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By Jenna Wegner
UW-RF University Communications

NOV. 18, 2005-- Several UW-River Falls students were recognized for their achievements in agriculture during the 78th National FFA Convention held in October in Louisville, Ky.

Wisconsin had 22 National Proficiency Finalists with three of the finalists from UW-River Falls. National Proficiency Finalists include:
•Hannah Sheller, Montello, Wis. – Diversified Crop Production – Placement
•Paula Matuszak, Pulaski, Wis. – Equine Science – Placement
•Gary Rieth, Oconto Falls, Wis. – Small Animal Production and Care
Participating in the National FFA chorus was Victoria Cooper of DeForest, Wis.

During the National Collegiate Agricultural Education Conference, which is held in conjunction with the National FFA Convention, UW-River Falls was honored with numerous awards.

The debate team of Steve Boe, Taylor, Wis.; Ashleigh Brummel, South Wayne, Wis.; Laura Hasselquist, Osceola, Wis.; Chris Ritscher, Alma, Wis.; and alternate Jill Hinrichsen, Abbotsford, Wis. took first place.
Ashley Wierzchowski, of Green Bay, Wis., placed first in the essay contest. In the Program of Excellence competition, UW-River Falls placed first in two of the four categories (community and fund-raising). The Alpha Tau Alpha (Alpha Mu) Chapter was awarded the Nolan Award at the Platinum level, which is the highest recognition a chapter can receive.

During the National FFA Convention, a career show was held with 340 exhibitors displaying materials and equipment and giving students the opportunity to talk with staff about careers in agriculture. UW-River Falls was represented with their CAFES booth and gathered 200 information cards from prospective students.

Several UW-River Falls students were awarded the American FFA Degree, which is the highest level of recognition that can be achieved as an FFA member. American FFA Degree recipients from UW-River Falls included:

Jared Acker, Waunakee
Amber Adams, Bancroft
Amber Berning, Dodgeville
Andrea Clark, Waupun
Victoria Cooper, DeForest
Teresa Hanson, Elk Mound
Brian Hoffelt, Bruce
Louis Jaknke, Markesan
Drew Johnson, Cashton
Amanda Koehler, Bloomer
Sonia Madlon, Gilman
Jim Magolski, New London
Joshua Nielsen, Granton
Recca Nordmeyer, Browntown
Gena Polzin, Caddott
Kristen Rothe, Oshkosh
Chelsey Saevre, Dodgeville
Troy Sellen, Oconto Falls
Bryan Wolf Oconto Falls

David Braun, Hugo
Crystal Fluegge, New Ulm
Matt Hines, Waseca
Nicholas Peterson
Carl Sackreiter, St. Charles
Crystal Schauer, Glencoe
David Tollefson, Waseca


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