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.