The proficiency award program recognizes students for exceptional accomplishments and excellence in a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) program. This program allows students to set goals and gain real-world experience in a chosen area of the agriculture industry. For backdrop photos, please go to

The winners of the proficiency awards are as follows:

Agricultural Communications- Haylee Boulanger, Eureka (sponsored by Kansas Farmer Magazine)

Agricultural Education- Mallorie Keltz, Labette County (sponsored by Larry Gossen Family and Harmon Bliss Family)

Agricultural Mechanics Design and Fabrication- Remington Talley, Eureka (sponsored by Abilene Machine)

Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance- Entrepreneurship- Trevor Taylor, Doniphan West (sponsored by Vivayic)

Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance- Placement- Diedrick Bolte, Beloit (sponsored by KanEquip)

Agricultural Processing- Taylor Lexow, Chapman (sponsored by Ag Processing, Inc.)

Agricultural Sales- Entrepreneurship- Emily Glenn, Scott City (Farmway Co-op)

Agricultural Sales- Placement- Maggie Kruse, Sabetha (sponsored by Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission)

Agricultural Services- Jeremy Hett, Marion-Florence (sponsored by Farm Credit Associations of Kansas)

Agriscience Research- Integrated Systems- Tegan Maxson, Labette County (sponsored by Friends of Kansas FFA)

Agriscience Research- Plant Systems- Heather Smith, Labette County (DuPont Pioneer)

Beef Production Entrepreneurship- Tanner Walden, Tonganoxie (sponsored by Sam & Janet Hands)

Beef Production Placement- Ryan Stewart, Washington County (sponsored by McPherson County Feeders)

Dairy Production Entrepreneurship- Malorie Depenbusch, Udall (sponsored by Kansas Dairy Commission)

Dairy Production  Placement- Oliver Schmitz, Axtell (sponsored by Kansas Dairy Commission)

Diversified Agricultural Production- Tyler Phillips, Mission Valley (sponsored by Triangle H)

Diversified Crop Production Entrepreneurship- Alek Royer, Haven (sponsored by Kansas Corn Commission)

Diversified Crop Production Placement- Austin Taylor, Doniphan West (sponsored by Kansas Crop Improvement Association)

Diversified Horticulture- Dawson Minor, Fort Scott (sponsored by Hummert International)

Diversified Livestock Production- Megan Newlon, Hugoton (sponsored by McPherson County Feeders)

Environmental Science and Natural Resource- Alexandria Clark, Holton (sponsored by Midwest Ford Dealers)

Equine Science Entrepreneurship- Rebekah Johnson, Chapman (sponsored by Zenger Management)

Equine Science Placement- Bailey Hittle, Mission Valley (sponsored United Mosquito and Fly Control, LLC.)

Fiber and/or Oil Crop Production- Devin Taylor, Doniphan West (sponsored by Kansas Soybean Commission)

Food Science and Technology- Hunter Endicott, Riverton (sponsored by City BBQ)

Forage Production- Michael Olson, Blue Valley (sponsored by Kansas Forage and Grassland Council, Inc.)


Goat Production- Erin Falkenstien, Labette County (sponsored by Animal Health International)

Grain Production Entrepreneurship- Matt VanDyke, Plainville (sponsored by Kansas Wheat Commission)

Grain Production Placement- Joseph Ryckert, Paola (sponsored by Kansas Wheat Commission)

Home and/or Community Development- Erin Rombeck, Marysville (sponsored by Seitz Gift Fruit, Inc.)

Landscape Management- Hunter Idol, Doniphan West (sponsored by Lawrence Landscapes)

Nursery Operations- Lucas Broxterman, Royal Valley (sponsored by Prairie Sky Ranch)

Outdoor Recreation- Tanner Walker, Mission Valley (sponsored by Coleman Company)

Poultry Production- Lacey Vesecky, Eudora (sponsored by DuPont Pioneer)

Sheep Production- Natalie Harris, Chapman (sponsored by Harris Show Lambs)

Small Animal Production and Care- Katie Malone, Erie (sponsored by Animal Health International

Specialty Animal Production- Seth Rudeen, Mission Valley (sponsored by Prairie School Farms)

Swine Production Entrepreneurship- Brooke Riggs, Prairie View (sponsored by Kansas Pork Association)

Swine Production Placement- Jordan Cox, Royal Valley (sponsored by Kansas Pork Association)

Turf Grass Management- Austin Nordyke, Hugoton (sponsored by Sod Shop, Inc.)

Veterinary Science- Kyndall Norris, Manhattan (sponsored by Kansas Veterinary Medical Association)

Wildlife Production and Management- Cordell Waggoner, Haven (sponsored by Kansas Chapter- National Wild Turkey Federation)