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South Dakota Rangeland Days: Newell FFA & Butte County 4-H teams win

Jonny Champion, Newell FFA Chapter Reporter

Courtesy photoThe Butte County 4-H Range Team placed first in the 4-H Division. They are, from left: Jonathan Champion, Makayla Heisler, Coral Starr and Kristen Dunn.

On June 21-22, Newell FFA and Butte County 4-H teams competed at South Dakota Rangeland Days in Lemmon, SD. There youth learned about the importance of proper rangeland management in western South Dakota.

Students gained experience by evaluating the rangeland and learning how to properly manage the land to its best potential. USDA-NRCS and SDSU Extension personnel spent a day teaching the participants to identify range plants and evaluate the range ecosystem. The following day was comprised of competition among students and teams.

In the FFA Division, The Newell FFA sponsored two teams. Newell FFA Team #2 team members Alisha Sheeler, Will Orwick, Matt Komes and Collette Kok, placed second. The Newell FFA Team #1, which included Ethan Eddington, Brian Champion, Seth Tennis and Kim Eichler, placed first.

In the 4-H Division, Jonathan Champion, Makayla Heisler, Kristen Dunn and Coral Starr of the Butte County 4-H team placed first, and will represent South Dakota at the National Range and Land competition in Oklahoma the first week of May 2012.

Individually, in the “Go Getter” division, which is the 14- to 18-year-old age group, Jonathan Champion placed first; Makaylay Heisler, second; Coral Starr, third; Kristen Dunn, fourth; Collette Kok, fifth; Will Orwick, sixth; Ethan Eddington, seventh; Kim Eichler, eighth; and Brian Champion, ninth.

Makayla Heisler and Ethan Eddington participated in the South Dakota section of the Society for Range Management speech contest. The speech must be on a research-based range-related topic. The winning speaker received an all-expense paid trip to compete at the International Society for Range Management conference to be held in Spokane, WA, February 2012. Makayla Heisler placed first and Ethan Eddington was fourth.

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In the display category, in which students develop an educational display for the public, Ethan Eddington placed first and Makayla Heisler placed second. The “Top Hand” award was given to the Go Getter with the best overall score combining the judging, speaking and display. Makayla Heisler won the Top Hand award and earned a buckle and a traveling trophy.

The Butte County 4-H Team and the Newell FFA teams are coached by TJ Swan, Butte County Extension Educator, and Dave Ollila, Newell FFA Advisor.

On June 21-22, Newell FFA and Butte County 4-H teams competed at South Dakota Rangeland Days in Lemmon, SD. There youth learned about the importance of proper rangeland management in western South Dakota.

Students gained experience by evaluating the rangeland and learning how to properly manage the land to its best potential. USDA-NRCS and SDSU Extension personnel spent a day teaching the participants to identify range plants and evaluate the range ecosystem. The following day was comprised of competition among students and teams.

In the FFA Division, The Newell FFA sponsored two teams. Newell FFA Team #2 team members Alisha Sheeler, Will Orwick, Matt Komes and Collette Kok, placed second. The Newell FFA Team #1, which included Ethan Eddington, Brian Champion, Seth Tennis and Kim Eichler, placed first.

In the 4-H Division, Jonathan Champion, Makayla Heisler, Kristen Dunn and Coral Starr of the Butte County 4-H team placed first, and will represent South Dakota at the National Range and Land competition in Oklahoma the first week of May 2012.

Individually, in the “Go Getter” division, which is the 14- to 18-year-old age group, Jonathan Champion placed first; Makaylay Heisler, second; Coral Starr, third; Kristen Dunn, fourth; Collette Kok, fifth; Will Orwick, sixth; Ethan Eddington, seventh; Kim Eichler, eighth; and Brian Champion, ninth.

Makayla Heisler and Ethan Eddington participated in the South Dakota section of the Society for Range Management speech contest. The speech must be on a research-based range-related topic. The winning speaker received an all-expense paid trip to compete at the International Society for Range Management conference to be held in Spokane, WA, February 2012. Makayla Heisler placed first and Ethan Eddington was fourth.

In the display category, in which students develop an educational display for the public, Ethan Eddington placed first and Makayla Heisler placed second. The “Top Hand” award was given to the Go Getter with the best overall score combining the judging, speaking and display. Makayla Heisler won the Top Hand award and earned a buckle and a traveling trophy.

The Butte County 4-H Team and the Newell FFA teams are coached by TJ Swan, Butte County Extension Educator, and Dave Ollila, Newell FFA Advisor.

On June 21-22, Newell FFA and Butte County 4-H teams competed at South Dakota Rangeland Days in Lemmon, SD. There youth learned about the importance of proper rangeland management in western South Dakota.

Students gained experience by evaluating the rangeland and learning how to properly manage the land to its best potential. USDA-NRCS and SDSU Extension personnel spent a day teaching the participants to identify range plants and evaluate the range ecosystem. The following day was comprised of competition among students and teams.

In the FFA Division, The Newell FFA sponsored two teams. Newell FFA Team #2 team members Alisha Sheeler, Will Orwick, Matt Komes and Collette Kok, placed second. The Newell FFA Team #1, which included Ethan Eddington, Brian Champion, Seth Tennis and Kim Eichler, placed first.

In the 4-H Division, Jonathan Champion, Makayla Heisler, Kristen Dunn and Coral Starr of the Butte County 4-H team placed first, and will represent South Dakota at the National Range and Land competition in Oklahoma the first week of May 2012.

Individually, in the “Go Getter” division, which is the 14- to 18-year-old age group, Jonathan Champion placed first; Makaylay Heisler, second; Coral Starr, third; Kristen Dunn, fourth; Collette Kok, fifth; Will Orwick, sixth; Ethan Eddington, seventh; Kim Eichler, eighth; and Brian Champion, ninth.

Makayla Heisler and Ethan Eddington participated in the South Dakota section of the Society for Range Management speech contest. The speech must be on a research-based range-related topic. The winning speaker received an all-expense paid trip to compete at the International Society for Range Management conference to be held in Spokane, WA, February 2012. Makayla Heisler placed first and Ethan Eddington was fourth.

In the display category, in which students develop an educational display for the public, Ethan Eddington placed first and Makayla Heisler placed second. The “Top Hand” award was given to the Go Getter with the best overall score combining the judging, speaking and display. Makayla Heisler won the Top Hand award and earned a buckle and a traveling trophy.

The Butte County 4-H Team and the Newell FFA teams are coached by TJ Swan, Butte County Extension Educator, and Dave Ollila, Newell FFA Advisor.

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