South Dakota FFA, 4-H judging teams compete in national event |

South Dakota FFA, 4-H judging teams compete in national event

Teams from South Dakota 4-H and FFA placed highly in the National Land, Range, and Home site Career Development event held in Oklahoma City, OK, recently.

Teams and individuals competed in three categories, judging plots that would used for home sites, range, and land. The contest was divided between FFA and 4-H categories.

On the 4-H side, the team from Haakon/Jackson County took first place in the 4-H Range Judging national contest. Ten teams and 31 individuals took part.

Individuals who placed from the Haakon/Jackson County team included Amber Knutson, second; Michael Herber, fourth; Mick Trask, sixth; and Ben Stout, 13th.

In the 4-H Land Judging national event, Potter County’s team finished third among 18 teams. Jason Hanson finished 7th in the 71-person field, while William Wager finished 17th, Jared Schrempp finished 19th, and Jenae Logan finished 31st.

The Potter County 4-H team finished 11th in the 4-H Home site judging national competition field of 14 teams. Among the 51 competitors, Potter County 4-H’ers who placed included Jared Schrempp, 30th, Janae Logan, 35th, William Wager, 37th, and Jason Hanson, 41st.

The event also featured regional competition in which Potter County teams and individuals won outright.

In the FFA competitions, Drew Kraft of the Wessington Springs FFA took ninth place among 153 competitors in the FFA Home Site National Judging contest. Cordell Muilenburg, Mitch Kraft, and Culley Tobin also placed in the event, and the Wessington Springs team took ninth out of 43 teams in the event.

The FFA Land Judging Nationals included a 330-person field of competitors. Drew Kraft took fifth, Cordell Muilenburg finished 11th, and Mitch Craft took 56th place. Seventeen other South Dakota FFA competitors placed in the field.

On the team side of the FFA Land Judging Nationals, South Dakota teams and places among the 88 teams in competition included Wessington Springs FFA, 7th; Newell FFA, 47th; Colman-Egan FFA, 50th; De Smet FFA, 61st; and the Lennox FFA, 76th.

Thirty-one teams took part in the FFA Range Judging National contest. The Newell FFA team placed tenth, while the Wessington Springs team finished 14th and the Webster FFA team was 20th.

Individuals in the FFA Range Judging Nationals included Tyler Peterson of Wessington Springs FFA who placed 11th; J.C. Seaman of Newell FFA at 21st, Kyle Tifft of Newell at 29th, and nine other South Dakota FFA members.

A complete listing of the final scores and places is available at this link:

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