NORFOLK – Into the third year of Future Farmers of America (FFA), Wayne Community Schools recently competed in the annual District FFA Career Development event in early March.
After taking part in district competition at Northeast Community College in Norfolk on March 4, a few days later on Friday, March 6 the Wayne FFA chapter found out individuals in seven contests have advanced to state.
Ag Educator, Toni Rasmussen said having this number of qualifiers is important to the chapter.
“Because I think it shows that they’ve applied their knowledge and they can utilize the information that they have,” said Rasmussen. “Whether that be from experience, or from class or for their future career interest. And can apply it and use it in a competition setting and do really well.”
The Nebraska FFA State Convention is scheduled for April 1 – 3 from the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln.
The Ag Education Contest was for Districts 3, 4 and 10 where a new record of 1,507 FFA students attended in early March
WHS will have state qualifiers in ag communications, natural resources, farm & agribusiness management, food science, welding, ag sales and vet science as well as several members will receive their state degrees.
District contests included an ag biotech exam, ag sales objective test, ag technology and mechanics, agri-science contest – animal science, agronomy, environthon, farm management, floriculture, food science, livestock management, meats contest, poultry contest, veterinary science exam and welding.
In preparation for state FFA, Rasmussen added that half of it is just learning what that competition looks like.
“Because it’s different from districts than it is at states a lot of times,” Rasmussen added. “And learning what the members can develop upon and get better at before state.
National Ag week is March 23 – 27 and the Wayne FFA Chapter, in conjunction with the Wayne County Farm Bureau, will send members to the elementary school to do some activities with the students.
Rasmussen would also like the thank the community for their continued support and mentioned one thing she’s looking forward to.
“Is seeing if we’re named a premier chapter again,” Rasmussen mentioned. “Which means that we’re in the top 10% of the chapters in the state. So, that’s an application that was turned in at the beginning of this month and hopefully we’ll be named a premier chapter again.
Ag Communications – Faith Junck, Madison Kaup, Noah Lutt and Josh Lutt.
Natural Resources – Erin O’Reilly, Alyssa Carlson, Elle Barnes, Ellie Jech and Mikaela McManigal.
Farm & Agribusiness Management – Trevor DeBoer, Josh Lutt, Amara Hurlbert and Emily Armstrong.
Food Science – Faith Junck, Trevor DeBoer, Amara Hurlbert and Casey Koenig.
Welding – Cade Janke (MIG), Reid Korth (OA), Colton Vovos (SMAW) and Alex Echtenkamp (TIG).
Ag Sales – Faith Junck, Trevor DeBoer, Korrina Niemann and Mia Nelsen.
Vet Science – Meghan Spahr, Emily Eilers, Karlee Janke and Korrina Niemann.
State FFA Degree Recipients (for more information on this, visit https://neaged.org/recognition-programs/ffa-degree-program/) – Mariah Frevert, Tyler Gilliland, Abby Ankeny, Grace Lindsay, Madison Jenkins, Allison Claussen, Josie Thompson, Hana Nelsen, Terran Sievers, Faith Junck, Erin O’Reilly, Meghan Spahr, Casey Koenig, Cade Janke, Noah Lutt and Josh Lutt.
FFA Chapters who participated in the contest included:
District 3 Schools: Arlington, Blair, Logan View, Lyons – Decatur Northeast, Mead, North Bend Central, Oakland-Craig, Omaha Bryan, Pender, Scribner-Snyder, Tekamah-Herman, Wayne, West Point, Wisner-Pilger.
District 4 Schools: Allen-Wakefield, Bloomfield, Creighton, Crofton, Emerson-Hubbard, Hartington-Newcastle, Laurel-Concord-Coleridge, Madison, Norfolk, Orchard, Osmond, Pierce, Plainview, Randolph, Stanton, Verdigre.
District 10 Schools: Ainsworth, Boyd County, Burwell, Chambers, Elgin, Elkhorn Valley, Keya Paha, Loup County, Neligh-Oakdale, O’Neill, Ord, Rock County, Sargent, Stuart, West Holt, Wheeler Central.