Holdrege FFA Spring Update
The fourth annual FFA Leadership Night was held January 16th in the Holdrege High School Cafeteria. Thirty-one FFA members along with numerous parents and guests were present for the ceremonies and Soup Supper sponsored by the Holdrege FFA Alumni Members. FFA Members demonstrated their Leadership Skills Events from the Junior and Senior Parliamentary Procedure teams and Creed Speaking. First year FFA members received their Greenhand Degrees while second year members received their Chapter Degrees. Those members receiving their FFA Greenhand Degrees were: Joe Anderson, Lane Cole, Colter Edgren, Ryan Huston, Austin Marquardt, Janessa Maurer, Jessica Reed, Landon Reed, Gabrielle Schrock, Devin Smith, Trevor Smith, Kaitlin Taylor, Marcus VanEperen, and Luke Wilke. Second year FFA members receiving their Chapter FFA Degrees were: Braden Badertscher, Jamie Bialas, Nathan Dejonge, Bryan Denton, Clayton Fritson, Paige Garrelts, Hannah Hale, Dillon Hixon, Ethan Johnson, Brenden Kreutzer, Jackie Kruback, Taylor Ohrt, Skylar Peterson, Lezlee Sassee, and Donald Waller.
The FFA Chapter would like to give a special thanks to all other parents for helping out during the evening to make it successful.
Twenty-three Holdrege FFA Members competed in Leadership Skills Events on January 19th in Aurora at the Leadership Center. The senior parliamentary procedure placed second overall and alternate to state. Members of this team were Nick Anderson, Seth Hald, Stephen Denton, Nicole Gerdes, Melissa Golus, and Zach Gray. The chapter had two junior parliamentary procedure teams. Team 1 made up of Ethan Johnson, Braden Badertscher, Dillon Hixon, Kaitlin Taylor, Joseph Anderson, Jamie Bialas and Brenden Kreutzer earned 1st place. Team 2 received a red rating. Members of Team 2 included Gabbie Schrock, Jessica Reed, Janessa Maurer, Trevor Smith, Colter Edgren, Landon Reed, and Jackie Kruback. Juniors Nicole Gerdes and Melissa Golus competed in the Job Interview contest and brought home a red placings. Senior Nick Anderson competed in Extemporaneous Speaking and qualified for state. Junior Molli Jorges competed in Senior Public Speaking and received a red rating. Senior Seth Hald competed in Senior Public Speaking as well, but received a blue rating and 3rd place. Sethís speech was about ag subsidies.
February 20-24th found the Holdrege FFA Chapter Celebrating National FFA Week with various activities throughout the week. To promote the week Chapter Officers Nick Anderson and Seth Hald produced Public Service Announcements at Radio Station KUVR / KMTY that were aired throughout the week. On Monday, the chapter conducted its annual Labor Auction. On Tuesday, the officers headed to the middle school to present a presentation and play a few games for 8th Grade Recruitment Day to inform incoming freshman about FFA and Agricultural Education. While they were promoting FFA to the 8th Graders their fellow members were back at the high school proudly displaying their new FFA t-shirts. On Wednesday, the chapter FFA members brought rolls and juice to teachers prior to the start of the school day. On Thursday, chapter officers conducted seat belt checks. Those who were wearing seatbelts earned a reward of candy. The results came back that 71% of students wore their seatbelts compared to 88% of the teachers. Fridayís activity saw eight members conduct the Pass the Goat Fund-raiser with over twenty-five businesses participating. Two groups of members used Friday afternoon to go to several businesses with their goats. If the business did not want to have the goat in the business they were asked to donate ten dollars to the FFA Chapter. For another five dollars the business could also suggest another business for the goat to arrive at. To prevent the goat from returning the business could also pay an insurance fee to keep the goat from returning. In all, the chapter collected $345 from local businesses as part of the fundraiser. The FFA Chapter would like to thank the businesses and individuals who played along with the game and supported the chapter financially. On February 24th Nebraska State FFA Vice President Emilia Woeppel from Norris spent the day with all of the Ag Education students and FFA Members presenting several different workshops for classes. Thank you to all the members, parents and sponsors that participated and were proud to represent the Holdrege FFA Chapter during National FFA Week.
Three Senior FFA members have applied for and should receive their State FFA Degrees this month. Those members are: Nicholas Anderson, Seth Hald, and Steven Denton.
Four chapter members completed proficiency award applications where they were evaluated at the district level on February 19th. College Freshman Logan Reed earned a gold rating in both Diversified Crop Production and Placement and Entrepreneurship. Sophomore Braden Badertscher also earned a gold rating, making him a state qualifier in Ag Mechanics, Entrepreneurship. Sophomore Jamie Bialas earned a silver rating in Diversified Ag Production Placement. Sophomore Ethan Johnson earned a silver rating in Poultry Production, Entrepreneurship. The results of the state proficiency judging will be announced in the second week of March.
The Holdrege FFA Chapter was busy with one of its major activities. The 21st Annual Holdrege FFA Labor Auction was held February 20th at the Phelps County Ag Center. A barbecue beef meal was served to over 120 people. FFA members were auctioned off to the highest bidder for four hours of labor. Money is used to cover costs of members attending the State FFA Convention, Chapter Banquet, Chapter Officer Training Workshops, and next fallís National FFA Convention in
Upcoming Events: On March 16th agricultural education students will travel to
The next major activity for several FFA members will be participating in the 84th State FFA Convention in
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