Advisors: Mrs. Jen Westphal and Ms. Jamie Christiansen

2021-22 Officers:

President: Trenton Rickels
Vice President: Hannah Fishwild
Secretary: Karley Schaefer
Treasurer: Jared Crock
Reporters: Chiara Dusanek and Jayda Thomsen
Sentinel: Gracie Franzen

You can find all FFA events on a calendar by going to rSchool

If you would like to follow Midland FFA on social media:

Twitter: @Midland_FFA

Instagram: midlandffa

Facebook: Midland FFA


Midland FFA will sponsor a Glow Run on September 19th at 7PM at the Wyoming Fairgrounds. The run starts at 7:30. Entry fee of $20 covers t-shirt and materials with all proceeds going to two local families.

Lincoln Gravel was killed in a tragic vehicle accident early this summer. Lincoln’s mom Theresa is a paraeducator at the Middle High School and his dad, Rodney, is an assistant wrestling coach. Lincoln’s little sister Tae is a freshman at Midland.

Derek Denniston is currently undergoing cancer treatments. His wife Shelby is a teacher at Midland Elementary. Two of his children are students at Midland Elementary as well.

Both families will benefit if you sign up and come have fun with us. Thanks for showing you care Eagle community!

REGISTRATION FORM: https://www.midland.k12.ia.us/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Midland.FFA_.Glow_.Run_.Registration.Form_.pdf

POSTER: https://www.midland.k12.ia.us/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/FFAGlowRunPoster.pdf


Nineteen of our brightest FFA stars and their sponsors Mrs. Westphal and Miss Christiansen travelled to the 93rd Annual Iowa Leadership Conference in Des Moines on April 19 and 20 and brought home 8 plaques and one certificate for their countless hours of work they have put in on the various contests. They were shining bright on that stage and represented themselves, their school and their community very well indeed.

The Ag Issues and Perceptions team, consisting of Hope Saroka, Jensen Orr, Kole Michaud, Chichi Dusanek, Trenton Rickels, Alivia Smith, and Hannah Fishwild, received a gold rating and became the State Champions in this event. The Experience The Action team, consisting of Alyssa Streets, Hunter Wink, Logan Bicknese, Payton Rockwell, and Owen Sterk, received a gold rating and were fourth in the State in this event.

Chichi Dusanek sang “Thinking Out Loud”, by Ed Sheeran at State Talent, and won the talent show. She had the honor of singing in front of 5,000 people during the fourth General Session (If you would like to see Chichi’s performance at the General Session, The Midland FFA Facebook Page has a video). The Ag Biotechnology team received a gold rating and became the State Champions in this event. This team included Hope Saroka, Bryce Rushford, Chichi Dusanek, and Trenton Rickels. Chichi also became the two year reigning individual champion of the Ag Biotechnology competition. Ag Communications which included: Alli Paulsen, Elizabeth Soper, Karley Schaefer, and Sophia Coates, received a gold rating and placed third in the State, behind two very tough teams. Sophia Coates won her individual practicum of the Ag Communications competition. Hannah Fishwild, Jayda Thomsen, and Gracie Franzen received a silver rating in Ag Marketing Plan at State Convention. Jensen Orr was a Star Over Iowa finalist in the section of Agribusiness based on his business Jensen’s Steampunk designs. Four members were recognized for earning their Iowa Degrees: Hope Saroka, Callie Petersen, Jensen Orr, and Kole Michaud. The Chapter was also recognized in the area of Growing Leaders for the State of Iowa, and will submit an application to nationals.

The members hard work and dedication to their events has paid off tremendously. A BIG thanks to the sponsors who put in hundreds of hours on these projects too! Congratulations Midland FFA!!! We are proud of you!!!


Congrats to FFA members participating at Districts last Saturday, Chapter Website by Jared Crock earned a Silver Rating. Experience the Action which was Payton Rockwell, Isabelle Ricketts, Owen Sterk Logan Bicknese, and Hunter Wink earned a Gold Rating and 2nd Place, Ag Issues and Perceptions Hope Saroka, Jensen Orr, Kole Michaud, Chiara Dusanek, Alivia Smith, Hannah Fishwild, and Trenton Rickels earned a Gold Rating and were District Champions. Both Experience the Action and Ag Issues advanced to State Contests and will complete in April.

FFA UPDATE – JAN 25, 2021

The Midland FFA is happy to announce that the Greenhand Banquet is finally being held after being cancelled due to high Covid rates last semester. The banquet will be held on January 31st at 4 pm. This time will be used to recognize our Greenhands participation in the FFA. They will receive the Greenhand Pin which is to be put on their official jackets. Second year members will also be recognized at the banquet with their Chapter Degrees. The Chapter Degree is the highest degree a chapter can bestow on its members.

The Midland FFA was able to continue our tradition of giving back and making We Care packages for our communities. With support from community members and your kind donations, we made approximately fifty packages for children and about twenty for adults. In each package for children we were able to include books, toys, and clothing items. For the adult packages, we included hygiene items, clothing, and other necessities. We spent one morning donating the packages to various food pantries in our district. We want to thank everyone who donated items, helped package them, and reached out to the advisors about obtaining these packages.

In December, we held a food drive for both the elementary and high schools. The food drive looked very different this year, but we still had a large amount of food donated. In the high school building, Ms. C and Ms. Kaftans’ seminar classes had the largest amount of food donated. The elementary school also participated in this event, and collected approximately eleven boxes with food. We would like to thank the students and community members for the generous donations. The food collected from this event was split up between the food pantries in our district.