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South O’Brien FFA Chapter

Advisor, Eric Kumm

FFA Website – Click here

Congratulations to the following FFA members who competed in events at the 88th Iowa FFA Leadership Conference held April 18 & 19, 2016.
JC Lange–Individual Ag Sales–8th
Biotechnology Team (10th place team)–Emily Bortolotti (7th place Ind.), Alicyn Rehder, Tristan Verdoorn & Erin Wagner
Poultry Evaluation (4th place team overall; 1st place team egg grading)–Anna Sells (3rd place Ind.), JC Lange, Alicyn Rehder, Colton Meyer
Farm Business Management Team (Bronze)–Emily Mars, Dawson Weathers, Alec Schoof
Austin Rohrs–Ag Discussion Meet–Reserve Champion
Erin Wagner–Greenhand Quiz (Bronze)
Shari Kenney, Erin Cooper & Garrett Wagner sounded outstanding in the State FFA Band.
Bethany DeBoer took part in the 1st annual Letter of Intent signing day to study ag education at SDSU.
Erin Hansen, Garrett Wagner, Bethany DeBoer and Tristan Verdoorn received their Iowa Degrees.

The FFA Members listed below will be competing in various events at the 93rd SDSU Little “I” held in Brookings on Friday, April 1.

Anna Sells—Farm Business Management & Meats Judging
Ben Aberson—Farm Business Management & Meats Judging
Emily Mars—Farm Business Management & Meats Judging
Colton Meyer—Farm Business Management & Meats Judging
Garrett Wagner—Farm Business Management & Meats Judging
Dawson Weathers—Farm Business Management & Meats Judging
Alicyn Rehder—Farm Business Management & Meats Judging
Paige Ginger—Farm Business Management & Meats Judging
Zachary Riedemann—Farm Business Management & Meats Judging
Anthony Sells—Farm Business Management & Meats Judging
Erin Wagner—Nursery/Landscape & Floriculture
Whitney Sickelka—Nursery/Landscape & Floriculture
Courtney Rehder—Nursery/Landscape & Floriculture
Amanda Litka—Nursery/Landscape & Floriculture
Erin Cooper—Nursery/Landscape & Floriculture
Travis Hohbach—Range Plant ID & Crops Judging
Jacob Fuhrman—Range Plant ID & Crops Judging
Shari Kenney—Horse Judging & Dairy Cattle Judging
Bailey Rohlfsen—Horse Judging & Dairy Cattle Judging
Claire Rierson—Horse Judging & Dairy Cattle Judging
Matt Riedemann—Horse Judging & Dairy Cattle Judging
Alec Schoof—Horse Judging & Dairy Cattle Judging
Erin Hansen—Dairy Products & Floriculture
Bethany DeBoer—Dairy Products & Floriculture
JC Lange—Dairy Products & Floriculture
Andreu Caballero—Dairy Products & Floriculture
Shandra Goosen—Dairy Products & Floriculture
Serena Daniels—Dairy Products & Floriculture

FFA State Convention, April 18 & 19, 2016
Tristan Verdoorn has been selected as one of the six Iowa Degree State Star Finalists in Agriscience.
Courtney Rehder, Erin Hansen, Brian Haden, Korrie Einck, & Ben Aberson have earned State FFA Academic Achievement Awards by maintaining a cumulative GPA above 3.5.
Erin Cooper, Garrett Wagner, Shari Kenney & Zachary Riedemann have been selected to the State FFA Band.

Results from Sub-District and District Leadership contests: February 23 and March 12, 2016

  • Ag Sales–JC Lange–Sub-Districts (Gold), Districts (Gold), Advances to State
  • Chapter Program–Bethany DeBoer, Korrie Einck, Erin Hansen–Sub-Districts (Gold), Districts (Silver)
  • Job Interview–Alec Schoof–Sub-Districts (Bronze)
  • Extemporaneous Speaking–Izaak Hoey–Sub-Districts (Bronze)
  • Creed Speaking–Erin Wagner–Sub-Districts (Bronze)
  • Ag Broadcasting–Garrett Wagner–Sub-Districts (Silver)
  • Ag Mechanics–Payton Steffens–Sub-Districts (Bronze)
  • Greenhand Quiz–Erin Wagner (Sub-Districts-Silver, Districts-Bronze), Colton Meyer (Districts-Bronze)
  • Landscape–Districts–Erin Cooper (Silver), Erin Wagner (7th Place-Gold)
  • Chapter Quiz–Districts–Garrett Wagner (Silver)
  • Delegates–Districts–Alec Schoof & Colton Meyer
  • District Officer Candidate–Anna Sells

The South O’Brien Soils Evaluation Team of Garrett Wagner, JC Lange, Erin Cooper and Anna Sells placed 3rd at the NW District contest Tuesday, Sept 29. Garrett was named Champion Individual and JC 9th Place Individual. By placing 3rd, they advance to the state contest. This is the 20th year in a row that a South O’Brien team has advanced to state!

South O’Brien FFA members competed in several events on Sat, Aug 29, 2015.
The State Milk Quality & Products team placed 5th in the State. Team members were Izaak Hoey, JC Lange, Zach Riedemann and Alec Schoof. This is only the 3rd year the chapter has competed in the event.
Emily Mars and Garrett Wagner teamed up with 2 individuals from Muscatine and won Reserve Champion team honors in the State 4-H Meats Evaluation event. Garrett earned Grand Champion Individual and Emily placed 7th overall.
The FFA Meats Judging team was crowned Champions for the 2nd year in a row, and 3rd out of the last 4 years. Team members were Anna Sells, Ben Aberson, Paige Ginger and Alicyn Rehder. They placed 1st in 4 out of 5 categories and 2nd in the 5th. Anna was named Champion Individual overall and also won Retail ID. Ben lost the tie breaker for 2nd and placed 3rd overall, Alicyn and Paige tied and were 4th and 5th, with Alicyn also placing 1st in Wholesale/Retail judging. Perfect scores in Retail ID are very rare, with the last time being in 2010 by Colton Barnes of South O’Brien. This year3 South O’Brien FFA members had perfect scores which no chapter has had in the history of the event.


From the National FFA

I’m pleased to inform you that National FFA has been afforded the opportunity to send a National Agriscience Fair winning project to Washington D.C. next week to participate in the White House Science Fair. The event is a celebration of the student participants of various science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) competitions from all over the country. This event will take place on Monday, March 23, at the White House. It will be streamed live at the following link: To learn more about the event, feel free to visit their blog.

This year’s selected participant is Eric Koehlmoos from South O’Brien FFA at Paullina in Iowa. Eric was the 2014 national winner in Power, Structural, and Technical Systems: Division 2.

And from the White House

Office of the Press Secretary
March 17, 2015

President Obama to Host 5th White House Science Fair

WASHINGTON, DC – On Monday, March 23rd, the President will host the 5th White House Science Fair, celebrating the student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from across America. The President will also announce new steps as part of hisEducate to Innovate campaign to get more girls and boys, especially those from traditionally underrepresented groups, inspired and prepared to excel in the critical STEM fields. Building on these announcements, this year’s White House Science Fair will include a focus on diversity and inclusion in STEM.

The President hosted the first-ever White House Science Fair in 2010, noting then, “If you win the NCAA championship, you come to the White House. Well, if you’re a young person and you produce the best experiment or design, the best hardware or software, you ought to be recognized for that achievement, too.”


WHEN: Monday, March 23, 11:55 AM EDT  (that would be 10:55 a.m. Central time)

WHERE: White House East Room

WEBCAST: This event will be webcast live at


South O’Brien FFA members who competed in NW District Leadership and Skills events on March 7.

Chapter Program Team – Dylan Riedemann, Wyatt Sickelka, JC Lange, 1st Gold, Advance to State.
Quiz Bowl–Eric Koehlmoos & Karlene Negus–Champion Team (They will split the $600 scholarship prize)
Ag Mech Team – Cordell Tesch (8th Ind.), Chase Fuhrman (9th Ind.), Payton Steffens, Gold 4th place
Job Interview, Leah Bunkers, 5th Gold
Floriculture & Nursery/Landscape, Garrett Wagner, Gold
Public Speaking, Karlene Negus, Silver
Greenhand and Chapter Quizzes, Alec Schoof, Samantha Peterson, Tristan Verdoorn, Shari Kenney, Bethany DeBoer, Kadie Bauer, Anna Sells, Silvers
Radio Broadcasting, Eric Koehlmoos, Bronze
Scrapbook, Kadie Bauer, Bronze
Delegates, Kadie Bauer & Bethany DeBoer
Other South O’Brien FFA members selected for State FFA participation.
Karlene Negus–Star Finalist in Agriscience
State FFA Band–Shari Kenney, Dawson Weathers, Ben Aberson, Garrett Wagner.

Congratulations to the South O’Brien FFA members who competed in Sub-District contests Feb 23 at Boyden-Hull!
Ag Mech Team-Chase Furhamn, Duncan Schwebach, Brennan Sampson, Cordell Tesch, Cody Tjossem, Dalton Lange, Payton Steffens-4th
Chase Fuhrman-6th Place Ag Mech Individual
Samantha Peterson-Gold-Greenhand Test
Korrie Einck, Bethany DeBoer, Erin Hansen–Silvers–Chapter Test
JC Lange-Bronze-Chapter Test
Kadie Bauer-Silver-Ag Sales-4th
Eric Koehlmoos-Gold-Ag Broadcasting–Advances to Districts
Olivia Sickelka, JC Lange, Dylan Riedemann-Gold-Chapter Program-Advances to Districts
Leah Bunkers-Gold-Job Interview-Advances to Districts
Karlene Negus-Gold-Public Speaking-Advances to Districts

National FFA Leadership Conference Results
Congratulations to Eric Koehlmoos for being named National Champion for the 2nd year in a row in the National FFA Agriscience Power and Structural Systems Division II category.

Congratulations to the Meats Evaluation Team of Wyatt Sickelka, Dylan Riedemann, Karle Negus and JC Lange for earning the chapter’s first Gold rating in a National Team Career Development Event. The team placed 15th out of 43 teams.

The South O’Brien FFA Soils Evaluation Team was the NW District Champion team in competition onTues, Sept 30, in Sioux City. Leah Bunkers was the Overall Champion, Dylan Riedemann was Reserve Champion, JC Lange placed 10th and Garrett Wagner placed 18th. The win lets the team advance to the State Contest later in October.

Clay County Fair Results
Congratulations to the following FFA members and teams who competed Sat, Sept 13, at the Clay County Fair
Champion Chapter Display–Kadie Bauer & Leah Bunkers
Reserve Champion Demonstration Team–Samantha Peterson & Shari Kenney
Champion 4-H Livestock Judging Individual–Shaina Hunt
5th 4-H Livestock Judging Team–Shaina Hunt, Case Moermond, Izaak Hoey
17th & 18th Place FFA Livestock Judging Teams
Anna Sells, Eric Koehlmoos, Matt Nasers, Dylan Riedemann, JC Lange, Brennan Wittrock, Zach Riedemann & Alec Schoof

South O’Brien FFA competed in State Career Development Events on Sat, Aug 23, 2014 and did very well.
Ben Aberson and Garrett Wagner placed 12th in the State Milk Quality and Products CDE.
The Livestock Team placed 5th in the State CDE, with Eric Koehlmoos bringing home Reserve Champion Individual honors. Chase Fuhrman, Olivia Sickelka and Stephanie Westra were the other members of the team.
Anna Sells garnered the Champion Individual title in the State 4-H Meats Evaluation CDE.
The Meats Evaluation Team of Wyatt Sickelka, Dylan Riedemann, Karle Negus and JC Lange brought the State Champion Team title back to South O’Brien.
Other team honors were 1st Place Wholesale/Retail Judging, 1st Place Problem Solving, 1st Place Retail Cut ID and 1st Place Quality and Yield Grading.  Individually, Wyatt was the Overall Individual Champion and also placed 1st in Retail Cut ID, 1st in Quality & Yield Grading and 1st in Problem Solving.  Dylan was close behind, earning Overall Reserve Champion Individual and 1st in Carcass placings.  JC placed 4th and Karle 5th.