Kristen Klager of the Saline FFA won MFB’s 2016 Youth Discussion Meet.
GRAND RAPIDS — Eighteen bright young stars from across the spectrum of youth agricultural education competed in Michigan Farm Bureau’s Youth Discussion Meet, Nov. 29 at the organization’s annual meeting in Grand Rapids. Patterned after Farm Bureau’s legacy of discussion meets, but for a younger host of contestants, the Youth Discussion Meet saw participants representing FFA chapters from across the state.
Kristen Klager of the Saline FFA came out on top of this year’s competition, followed by runner-up Hannah Dutcher of the Corunna FFA.
Also competing in the final round were Lydia AcMoody, Branch Area FFA; Raegan Gembarski, North Huron FFA; Jessica McDaniels, North Huron FFA; and Sam Wortz, Branch Area FFA.
This year’s contestants took on several topics relevant to farmers today:
The final round Nov. 29 represented the culmination of a process that began with six regional contests that took place in October and November. The top three contestants from each region faced off alongside each other Nov. 29 at MFB’s 97th Annual Meeting in Grand Rapids.
Other competitors this year included Bracy Groshko, Branch Area FFA; Luke Wheeler, Sand Creek FFA; Carly Claucherty, Springport FFA; Jake Bushey, Laker FFA; Kaddi Gewirtz, Perry FFA; Malinda Barberio, Laingsburg FFA; Connor Nugent, Lowell FFA; Kaitlynn Harper, Caledonia FFA; Wyatt Talsma, Careerline Tech Center FFA; Collin Randall, Ellsworth FFA; David Lindsay, Alcona FFA; and Miranda Hall, Whittemore-Prescott FFA.
The first- and second-place winners took home $300 and $200 cash prizes, respectively, courtesy of the Michigan Foundation for Agriculture.
Formerly known as the FFA Discussion Meet, the Youth Discussion Meet is now open to any high school student interested in agriculture.