McCook Central's Blagg named among 2024 South Dakota State FFA Stars – Mitchell Republic

BROOKINGS – The South Dakota FFA has named its State Stars for 2024, as announced at the South Dakota FFA Convention in April.

These individuals spend countless hours working on their projects and increasing their potential for future jobs by gaining practical experience and developing technical skills. The Star Finalists were selected based on their experiences from supervised agricultural experience programs and the finalists were interviewed by industry experts. The State Star Farmer, Star in Agribusiness, Star in Agricultural Placement and Star in Agriscience awards received cash prizes.

The following winners were announced:

Ryan Blagg of McCook Central was the 2024 South Dakota FFA State Star Farmer Award winner.

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State Star Farmer: Ryan Blagg of McCook Central.

His advisors are Mr. Terry Rieckman and Ms. Tracy Chase. Finalists included: Faith Genzlinger, Howard; Colden Kramer, Philip; Shelby Pankratz, Parker.

State star in the agricultural industry: Elden Blume from Redfield.

His advisor is Mr. Bradley Cihak. Finalists included: Ryan Blagg, McCook Central; Abigail Kolousek, Wessington Springs; Cash Lehrman, Bridgewater-Emery.

State star in agricultural brokerage: Natalie Haase from Parker.

Your advisor is Ms. Kelly Dunkelberger. Finalists included: Natalie Haase, Parker; Ryan Blagg, McCook Central; Elliot Hendrix, Rapid City Stevens; Hailey Kizer, Howard.

State star in agronomy: Kelsey Vockrodt of West Central.

Your advisor is Ms. Linda Petersen. Finalists included: Kelsey Vockrodt, West Central; Abby Wagner, McCook Central; Paul Kaffar, McCook Central; Tyler Groenewold, Tri Valley.

Martinez and Klein are among the sophomores honored as District Star Greenhands

District Star Greenhands are sophomores and are recognized as the best in their FFA districts for an excellent start to their Supervised Agriculture Experience Project.

District Star Greenhands are: District 1: Noah Felderman, Doland; District 2: Lacie Weber, ORR; District 3: Riley Pankratz, Parker; District 4: Cash Martinez, Bridgewater-Emery; District 5: Atlee Olson, Belle Fourche; District 6: Max Klein, Wessington Springs; District 7: Dawson Dorr, Montrose; District 8: Katelyn Gebhart, Lemmon.

Students from the region earn state FFA degrees

Members of the South Dakota FFA were recognized for receiving their State FFA Degree at the recent South Dakota State FFA Convention.

The State FFA Degree is the highest degree of membership awarded by the South Dakota FFA Association. Requirements include:

  • Earned and productively invested at least $1,000 or worked at least 300 hours beyond scheduled class time (or a combination thereof) in a Supervised Agricultural Experience program.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills by conducting 10 parliamentary procedures, delivering a six-minute speech on an agriculture-related FFA topic, and serving as an officer, committee chair, or participating member of a chapter committee
  • Have completed at least 25 hours of community service.

The winners receive the gold pendant of the state diploma and a framed certificate. Regional FFA members receiving this award include:

Central Andes: Riata Bultje; Bon Homme: Braden Beran, Chapin Cooper, Cheyenne Cox, Greeley Goeden, Erica Guthmiller, Bryce Hauck, Brock Kotalik, Gracie Pechous; Bridgewater Emery: Alexis Golder, Carter Hofer, Jase Kayser, Cash Lehrman, Zachary Tuschen, Victoria VanSickle, Jade Weber; Colome: Joseph Laprath; Aaron Zemlicka, Brianna Dale, Collin Gaikowski, Jack Helken, Connor Mudgett, Christian Ramirez; Ethan: Michael Freeman; Freeman: Ava Andersen, Rylie Gossen, Riley Knittel, Emily Knodel, Kaytlin Pankratz, Blake Stahl; Howard: Karsyn Feldhaus, Kolt Koepsell, Jaxon Beyer, Zachary Connor, Ashlyn Podhradsky, Rebecca Feldhaus, Taylor Riesch, Faith Genzlinger, Hailey Kizer; Kimball: Lukas Leheska; McCook Central: Owen Alley, Ryan Blagg, Kaizha Blase, Jase Heumiller, Isabela Jimenez, Paul Kaffar, Vivian Koepsell, Carter Randall, Will Rotert, Noah Schnee, Derek Schock, Marah Schock, Grace Stoffel, Haden Stoffel, Abby Wagner; Mitchell: Ally Henkel, Marlena Retzlaff, Kallie Volk; Parkston: Grace Lindeman; Platte-Geddes: Hadley Hanson, Skyler Hanten, Hannah Kirsch, Harper Kirsch, Abbi Jo Larson, Baileigh Nachtigal, Tristen Petrik, Garret Varilek; Scotland: Katelyn Jonas, Kade Odens, Katelyn Rempfer, Patience Starwalt, Kalley Vitek; Wessington Springs: Garett Anson, Raylee Fagerhaug, Troy Fastnacht, Carter Gaikowski, Alyssa Grohs, Hannah Heezen, Abigail Kolousek, Blake Larson, Avery Orth, Carissa Scheel, Caroline Witte; Winner: Bailey Rae Fairbanks.

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