17 Missouri FFA Members Vying For National Proficiency Awards

Over one in three national proficiency awards up for grabs this week at the 95th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis will feature a Missourian as one of the finalists.  17 FFA members from the state remain in the running for the honor highlighting achievements in their supervised agricultural experience.  State adviser Keith Dietzschold…

Also receiving recognition this week are Missouri’s 35 gold star chapters, representing the top ten percent of the state’s chapters.

Missouri FFA members will also showcase their creativity, with three national talent performers, five chorus members, and 14 band members.  The 95th National FFA Convention formally begins Wednesday.


National Finalists From Missouri FFA Chapters

Proficiency Awards
Agricultural Education: Emily Hoyt, Audrain County (Community) R-VI
Ag Mechanics Repair & Maintenance: Trentin Doss, East Buchanan
Agricultural Sales (Entrepreneurship): Annamarie Stone, Centralia
Beef Production (Placement): Jack Peterson, Carrollton Area Career Center
Dairy Production (Entrepreneurship): Lila Wantland, Niangua
Diversified Production: Justin Duenke, Audrain County (Community) R-VI
Diversified Crop Production (Placement): Corbin Sampson, Kirksville
Diversified Horticulture Production: Trenton Jones, Higginsville (Lafayette County R-I)
Equine Science (Entrepreneurship): Jaron Thebeau, Mexico
Equine Science (Placement): Dylan Ellis, East Buchanan
Fruit Production: Tyler Hilgedick, Ashland (Southern Boone)
Grain Production: Michael Dierking, Santa Fe
Service Learning: Miranda Patterson, South Shelby
Small Animal Production and Care: Benjamin Byrd, Troy
Swine Production (Placement): Colby Ruether, Troy
Turf Grass Management: Wayland Mckenzie, Boonville
Wildlife Production and Management: Trent Dowell, Gallatin

Agriscience Fair
Animal Systems, Division 3: Abigail Burns, Gallatin
Environmental Services & Natural Resources, Division 3: Jonah Visser, Tuscumbia
Food Products, Division 3: Brooklyn Pendleton, Tuscumbia
Food Products, Division 5: Spencer Vossler, Crest Ridge
Food Products, Division 6: Lorelai Myers & Clara Smith, Pleasant Hope
Plant Systems, Division 3: Colin Stokes, Tuscumbia

National Talent Performers
Easton Beezley, Ozark; Kennedy Parrish, Green City; Coy Stephan, Appleton City

National Chorus Members
Anna Barnes, Monroe City; Elias McKinley, Warrensburg; Sophia Mudd, Monroe City; Autumn Olejniczak, Smithton; Logan Petree, Tipton

National Band Members
Noelle Abend, Rich Hill; Dakota Forrester, Eldon; Taryn Fuemmeler, Glasgow; Juana Arely Gonzalez, Brunswick; Leah Guss, Warrenton; Cora Johnson, Montgomery County R-II; Doralynn Lee, Warrenton; Ashley Morsbach, Plattsburg; Austin Rush, Eldon; Hayden Schapeler, Rich Hill; Tinley Schneider, Macon; Carissa Simagna, Aurora; Brittney Simagna, Aurora; Corbin Woodall, Silex

Teachers receiving Honorary American Degrees
Sherry Byram, Owensville; Sarah Peterson, Mansfield

Individuals receiving Honorary American Degrees
Dave Baker, Columbia; Edward Hager (dec.), Eugene; Eddie Sydenstricker, Mexico; Aimee Hood, Mindy McDermott, Conner McKenzie