March 18, 2022

By: Kaia Franzen, Reporter

Forty FFA chapters from around Northeast Iowa attended the 2022 Northeast District Convention held at Decorah High School on Saturday, March 12th. Chapters had the opportunity to compete in seventeen leadership development contests and three test contests.

Decorah FFA competed in eight state qualifying contests and two test contests. Three event entries were selected to advance to the Iowa FFA Leadership Conference on April 10th-12th, held in Ames, Iowa.

The three events advancing to the state competition in Ames include the Secretary’s Book: Karter Einck & Grace Gerleman – 1st place, gold rating; Treasurer’s Book: Sage Wedmann – 1st place, gold rating; Parliamentary Procedure: Annika Brynsaas, Brody Courtney, Anders Lovstuen, Creed Monroe & Kayleigh Smith – 2nd place, gold rating.

The seven other events that members participated in consisted of the Reporter’s Scrapbook: Kaia Franzen – 3rd place, alternate to state, gold rating; Chapter Program: Melia Kruse & Morgan Moen – 3rd place, gold rating, alternate to state; Public Speaking: Grace Gerleman – silver rating; Ag Sales: Braunwyn Darrington- bronze rating; Ag Issues: Bryss Ehrie, Ciara Wedmann, Mara Wyatt & Olivia Wyatt – bronze rating; Farm Business Management Test -1st place team: Brendan Hunter (2nd place individual, gold rating), Dylan Elsbernd (3rd place individual, gold rating), Sage Wedmann (5th place individual, gold rating) & David Kreitzer (silver rating); Chapter Test (7th place team): Jeremiah Rediske (gold rating) & Gavin Sims (silver rating).

3.12.22 District FBM Team 1st Place Kreitzer, Hunter, Elsbernd, Wedmann
Photo ID (l-r): David Kreitzer, Brendan Hunter, Dylan Elsbernd, and Sage Wedmann earned first place honors in the farm business management contest at the Northeast District FFA Convention.
3.12.22 Decorah FFA at District FFA Convention
Front Row (l-r): Morgan Moen, Braunwyn Darrington, Olivia Wyatt, and Maggie Lovstuen
Middle Row (l-r): Anders Lovstuen, Brody Courtney, Creed Monroe, Caiden Bruns, Jeramiah Rediske, Melia Kruse, Annika Brynsaas, Mara Wyatt, Chezny Ryant, Ciara Wedmann, and Dahlyn Headington
Top Row (l-r): Logan Frye, Gavin Sims, Brendan Hunter, David Kreitzer, Dylan Elsbernd, Sage Wedmann, Kayleigh Smith, Travis Nordheim, Bryss Ehrie, Hannah Schnitzler, and Addison Wemark
Members who competed in a contest but are not pictured include Kaia Franzen and Grace Gerleman.

3.12.22 District 1st Place Secretary's Book Gerleman, Einck
Grace Gerleman (pictured) and Karter Einck received first place in the FFA secretary’s book contest and will advance to state.
3.12.22 District 1st Place Treasurer's Book S. Wedmann
Sage Wedmann received first place honors in the FFA treasurer’s book contest. Her treasurer’s book will advance to the state competition in April.