Sam Pinchart of the Luxemburg-Casco FFA chapter was named the 2017-18 state FFA officer representing Section 9 Thursday during the closing ceremony of the organization’s state convention. Sam also won the State FFA Discussion meet this week, and Taylor Paye received a nomination to the National Talent Competition for her dance routine.

Alyssa Johanek of the Kewaunee FFA chapter was one of the other final four candidates for the Section 9 position, with Sarah Calaway of Denmark and Valerie Berend of Bay Port.

The Discussion Meet Contest tests the abilities of FFA members in cooperatively discussing agricultural issues, exchanging ideas and information and finding solutions to issues or problems. Modeled after the Farm Bureau Group Discussion Meet contest, individuals give a 30-second opening statement, participate in 15-20 minutes of discussion and finish with a one-minute closing statement.

FFA state president Brenna Bays, center, congratulates Luxemburg-Casco members Sam Pinchart and Taylor Paye.

Pinchart, Paye and Kewaunee’s Emogene Kickbusch were among 332 FFA members who earned their state FFA degree at the convention. The Wisconsin State FFA Degree is the highest degree an FFA member can obtain on the state level.

Ciera Ballmer of the Clinton FFA Chapter was elected president of the state FFA Association during the closing session. Ballmer is a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she is majoring in dairy science and life communications. She served as a state FFA vice president during the past year.

The annual conference was attended by over 3,500 students, family and supporters this year. All of the events took place at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison.