INDIANAPOLIS – The Wheatland FFA Chapter was able to represent the state of Wyoming at two events at the FFA National Convention this year in Indianapolis, Indiana.
“In order to compete in the National Convention, a team must win the state competition,” said Wheatland FFA adviser Brice McIntosh. “The Wheatland FFA won the Agronomy and Farm and Agribusiness Management competitions at the state convention earlier this spring.”
The two national level events were hybrid this year due to COVID protocols. Half of the competition was completed online in August. After completing the virtual portion of the contest, the top 50% of teams qualified for the in-person portion of the contest in Indianapolis, Indiana.
They spent time touring in Louisville, Kentucky, as well as Indianapolis. Both teams completed the remainder of their contest on day three. The agronomy team finished 10th in the country. Team members include Hadley Paisley, Caden Wade, Danielle Hershey and Jayden McDaniel.
Paisley and Wade earned Gold Emblems, Hershey and McDaniel earned Silver Emblems. The agriculture and agri-food management team finished seventh. Team members include Curtis Nickle, Kaycee Hockley, Chloe Palmer and Nolan Smialek. Nickle, Hockley and Palmer earned Gold Emblems, Smialek earned a Silver Emblem. Nickle was also the sixth highest individual in the contest.
Megan Sagner attended the Agriscience Fair and placed second in the nation in the Animal Systems Division III. His project was based on how pH can affect bovine semen quality. She was recognized on stage for her accomplishment.
Khyala Otero represented the Chapter for the Chapter Nomination Competition and Wheatland FFA was recognized as a Three Star Chapter, which is the highest honor a Chapter can receive nationally.
“The Wheatland FFA Chapter would like to thank all of our supporters who have helped us achieve our goals,” McIntosh said. “We look forward to a successful convention next year. »