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LaCrosse FFA team earns National title

The Ritzville Adams County Journal of Ritzville, Washington

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A team of three LaCrosse High School students have been named National Champions at the 88th National FFA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky.

The FFA Marketing Plan team was comprised of LaCrosse students Britte Harder, Abigail McGregor and Jason Wigen.

The path to the championship was a long one for the local team from LaCrosse High School, a very small school of about 30 students located in rural Whitman County. After winning their district competition last year, the trio of students defeated 22 other Washington high school teams at last spring's state convention in Pullman.

Following the win at Washington State University (WSU), the team spent the summer and fall polishing their plan and presentation skills in preparation for the National Convention in Louisville, which annually draws crowds of over 60,000 attendees.

The team prepared and presented a plan designed for the Dixon Land and Livestock Company to improve and grow the annual Joint Venture Club Calf Sale. The team worked at the annual sale for the Pomeroy company.

They were able to apply this real world experience in conjunction with direction from their FFA chapter Advisor Lisa Baser to garner the national award.

In Louisville, LaCrosse faced off against 32 other state champions. Each round of the competition included a team presentation followed by a question and answer session with a panel of expert judges.

Following the initial round, the pool was narrowed to 18 state teams.

Representing Washington FFA, LaCrosse advanced to the final round against teams from Georgia, Michigan and Nebraska.

Although McGregor

Harder and Wigen presented at 5:30 a.m. local time on Oct. 30, they didn't find out until the awards banquet later that night they had won the competition.

As national champions, each student received a $1,000 cash prize from Bunge North America; a St. Louis based agricultural commodities marketing company.

Following the completion of her high school studies, Harder plans to become a commercial airline Pilot, and McGregor plans to study Architecture.

Wigen is currently serving as State FFA Reporter and will attend WSU in the fall to study crop sciences.

This is the second team Baser has taken to the National FFA Marketing Plan Competition. In 2008 she coached the team from Pomeroy High School where her husband J.D. was the FFA advisor at the time.

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Original Publication Date: November 5, 2015

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