Fourteen students from colleges across the state will compete in the state discussion meet at the 2024 Minnesota Farm Bureau Leadership, Education, Advocacy and Promotion (LEAP) Conference on Feb. 2-3 in Fargo/Moorhead. 

Students advanced to the state contest after capturing one of the top two places at regional contests held at seven different campuses across the state. The students competing in the state contest are:

Landon Mertens – Central Lakes College, Staples

Riley Lefebvre – Central Lakes College, Staples

Jacob Runge – Ridgewater College, Willmar

Ralph Roesler – Ridgewater College, Willmar

Boden Simon – Riverland Community College, Austin

Brennan Folie – Riverland Community College, Austin

Jayden German – South Central College, Mankato

Mason Ward – South Central College, Mankato

Logan Burns – Southwest Minnesota State University, Marshall

Silas Schultz – Southwest Minnesota State University, Marshall

Katelyn Mack – University of Minnesota, Crookston

Lily Krona – University of Minnesota, Crookston

Aina Perez – University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Kyle Thomas – University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

The winner will receive a cash prize sponsored by Christensen Farms, as well as lodging and registration costs covered to attend the national YF&R Collegiate Discussion Meet competition, held during the Young Farmers & Ranchers Leadership Conference, March 8-11 in Omaha.