For the fourth year in a row, Waupaca was named the top FFA chapter in the state.
The 85th annual Wisconsin FFA Convention took place at the Alliant Energy Center Exhibition Hall in Madison, June 9-12.
At the convention, the chapter earned first place in the National Chapter Award.
Local FFA members also earned first place in the Student Development and Community Development divisions, and third place in the Chapter Development division.
Waupaca FFA will be advancing on for national competition.
Waupaca Middle School students Taylor Eilers, Larkin Hooker-Moericke, Erin Montgomery, Elisha Riley, Jensen Trinrud, and Chloe Hamm earned first place out of nine teams. in the Opening and Closing Ceremony contest.
Waupaca High School students Ellyssa Grant, Morgan Orr, Austin Zempel, Caleb Hamm, Anna Swisher, and Jessica Allen competed in the FFA Opening and Closing Ceremony contest and finished in second place.
Ben Nickel took second place in the Wisconsin Star in Ag Placement competition. This award recognizes students who are employed in agriculture production.
Three FFA members were recognized for earning first place with their proficiency applications.
Alta Littrel earned first gold in Equine Science Entrepreneurship. Ethan Riley won the Organic Agriculture. Garrett Orr earned top honors in Poultry Production. These members will compete on the regional level in July.
Waupaca students earned a total of 21 state gold ratings in proficiencies.
Natasha Hales, Ashley Mertz, Allexica Moeller, Melissa Nelson, Ben Nickel, and Avery Nowak earned their Wisconsin FFA degrees.
Jessica Allen earned the recognition of a Three Star Leader. This award recognizes a selected FFA member from a local chapter for being actively involved in chapter activities in National Chapter Student Development, Chapter Development and Community Development divisions.
Elisha Riley is the Waupaca FFA reporter.