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UWRF Brings Home Award from National FFA Convention

JAN. 7, 2008--The University of Wisconsin-River Falls was well represented at the National FFA Convention held in Indianapolis recently. Students competed in contests, participated in band or choir and received numerous awards.

Students represented the Alpha Tau Alpha organization at the National Alpha Tau Alpha Conclave and National Collegiate Agricultural Education Conference held in conjunction with the convention.

The first-place quiz bowl team consisted of Kellie Claflin, a sophomore majoring in agricultural education from Osseo, Jeanna James, a senior majoring in agricultural education from Darlington, Becky Kuesel, a senior majoring in agricultural education from Elmwood, Eric Soley, a senior agricultural education major from Arkdale.

In the essay contest the topic was recruiting and retaining highly qualified agricultural education teachers. First place was awarded to Claflin and second place to Kuesel. UWRF brought home second-place honors in the parlimentary procedure event. Team members consisted of Dan Buchholtz, a senior agriculture business major from Plover; Nathan Kringle, freshman dairy science major from Barron; Erin McNally, a senior agriculture education major from New Holstein; Melissa Ploeckelman, a sophomore agriculture education major from Stetsonville; and Nikki Westphalen, a senior agricultural education major from Reedsville.

The UWRF Alpha Tau Alpha organization received the A.W. Nolan Memorial Leadership Award. This is the third year in a row it has received this platinum award.

Timothy Buttles, a UWRF agricultural education professor, was named the Alpha Tau Alpha National Advisor President.

Robert Bialozynski, a senior biotechnology major from Pulaski received the National Star in Agriscience, one of the FFA organization's highest honors. He received a plaque and $4,000. Bialozynski began his research in the spring 2002 when he explored ethanol production. His goals included efficiently producing ethanol from sugar crops, teaching others about ethanol production, and eventually gaining employment at a private lab to continue his research. With the support of his father, who brews and makes wine, Bialozynski learned basic fermentation. He produced ethanol from sugar crops using several different yeast strains and was able to teach others. During his freshman year at UWRF, he worked as a lab technician in the DNA lab of BioDiagnostics. His research then focused on making a high-oil corn hybrid.

Participating in the National Band was Lindsey Neby. a sophomore majoring in physics from Comstock.

Christy Rukamp a freshman majoring in agricultural education from Hillsdale was a National Agriscience Finalist. Rukamp was also a participant in the Food Science and Technology Career Development Event.

Three students were selected as finalist in their proficiency areas. Kayla Weslowsoski, a sophomore animal science major from Abrams, was a finalist in Agricultural Mechanics Design and Fabrication. Ben Klinkner, a freshman animal science major from Cashton, was a finalist in Swine Production Entrepreneurship. Sean VanderWall, a freshman agricultural education major from Elkhart, was a finalist in Nursery Operations.

UWRF students were awarded with the American FFA Degree, which is the highest level of recognition that can be achieved as an FFA member. UWRF recipients included:

Kayla Anderson, a freshman majoring in animal science from Osseo

Nikki Beucler, a sophomore majoring in agricultural education from Fairbault, Minn.

Robert Bialozynski, a junior majoring in biotechnology from Pulaski

Jennifer Lyn Bjorge, sophomore majoring in dairy science from Dodgeville

Jennifer Bork, a junior majoring in agriculture business from Cochrane

Alicia Ann Braker, a senior majoring in biotechnology from Randolph

Kellie Claflin, a sophomore majoring in agriculture education from Osseo

Aaron M. Dietsche, a sophomore majoring in agriculture studies from Bloomer

David Dittbrener, a junior majoring in agricultural education from Cumberland

Jill Franklin, a junior majoring in dairy science from Brooklyn

Jessica Hedrich, a sophomore in agriculture business from Chilton

Heidi Johnson, a sophomore in animal science from Randolph, Minn

Jessica Johnson, a sophomore majoring in biology from Saint Nazianz

Londa Johnson, a sophomore majoring in dairy science from Houson, Minn.

Jodi Kauth, a junior majoring in agriculture business from Loyal

Courtney Kiefer, a sophomore majoring in agriculture business from Utica, Minn.

Sandra Kirchner, a senior majoring in agriculture studies from Clintonville

Tabitha A. Kleckner, a junior majoring in dairy science from Neillsville

Jenna Miller, a sophomore majoring in agriculture studies from Mineral Point

Cynthia Meyer, a junior majoring in communicative disorders from River Falls

Eric Naedler, a junior majoring in horticulture from Granton

Bradley Novacheck, a sophomore majoring in agricultural education from Hillsboro

Jordan J. Palubicki, a sophomore majoring in animal science from River Falls

William Pettis, sophomore majoring in agriculture engineering technology from Eau Claire

Melissa Ploeckelman, sophomore majoring in agriculture education from Stetsonville

Amanda Sandmire, a sophomore majoring in animal science from North Freedom

Hannah Sheller, a senior agriculture education major from Montello

Katie Slager, a sophomore majoring in dairy science from Cato

Matthew Steinback, a sophomore majoring in conservation from Granton

Marjorie Stine, a sophomore majoring in dairy science from Bruce

Kayla Wesoloski, a sophomore majoring in animal science from Abrams

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