Midland officers lead, aim for future


     Officers in the Midland FFA Chapter have a wide variety of ag interests, activities and plans for the future.

     Here is a capsule look at the Midland chapter officers.


     Name: Trenton Rickels.

     Office held: President.

     Parents/Guardians: James and Marcela Rickels.

     Hometown: Wyoming.

     Year in School: Senior.

     SAE project: Ag Sales Entrepreneurship with Trickels’ Tees (custom tees and products).

     FFA Activities: Agronomy, Biotechnology, Food Science, Vet Science, Ag Issues, and Chapter Program.

     Most memorable FFA activity or accomplishment: Getting to compete in Ag Issues at Nationals and ending up fourth in the nation.

     Future plans: Study radiation sciences at the University of Iowa. Afterward I hope to work at the U of I Hospital.


     Name: Hannah Fishwild.

     Office held: Vice President.

     Parents/Guardians: Scott and Sarah Fishwild.

     Hometown: Wyoming.

     Year in School: Junior.

     SAE project: Beef Entrepreneurship.

     FFA Activities: Ag Issues, Marketing Plan, Vet Science, Floriculture, Christmas Lights, “We Care” packages, Livestock Judging, showing cattle at fair, and Industry Tour.

     Most memorable FFA activity or accomplishment: Getting to compete at National Convention in Ag Issues and placing fourth in the nation.

     Future plans: Attend Iowa State University to major in kinesiology.


     Name: Karley Schaefer.

     Office held: Secretary.

     Parents/Guardians: Darrin and Julie Schaefer.

     Hometown: Onslow.

     Year in School: Junior.

     SAE project: Equine placement.

     FFA Activities: Horse Judging, Experience the Action, Milk Quality, Conduct of Meetings, Parliamentary Procedure, Livestock Judging, Christmas City activities, “We Care” packages, showing at fairs.

     Most memorable FFA activity or accomplishment: Being the champion individual at the State Horse Judging event.

     Future plans: Attend college with hopes of going to physical assistant school to be a PA.


     Name: Jared Crock.

     Office held: Treasurer.

     Parents/Guardians: Angela Baker.

     Hometown: Oxford Junction.

     Year in School: Junior.

     SAE project: Placements at Baker Farms and Crumbl Cookies.

     FFA Activities: Agronomy, Livestock Judging, wreath-making, Experience the Action, Farm Business Management, Chapter Website, Horse Judging, Dairy Foods, Dairy Cattle, Memorial Flags, and planted flowers.

     Most memorable FFA activity or accomplishment: Going to nationals and competing in Agronomy and getting 12th as a team.

     Future plans: Undecided.


     Name: Gracie Franzen.

     Office held: Sentinel.

     Parents/Guardians: Scott and Amber Franzen.

     Hometown: Monmouth.

     Year in School: Junior.

     SAE project: Placement at Franzen Family Used Tractor and Combine Parts.

     FFA Activities: Conduct of Meetings, Parliamentary Procudure, Floriculture, Experience the Action, wreath-making, “We Care” packages, highway cleanup.

     Most memorable FFA activity or accomplishment: Traveling to National FFA Convention in Indianapolis in the fall of 2021.

     Future plans: Go to into the medical field and pursue nursing.


     Name: Jayda Thomsen.

     Office held: Reporter.

     Parents/Guardians: Barbara and Deejay Thomsen.

     Hometown: Oxford Junction.

     Year in School: Junior.

     SAE project: Ag Processing Entrepreneurship with Jayda’s Pies.

     FFA Activities: Milk Quality and Products, Marketing Plan, Floriculture, Conduct of Meetings, Parliamentary Procedure, Christmas City, wreath-making, and meals to farmers.

     Most memorable FFA activity or accomplishment: Getting to go to Pig to Plate and learn how to process a pig to eat.

     Future plans: Go to cosmetology school.


     Name: Chiara Dusanek.

     Office held: Reporter.

     Parents/Guardians: Tara Hay-Dusancek and Chad Dusanek.

     Hometown: Wyoming.

     Year in School: Senior.

     SAE project: Wyoming Sign Landscaping.

     FFA Activities: Agriculture Biotechnology, Ag Issues, FFA Talent (state and national), run social media accounts with fellow reporter Jayda Thomsen.

     Most memorable FFA activity or accomplishment: Competing in FFA Talent at State and National Convention. I met amazing, talented people and performed to upward of 5,000 people at State, and about 5,000 people at Lucas Oil Stadium for National Convention.

     Future plans: I plan to attend the University of Iowa on a pre-med track, with minors in theater and (possibly) Spanish to eventually become an anesthesiologist at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital.



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