WSHS senior hosts community land and range seminar
After a decorated high school career in Land and Range judging, Wessington Springs High School (WSHS) senior Landon Wolter discovered that he had reached a pinnacle when it came to competing in the contests. Due to having previously won at the national level in Land, Homesite and Range, official rules state that he could not again enter competition.
Earlier this year in May as a junior, Wolter, along with graduating seniors Isaac Kolousek, Noah Hainy and Rylie Stevens took home first place in the nation in Land and Range as a team and also won individual titles of first (Hainy), second (Stevens), third (Wolter) and fifth (Kolousek) place in the country. That victory marked the end of his individual competing career, but he still wanted to put his knowledge and skills to good use.
“I wanted to help get another team down there to nationals,” Wolter said, who had been helping WSHS students prepare for competition leading up to last week’s contest “We have a culture of winning here and they see it’s possible with the resources we have. I’m glad to help make it possible for other students to get recognized and make it to nationals.”
Now that Wessington Springs once again earned the right to go to nationals at last week’s Central Area FFA Land and Range Contest, Wolter set his eyes on a goal that will also serve as his senior project.
“Following the article in the True Dakotan about us winning at nationals in May, a lot of people were asking me questions about the contest and what it all entails,” Wolter said. “I got to thinking, why can’t I do something for the community that’s going to help them gain knowledge and show them more about what we are doing and learning.”
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