Over 600 FFA members attended the 2021 South Dakota State FFA Leadership Event on December 5-6 in Pierre. Milbank’s Hattie Muellenbach was selected as a top FFA officer in the Parliamentary Procedure event.
She was one of only five at-large members statewide who earned this honor. The winners included: Chair – Kaylee Bosma – Lennox-Sundstrom Members at Large Hattie Muellenbach – Milbank Andy Brooker – Hitchcock-TulareReese McKenna – Belle FourcheNathaniel Collette – Lennox SundstromTori Dvorak – Scotland
Veronica Fonder placed third in the FFA Creed Speaking Career Development event. The winners included:1. Bennett Gordon – Sturgis 2. Ashlyn Roudabush – Mitchell 3. Veronica Fonder – Milbank 4. Quynn Nielson – Sioux Valley 5. Mikael Nelson – Hitchcock-Tulare 6. Alexa Roland – Rapid City 7. Madi Ethan – Raymond 8. Lydia Main – Belle Fourche 9. Ridge Roduner – Wessington Springs 10. Jocelyn Rumpca – Webster
The MHS Parliamentary Procedure team place sixth. The team consisted of president Isaac Sousa and members Marion Muschel, Hattie Muellenbach, Luis Berrones, Wylie Mursu, and Tice Mursu. Top-places were earned by:1. Belle Fourche2. Scotland3. Lennox-Sundstrom4. Hitchcock-Tulare5. Willow Lake 6. Milbank
Korbin Leddy participated in the FFA Employment Skills. Milbank FFA officers Natalie Meyer, Keara Van Hoorn, and Raul Berrones assisted with the timing of the South Dakota State FFA Extemporaneous Speaking and FFA Employment Skills events.
Big Idea Competition
Three Milbank agriculture education students participated in the Big Idea Million Cup Challenge on the campus of Northern State University in Aberdeen on December 8. Students presented their business idea in two minutes in front of a judge and then responded to questions about their idea.
Winners received cash and scholarships to South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Northern State University, and Presentation College. Winners included:
Lake Area Tech Weld-Off
MHS welding students also attended Lake Area Tech’s Weld-Off on December 7 in Watertown. Over 300 students participated. Two levels of competition were open to students in grades 10-12 — those with zero to one year of experience and those with more than one year of experience.
The day included a welding competition, written test, tour of LAT’s welding technology, precision machining and robotics/electronics programs, an industry roundtable, lunch, and awards.
Jerry Janisch, agricultural instructor at MHS, also serves as the adviser for the Milbank FFA team.