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2016 District FFA Leadership Skills Events

Employers commonly agree on several foundational career skills as being essential for most employees.  Communication is one of these umbrella skills which employers in all fields value.  The Nebraska FFA Leadership Skills Events (LSEs) reinforce this skill.

On Wednesday, January 20, 2016, twenty-three Tri County FFA members competed in the District V Leadership Skills Events at the Holthaus Convention Center in York.  Tri County FFA entered in eight of the twelve categories, qualifying for the state competition in two events, and earning state alternate finishes in three more areas. The top two entries in each event qualify for the state competition in April.

TC FFA dominated the Sr. Parliamentary Law competition when their two teams placed first and second. The district champion team was comprised of Ethan Paxton, Josie Weise, Reagan Schultis, Halle Weise, Sloane Holtmeier, and Haydyn Weise.  The runner-up team included Tiffany Pearson, Kailey Weichel, Creighton Niemeyer, Alexis Gerritse, and Madison Freese.  Team alternates were Evan Larson, Chad Niemeier, and Kelsey Crawford.  (Both teams earned the right to compete at state.)

Eighth grade student, Hannah Strein, was the other state qualifier for Tri County.  Her speech about the issue of pollinators earned her a first place finish in the junior high agricultural literacy speaking event.  This is Hannah's second time qualifying for state in this area.

Three more Tri County FFA members earned third place, state alternate awards.  Sloane Holtmeier was third in Natural Resources Speaking with her speech about variable rate irrigation.  Tiffany Pearson earned third place in extemporaneous speaking (a challenging event for a freshman).  Claira Janssen was Tri County's final state alternate in agricultural literacy speaking.