At the conclusion of the 85th Wisconsin FFA Convention, Allison Wedig of Darlington FFA was elected to serve as the Wisconsin State FFA president for 2014-2015. Wedig served as a vice president on the 2013-2014 state FFA officer team. The 19 year old is a sophomore at University of Wisconsin-Madison majoring in life science communication. She succeeds Logan Wells of Monroe FFA who was the 2013-2014 State FFA president.
The convention was held June 9-12 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison. The theme of the convention was “Ignite the Passion, Live with Purpose.”
On Wednesday evening, June 11, the rest of the State FFA Officer Team was announced. A new state officer was elected from each of the state’s 10 sections. Following are the names of newly elected officers for 2014-2015 and a little bit about each of them.
•Ethan Dado, parliamentarian, is a member of the Amery FFA from Section 1. Dado, 19, will be a sophomore at University of Minnesota. His passion for FFA has driven him to pursue a double major in agricultural education and animal science. He is the son of Rick and Gwen Dado of Amery.
•Maggie Larson, vice president, is a member of the Osseo-Fairchild FFA from Section 2. Larson will be a sophomore at University of Minnesota. Like Dado, she is double majoring in agricultural education and animal science. She played in the State FFA Honors Band for four years. The 19 year old is the daughter of Rich and Teri Larson.
•Matt Kortbein, treasurer, is a member of the Tomah FFA from Section 3. Kortbein will be a freshman at UW-Richland Center. He has been working on the family farm since he was a young boy. He is the 18 year old son of Timothy and Joan Kortbein.
*Danielle Jentz, vice president, is a member of the Platteville FFA from Section 4. Jentz, 17, will be a freshman at University of Kentucky. She is the daughter of Jim and Jill Jentz. She is actively involved in the family’s beef operation.
•Kaitlyn Owens, sentinel, is a member of the Wisconsin Heights FFA from Section 5. Owens will be a freshman at University of Coastal Carolina. Owens takes pride in organizing community service projects for FFA. She is the 18 year old daughter of David and Lori Owens.
•Sally Albers, vice president, is a member of the Sauk Prairie FFA from Section 6. She will be a freshman at UW-River Falls, where she plans to major in agricultural education. Albers, 18, finished second in the State FFA Extemporaneous Speaking Contest. She is the daughter of Kim Adler.
•Leeah Luepke, vice president, is a member of Spencer FFA from Section 7. Luepke, 17, will be a freshman at UW-River Falls where she plans to major in agricultural education. She is the daughter of Kim Luepke and Joanne Parks.
•Hallie Kopczynski, vice president, is a member of the Oconto Falls FFA from Section 8. Kopczynski will be a freshman at UW-Platteville where she plans to major in animal science. The 18 year old plans to become a large animal veterinarian. She is the daughter of Mark and Therese Kopczynski.
•Kellie Wilfert, secretary, is a member of the Mishicot FFA from Section 9. She will be a sophomore at UW-Madison majoring in ag economics. The 19 year old will receive her American FFA Degree this October and is the Wisconsin candidate for American Star in Agribusiness. She is the daughter of Dave and Terri Wilfert.
•Kati Kindschuh, reporter, is a member of the Lomira FFA from Section 10. The 18 year old will be a freshman at UW-Platteville majoring in agribusiness. After graduation she plans to work for an agricultural publication as an ag journalist. She is the daughter of David and Dianne Kindschuh.
As state FFA officers, each officer will meet thousands of FFA members and will travel more than 10,000 miles during the next year. They will attend the National FFA Convention and will meet leaders in government, education, business and agriculture.