INDIANAPOLIS — Winners of the National FFA Agricultural Sales Career Development Event (CDE) were announced Oct. 29 at the 94th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis. Mrs. Theresa Noll from Indiana served as superintendent of the event.
The top ten individuals and the national winning team members received cash awards to recognize their success in the event. The cash awards and the agricultural sales event are sponsored by Bayer, NAU Country Insurance, Nutrien Ag Solutions and Syngenta.
“Cultivating members’ interest in pursuing careers in agriculture is a shared goal of the National FFA Organization and Bayer,” said Brian Leake, Advocacy and Communications Manager. “FFA members are the future of our industry and we are proud to be a returning sponsor of the Ag Sales Career Development Event, to help prepare FFA members for their future agricultural careers.”
The National FFA Agricultural Sales CDE is a competitive event that allows students to apply classroom knowledge to real-life situations. The event includes actual sales presentations, a written exam, team sales situation. Each team competed at local and state levels for the privilege of representing their state at the National FFA Convention & Expo.
The event, held at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown, is one of many educational activities at the National FFA Convention & Expo in which FFA members practice the lessons taught in agricultural education classes.
Top Placing Teams
1st Place — Illinois; AINSLEY KRATOCHVIL, EVAN SLAGEL, PATRICK MCGREAL, and KENNA SKAGGS, all of Prairie Central FFA
2nd Place — Texas; COLE HELMCAMP, TALYN DIERKING, MORGAN HESTERS, and SAMANTHA DIEZI, all of Bellville FFA
3rd Place — Utah; RAYNEE RICHARDSON, KAITLYN WRIGHT, MAKENZI THOMAS, and KARTER BARBAKOS, all of Maple Mountain FFA
4th Place — Ohio; SHAWNA BARR, OLIVIA TRAYLOR, MEGAN SCHWENDEMAN, and ZOEY MCBRIDE, all of Hillsdale FFA
5th Place — California; ASHLEY SANDLIN, AMETHYST LUMLEY, KINDALL GRISHAM, and CAMERON IVY, all of Merced-Golden Valley FFA
6th Place — Missouri; EMILY HOYT, JUSTIN DUENKE, LANDON WRIGHT, and BROOKLYN GLASGOW, all of Audrain Co. R-VI FFA
7th Place — Washington; MCCOY NELSON, CORA SHINDLER, SIDNEY APPEL, and DELANEY IMLER, all of Colfax FFA
8th Place — Indiana; SYDNEY HEFTY, NATE FILLENWARTH, MATTHIAS HEFTY, and C ISAAC SCHWEITZER, all of DeKalb FFA
9th Place — Kentucky; EMILY MARSH, JENNA BYRD, TAYLOR CHAMBERS, and TRAVIS HERNDON, all of Henderson County FFA
10th Place — Oklahoma; ANDREA PADILLA, BLAKLEY HOWARD, SADIE KEITH, and PAIGE BAXTER, all of Elgin FFA