Area students awarded FFA jackets by South Dakota FFA Foundation

BATH – To its owner, the FFA jacket is a physical reminder of the personal accomplishments achieved through the organization - a symbol of commitment and dedication for all who wear the corduroy.

This fall 319 South Dakota FFA members from 75 chapters, will receive their own FFA jackets through the SD FFA Foundation Blue Jackets Bright Futures FFA Jacket Program - carrying forward that long-standing tradition of pride, dignity and honor. Jackets were sponsored by various individuals through the SD FFA Foundation program, welcoming new members into the fabric of FFA.  

FFA members filled out the Blue Jackets Bright Futures FFA Jacket Program application, answering short essay questions about their FFA experience and goals, competing to earn their own FFA jacket instead of purchasing one.  

2021 Heartland Region recipients are:

Alivia Gekrje, Clark
Avery Lee, Clark
Lauren Luvaas, Clark
Katelynn Merkle, Clark
Griffen Musser, Clark

Dannika Seaman, Doland
Melanie Rolston, Doland

Aiden Ferens, Highmore
Payton Beare, Highmore
Trake Cowan, Highmore
Kenidey Effling, Highmore
Carson Stephenson, Highmore
Reghan Westcott, Highmore

Ella Johnson, Hitchcock-Tulare
Mikael Nielson, Hitchcock-Tulare
Katelyn Schroeder, Hitchcock-Tulare

Shelby Pekron, Iroquois
Kera Dubro, Iroquois
Kali Burma, Iroquois

Corey Leisy, Miller
Sheridyn Sivertsen, Miller
Kellan Hurd, Miller
Alex Schumacher, Miller

Creighton Bowar, Redfield
Dawson Zens, Redfield
Jackson Sandoz, Redfield
Logan Siebrecht, Redfield
Kadi Schnabel, Redfield
Kevin Weller, Redfield

Emilie Lindgren, Sanborn Central/Woonsocket
Alexander Schelske, Sanborn Central/Woonsocket
Bryce Larson, Sanborn Central/Woonsocket

Kennedy Keck, Sunshine Bible Academy
Betra Amare, Sunshine Bible Academy

Landen Christensen, Wessington Springs
Robert Hine, Wessington Springs
Lucas Christensen, Wessington Springs
Sam Poncelow, Wessington Springs
Mackenzi Johanneson, Wessington Springs

Kate Larson, Willow Lake
Samantha Brenden, Willow Lake
Nora Terhark, Willow Lake
Kaylyn Hofer, Willow Lake
Shay Michalski, Willow Lake
Tehya Vig, Willow Lake
Ginny Warkenthien, Willow Lake

Keaton Zomer. Wolsey-Wessington
Riyli Peterson, Wolsey-Wessington
Zack Ferderer, Wolsey-Wessington
Hannah Hiles, Wolsey-Wessington
Ashlynn Hofer, Wolsey-Wessington
Dominic Bergman, Wolsey-Wessington

When students join the FFA, they typically purchase or borrow jackets to compete in the many Career Development Events offered through FFA.  The jacket is their team “uniform” to be worn at all official FFA events. The blue corduroy FFA jacket has been the status symbol of the national FFA organization since 1933, when delegates to the national convention voted to make the jacket part of the organization’s official attire, thus creating the long-standing tradition.

Individuals and businesses interested in sponsoring an FFA jacket for a SD FFA member should contact Gerri Ann Eide, SD FFA Foundation Executive Director at 605-765-4865 or [email protected]  Sponsorships are $80 per jacket.

The SD FFA Foundation is proud to support Agricultural Education and the FFA’s mission to make a difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.   

For more information about the South Dakota FFA Foundation and South Dakota’s FFA programs, visit or like us on Facebook. A full list of the sponsor of each student’s jacket is on the Foundation’s Facebook page.