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Area FFA members excel at state convention

Rebecca Dose, a sophomore at Jackson County Central High School, earned first place Sunday in the FFA Talent Show during the opening program of the Minnesota FFA Convention in St. Paul. Submitted Photo

WORTHINGTON — Rebecca Dose, a sophomore at Jackson County Central, earned first place in the talent competition during the Minnesota FFA Convention earlier this week in St. Paul.

In her first time competing in the FFA Talent Show on Sunday, Dose sang “Love Song” by Sara Bareilles and accompanied herself on piano. Her performance topped that of 14 other competitors and earned her the opportunity to vie for an invitation to the National FFA Convention in late October in Louisville, Ky.

All this came about, said Dose, because of the encouragement of her FFA Advisor, Laura Bidne.

“I actually didn’t plan on it,” Dose said of competing. Bidne, however, had heard her perform in the past and “kept pushing me to sing.”

Dose went to her classmates, FFA advisors and parents for input on her musical selection, and since she’d already learned “Love Song” on the piano, it made her decision easier.

“It is upbeat and really fun to sing,” Dose said Wednesday morning from the JCC ag room.

The FFA Talent Show took place Sunday inside the University of Minnesota’s Mariucci Arena, kicking off the 2014 Minnesota FFA Convention. Dose was announced the contest winner during the evening session.

“I was actually very shocked, I hadn’t really expected to do that well,” Dose said. “It was an honor — it was pretty amazing.”

Several of the talent competitors this year presented vocal performances, with a trombone solo, flute solo and humorous monologue also in the mix.

Now, Dose has until mid-May to create an audition tape with the same music she performed at the Minnesota FFA Convention. She will also need to prepare different songs for consideration at the National FFA Convention.

In addition to participating in the FFA Talent Show, Dose served on the JCC FFA’s Food Science and Technology career development team event. The team placed third at state.

Following is a listing of other honors and awards earned by area individuals:

  • Proficiency awards were presented to FFA members who completed records in a Supervised Agricultural Experience that advanced from the chapter and region level. Zach Schumacher of Southwest Star Concept earned first in the state in nursery operations; Paige Anderson of Jackson County Central earned second in veterinary science; Brady Bobendrier of Pipestone earned third in sheep production; and Thomas Salentiny of Fulda earned third in forage production.
  • Seven area teams garnered top honors in Career Development Events, earning them a trip to compete at the National FFA Convention later this year. From this area, Pipestone FFA earned first place in Agriculture Sales (Paige Anderson of Jackson County Central was first place individual) and first place in Meat Evaluation with team member Blake Wolters earning first place individual. Windom’s Crops CDE team earned first place in the state with team member Spencer Walter earning first place individual. Fulda FFA Chapter’s Poultry Evaluation team earned first in the state. The Westbrook-Walnut Grove Dairy Foods team placed first with team member Pakoue Vue also garnering first place individual, while the chapter’s Soils team also earned first with team member Morgan Denniston named first place individual. Jackson County Central’s Small Animal team earned first place as well.
  • Region 6 Minnesota FFA Degree recipients included Cole Dierks, Suzanne Pagel and Jared Smith, Fulda; Patrick Tate, Marcus Hinkeldey, Michelle Buresch, Christian Goyne-Yarns, Hannah Holmberg, Hunter Klontz, Bailey Schneekloth and Kassidy Timmer, Jackson County Central; Trevor Teal and Andrea Severtson, Luverne-Adrian; Tyler Dick and Joshua Fast, Mountain Lake; Andrew Berg, Pipestone; Autumn Hinkeldey, Kristin Liepold, Mary Poppe, Zachary Schumacher and Brandon Thurk, Southwest Star Concept; Max Sykora and John Turner, Windom; and Jacob Weg and Desalegn Zemenfes, Worthington.
  • Deb Martin, ag teacher and FFA Advisor from Worthington, was one of 19 individuals to be presented the Honorary State FFA Degree. The honor is presented to teachers, individuals and companies who have demonstrated continued success and support of the FFA and/or ag education, and made a significant impact and contribution to the success of students and the organization.
  • Rep. Rod Hamilton, Mountain Lake, was one of eight individuals inducted into the Minnesota FFA Hall of Fame. Honorees were selected by the Minnesota FFA Alumni Association.
  • The Mountain Lake FFA Chapter was honored for affiliate membership as a high percentage of students enrolled in agricultural education courses are also involved in the school’s FFA program.
  • The Fulda FFA Chapter was recognized as one of the Top 10 chapters in the state for its contributions to Camp Courage and Courage Center programs. FFA Chapters from across Minnesota have contributed to Courage Center programs for more than 60 years.
Julie Buntjer

Julie Buntjer joined the Globe newsroom in December 2003, after working more than nine years for weekly newspapers. A native of Worthington, she has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism. Find more of her stories of farm life, family and various other tidbits at

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