As part of FFA week, members of the Western Dubuque FFA competed in sub-district events in Alburnett, Tuesday, Feb. 23. Eighteen members competed in Leadership Development Events (LDE’s), and the chapter did exceptionally well, with 16 members advancing to districts March 14. The chapter placed highly in every contest they entered, with several members taking home first and second place honors. In individual contests, gold was awarded to Vada Klinkhammer – agriculture sales, Amanda Goedken – prepared public speaking, Josie Boyle – extemporaneous speaking and Trenton Hammerand – job interview; silver went to Amelia Klostermann – ag broadcasting; and bronze went to Owen Smith – creed speaking. Klinkhammer, Goedken, Boyle and Hammerand will advance to districts, Smith is an alternate.
Two of the teams competing at sub-districts also earned gold and will advance to districts: Ryan Wolf, Grace Streif, Bella Sahm, Kayla Donovan and Carly Mausser – Parliamentary Procedure; and Olivia Thul, Sam Krafl, Eli Harbaugh, Kyle Kraus, Kyla Higgins, Addie Kress and Isaiah Hammerand – Conduct of Meetings.
Twenty-five Western Dubuque FFA Members took the greenhand and chapter quizzes and scored well. In the greenhand quiz, Molly Sahm and Sam Krafl tied for second place and Adrianna Shepherd took third. Josie Jecklin placed first in the chapter quiz and Olivia Thul, Kylie Nauman and Candice Keller all took gold.
To wrap up FFA week, members prepared a breakfast for their teachers, Friday, Feb. 26. The “teacher breakfast” is an annual tradition for members and staff. Members arrived at school early to cook and serve a breakfast of eggs, sausage, pancakes and hash browns to staff. Students and staff wore their FFA week shirts, another chapter tradition.
The Western Dubuque FFA is proud of all they have accomplished during FFA week and excited to compete at the Northeast District FFA competition.