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The Tri County FFA Chapter hosted their fall Leadership Night on November 20th at the T.C. cafeteria.  President Tiffany Pearson conducted the meeting for members, parents and guests.  The highlight of the night was the Degree Ceremonies.  Earning their Discovery Degrees were eighth graders Gavin Weichel and Brevin Damrow.  The Discovery Degree is the first level of FFA membership.  Students must be enrolled in an Agriculture Education class and participate in Chapter activities on the local level.


Thirteen members were accepted into the FFA as Greenhands.  The Greenhand Degree was bestowed upon Sharon Chen, Landen Chapman, Ella Crawford, Drew Garrison, Hannah Holtmeier, Lucas Weise, Logan Larson, Caden Kapke, Hanna Taylor, Kynlee Uher, Andie Koch, Cole Siems, and Nicole Vodraska. The degree requirements include active participation in Chapter events, knowledge of parliamentary procedure, basic FFA knowledge and plans for a Supervised Agriculture Experience (S.A.E.) Program.  The group received a bronze pin and their “FFA Member Lives Here” sign.


Six Tri County members were awarded the Chapter Degree by the officers.  These recipients demonstrated parliamentary procedure abilities, had an established S.A.E., performed at least ten community service hours, and presented a group discussion presentation.  Receiving their silver pin were Bonnie Jantzen, Alexx Malchow, Ethan Paxton, Cassidy Kowalski, Jacob Kapke and Haleigh Fletcher.


The speaker for the evening program was Mr. Tim Higgins of the Farm Credit Services of America.  Mr. Higgins is also a 2016 Nebraska LEAD member.  He spoke on his travels to China and Laos, and the agriculture he observed.  He encouraged the ag education to find a passion, seek education and to communicate.  He stressed to always keep hold of your ties to agriculture.