SCHOOL – “Local Bear River chapter takes on state FFA convention”


PICTURED ABOVE: 3rd place Parliamentary Procedure team

Top row (left to right): Hayden Kotter, Wyatt Zollinger, Sydney Wilkinson and Dustin Halat

Bottom row (left to right): Sierra Shaffer and Brinley Rhodes - Courtesy photo



BEAR RIVER HIGH – By Brinley Rhodes, Bear River FFA Chapter Reporter, March 20, 2022


Every spring, over 2,000 high school FFA members and guests from across the state gather together at the Utah FFA State Convention. Attendees participate in general sessions, competitive events, service projects and leadership workshops.


Not only does this convention give members, advisors and supporters the opportunity to emulate “Premier Leadership, Career Success and Personal Growth,” but it also gives them the chance to be recognized on stage for their hard work and dedication to the Utah FFA Association.


The 94th annual Utah FFA State Convention was held March 10-11, at the Davis Convention Center in Layton, Utah. In total, 44 members from the Bear River FFA chapter traveled to attend the event and competed in various competitions. This was the chapter's 93rd year attending this convention. Bear River, like many years before, brought home many titles to be proud of. Many of the members rankings and winnings go as follows:

State Officer:

2022-2023 State FFA Secretary: Sydney Wilkinson, daughter of Laura and Shawn Wilkinson of Plymouth

State Degree Recipients:

Brooklyn Christensen, daughter of Nick and Angie Christensen of Plymouth

Dustin Halat, son of Loni and Jeffrey Halat of Riverside

Katie Hewlett, daughter of Jason and Kristen Hewlett of Honeyville

Hayden Kotter, son of Kevin and Lacey Kotter of Howell

Garrett Smith, son of Dave and Trudy Smith of Snowville

Taylee Tanner, daughter of Kip and Brandy Tanner of Tremonton


Proficiency Award Winner:

Ag Mechanics Repair and Maintenance Entrepreneurship: Dustin Halat, son of Loni and Jeffrey Halat of Riverside


State Star Award Winners:

State Star in Agribusiness, 1st runner up: Dustin Halat, son of Loni and Jeffrey Halat of Riverside

State Star Farmer Winner: Katie Hewlett, daughter of Jason and Kristen Hewlett of Honeyville


Prepared Public Speaking:

1st Place Winner: Brinley Rhodes, daughter of TJ and Tiffany Rhodes of Fielding


Blue and Gold Award:

TJ Rhodes, Advisor at Bear River High School


Parliamentary Procedure:

3rd Place Team: Wyatt Zollinger, Dustin Halat, Hayden Kotter, Sierra Shaffer, Sydney Wilkinson and Brinley Rhodes.

Best Chairman: Wyatt Zollinger


SAE Safety Award:

State Winner: Dillon Munns, son of Josh and Sharece Munns of Garland


Scholarship Recipients:

$1,250 scholarship: Tyler Stenquist - State Fair Ag Mech. Exhibit (donated by Vulcraft)

$250 scholarship: Ethan Peterson - State Fair Ag Mech. Exhibit (donated by Vulcraft)


Agriscience Fair Winners:

1st place in Animal Systems division 4: Brylee Fawson & Morgan Zollinger

1st place in Animal Systems division 6: Larry Pilarczyk & Tanner Doucette

1st place in Environmental Systems division 4: Saydee Pebley & Shelbey Wilkinson

1st place in Environmental Systems division 5: Brooklyn Christensen

1st place in Food products and processing systems division 4: Ellie Thompson & Shaylee Rose

1st place in Power, Structural, Technical Systems division 3: Payton John

1st place in Social Science division 4: Tayson Fowers & Mclaine Spencer

1st place in Social Science division 5: Brinley Rhodes


2nd place in Environmental Systems division 3: Brooklyn Rhodes

2nd place in Food products and processing systems division 5: Saige Murray

2nd place in Power, Structural, Technical systems division 4: Hadley Manscill and Beau Murray

2nd place in Social Science division 3: Wyatt Palmer

2nd place in Social Science division 6: Kloee Stokes & Macie Gardner


3rd place in Animal Systems division 3: Mayce Woodruff

3rd place in Animal Systems division 5: Wyatt Zollinger


Bear River FFA Chapter Awards:

Superior Chapter Award

100% Membership

5 Star Chapter Award


Courtesy photos

Larry Pilarczyk and Hunter Doucette

Bear River FFA Chapter

Sierra Shaffer, Dustin Halat and Wyatt Zollinger

Brooklyn Rhodes

Ellie Thompson and Shaylee Rose

Tayson Fowers, Jerry Anderson and Ethan Bingham

Jett Udy