Tech Center Students Receive 16 Awards and 18 College Credits at State FFA Convention

Community News |Mar 13, 2019|2 min read

Kimberly Melendez (Oakridge), Morgan Foster (Oakridge), Macey Wacholz (Montague), Katie Howard (Montague), Stephanie Sanford (Whitehall), Maya Justian (Montague), Emily Sullivan (Fruitport)

EAST LANSING: The Muskegon Area Career Tech Center (MACTC) Environmental/Veterinary Sciences program sent ten outstanding students to Michigan State University (MSU) to participate in Michigan’s 91st State FFA Convention, March 6-8, 2019. The MACTC FFA Chapter brought back 15 awards ranging from Academic Excellence to State Degrees during the three-day event.


Katie Howard (Montague), Macey Wacholz (Montague), and Emily Sullivan (Fruitport) received their FFA State Degree. This honor is the highest award granted by the FFA at the state level. Each of these students also earned six free credits to MSU for their accomplishment.


“Be the Reason was this year’s convention theme,” shared Howard. “It made me want to make a positive impact on my school and my future. I look forward to continuing in the agriculture field by becoming an Agriscience Teacher.”


Morgan Foster (Oakridge), Maya Justian (Montague), Katie Howard (Montague), Stephanie Sanford (Whitehall), Macey Wacholz (Montague), and Anna Brunink (Whitehall) received the Outstanding Junior Award. This award is given to juniors who have shown exemplary dedication to the FFA and their Supervised Agricultural Experience projects.
Stephanie Sanford (Whitehall), Kimberly Melendez (Oakridge), Katie Howard (Montague), McKenna Brown (Fruitport), Elizabeth Enriquez (Orchard View), Jasmine Garza (Fruitport), and Mallory Pant (Orchard View) also received Academic Excellence Awards for earning a GPA of 3.30 or greater.


All ten attendees had the opportunity to visit several of the farms at MSU. Students also toured the sheep, dairy, and horse barns. Katie and Macey, this year’s Chapter Delegates, voted on amendments to the State FFA Bylaws and on State Officers for 2019-20.


The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 557,318 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,498 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.


To learn more about the Environmental/Veterinary Sciences program at the Muskegon Area Career Tech Center visit the Classes page at


Contacts: Jennifer Glombowski, Environmental & Veterinary Sciences Instructor, FFA Advisor,


Stephanie Hoekenga, Student Outreach Specialist, 231-767-3613,