March 15, 2019

Saline FFA Chapter State Leadership Development Event (LDE) Winners 2019

LOCAL CONTACT: David Mellor AFNR Educator/FFA Advisor 734-401-4222


EAST LANSING – Winners of the Michigan FFA Leadership, Proficiency Awards, Degrees and Arthur Berkey Agricultural Science Fair were announced at the 91st Annual Michigan FFA Convention held on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI March 6-8, 2019.

Two members of the (SWWC) South & West Washtenaw Consortium - Saline FFA Chapter were named Proficiency State Winners to go on to National FFA Eastern Region competition against the State Winners of 17 other states this summer. Cody Roehm was awarded $250 and the Gold State Winner plaque for Sheep Production Entrepreneurship Proficiency. Sydney Masters was awarded $250 and the Gold State Winner plaque for Plant Systems Research Proficiency.

Six Seniors were awarded the Michigan FFA Degree which also gives each six free college credits good towards any 4 year major at Michigan State University or towards a two year certificate at the MSU Institute of Ag Technology. The combined value of this credit won by Saline’s State Degree Winners is approx. $18,000 in tuition. Those named to the State Degree were Cherish Coleman (Lincoln HS), Laila Hare (Lincoln HS), Megan Burleson (Dexter HS), Christina Richard (Saline HS), Ryan Luckhardt (Saline HS), Abigail Brown (Saline HS) Top Placing Teams & Individuals

Name State Award Area Cody Roehm State Winner – Sheep Production Entrepreneurship

Sydney Masters State Winner – Plant Systems Research

Beef Production Entrepreneurship

Nick McManama 3rd Place – Plant Research – Ag Science Fair

Team: Olivia Bertke & Luke Gerlinger 2nd Place Plant Research Pairs – Ag Sci Fair

Grace Popa 7th Place Gold – Prepared Public Speaking

Home & Community Development Placement Nursery Operations – Placement Academic Excellence Award Michigan Outstanding Junior State FFA Band

Amanda Jedele Michigan Outstanding Junior

Beef Production Entrepreneurship Poultry Production Entrepreneurship Sheep Production Entrepreneurship Diversified Livestock Production Entrepreneurship

Anastasia Frederick Diversified Horticulture Placement

Michigan Outstanding Junior Academic Excellence

Abigail Brown Equine Science Placement

State FFA Degree

Christina Richard Equine Science Entrepreneurship

State FFA Degree Academic Excellence

Ryan Luckhardt Grain Production Entrepreneurship

Beef Production Entrepreneurship State FFA Degree

Kaylee Klingman Vegetable Production Placement

State FFA Chorus

Kaitlyn Higgins Agricultural Communications Placement

Michigan Outstanding Junior Academic Excellence

Annie Rothfuss Agricultural Communications Placement

Dustin Drake Dairy Production Placement

Emily Finkbeiner Diversified Livestock Production Entrepreneurship

Poultry Production Entrepreneurship Sheep Production Entrepreneurship

Joseph Wilczynski Landscape Management Placement

Wesley Welt Michigan Outstanding Junior

Landscape Management Placement Academic Excellence

Daniel Caroen Poultry Production Entrepreneurship

Michigan Outstanding Junior

Megan Burleson Poultry Production Entrepreneurship

State FFA Degree

Cherish Coleman State FFA Degree

State FFA Choir

Caroline Gilson Small Animal Care Placement

Yanic Sadek Michigan Outstanding Junior

Ashley Hannah Michigan Outstanding Junior

The SWWC – Saline FFA Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources Program at Saline High School makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success. SWWC serves the students and communities of Saline, Dexter, Chelsea, Lincoln, Manchester and Milan.

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