Posted November 9, 2017

Fillmore Central FFA Attends Pathways to Careers Conference

On November 4th members of the Fillmore Central FFA chapter headed to Grand Island, NE to attend the state-wide Pathways to Careers conference. The members who attended the conference with Advisor Mr. VanDeWalle and Student Teacher Ms. Hartman were: Kenna Asche, Lydia Birky, Tanner Nun, Dylan Vodicka, Joseph Korbelik, Sydney Simacek, Abbi Smith, Sadie Birky, Conner Nun, Gunner Gewecke, Koby Head, Kaylynn Sieber, and Kaylea Gieser.

On Friday evening, the students made their own schedule determining which sessions they would attend on Saturday. They also worked together as a group to learn about different traits that a future employer would look for. After that, the students had time to play games and dance. On Friday evening, Mr. VanDeWalle and Ms. Hartman attended the state update to hear reports from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Nebraska Department of Agriculture Education, and Nebraska Vocational Agriculture Foundation. Mr. VanDeWalle also attended the NE FFA Board meeting.

On Saturday, the students rotated through the six sessions they chose the night before. During the sessions the industry professionals told the students about their career and how they got to where they are today. Many of the sessions included demonstrations or hands-on activities for the students to experience what the industry professional does in their careers. Most of the sessions also included time at the end for students to ask questions. Some of the companies that were represented at Pathways to Careers were: Mustang Media, Big Iron, and the University of Nebraska - Lincoln’s Agricultural Leadership Education and Communication (ALEC) Department. Tanner Nun stated “it was very mind opening.” At lunch, guest speaker, Josh Erickson, talked about different levels of engagement.

While the students learned about career opportunities, Mr. VanDeWalle and Ms. Hartman participated in professional development in the Agriculture Education Symposium. Sessions for the teachers included topics on: Supervised Agriculture Experiences Fall All Students, BlendEd Classrooms, Flipped Classrooms, and Landscape & Horticulture. Mr. VanDeWalle also participated in and presented at the Beginning Teacher Meeting that afternoon.

Posted November 9, 2017

members attend national ffa convention

The 90th National FFA Convention was held October 24-28. Fifteen Fillmore Central FFA members attended and participated in this year’s convention, held in Indianapolis, Indiana. Eleven members attended with advisor, Mr. Kurt VanDeWalle and student teacher, Ms. Blair Hartman. These members were: Kyle Broman, Gunnar Chapman, Macey Novak, Jared Engle, Sadie Birky, KayLynn Sieber, Kaylea Geiser, Gunner Gewecke, Conner Nun, Trenton Srajhans, and Tucker Stutzman. Tanner Nun attended October 21-28 since he was selected to perform with the National FFA Band, participating in rehearsals and public concerts the three days before the convention began. During the convention, the band performed at many of the general sessions. Tanner was selected to introduce one of the band’s songs during the Friday concert. Three graduated members received their American FFA Degree on Saturday, October 28. These members were: Leslie Carroll, Sydney Lovegrove, and Cody Whitehead.

This year’s convention theme “I Can. We Will”, was evident throughout the convention. The theme was meant to inspire FFA members that they can make a difference in their school and communities and that if they work together they will reach their goals. The members attended sessions where National FFA Officers gave their retiring addresses, awards were presented, and keynote inspirational and motivational speakers took the stage. The opening session keynote speakers they heard was Laila Ali, daughter of famous boxer, Muhammad Ali. She shared her story about being destined to box and striving for her boxing goals, which led her to othe careers including her own TV show. The seventh session speaker was Jon Petz. Mr. Petz used magic tricks to captivate the audience and inspired the members to strive to be the best person they can be and treat all people with respect.

FFA members selected leadership development and career building workshops to attend. Some of the titles of the workshops our members attended were: Netflix or Checklist? Who is That in the Mirror? How Tos of National FFA Scholarship, The Best Part of Waking Up is Teamwork in Your Cup, Who Holds the Stake, and Find Your Future in Agriculture. Our members also toured the Dallara Indy Car Factory where all the parts for Indy Cars are manufactured and where cars and parts are tested. Members were given the opportunity to take a ride in a street legal Indy Car while at the plant and practice their racing skills on simulators. When members were not at workshops or on the tour, they visited the Career Expo, FFA Mall, the Hall of States exhibits, and the Agriscience Fair displays. At the Career Expo, members interviewed an industry professional and talked to representatives from a variety of agriculture industries and colleges.

Leslie, Sydney, and Cody attended on Saturday to walk across the national stage to receive the prestigious American FFA Degree. The American FFA Degree is the highest FFA degree and demonstrates the maximum level of commitment to FFA and the significant accomplishments in their Supervised Agriculture Experience. Less than 1% of FFA members earn this degree. Mr. VanDeWalle is proud of these three members’ dedication and involvement and the fact that this is his first year to have three members earn this degree in one year.

A special thanks to our school administrators and FFA Booster Club for providing the opportunity to attend. Our Booster Club also supported us financially with food that was brought on the trip, a chapter meal to celebrate the American Degree recipients, and travel expense assistance for Tanner, Leslie, Sydney, and Cody.

Posted November 9, 2017

members attend national ffa convention

The 90th National FFA Convention was held October 24-28. Fifteen Fillmore Central FFA members attended and participated in this year’s convention, held in Indianapolis, Indiana. Eleven members attended with advisor, Mr. Kurt VanDeWalle and student teacher, Ms. Blair Hartman. These members were: Kyle Broman, Gunnar Chapman, Macey Novak, Jared Engle, Sadie Birky, KayLynn Sieber, Kaylea Geiser, Gunner Gewecke, Conner Nun, Trenton Srajhans, and Tucker Stutzman. Tanner Nun attended October 21-28 since he was selected to perform with the National FFA Band, participating in rehearsals and public concerts the three days before the convention began. During the convention, the band performed at many of the general sessions. Tanner was selected to introduce one of the band’s songs during the Friday concert. Three graduated members received their American FFA Degree on Saturday, October 28. These members were: Leslie Carroll, Sydney Lovegrove, and Cody Whitehead.

This year’s convention theme “I Can. We Will”, was evident throughout the convention. The theme was meant to inspire FFA members that they can make a difference in their school and communities and that if they work together they will reach their goals. The members attended sessions where National FFA Officers gave their retiring addresses, awards were presented, and keynote inspirational and motivational speakers took the stage. The opening session keynote speakers they heard was Laila Ali, daughter of famous boxer, Muhammad Ali. She shared her story about being destined to box and striving for her boxing goals, which led her to othe careers including her own TV show. The seventh session speaker was Jon Petz. Mr. Petz used magic tricks to captivate the audience and inspired the members to strive to be the best person they can be and treat all people with respect.

FFA members selected leadership development and career building workshops to attend. Some of the titles of the workshops our members attended were: Netflix or Checklist? Who is That in the Mirror? How Tos of National FFA Scholarship, The Best Part of Waking Up is Teamwork in Your Cup, Who Holds the Stake, and Find Your Future in Agriculture. Our members also toured the Dallara Indy Car Factory where all the parts for Indy Cars are manufactured and where cars and parts are tested. Members were given the opportunity to take a ride in a street legal Indy Car while at the plant and practice their racing skills on simulators. When members were not at workshops or on the tour, they visited the Career Expo, FFA Mall, the Hall of States exhibits, and the Agriscience Fair displays. At the Career Expo, members interviewed an industry professional and talked to representatives from a variety of agriculture industries and colleges.

Leslie, Sydney, and Cody attended on Saturday to walk across the national stage to receive the prestigious American FFA Degree. The American FFA Degree is the highest FFA degree and demonstrates the maximum level of commitment to FFA and the significant accomplishments in their Supervised Agriculture Experience. Less than 1% of FFA members earn this degree. Mr. VanDeWalle is proud of these three members’ dedication and involvement and the fact that this is his first year to have three members earn this degree in one year.

A special thanks to our school administrators and FFA Booster Club for providing the opportunity to attend. Our Booster Club also supported us financially with food that was brought on the trip, a chapter meal to celebrate the American Degree recipients, and travel expense assistance for Tanner, Leslie, Sydney, and Cody.

Posted November 1, 2017

Kenna asche receives notification to attend 2017 gyi

Each year, students from across Nebraska have the opportunity to compete in the World Food Prize Global Issue Research Paper. Students who complete the requirements are allowed to attend the Nebraska Youth Institute (NYI) in Lincoln. At the NYI, students present their research paper in small groups in front of global food security experts. During the round table discussions, the experts and students ask questions about the presenter’s chosen country’s food security issues and proposed solutions. Students who later decide to attend UNL’s College of Agriculture Science and Natural Resources will received a $500 scholarship for attending the NYI. Students, who are not yet high school seniors, who have the best research papers are selected to attend the Global Youth Institute (GYI), in Des Moines, Iowa. GYI is a portion of the World Food Prize Symposium, where global leaders gather to educate and celebrate advances being made in solving world hunger.

Fillmore Central senior, Kenna Asche, received notification in June that she was selected to attend the 2017 GYI. She was one of three students in Nebraska chose to attend. Students are required to have a mentor or teacher attend GYI with them. This mentor can be someone who assisted the student in writing the research paper. Fillmore Central Agriculture Teacher, Kurt VanDeWalle, was the teacher to introduce Kenna to this opportunity.

Kenna and Mr. VanDeWalle, attended the Global Youth Institute in Des Moines on October 18-21. At the Global Youth Institute, they sat in on the World Food Prize Symposium panel discussions. Here they listened to keynote speakers who are making changes in global food security issues. These speakers are experts and leaders in a variety of fields, including agriculture, food and nutrition, social reform, and political issues. Attendees also attended the World Food Prize Laureate Award Ceremony, where this year’s winner, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina received his award. Dr. Adesina is the President of the African Development Bank Group. Attendees were able to experience listening to the Dr. Adesina speak about his efforts to end hunger in Nigeria, Africa.

The GYI also provides hands-on experiences for the students. Kenna, along with the 200 other students packed over 2,500 meals in less than 90 minutes. The meals are nutritionally balanced, dehydrated, vitamin and mineral fortified, and vacuum sealed for easy transport and preparation. These meals would be shipped to Puerto Rico for hurricane victims. The 200 students and nearly 200 teachers and mentors participated in the OxFam Hunger Banquet. This experience simulates the levels of income across the world and the amount of food each income level receives. Mr. VanDeWalle drew a ticket for the low-income group, which is the majority of the world. This group sat on the floor and shared a large bowl of rice with out using plates or utensils. Kenna was more fortunate, she drew a middle income ticket. She was allowed to sit in a chair and had a meal of rice and chickpeas. The high income group, which was only about 20% of the population, sat a table with full table service and received a three course meal. Participants also selected from a variety of educational tours. Kenna toured the Iowan Lutheran Services which have established gardens for refugees to produce their own food and start a new life. Mr. VanDeWalle toured Hawkeye Breeders, which is a leading company in the livestock semen collection and distribution industry.

Kenna stated that, “Overall it was an awesome experience and I think the opportunity to network with people from 27 states and 9 countries was my favorite part”. Mr. VanDeWalle commented that this is a unique, once in a lifetime experience, which can expose students to issues being faced at the local and global levels.

  • Posted September 20, 2017

power, structure, & technical systems class

The Power, Structure, & Technical Systems class began the Small Engines Lab recently. The lab consists of working with a partner to completely disassemble a small engine and then reassemble. The challenge and final outcome is that when the reassembly is complete, the engines need to run.

  • Posted September 20, 2017

ANIMAL SCIENCE CLASS

The Animal Science class dissected chicken giblets to compare the structures of the heart, gizzard, and liver. The giblets were recently collected from a student's butchered chickens. The class will be learning about digestive structures and functions later this school year.

  • Posted September 19, 2017

Ag Venture Day

The Fillmore County Extension Staff and South Central Cattle Women conducted the annual Ag Venture Day for area fourth grade students. FC Chapter Officers assisted with setting up and serving lunch and leading groups through the stations.

  • Posted September 18, 2017

chapter officers

Chapter Officers practiced their public speaking skills by presenting to the fourth grade students about beef cattle and livestock by products.

  • Posted March 15, 2016

sydney lovegrove named borlaug scholar

On January 18th, the Fillmore Central FFA took 5 members up to York for district LSE’s. This event took place at the Holthus Center. Leadership Skill Events is a event where FFA members participate in many different competitions, like Natural Resource Speaking, Job Interview, Parliamentary Procedure, and many more.

The 5 members that competed were: Kenna Ashe, Grace Jacobson, Tyler O’Conner, Chandler Shelkopf, and Tanner Nun. Kenna Ashe and Chandler Shelkopf both competed in Natural Resources Speaking. Ashe was awarded a blue and Shelkopf was awarded second purple and qualified for the state competition in April. Grace Jacobson competed in Senior Public Speaking and was awarded a blue. Finally, Tanner Nun and Tyler O’Conner participated in Job Interview. O’Conner was awarded blue and Nun was awarded purple.

All the competitors would like to thank all the people that helped them prepare for this competition and judged for District V. On March 7th, the Fillmore Central FFA will be traveling to Southeast Community College in Beatrice to compete in district Career Development Event.

On February 8th, FFA members sent their FFA SAE related award applications to Milford to be judged. SAE stands for Supervised Agricultural Experience, which is the hands-on, real world application component of the Agriculture Education Program. Twelve members submitted their Proficiency Applications. Proficiency Awards evaluate the hours worked, income earned, expenses made, skills developed, and other aspects of the students’ SAE. Four seniors applied for proficiency Awards: Adam Hoarty in Grain Production Placement (first place gold), Logan Peppard in Diversified Ag Production Placement/ Entrepreneurship (first place gold), Garrett Whitley in Ag Mechanics Repair & Maintenance Placement (second place gold), and Tyler O’Connor in Diversified Ag Production Placement (silver). Seven juniors submitted their applications: Lydia Birky in Small Animal Production & Care Entrepreneurship (first place gold), Alexis Schmidt in Agriculture Education Placement (first place gold), Maddy Kimbrough in Equine Science Placement (third place gold), Grace Jacobson in Swine Production Placement (first place gold), Chandler Schelkopf in Sheep Production Entrepreneurship (first place gold), Tanner Nun in Poultry Production Entrepreneurship (first place gold), and Trevor Swartz in Outdoor Recreation Placement (gold). Then sophomore, Kyle Broman, applied in Forage Production Placement and was awarded a silver rating. Proficiency Award applications that were awarded third place gold or higher qualified for the state evaluation. These applications will be judged again in March, where the top three in the state are selected and then interviewed at the state convention in April.

The other SAE related award are the FFA Degree Program, which takes into account all the accomplishments, leadership involvement, and community service of the members FFA career and all of their SAEs. Seniors are eligible to apply for the State FFA Degree, which is the highest honor a state FFA association can award its members. State Degree candidates are interviewed by a committee in order to verify their experiences and to evaluate their knowledge of Agriculture Education. This year, Fillmore Cental had four seniors who applied, which included Adam Hoarty, Garrett Whitely, Logan Peppard, and Tyler O’Connor. They will be granted the Nebraska State FFA Degree at the Nebraska State FFA Convention in April.

Congratulations to all recipients and thank you to all the employers and people who helped make this year’s applications the best possible.

State Degree Candidates photo caption (4 members): Fillmore Central FFA State Degree Candidates, left to right, Adam Hoarty, Logan Peppard, Tyler O’Connor, and Garret Whitley applied for and were interviewed for their State Degree and will receive their awards at the State FFA Convention. LSE Participants photo caption (5 members): Fillmore Central FFA members competed in the District Leadership Skills Events, included, left to right, Grace Jacobson, Kenna Ashe, Tanner Nun, Tyler O’Connor, and Chandler Schelkopf.

  • Posted March 15, 2016

sydney lovegrove named borlaug scholar

Sydney Lovegrove was named a Borlaug Scholar and received a $500 scholarship to attend UNL! Sydney wrote a research paper on malnutrition in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and participated in a discussion with a group of peers and experts on international hunger issues. The program is part of the World Food Prize Youth Institute. Mr. VanDeWalle and Sydney also participated in three interactive tours related to animal science, plant science, and food science while touring UNL.

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