Wednesday, August 22, 2018
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FFA’ers win awards in Lincoln

Gothenburg’s FFA chapter won two first place awards and other medals at the state convention last Wednesday through Friday in Lincoln.

Rebecca Anderson won junior public speaking and Bailey Gibbens received top honors in food science. Carson Messersmith earned second place in extemporaneous speaking.

Two junior high quiz bowl teams placed second and third, respectively, and the junior parliamentary procedure team of Rebecca Anderson, Blake Ristine, Courtney Brown, Kelsey Kuhlman, Abbie Mazour, Carson Messersmith and alternate Pete Peterson were fifth.

Also winning fifth place was the meats evaluation team of Amanda Larson, Morgan Kowalewski, Amanda Kowalewski, Jake Peterson. Amanda Larson was sixth in meats evaluation.

Competition was at the Cornhusker Hotel and the University of Nebraska Ag Campus.

Photographs of state winners and medalists will be included in a story after the annual FFA banquet on April 19.

FFA reporter Amanda Larson said the days were filled with contests, exciting sessions and agriculture-based activities.

Sessions included an address from retiring state officers, a keynote speaker and the presentation of chapter awards.

Larson said the Swede chapter was excited to watch and listen to the address of 2011 Gothenburg High School graduate Brennan Costello, who serves as state FFA president.

When not in a session, Larson said FFA’ers participated in various activities like “Lead By Example,” by the Perkins County FFA Chapter.

During the activity, she said the chapter talked about being a good example in communities and chapters and encouraged other FFA’ers to sign a pledge saying they would lead by example.

Other sessions included such topics as Edible Aquifers, DNA Genetic Engineering, How to Give a Dog a Physical Exam and Breaking News in Ag Communications.

The awards ceremony was Friday night.