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Kalispell FFA wins state championship

| May 7, 2022 12:00 AM

The Kalispell FFA chapter earned the state sweepstakes champion title for their overall performance in recent career development event competitions.

Ethan Bay was named the individual state champion for his performance in multiple event competitions and was awarded $2,500 in college scholarships. Bay was state champion in Agronomy and Farm and Agribusiness Management and state-runner up, Evan Heupel. In other top awards, Delaney Modderman was recognized as the Star in Agribusiness winner.

The chapter attended state FFA CDE Days in Miles City and the Montana FFA Convention in Bozeman in March and April. Kalispell FFA members include Flathead and Glacier high school students.

Three teams came home state champions in Farm Business Management, Horse Evaluation and Parliamentary Procedures. The Farm and Agribusiness Management team included Ethan Bay, Colton Henrikkson, Evan Heupel and Grayce Siderius. The Horse Evaluation team included Mason Dall, Zack Gray, Cameron Seymour and AJ Opperman.

In second place, was the Agronomy team made up of Ethan Bay, Evan Heupel, Delaney Modderman and Addie Shepard in addition to the Agricultural Technology and Mechanical Systems team, which included Bryce Dorsett, Riley Glimm, Evan Heupel, Jessie Hoover, Laynie Vesser and Jeremiah Welliver.

“Our FFA members have been practicing and competing since September in different events. This has paid off for our students very well,” said Brian Bay, H.E. Robinson Vocational Agricultural Education Center instructor.

Several students also earned state degrees, which means they met several requirements such as investing 450 hours in a work-based agriculture project referred to as a “supervised agricultural experience,” having a minimum of two years of active FFA service and agriculture education classes. State degree recipients are: Nya Barber Castro, Faith Eberhart, Hollie Estey, Chance Jorgensen, Jenessa Levanen, Delaney Modderman, AJ Opperman, Ella Rauch, Libby Reiner and Atlanta Waltman.

Students awarded $500 scholarships at state included: Cody Carson, Hollie Estey and Grace Siderius.

Following are individual and team results.

Individual

Star in Agribusiness award

  1. Delaney Modderman

Agricultural Technology and Mechanical Systems

  1. Cameron Seymour

Agronomy

  1. Ethan Bay

Farm and Agribusiness Management

  1. Ethan Bay

  2. Evan Heupel

Forestry

  1. Ethan Bay

Horse Evaluation

  1. Danielle Dixon

  2. Riley Glimm

Meat Evaluation and Technology

  1. Evan Heupel

  2. Ethan Bay

Agriculture Sales

  1. Addie Shepard

Veterinary Science

  1. Jordyn Greene

  2. AJ Opperman

Teams

Agronomy

  1. Ethan Bay, Evan Heupel, Delaney Modderman and Addie Shepard

Agricultural Technology and Mechanical Systems

  1. Mason Dall, Zack Gray, Cameron Seymour, AJ Opperman

Farm and Agribusiness Management

  1. Ethan Bay, Colton Henrikkson, Evan Heupel, Grayce Siderius

Floriculture

  1. Bryce Dorsett, Ace Hunt, Cazz Rankosky, Atlanta Waltman

Forestry

  1. Ethan Bay, Evan Heupel, Dylan Jewett, Cameron Seymour

Horse Evaluation

  1. Danielle Dixon, Riley Glimm, Jordyn Greene and Libby Reiner

Livestock Evaluation

  1. Evan Heupel, Dylan Jewett, Maggie Reddig, Beth Young

Meat Evaluation and Technology

  1. Ethan Bay, Evan Heupel, Jenessa Levanen, Delaney Modderman

Parliamentary Procedure

  1. Bryce Dorsett, Riley Glimm, Evan Heupel, Jessie Hoover, Laynee Vessar, Jeremiah Welliver

Agriculture Sales

  1. Hollie Estey, Delaney Modderman, Addie Shepard, Graycie Stolfus

Veterinary Science

  1. Hollie Estey, Jordyn Greene, AJ Opperman, Ella Rauch

Reporter Hilary Matheson may be reached at 406-758-4431 or hmatheson@dailyinterlake.com

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State degree recipients from the Kalispell FFA chapter include (L to R) Faith Eberhart, Nya Barber Castro, Ella Rauch, AJ Opperman, Chance Jorgensen, Libby Reiner, Hollie Estey, Jenessa Levanen, Delaney Modderman and Atlanta Waltman (not pictured).

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