The 84th Nebraska State FFA Convention
The 84th Nebraska State FFA Convention was held in Lincoln on March 28th-30th. Throughout the convention members participated in contests and attended workshops, delegate voting committees, keynote speakers including Miss America 2011, sessions, a legislative breakfast, a hypnotist show, a dance, and state officer retiring addresses. On Wednesday evening, the senior parliamentary procedure team of Johnny Ference, Taylor Hornickel, Dusty Staab, Cole Svoboda, Cody Drudik, and Dylan Miller took a written test and held a ten-minute parliamentary procedure demonstration. The team won a bronze award. Also Wednesday evening, the farm management team of Sydney Kruml, Jordyn Knight, Logan Buettgenback, and Sydney McKenney competed. Dylan Miller received a gold award in the job interview competition. The welding team consisted of Cody Krikac, Jason Felton, and Austin Ries. Cody won 2nd place individual in Arc welding. Livestock management is a team competition that tests students’ knowledge of beef, sheep, swine, poultry, dairy, and horses. The team of Dusty Staab, Dylan Miller, Taylor Hornickel, Jordyn Knight, Cody Drudik, and Sydney Kruml placed 2nd in the poultry division. Sydney Boden, Geoff Foth, Lathan Petska, and Clinton O’Neel competed in natural resources. The agronomy team was Blake Bandur, Grady Gydesen, Austin Ries, and Quinton Miller. Competing in meats judging were: Amanda Shepperd, Kurtis Dawson, Kenzie Drudik, and Jason Johnson. Jordyn Knight received a bronze award in cooperative speaking. On the ag issues team were: Macon Petska, Brittney Bruha, Grant Gydesen, and Logan Buettgenback. The Jr. high quiz bowl arrived in Lincoln Friday morning and competed. These included: Ali Welniak, Cassidy Gydesen, Robbie Peterson, Cade Svoboda, Tanner Knight, Cora Svoboda, Vanessa Ference, Tyler Sheldon, Chance Williams, Wyatt Williams, and Cody Prosokocil. On Friday evening, Amanda Shepperd and Johnny Ference were awarded their state FFA degree. This is the highest honor that the state association can bestow on its members. The convention ended with the retirement of the state officer team and the election of the 2012-2013 state FFA officers. Candidates had to advance through a preliminary interview. Fourteen finalist candidates then interviewed throughout state convention. Five vice-presidents, one secretary, and one president were chosen. Johnny Ference was elected the 2012-2013 state FFA secretary. Over the next year, he and the state officer team will be holding leadership workshops, contests, taking an agricultural trip to another country, attending state conventions, visiting chapters, and serving the members across the state of Nebraska. We would like to congratulate Johnny and wish him and the rest of the state officer team the best of luck in the following year.
Respectfully Submitted, Ord FFA Reporter Taylor Hornickel.