SD FFA members earn FFA jackets
This fall 140 South Dakota FFA members from 47 chapters earned their own FFA jackets through the SD FFA Foundation Blue Jackets Bright Futures FFA Jacket Program. Jackets were sponsored by various individuals through the SD FFA Foundation program designed to give young SD FFA members a chance to earn their own FFA jacket instead of purchasing one. 218 FFA members filled out the Blue Jackets Bright Futures FFA Jacket Program application, answering four short essay questions about their FFA experience and goals, competing for the jackets.
The 2012 recipients are:
Alcester-Hudson: Rachel Boyer, Brigita Rasmussen
Arlington: Shain Parker
Baltic: Kyler Johnson
Beresford: Matthew Bogue
Bison: Reed Arneson, Collin Palmer, Paden Sexton
Bowdle: Kristen Hoffman, Rieley Maier, Taylor Stotz, Leah Wipf
Bridgewater-Emery: Mark Schultz, Sawyer Wollmann
Brookings: Bri Becher, Brooke Gnirk, Kaia Jo Kleinlein, Brittany Krogman, Taylor Neuman
Centerville: Adam Austin, Lacie Cook, Tyler Knutson, Hailee Matlock, Madeline Olson, Abby Ostrem, Logan O’Toole
Clark: Savannah Fisher, Raegan Florey, Wyatt Helkenn, Kathryn Paulson
De Smet: Makayla Fox
Dell Rapids: Austin Eulberg, Riley Jurgensen
Deubrook: Brock Christie, Katelyn Crooks
Elkton: Courtney Mulder, Desire Routier
Faulkton: Michael Karn
Flandreau: Daniel Johanson, Dylan Rice
Florence: Riley Gilbertson, Hannah Hintz, Jaci Kwasniewski, Wyatt Sprung
Garretson: Jesika Benson, Cassondra Faber, Matt Hulscher, Christian Morris, Bryce Wollmann
Groton: John Jenson
Harrisburg: Alyvia Ahnberg, Sydney Gibson, Jordan Janak, Macy Moir, Carmen Moir, Kailyn Mutsch, Shaylyn Norris
Hitchcock-Tulare: Grayson Binger, Jordan Michlitsch, Saige Peterson
Howard: Cooper Eliason, Damon Jacobsen, Nathaniel Klinkhammer
Lake Preston: Dylan Hageman
Lemmon: Kelly Schopp, Raechael Seidel
Lennox Sundstrom: Samuel Metivier, John Oldenkamp
Lyman: Matt Boyle
Madison Central: Ashley Briggs, Stephany Brown, Mari Clarke, Cassidy Cudmore, Brodie Frederiksen, Sydney Gustaf, Mitch Hansen, Katie Neises
McCook Central: Ryan Butzke, McKenzie Erikson, Kylar Hansen, Anne Mayrose, Bailey Parmelee, Sam Pulse, Cara Rabenhorst, Cooper Seamer, Branden Stone, Andrew Streff, Beth Wolf
Milbank: Rachelle Gabriel, Kayla Holtquist, Anna Kurtz, Rebecca Leddy, Jamie Mundwiler
Miller: Adam Bertsch, Megan Fiala, Clayton Keck, Tate Ketelhut
Mitchell: Shelby Riggs
Parker: Dusty Dykstra, Becky Johnson
Platte-Geddes: Jedediah Cooley
Rapid City: Kyle McGuire
Rutland: Braden Kisor, Tanner Olson, Erin Wessler
Sanborn Central: Joshua Feiner, Cordell Nicholson
Sioux Valley: Olivia Papiernik, Collin Vander Wal, Danielle Wosje
Stanley County: Martee Larson
Tri-Valley: Connor Hickman, Lauren Kulzer, Mykah Wiseman
Viborg-Hurley: Chelsea Carroll, MaKenzie Ericksen, Mariah Houtcooper, Alison Knutson, Dustin Richards
Wagner: Emily Brunsing, Sadie Fitemiller
Wall: Readon Anderson, Josie Blasius, Camden Sawvell, Rylee Schreiber
Webster: Megan Knutson, Madison Koslowski
West Central: Lauren Dolly, Rachel Kapperman, Kaitlyn Schmecichel, Miranda Sundermann, Sara Waldner
Willow Lake: Maggie Edleman, Spencer Hovde, Jennifer Tonak
Wolsey-Wessington: Brittany Bergqiust, Kallie Carey, Alyssa Fernholz, Lane Langbehn
Woonsocket: Johathan Linke
“Whether it’s getting your jacket for the first time, seeing a mob of 50,000 blue jackets wandering the streets of Indianapolis, or proudly hanging your jacket in the closet after an event, each FFA jacket tells a story. Thank you to all the sponsors who have helped members get their stories started this year.” said FFA member Ashley Tonak.
When students join the FFA, they typically purchase or borrow jackets to compete in the many Career Development Events offered through FFA. The jacket is their team “uniform” to be worn at all official FFA events. The blue corduroy FFA jacket has been the status symbol of the national FFA organization since 1933, when delegates to the national convention voted to adopt it as the organization’s official jacket.
Individuals and businesses interested in sponsoring an FFA jacket for a SD FFA member should contact Gerri Ann Eide, SD FFA Foundation Executive Director at 605-765-4865 or email@example.com. Sponsorships are $55 per jacket.
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