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Minatare FFA members receive prestigious awards
May 14, 2015 Jerry Purvis   

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Courtesy Photo - Minatare FFA officers Chance McAllister and Tristen Wecker received DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Awards during the chapterís annual banquet on May 7.

Tristen Wecker and Chance McAllister, seniors at Minatare High School, were honored at the schoolís annual FFA banquet with the Monsanto DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award.

Matt Korkow, Minatareís FFA sponsor, said students need to be an officer in the program in order to qualify for the award. ďI had three people nominated for the award and was glad to see that two of them were accepted. Itís a great honor for the agricultural industry. I just wish they had a scholarship to go along with it.Ē

Korkow said both winners have worked hard throughout their high school careers. Wecker has been the chapterís FFA president and McAllister has been the chapter secretary, each for the past two years.

McAllister, the son of Sheri McAllister, plans to attend South Dakota School of Mines in the fall to major in engineering. He will also be part of the football program.

Wecker, daughter of Denasha Wecker, will attend Black Hills State University this fall, tentatively majoring in education.
The DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award is now 68 years old and has become a symbol for excellence at the highest agricultural honor at the high school level. More than 160,000 high school seniors have received the award over the years.

The award is sponsored by the Monsanto Corporation.
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