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Gothenburg FFA excels at State Convention

The Gothenburg FFA experienced success at the 89th State FFA Convention in Lincoln, April 13-15. Eighty-two members competed in a variety of competitions, attended leadership academies, and attended general sessions at Convention.

The highlight of the state FFA Convention this year was when Gothenburg was selected as a National Finalist and premier Chapter in the state of Nebraska in the National Chapter Award Recognition program. This is encouraged to grow leaders, build communities and strengthen agriculture. In order to qualify for a state or national award, your chapter must compete in at least 15 activities— one for each of the three divisions. Gothenburg will represent Nebraska at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis in October.

Another highlight was when Jessica Rudolph was announced as a state FFA officer. She was one of seven selected to represent Nebraska this year as a state FFA officer. She had intense interviews for three days in Kearney about premier leadership, personal growth and career success to see how she can lead and be an advocate for agriculture. She will commit a year of service to the Nebraska FFA in 2017-18 as a State Vice President. She will facilitate leadership workshops, meet with business and industry partners and travel statewide to visit with local chapters to explain the importance of FFA in the state. She will also serve as a delegate at the national FFA convention and much more.

Gothenburg also received the Governors Award of Excellence by NIFA (Nebraska Investment Finance Authority). The chapter received a $1,000 cash prize. The $1,000 was used to purchase a drone to discuss the importance of technology in agriculture.

A Nebraska Star in Production also has an interview at state and has to have two years of completed record books that explain his S.A.E. project and have records of incomes and expenses. He also has to be able to explain his roles and responsibilities of his project, discuss the challenges they face and discuss the progress and growth they gained on their project in four years. They need two letters of recommendation with six different photographs that explain their project.

Jessica Rudolph was also a star finalist at the state convention in Star Farmer with her beef cattle entreprenuership project.

Gothenburg members placed in the top 10 in the following events: Creed Speaking (Heath Keiser—1st), Biotechnology (Kori Kowalewski, Kayla Weyers, Madison Coulter, Emma Jorgenson—2nd), Conduct of Chapter Meeting (Neligh Andersen, Tucker Wyatt, Brody Stienike, Ryan Brown, Heath Keiser, Addisyn Gibbens, Kaitlyn Harrison—2nd), Marketing Plan (Brady Harrison, Jaci Teahon, Cheyenne McVay—2nd), Job Interview (Jaci Teahon—4th), Senior Parliamentary Procedure (Ryan Healey, Presley Wendelin, Jack Loostrum, Preston Smith, Lauren Johnson, Maxwell Jinks—5th), Meat Evaluation (Josee Hotz, Karleigh Kleinknecht, Ali Bartels, Zane Platter—6th), Agriscience (Neligh Andersen, Grant Jensen, Kaitlyn Harrison, Liliana Sitorius —8th), Floriculture (Nataleagh Sitorius, Emma Jorgenson, Ali Bartels, Cameron McQuade—8th), Food Science (Natalie Kennicutt, Arleigh Costello, Kayla Weyers, Maggie Aden—9th).

The state FFA degree is the highest award that a student can receive in the FFA at the state level. Each student has to have an outstanding supervised agricultural experience with at least 2 years of active record books to evaluate their projects and abilities. They have to go through an intensive interview assessment, and need to have been an FFA officer or chaired a committee, made at least $1500 with their project, gave over 25 community service hours and have more than 500 leadership points to get their award.

This year’s state degree winners were Patrick Peterson, Jessica Rudolph, Josee Hotz, Will Healey, Alex Meyer, Ebony Anderson, Jaci Teahon and Tate Bartlett.

In addition, Patrick Peterson received the Star Farmer award in Production Agriculture and first in Swine Proficiency. The Star Farmer award is a prestigious award that portrays all of Patrick’s hard work in his Supervised Agriculture Experience. This is the first Star award that has been received by a Gothenburg FFA member in at least 25 years.

Two GHS administrators were also honored during the Convention. Dr. Mike Teahon received his Honorary State Degree and Mr. Randy Evans was awarded the Cornerstone award for their continuous support to our FFA program. The week was undeniably full of achievements. Congratulations to all.


Submitted by Gothenburg FFA