cccacccccccApril 3, 2012 was a night to give credit where credit is due for the Rugby FFA Chapter. The 78th annual Rugby FFA Parent Member Banquet was another night to remember as parents, FFA members, sponsors, community members, and Rugby High School faculty gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of students with bright futures. This year the banquet was dedicated to Mr. Paul Lindseth for his many years of support and dedication to the Rugby Agriculture Education department and FFA program. Keynote speaker was Mrs. Tamra Maddock, Assistant Executive Director of the ND FFA Foundation.
Many awards were given out during the ceremony. FFA fruit and pizza sales are important to the Rugby FFA Chapter. The five high salespersons were Kristen Mundahl 5th, Brexton Odden 4th, Clay Vannett 3rd, MyKell Bosch 2nd, and Benji Miller Top Salesperson. These awards were sponsored by Rugby Eagles Club and Center Mutual Insurance.
2011 state champion proficiencies were Josh Stutrud Diversified Ag Production, Mike Ostrem Diversified Crop Production, Jayden Welk Forage Production, Matt Mattern Ag Processing, and Jarett Lovcik Poultry Production.
Mike Ostrem was a finalist for Stars of North Dakota in Ag Placement. Mike finished second overall. Josh Stutrud was name the Star Farmer of North Dakota.
The 2012 Rugby FFA Proficiency Awards are as follows: Ag Education Kristen Mundahl was selected as state qualifier and received a gold award. Sponsoring this award is Farm Credit Services. Ag Mechanics Design and Fabrication Zach Berube and Taylor DeMers were named as the states' two qualifiers from District 3 with both earning gold individual awards. This award is sponsored by Rugby Manufacturing and Harper Oil. Ag Mechanics Repair and Maintenance Jarett Lovcik was selected as a state qualifier and was a gold award winner. Receiving silver awards were Matt Johnson and Erik Wangler. These awards were sponsored by Gooseneck Implement and Gault Trucking. Ag Sales - Rylie Wangler earned a gold award and was a state qualifier. Earning a silver award was Jordan Brossart. These awards are sponsored by Rugby Lumber and Hardware Hank. Ag Services Mike Ostrem earned a gold award and has been selected as a state qualifier. This award is sponsored by Heart of America Ag Services Inc. and Merchants Bank. Beef Entrepreneurship Proficiency Tyler Burgard was a gold award recipient and selected as a state qualifier. This award is sponsored by Rugby Livestock. Beef Placement Proficiency - Earning a gold award and advancing as a state qualifier is Brian Jordan. This award is sponsored by Rugby Livestock and Bremer Bank. Diversified Ag Production Kent Schmaltz and Matt Mattern earned gold awards and are state qualifiers. These awards are being sponsored by Precision Auto Body & Farm Credit Services. Equine Placement Laura Fritel earned a gold award and is a state qualifier. Sponsoring this award is Nodak Mutual Insurance. Fiber and Oil Crop Production Josh Stutrud earned a gold award and was named a state qualifier for this award. This award is being sponsored by Rugby Welding and Berube Crop Insurance. Forage Production Preston Vetsch was named a state qualifier and earned a gold award. Sponsoring this award is Vestch Farms. Grain Production Placement Leo Hoffert earned a gold award and was named a state qualifier. Brady Tuchscherer earned a silver award. Sponsoring these awards are Pierce County Farm Bureau and Schmaltz Family Farms. Poultry Production Kyle Lovcik earned a gold award and was named a state qualifier. Sponsoring this award is Rugby Vet Service and Fossum Trucking. Specialty Animal Production Kris Leier was named a state qualifier and earned a gold award. Sponsoring this award is St. Michel Furniture and Bremer Bank.
Rugby Star Chapter Farmer was Brian Jordan. This award is sponsored by Hartley's School Bus Service and Schaan Oil. Jarett Lovcik was given the Star Chapter Agribuisiness Award. Rugby Lumber and Vetsch Farms sponsored this award. Receiving the Star Chapter Ag Placement Award was Taylor DeMers. This award is sponsored by HE Everson's and Merchant's Bank. Clay Vannett was name the Outstanding Junior High Member. Deplazes Ready Mix and The Windshield Doctor were the sponsors of this award. Carter Medalen of Rugby Farmers Union Agronomy Department awarded Kristen Mundahl with the Dekalb Award. The FFA Achievement Award went to Preston Vetsch. Sponsoring this award is Harper Oil and Farmers Union Insurance. Brian Jordan was named the Outstanding FFA Member. This award is sponsored by Heart of America Ag Services and D & S Motors.
Receiving the Ed Volk Leadership Scholarship was Kristen Mundahl. Abbey Paul was the recipient of the Bennie Selland Memorial Scholarship. Receiving the Rugby FFA Meat Science Scholarship was Matt Mattern. Jayden Welk was awarded the Rugby FFA Foundation Production Scholarship. Emily Voeller was the recipient of the Rugby FFA Foundation Scholarship. Paxton Klein was awarded the Richard Heilman Memorial Scholarship.