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Tri County Ag Education Soars At Districts


Thirty-three students enrolled in agriculture education classes at Tri County Schools competed in the District 5 Career Development Events (CDE) on March 6th.  The contests were hosted by SCC-Beatrice for the 15 school district. Many of the events qualified teams for the State CDE’s to be held in Lincoln during the 90th FFA State Convention April 4-6.  Tri County competed in 12 of the 15 contests.

Tri County students won three championships during the events.  Pete Spilker’s second place agronomy finish lead his team to first place.  Team members included Evan Larson, Creighton Niemeyer and Chad Niemeyer. Spilker earned the silver medal and team earned a purple ribbon.

The district Floriculture team qualified for state competition with a fourth place finish.  Sophie Linnemann’s silver second place highlighted Tri County’s placing. Other members going to state are Madison Freese, Taylor Cammack and Tiffany Pearson.

The Food Science Team won a championship purple and qualified for state.  Sophie Linnemann won the 1st place gold medal, Tiffany Pearson earned the 2nd place silver medal and Nicole Vodraska won the third place bronze medal.  Other team members are freshman Ella Crawford and Andie Koch.

The Ag Mechanics fourth place finish qualified them for state.  Ethan Paxton, Dylan Seibolt, Brandon Seibolt and Griffin Mentel were members of the team.  The Farm Business Management team of Creighton Niemeyer, Chad Niemeier, Evan Larson and Madison Freese finished third and will compete in Lincoln.  Chad Niemeier earned the third place bronze medal.  The Nursery and Landscape team consisted of Jamie VanDer Heide, Taylor Cammack, Patty Monnin and Jauques vanZyl.

The Welding Team placed first and won a purple ribbon.  Ethan Paxton’s gold medal in OxyAcetylene Welding paced the team.  Dylan Seibolt also brought home the gold in Arc Welding. Brandon Seibolt completed the team in MIG Welding.  Tri County also had Pete Spilker compete in Arc Welding, Jacob Kapke in MIG Welding and Griffin Mentel welded OxyAcetylene Welding.

Eight individuals competed in the Vet Science Contest.  Competing were Alexx Malchow, Alexis Gerritse, Savannah Gerlach, Caden Kapke, Hannah Holtmeier, Kynlee Uher, Landen Chapman, and Sophie Linnemann.  Tri County’s Natural Resources team consisted of Drew Garrison, Patty Monnin, Jamie VanDer Heide and Jacob Kapke. The Meats team consisted of Evan Larson, Creighton Niemeyer, Bonnie Jantzen and Cassidy Kowalski and placed 5th.

The Livestock Management team finished in 6th place but did record the highest scores in the dairy and poultry sections.  Students in this contest were Alexx Malchow, Savannah Gerlach, Jauques vanZyl, Bonnie Jantzen, Cole Siems, Logan Larson, Lucas Weise, Hanna Taylor, Alexis Gerritse and Cassidy Kowalski.

The Ag Science Contest is a 9th grade event.  Ella Crawford scored highest for Tri County. Competing were Cole Siems, Logan Larson, Hanna Taylor, Andie Koch, Lucas Weise, Caden Kapke, Kynlee Uher, Hannah Holtmeier, Landen Chapman, Nicole Vodraska and Drew Garrison.  The team was the 4th place school.