2017 Scholarship Recipients

College Scholarships

Leave a Legacy

Katie Koterba, Electric City FFA

Katie hails from the Electric City FFA chapter. She was extremely active in her chapter serving as the chapter president, treasurer, student advisor, and secretary. She has a unique Supervised Agricultural Experience, where she started a photography project that focuses on agricultural communications. She is the chapter photographer as her photos are posted in the chapter poster and scrapbook. She is excited to be a Bobcat as she will attend Montana State University, majoring in Agricultural Education – broadfield teaching.

Abbey Dunn, Corvallis FFA

Abbey Dunn was selected as the 2017-2018 Montana FFA State 2nd Vice President, along with receiving the Leave a Legacy scholarship at State Convention. Abbey was very active in high school as she served as the chapter president from the fall of 2015 to spring of 2017. She has a strong passion for animals as she raises her own cattle herd for her Supervised Agricultural Experience program. She will be attending Montana State University – Bozeman with a major in Agricultural Education and a focus in Animal Science.

Chase Kilzer, Culbertson FFA

Chase hopes to be the third-generation farmer and rancher on his grandfather’s ranch. He raises Boer goats and owns over 100 head. He uses the goats for market, weed control, and projects for the Roosevelt County Fair. Chase attended Alumni Leadership Camp, Premier Leadership Conference, and Washington Leadership Conference. He is excited to obtain a degree in range management and agricultural business.

Sara Malesich, Beaverhead FFA

Sara is a highly-educated individual with a 3.95 GPA and ranked 11th in her class out of 92 students. She truly cares about people and wants to make a difference by obtaining her bachelor’s degree in nursing. She plans to get her CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) and work over the summer to build her resume. She mentioned, “Graduating from nursing school is a goal I know I can pursue because I am passionate about being an incredible nurse and making a difference I people’s lives.”

Natalie Arnott, Missoula FFA

Natalie has a love for large animals, she currently owns cattle, horses, sows, and ewes. She even owns a petting zoo that consists of goats, miniature horses, turkeys, and pigs; she will take the petting zoo to summer school classes with special needs students. Her goal is to become a large animal veterinarian. “The line of work will allow me to fulfill a lifelong goal of working with animals, along with becoming a leader in an essential occupation.”

BreElle Wacker, Melstone FFA

BreElle hails from the Melstone FFA chapter on the Wacker Cattle Ranch. She trains young and old horses and also owns cattle as her SAE. She keeps busy with volunteering in the community by painting signs for her school, raking leaves, and singing carols to the elderly during the holiday season. She also contributes to her chapter by mowing, weed-eating, and picking up garbage around the town of Melstone. She is striving to be an Elementary Education major with a minor in Physical Education. She wants to come back to a small “C” sized school, just as the one she was raised in.

Mikayla Comes, Fergus of Lewistown FFA

Mikayla was selected as a Leave a Legacy scholarship recipient, along with being elected as the 2017-2018 Montana FFA State Secretary at the 2017 state FFA convention. She grew up in the hills of Fergus of Lewistown working on the Comes Angus Ranch where her and her family were responsible for an operation of about 400 head of black angus cattle. She will be attending Montana State University-Bozeman, majoring in Agricultural Business.

Sierra Osborne, Sidney FFA

Sierra was busy in her hometown of Sidney as she served as her chapter reporter, secretary, and president for the 2016-2017 school year. She has a running Sheep Production Entrepreneurship project, currently owning nine breeding ewes and one ram. She is actively involved in her community as she volunteers with food drives, serves as a junior instructor for shooting sports, and gathers cancer care packages. She will be attending Montana State University and pursue a degree in Agricultural Education – Broadfield Teaching option. She wants to teach and inspire students just as her agriculture teacher has done for her.

Jenna Barker, Conrad FFA

Jenna, from the Conrad FFA chapter, has served as her chapter reporter, secretary, and president throughout her high school career. She attended Washington Leadership Conference, Alumni Leadership Camp, and Premier Leadership Conference. She raises steers each year and shows them throughout the state, also participating in the Jr. Hereford Association. She is excited to attend Montana State University – Bozeman, majoring in Agricultural Communications. She hopes to work with individuals on communicating the importance of agriculture.

Kara Hanna, Gardiner FFA

In Kara’s years of high school and FFA, she completed 52 hours of community service. Her chapter hosts annual community service events which include a Veteran’s Day concert, teacher breakfast, and a wood chopping event. They also are active by shoveling sidewalks and bridges during the winter season. Kara would like to major in general agriculture and allow the classes to interest her and see which path she would like to go down.


Krystal Sutton, Flathead FFA

Krystal, from the Flathead FFA chapter, is extremely active in her chapter. She served as the chapter secretary and 2016-2017 chapter president. Her SAE is an entrepreneurship in sheep breeding, Hilltop Club Lambs. She was active in FFA and 4-H, showing her lambs for the past 7 years. She will continue to raise a market lamb for the Northwest Montana Fair every year of high school as well. She is excited to be a bobcat at Montana State University – Bozeman and major in Animal Science, her focus will be Veterinary Medicine.

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Lauren McCaffree, Missoula FFA

Lauren is from the western side of the state, Missoula, Montana. She served as the chapter treasurer and 2nd vice president. Her SAE’s included a market steer, breeding sow, and a breeding guilt. She was accepted to Montana State university and plans to pursue a degree in Animal Science with a minor in Agricultural Business. She plans to return to the family farm and operate the ranch with her older sibling. “I have found a deep passion for agriculture that simply cannot be dismissed; I cannot wait to soon be doing what I love most.”


Cassidy Wiley, Flathead FFA

“I remember back in second grade, there was a day when we got to dress as what we wanted to be when we grew up. I came to school with a stethoscope around my neck, a stuffed dog under my arm, and a smile on my face. I knew, even back then, that I was born to be a veterinarian.” Cassidy will finish her senior year of high school with a 4.0 GPA. She plans to attend Montana State University, majoring in animal science within the pre-vet program. After her undergrad, she wants to attend the Washington State College of Veterinary Medicine and eventually work as a veterinarian, specializing in companion animals.

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Kelsey Kraft, Laurel FFA

Kelsey Kraft, 2017-2018 Montana FFA State Reporter, is from the Laurel FFA chapter. She is very active with her Supervised Agricultural Experience SAE, where she owns and raises her own breeding beef and show beef. She started her beef SAE program with a heifer received from the NILE Stockshow, a NILE Merit heifer. She works for her parents’ farm and ranch, feeding, vaccinating, and fixing fence. She will be attending Montana State University – Bozeman, double majoring in Agricultural Education and Elementary Education.

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Meghan Levanen, Kalispell FFA

Meghan, from the Kalispell FFA chapter, served as her 2016-2017 chapter treasurer. She has attended District Leadership School, National FFA Convention, and the 2015 Montana FFA state convention. Her Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE), raising market beef, brings her outside her comfort zone in the show ring. Her SAE also teachers her “the joys and discomforts of agricultural life. She plans to get her Artificial Insemination certificate as well as a degree in Ranch and Land Management. These two, combined with dedication, will help her obtain a career in managing the land and genetic potential of a ranch.


Logan Nickoloff, Culbertson FFA

Logan, a senior at Culbertson high school, has had a busy high school career. He is currently serving on the Culbertson Volunteer Fire Department as a fireman. He also assists in unloading food at the food truck with his local bank, and helps with activities at the nursing home. After he graduates high school, he will further his education by earning a degree in Biology. He is desiring to work in Western Montana as a Fish and Wildlife Biologist and sees himself in the next 10 years as a head biologist in Montana.

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Sierra Machart, Culbertson FFA

From Culbertson high school, Sierra Machart, has a unique SAE. She started her own cake decorating business in high school. Since her start as a 4-H project five years ago, she has fulfilled over one hundred cake orders for her Culbertson’s local and community members. She plans to attend Bismarck State College for two years to obtain her Associates in Pre-Occupational Therapy. After obtaining her OT, she plans to transfer to the University of Mary to pursue a master’s in OT.

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Austin Dobrecevich, Choteau FFA

Austin, from the Choteau FFA high school, is hard worker as he has a 3.98/4.0 GPA. He owns and operates a full-service lawn care business and is a licensed pesticide applicator for ornamental and turf applications. Austin aspires to make a difference in the world and he feels he can most effectively do this as an orthopedic surgeon. He is looking forward to the challenge of medical school and knows that he can obtain his goals. He will be beginning his medical school journey at Carroll College in the fall of 2017.

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Caitlin Cunningham, Gardiner FFA

Coming from the Gardiner FFA chapter, Caitlin attended Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) and Montana Leadership Conference (MLC). For her Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE), she works in a sales position at Kellem’s Montana Saddlery in Gardiner. Since her freshman year, she has completed 55.5 hours of community service. She has serves food at the local Veteran’s Day dinner, coordinated a horse camp for elementary students, and has cut down trees for firewood to give to people in need. She hasn’t narrowed her career opportunity yet, however; she is planning to major in agricultural business. She wants to find a career that will help improve and keep up with the changes of the industry.

Leadership Scholarships

Alumni Leadership Camp, Sponsored by: Pat Cavey

Justice Betts, Missoula FFA

Margaret Thompson, Deer Lodge FFA

Alumni Leadership Camp, Sponsored by: Montana FFA Alumni

Emily Seifert, Corvallis FFA

Mia-Kilanna Moreland, Missoula FFA

Dacey Robertson, Fromberg FFA

Caitlin Pelan, Roundup FFA

Alumni Leadership Camp, Sponsored by: Brad King

Matthew Wolsky, Corvallis FFA

Amber Johnson, Choteau FFA

Washington Leadership Conference, Sponsored by: Montana FFA Foundation & Montana FFA Alumni

Caitlin Pelan, Roundup FFA

Abbey Dunn, Corvallis FFA

Morgan Weidow, Corvallis FFA

Saralyn Standley, Missoula FFA

Hans Lampert, Deer Lodge FFA

Michael McKay, Corvallis FFA

Kaleb Star, Deer Lodge FFA

Washington Leadership Conference, Sponsored by: Sam Cornthwaite Memorial Fund

Emily Seifert, Corvallis FFA

Alumni Leadership Camp, Sponsored by: Sam Cornthwaite Memorial Fund

Watson Snyder, Choteau FFA

National FFA Convention, Sponsored by: Irene Andres Memorial Fund

Michael McKay, Corvallis FFA

National FFA Convention, Sponsored by: Holt Family, John Bliss

Justice Betts, Missoula FFA
Caroline Roeder, Choteau FFA