Joliet FFA earns high marks at State Convention

Joliet FFA chapter earned
high marks at the State
competition. Back Row:
Sari Robertus, Brittany
Wetstein, Madison Unger,
Tyrel Hoferer, Anthony
Songstad, Kacey Bertolino.
Sitting: Katie Bertolino,
Leisa Stevenson.
Not Pictured: ShayLe Hildebrand
and Jake Gebhardt.

Dedication, team commitment and hard-work seemed to pay off for the ten Joliet students who competed at the 84th annual FFA State Conference, March 26-29 in Great Falls. With over 1,800 FFA students attending, Joliet chapter, along with other schools in Carbon County, fared quite well.

Speaking about Joliet’s success, “All members are really dedicated to doing their best for the chapter and we took a strong group of kids who have been practicing and working hard for their events,” said Joliet Senior, Leisa Stevenson, adding, “and because we have a good advisor [Chad Massar].

Among achievements, for the Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAEs), where FFA members apply real life skills outside of the classroom, Stevenson won the Star in Agribusiness award and Diversified Livestock Production Proficiency Award. She won for her application documenting her four years of experience raising ranch animals including: market steers, market swine and breeding heifers and selling them at local and state fairs.

“It was interesting and I am proud of all the work that I had done for it,” Stevenson said, who hopes to further her career in agricultural education.

“My plan is to become an Ag-Ed teacher or FFA advisor, so this prepared me by showing me all the different things to teach when I’m a teacher.”

Senior Tyrel Hoferer received a gold ranking for his Beef Production Entrepreneurship proficiency and was one of four finalists for the coveted Star Farmer Award. He raises breeding cows and sells their offspring.

For Career Development Events (CDE), which focuses on skills, knowledge and content learned in the classroom, Hoferer also won many awards including: second place in sweepstakes which are the hi ghe s t a c cumul a t e d scores in individual compet i t ions; f irst place in agronomy ( ident i fying crops, seeds, range problems, et c . ) ; four th i n mechanics, which tests knowledge of tool identification, wiring diagrams, etc. and tenth place in agriculture sales.

To prepare for state Hoferer explained, “I spent a lot of days after school going over worksheets and packets trying to learn everything,” who plans to use his knowledge from FFA to help work on his family farm after college, where he will be pursuing a degree in agronomy.

Five students-- Brittany Wetstein, Jake Gebhardt, Dani Dewell, Hoferer and Stevenson, also earned state FFA degrees, which are the highest level of membership to achieve in Montana, based on leadership, community service, SAEs, etc.

With an average 60 teams and up to three hundred students competing in various events, congratulations Joliet FFA for ranking third in Agronomy, third in Ag Communications, third in Ag Marketing, sixth in Ag Mechanics, seventh in Livestock Evaluation, ninth in Ag Sales, ninth in Farm Business Management, and tenth in Floriculture.