Owensville’s Aubuchon, Hermann’s Bader selected as Missouri FFA vice presidents

COLUMBIA — Two Gasconade County FFA members have been selected to serve as vice presidents on the Missouri FFA officer team for the 2018-19 school  year.

During the 90th Missouri FFA Convention held April 19-20 in Columbia, Adriene Aubuchon, a senior at Owensville High School, and Madison Bader, a senior at Hermann High School, were both chosen to represent the state FFA officer’s team.

Aubuchon is a member of the Owensville FFA chapter. Her advisors are Wade Orscheln, Mike Koepke and Sherry Byram. She is the daughter of Amy Aubuchon.

Bader is a member of the Hermann FFA chapter. Her advisors are Tracy Vedder and Doug Rider. Her parents are William and Susan Bader.

Byram said a change in the selection process this year by the Missouri FFA program meant that up to two candidates from each of the 16 areas could be selected as officer candidates at the state level. Owensville’s and Hermann’s FFA chapters are both in Area 14 for competitions and events including leadership conferences. 

“Last year they revamped how Missouri officers are elected,” said Byram. “There are 16 Missouri FFA areas and prior to last year just one (officer candidate) was chosen from each area. Now, two can be chosen from each area and the 32 students have a second round of interviews in Jefferson City.”

Both Aubuchon and Bader made the cut and both were selected to serve as vice presidents.

“The best 16 are then chosen to serve as state officers,” said Byram. “Yes, this is the first for our area and they picked two great officers to serve from Area 14!”

Aubuchon’s supervised agricultural experience program consists of SimAngus cattle and Boer goat nannies. With the goat herd, she has utilized embryo transfer technology. She exhibits her cattle and goats at the local, state and national levels. In addition, her placement SAE consists of working at MFA Agri-Services where she helps customers, places inventory on shelves, cleans the store and helps with paperwork.

Aubuchon has served as chapter vice president and is currently the OHS chapter’s president. During the convention she also received her state FFA degree.

She placed eighth individually this past week in the Missouri FFA floriculture career development (CDE) event as Owensville won the overall team title out of 60 schools (see story on page 9).

She was also named runner-up in the 2018 Springfest queen competition which was announced Thursday evening.

Aubuchon competed at districts in the Missouri Cattlemen’s State Public Speaking Contest, the Missouri Farm Bureau Speaking Contest and the Division I public speaking leadership development event. She has participated at the state level in the FFA knowledge LDE, and nursery/landscaping and entomology career development events. Aubuchon is a graduate of the Missouri Agribusiness Academy. She also has been awarded Chapter Star Greenhand and Chapter Star Farmer.

In addition to FFA, Aubuchon is vice president of National Honor Society and the OHS Student Council. She has participated in choir, cross country, and track and field. She is a member of Math Club and Science Club. Outside of high school, she is a member of Bem 4-H Club and the Immaculate Conception youth group.

After graduation, Aubuchon plans to attend the University of Missouri, Colombia, to study animal science. After graduation, she would like to pursue a career in agriculture with a focus on animal production.

Bader’s supervised agricultural experience program consists of employment at United Country Land and Lake Properties, and Espresso Laine. She also raises market hogs to sell and show at the county fair. 

Bader has served as area reporter, and chapter president, historian and assistant secretary.

Bader has competed at the Missouri FFA Convention in the dairy cattle evaluation and soils evaluation career development events and the FFA knowledge and parliamentary procedure leadership development events. She also placed third at state with speeches for the Missouri Pork Producers and the Missouri Fairs and Festivals, and presented speeches for Missouri Young Farmers and Young Farm Wives, and Missouri Cooperatives. Bader received the area diversified horticulture placement proficiency award, Chapter Star Farmer, Greenhand and Chapter FFA Degrees and State FFA Degree.

In addition to FFA, Bader is the senior editor of the Hermann yearbook, vice president of the local 4-H club, a club representative of the Montgomery County 4-H Council, and a member of the National Honor Society and Future Business Leaders of America. This past summer, she served as a delegate for Missouri Electric Cooperatives on the Rural Electric Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. 

Bader is also the 2017 Montgomery County Fair queen. 

After graduation, Bader plans to attend college at the University of Missouri, Columbia, to study agribusiness management and public policy with a goal of becoming an agricultural lobbyist or journalist. She hopes to work at the government level to advocate for different agricultural issues and organizations.

Owensville High School’s Floriculture team captured top team honors during the convention last week. The win qualifies the team of Aubuchon, Ella Wright, Kaylee Abney, and Abby Koepke for National FFA Convention competition to be held next fall.

“I am very proud,” said Byram. “The number of hours put into studying for this achievement is unbelievable. It is a huge honor and experience to compete at the national level. I wish folks could see what these students have to study. There’s a lot of horticulture background knowledge, math, science, identification, and problem solving involved.”

Aubuchon was also a recipient of a Missouri Youth in Agriculture Scholarship as selected by Youth in Agriculture Committee members