WAYNE – As Wayne Future Farmers of America (FFA) plans for their second annual banquet, the group was recently in Lincoln for a state convention.
From the first year to the second, Wayne FFA nearly doubled their member enrollment to 61.
Eight different teams competed during the 91st Nebraska FFA Convention along with some individuals taking part in a Leadership Conference April 3-5.
Ag Educator Toni Rasmussen said the 29 members who attended did well and learned a lot throughout the competition.
“So, overall we just had a really good state convention with lots recognitions and competitions,” said Rasmussen. “And learned more for next year and gave all our perspective on what agriculture looks like across the state.”
Hana Nelsen placed in the top 10 for video production in the Ag communications category. Other awards included a gold for their display on Wayne FFA, recognized as one of the Top 19 chapters in Nebraska, named Superior Chapter, high school principal Mark Hanson was recognized with the Cornerstone Award and were recognized for participating in the Ag Literacy Program.
For those who RSVP’d to this year’s banquet, the event will be held Saturday, April 13 at 5:30 p.m. from the City Auditorium. The chapter will celebrate their accomplishments to go along with an evening of awards, recognition and a meal.
Tyler Gilliland is the current chapter president, who served as vice president last year. He said the group will show off what they’ve done this past year and Wayne FFA appreciates how much the community has helped them.
“How we take what they give to us and we go and put it back into the community and we help them,” Gilliland added. “Kind of just a mutual relationship where they help us and we’ll end up helping them and that’s really cool.”
Next year’s Nebraska FFA Convention will be held April 1-3 from the Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Rasmussen mentioned the FFA members gained more perspective and skills from the state convention.
“Whether that’s communication or video or just learning more about Ag in general,” Rasmussen mentioned. “And about the leadership aspects, the leadership qualities that they turn into better future employers or better people and citizens of the community.”
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