In addition, Ella Stiefvater of McCook Central was named a top individual in the veterinary science event in addition to the McCook Central team taking first in the team portion of the event. McCook Central’s Mason Pulse was a top individual in the agronomy event, and Ashtyn Wobig was the top individual in the poultry event.

About 1,500 South Dakota FFA members competed at the convention.

McCook Central teams were awarded firsts in the following events. Top individual finishers are also included with each event:

  • Food Science and Technology. Advisors: Terry Reickman & Tracy Chase, Paul Kaffar, Abby Blagg, Jacob Wagner, Will Rotert; Top Individual: Gabe Johnson, Garreston; Awards sponsored by Valley Queen Cheese Factory, Inc. and the team travel scholarships sponsored by Dan and Sheri Kahnke and Monte and Mary Williams.

  • Livestock Evaluation. Advisors Terry Rieckman & Tracy Chase, coach Carrie Stiefvater, team members: Ryan Blagg, Max Nordlund, Colton Stiefvater, Lane Deutsch; Top Individual: Mitchell VanderWal, Northwestern Area; Awards sponsored by SD Pork Producers Council and the team travel scholarships are sponsored by Dakotaland Feeds, Inc. of Huron, Travis Hoffman and Kimball Livestock Exchange, LLC.

  • Milk Quality and Products. Advisors Terry Rieckman and Tracy Chase, team members: Bobby Koepsell, Avery Feterl, Tayah McGregor, Aubree Kranz; Top Individual: James Klages, Chamberlain; Awards sponsored by Agropur Inc-Cheese and Whey Products, and the team travel scholarships are sponsored in memory of Justin Maass and by Agropur Inc- Cheese and Whey Products.

  • Nursery/Landscape. Advisors Terry Rieckman and Tracy Chase, team members: Vivian Koepsell, Megan Stiefvater, Joe Loudenburg, Grace Stoffel; Top Individual: Kaylee Bosma, Lennox Sundstrom; Awards sponsored by Midwest Stihl and the team travel scholarships are sponsored by Northland Plains Landscaping, SODAK Gardens, Jenny’s Floral, and South Dakota Nursery and Landscape Association. Midwest Stihl also sponsors the chainsaw purchased for the first place individual.

  • Veterinary Science. Advisors Terry Rieckman and Tracy Chase; coach Carrie Stiefvater; team members: Madison Stroud, Grace DiGiovanni, Emma Heinz, Ella Stiefvater; Top Individual: Ella Stiefvater, McCook Central; Awards sponsored by Susan A. Stoterau, DVM and Alice Harty, DVM. The travel scholarships are sponsored by Susan A. Stoterau, DVM; Alice Harty, DVM; and the SD Veterinary Medical Association.

  • Other teams and individuals that placed first at the Career Development Events were:

  • Willow Lake, Agricultural Business Management; Advisor Dan Tonak, team members: Grace Peterson, Trinity Peterson, Gwyneth Warkenthien, and Morgan Burke in Agricultural Business Management; Top Individual: Telson Cowan, Highmore; Awards and team travel scholarship sponsored by United Animal Health. Team travel scholarships are sponsored by FarmHouse Fraternity at SDSU and United Animal Health.

  • Philip, Agricultural Technology and Mechanical Systems; Advisor Reed Johnson, team members: Dane Daly, Alex Skow, Kelton Quinn, Carson DalyAgricultural Technology and Mechanical Systems; Top Individual: Everett Paul, Sunshine Bible Academy; Awards, drills for each of the top 10 individuals and team travel scholarships are sponsored by the CHS Foundation. The top place team also received a new welder from the Lincoln Electric Company.

  • Hot Springs, Agronomy; Hot Springs; Advisor Tanna White, team members: William