By Taylor Bertsch
Eight members of the Baker FFA Chapter left in the early hours of April 3 to travel to Bozeman, Mont. to compete at the 89th Annual State FFA Convention in a wide range of events. In Agronomy, the team placed 29th of 58. Individually, out of 217 participants, Bradley Kallevig placed 37th, Jolyn Rost 103rd and Ivan Loutzenhiser 123rd.
The Livestock team placed 47th of 80 with Jolyn Rost in 107th, Garrett Lesh 196th, Travis Stark 221st and Zoie Rost in 229th out of 303 individuals. In the Mechanics CDE, there were 275 individual participants. Bradley Kallevig placed 118th, Garrett Lesh 189th, Sean Holliday 207th and Travis Stark 251st, bringing the team to a rank of 51st of 72 competing teams.
The Parliamentary Procedure team placed within the top 10. The members also competed in Ag Sales. Advisor Tieler Soumas stated, “I think it was a good learning year for these guys. Taking only eight students to compete in five different events doesn’t sound that crazy until you realize each event required four members per team and the last event, Parliamentary Procedure, required six. It required students to be very flexible and have a wide range of knowledge.” Two members, Sean Loutzenhiser and Bradley Kallevig, received their state degrees. Bradley announced his commitment to go on to college in Bozeman in the fall of 2019 for agriculture education. Brad also ran for state office; he was unsuccessful but was not cut until after the 4th round of interviews. Ivan Loutzenhiser stated, “It was a learning experience that taught me how to be a leader by making sure people were where they needed to be on time and knew what they needed to know.” Senior Sean Loutzenhiser says, “I’m very proud of what we accomplished and am excited to see what they do in the future.”