parker Kray, Stephanie Manternach, Calli McQuillen, and Logan McQuillen received recognition for earning their American FFA Degrees.

     The Farm Business Management team of Kaitlyn Jacobs, Cortney Price, Taylor Cruise, and Kirklen Kiburz received a Silver rating.

     The Biotechnology team consisting of Jordan Lorenzen, Jacob Lorenzen, Zach Timm, and Tyler Kuper placed second as a team. Jordan Lorenzen placed first overall and Zach Timm placed eighth overall as individuals. Jacob Lorenzen, Cassidy Russell, and Tyler Kuper received ninth place at the State Ag Mechanics CDE. Jacob Lorenzen finished ninth place overall individually.

     The Ag Sales team consisting of Jesse Iben, Quinton Fellinger, Clayton Lubben and Lane Stahlberg received a Silver rating.

     At District Livestock Judging, the team consisting of Marissa Recker, Zach Timm, Caleb Hogan, Gavin Timm, and Austin Timm was the champion.

     Participating in WLC (Washington Leadership Conference) this year were Breanna Adams and Grace Gadient. In this five-day event, participants learn how to lead for a purpose, value others, take action, and to serve others.

     Along with participation in many Career Development Events and Leadership Activities, the chapter also hosted an Iowa Swine Jackpot Series event in June, in which over 100 youth from throughout Iowa and the region exhibited over 250 head of swine in four different shows over two days at the Great Jones County Fairgrounds.

 – Sophie Gray,

Chapter Historian



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