River Falls Student Gets Top Marks

Michelle Stangler, a student at UW-River Falls, was selected the winner of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau’s Collegiate Discussion Meet contest at the organization’s 103rd Annual Meeting in Wisconsin Dells on Dec. 4.

Michelle is a junior at UW-River Falls studying agricultural marketing communications and journalism. She was born and raised on a small dairy farm near Watertown and was active in both 4-H and FFA, serving as a Wisconsin FFA State Officer in 2019-2020. Michelle is passionate about agriculture communications and currently serves as reporter for her Collegiate Farm Bureau and is a past Ag Day on Campus co-chair.

The Collegiate Discussion Meet is a panel discussion in which collegiate members are judged on their ability to lead a committee discussion on current issues affecting agriculture and to develop consensus on an action plan to effectively address issues.

By participating, members build basic discussion skills, develop a keen understanding of important agricultural issues and explore how groups can pool knowledge to reach a consensus and solve problems.

Michelle will receive a $1,500 scholarship courtesy of GROWMARK, Inc., and will represent Wisconsin in the national Collegiate Discussion Meet held in conjunction with the American Farm Bureau FUSION conference in Jacksonville, Florida, in March.

Other finalists included Nicole Broege and Ethan Jackowski from UW-Madison; Mindy Smits and Isaac Ward from UW-Platteville; and Amy Jentges from UW-River Falls.