Crofton FFA Chapter Happenings
Tavis Poppe, Crofton FFA, was named the state winner in the Diversified Ag Production Placement Proficiency area at the 2012 Nebraska State FFA Convention.
Members of the Crofton FFA Chapter have continued to stay very busy since our last Heartland Express news article. One of the exciting events, in which Crofton took part, was serving at the Yankton Community Supper at the
The Don Potts Memorial Euchre Tournament took place on December 4th. Brandon Hegge and Taylor Tammen volunteered to help with the event. All of the proceeds from the tournament were generously donated to the Crofton FFA chapter for scholarships and general use. We would like to thank all who either donated or helped with the event as well as the players who so generously supported the cause. Great thanks to Leonarda Arens, Kathy Nohr, Patty Plantenberg, Terry Mueller, Donelda Potts, Billy Sage, Jesse Johnson, and Barb and Todd Steffen for donating food for the tournament. Also thank you to Betty Potts, Billy Sage, Mike Mueller, and Barb and Todd Steffen for organizing and running the event. Another huge thanks is also in order for Barb and Todd Steffen for hosting the tournament at Fritz’s. Please forgive us if we have forgotten any community members who helped out with this amazing event.
Members started out the holiday season with the annual community Christmas tree lighting. This also took place at the Crofton south park. Members from the chapter helped to serve hot chocolate to those attending. Members who went to the tree lighting were: Wesdon Wortmann, Abby Braun, Alex Allen, Alex Janssen, Dylan Potts, Chase Zimmerman, Brooke Lancaster, Vanessa McFarland, Amy Mueller, Katie Mueller, Elizabeth Kube, Makenzie Johnson, Angela Kaiser, Kendy Kube, Olivia Monaghan, and Chelsea Wortmann.
The chapter’s annual Fruit Sales came in on the week of December 13th. Members did a great job selling this year and set a new record that will hopefully be reached next year also. Thank you to all who purchased fruit this year! Also, thank you to the Crofton Volunteer Fire Department for allowing us to use the Crofton Fire Hall as storage for the fruit.
District Livestock Judging took place on January 26th at the Northeast Community College Ag Complex. This year the contest rules were changed to match more closely with the state contest. Members saw two cull-keep classes instead of one and the evaluations were eliminated completely. However, in place of the evaluations there was a written industry test. These changes will help qualifying teams be more prepared for the state contest. The senior teams earned purples with their 1st and 5th place finishes out of 23 teams! The teams consisted of Travis Allvin, Henry Goeden, Mathew Guenther, Brittany Hegge, Taylor Johnson, Brady Steffen, Wesdon Wortmann and Jessica Wubben. There were 90 senior individuals who competed on the district level. Earning purples and qualifying for state were Wesdon (tied for 1st place), Mathew (3rd place) and Brady (8th place). Henry earned a blue and also qualified for state with his 12th place finish. Travis Allvin and Taylor Johnson earned blue ribbons and Brittany Hegge received a red. The junior teams consisted of Ronnie Ausdemore, Molly Bossman, Preston Evans, Kendy Kube, Sawyer Poore, Abby Steffen, Maria Wortmann and Mariah Zavadil. The teams placed 9th and 11th out of 22 teams, both earning blue ribbons. In the junior division, there were 82 individuals who competed. Molly earned a purple (6th place),
FFA State Honor Choir selections were made in February. Being selected for this prestigious honor were: Sadie Erdmann, Brandon Hegge, Heather Lancaster, Cole Steffen and Hali Strom. The FFA state chorus is a great opportunity for members to display their talents and a great experience for those who take part.
District Proficiency Reviews were held in Crofton on February 4th. The FFA Advisors from all twelve chapters in our district gathered to evaluate proficiency applications. Crofton was represented by two members in the competition. Earning a gold state-qualifying rating was Travis Poppe in Diversified Agriculture Placement. Mathew Guenther earned a silver rating in Beef Production Placement.
State FFA Degree Interviews and Testing were also held at
Derek Van Heek was selected to take part in the 2nd annual
National FFA Week was celebrated the week of George Washington’s birthday (February 21st through the 25th.) The week started off with 96 locker posters designed and posted by the Crofton FFA officers. The week was busy with many other activities. Tuesday was designated as “Tractor Tuesday”. Many students and even one staff member, Mr. Bossman, drove a tractor to school to support our agricultural producers. The Junior High members organized a “fear factor” contest. Wednesday was Official FFA Dress day. In addition, members delivered cookies to many of the area businesses – at least the ones that were open before 8 a.m. The freshmen hosted a cake eating contest for a fun activity during the lunch periods. On Thursday, staff members were treated to an appreciation breakfast of eggs, pancakes, sausage, hash browns and juice prepared by FFA members. It is a small token of our appreciation for their support through the year. The sophomores organized and carried out a frozen shirt contest during the lunch periods on Thursday. All contests were followed up with prizes to the winners. To end the week, Mrs. Mann and seven members, Brent Evans, Preston Evans, Henry Goeden, Braston Maibaum, Lane Weidner, Jazmin Wubben and Jessica Wubben traveled to
District Career Development Events were held at
The first official March activity was the March meeting held on March 6th. The usual meeting was transacted but we had a special presentation at the end. Brock and Joslyn Foxhoven came to talk to the members about the many issues facing Agriculture today. They also visited about the Nebraska Cattleman’s Association. Brock donated the cost of membership to officially enroll our FFA chapter as a member of Nebraska Cattleman’s. We would like to graciously thank Brock and Joslyn for their presentation and donation. Also at this meeting officer applications were handed out. Officer Interviews will be taking place soon after state convention and the new officers will be instated at the FFA Banquet, which will be held on May 7th.
Crofton FFA and FCCLA members took part in the Kids against Hunger program on March 20th at the Cavalry Baptist Church in Yankton. Forty-eight Crofton students participated in this event which helps to package food for the needy. The majority of the food packaged at this gathering was to be sent to Haiti. This was a good community service project for members to take part in and we had an awesome turnout as packaged 8,640 meals!
Each year, FFA members from around the state work for the opportunity to take part in the State FFA Convention. Many Crofton FFA members were no exception. Fifty-six local FFA members worked diligently to secure their spot on the team which would represent our school and district at the 84th Nebraska State FFA Convention, which was held March 28th-31st in Lincoln. The activities are held at the Cornhusker Hotel, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln East Campus and Pershing Auditorium. In addition to the many competitions which took place, members attended general sessions and business meetings; attended a legislative breakfast, listened to motivational speakers; attended the Leadership Academy, presented by Wyatt DeJong and Shannon Norris—Past National FFA Officers, and other leadership workshops; took part in the Nebraska State FFA Career Fair; and helped with a variety of service projects at the People’s City Mission and the Walter.
The Crofton FFA chapter hosted an Ag Producer/Ag Businessmen Appreciation Breakfast on Monday, April 9th in the Crofton High School commons. All Ag producers in the area were invited to attend. Members served a delicious breakfast to show our appreciation for everyone in our area who helps to feed the world.
As we close the school year and say good bye to the senior members, we look forward to the many opportunities which await the current and new members. Some of the upcoming events include the annual FFA Banquet will be held on May 7th. There will be a meal followed by special recognitions and officer inductions, COLT Conference for the new officers, Knox County Relay for Life, and N Power Conference. Have a great spring and summer!
© 2008-2013 agNET. All rights reserved