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 2019 - March 


-- Tri County has seven candidates for the Nebraska State FFA Degree in 2019.  They are Savannah Gerlach, Taylor Cammack, Evan Larson, Chad Niemeier, Madison Freese, Creighton Niemeyer and Alexis Gerritse.

- Miss Halie Andreasen, State FFA Vice-President, will be a guest of the FFA Chapter in March.

-The Nebraska Agricultural Youth Institute will be held in Lincoln July 8-12th on UN-L’s East Campus.  Applications are now available and due April 15th. This five day conference is for high school juniors and seniors and is FREE of charge.This year’s theme is, “Take Root”. Apply online at  www.nda.nebraskagov/nayi        Many Tri County students have taken advantage of this great experience.

-  Congratulations to sophomore Hannah Holtmeier for being named to the State FFA Ag Issues Academy to be held April 3rd in Lincoln.  Hannah is one of 30 FFA members selected from across the State.

-  Chapter President Savannah Gerlach participated in the Nebraska State FFA Officer preliminary interviews in Kearney on February 21st and 22nd.  Savannah advanced out of the preliminary rounds to the finals!  The next step is State Interview at the April convention.

-  WIX box tops are a valuable fund raisers for the Tri County FFA.  If you know of someone who uses WIX filters, please have them save their box tops for the FFA.

-  ****Save the Date!  Tri County FFA will celebrate their 50 Years of Success on November 9th at Tri County High School.  The TC FFA Alumni would love to have your ideas and input.

-  Eighteen FFA members decorated cupcakes on February 15th for Valentine’s Day to give to elderly individuals at an assisted living in Fairbury.   Nice gesture FFA!!

-  Twenty livestock exhibitors attended the Youth Quality Care of Animals (Livestock Quality Assurance) training at Tri County on February 7th.  Mr. Barnard was the trainer.

-  Mrs.  Laurie Uhls was a guest presenter in the Ag Education Dept. this month.  She presented ribbon making and floral bud vases. Mrs. Annette Weise was a guest this month.  She presented a fish dissection lesson. Thank you!!

-  Senior Taylor Cammack has been named a Nebraska State FFA Star Finalist!  Final interviews are during the Nebraska State FFA Convention.  Way to go Taylor!!



Four area schools competed in a District 5 Junior High Agriculture Quiz Bowl on January 31st.  The 7th and 8th graders enjoyed a supper together and then broke out in three pools to compete.  The pools ranked students for advanced competition. Participating students were from Thayer Central, Meridian, Fairbury and Tri County.  Illness kept to schools away. Adults helping score and read questions were Kyle Spilker, Chris Peters, Katie Jantzen, Scott Janssen, Victoria Barnard, Kari Janssen, Gary Shinn and Bruce Wollenburg.  The Tri County Team 1 won the evening’s event. Team members were Colton Bales, Chris Janssen, Karli Scherling and Jazmin Dike. Thayer Central Team 2 placed second. Tri County Team 2 was 3rd. Team members were John Wehrman, Lucas Lew, Elli Peters and Kenzie Strein.  Other students from TC competing were Carter Siems, Carter Holtmeier, Breona Meyer, Taylor Koch, Kaden VanWinkle, August Gerlach, Colton Placek and Evan Quackenbush. The next competition is the State Contest April 5th in Lincoln.



Seven Tri County High School Agriculture Education students have applied for the 2019 Nebraska State FFA Degree.  The seniors are Chad Niemeier, son of Todd & Kathryn Niemeier; Savannah Gerlach, daughter of Rick & Amy Gerlach; Madison Freese, daughter of Ann Freese and Aaron Freese; Creighton Niemeyer, son of Ken & Shannon Niemeyer; Evan Larson, son of Michael & Jessica Larson; Taylor Cammack, daughter of Mike & Jill Cammack and Alexis Gerritse, daughter of Doug & Janet Gerritse.  Seven State FFA Degrees in one year is the most for one class ever in the 50 years of Tri County FFA existence.


The State FFA Degree is the highest degree the Nebraska State FFA Association can bestow.  A member must be a senior or one year out of high school to apply. They must have a “C” academic average, submit two years of financial record books, interview with a board of Ag Education instructors and pass an oral test.  In addition the applicant must earn 500 leadership points, serve as an officer or committee chair and volunteer for 25 hours of community service. The student must be versed in parliamentary procedure and public speaking.


 State Degree ceremonies will be conducted at the State FFA Convention in Lincoln on April 5th at Pinnacle Bank Arena.  Mr. Dave Barnard and Mr. Kurt Wissenburg  have served as the candidate’s Advisors.



Tri County FFA had several members enter the District 5 FFA Proficiency Award competition February 6th.  Proficiency Awards are based on a member’s Supervised Agriculture Experience (SAE) program. Recognition is awarded on the local, district, state and national levels.  Winning applications are forwarded on for state competition and the top three state finalists are recognized at the State FFA Convention in Lincoln the first week in April at Pinnacle Bank Arena.


Tri County had four area champions.  Secretary Tiffany Pearson won the Ag Communication Area, Sophia Linnemann placed first in Outdoor Recreation, Alexis Gerritse was the champion in Vet Science and Vice-President Taylor Cammack earned first place in Wildlife Management Entrepreneurship.  Junior Alexx Malchow received a silver ranking in Equine Placement and Alexis earned a silver in Beef Entrepreneurship. Cammack was also named the District 5 FFA Star in Production and will now compete on the state level.



         All youth aged 14 and 15 who work on a farm or ranch other than their own MUST be certified through a Hazardous Occupations Course. Successful completion of the course will allow trained youth to operate a tractor over 20 horsepower, or to connect or disconnect an implement or any of its parts to or from a tractor. Cost for the training is $60. For more information, contact  the Extension office in your county.  Training are being held this spring and early summer.



The Tri County FFA joined with over 189 other Nebraska FFA Chapters in celebrating National FFA Week February 16th-23th.  The special week is observed during George Washington’s birthday each year. Although the weather did not cooperate very well, the members had a good time with activities.


Each day was a special theme day.  On Monday was flannel shirt and Greenhand Day.  The Greenhands had their hand painted green. On Tuesday  students wore camo. Wednesday got snowed out! Thursday was alternative mode of transportation day, ag cap day and wear your Chapter t-shirt.  Friday was FFA Jacket Day. The Appreciation Breakfast for teachers, members and alumni was moved to Thursday morning. The officers hosted the pancake and sausage meal in the ag education department.  President Savannah Gerlach also conducted FFA radio promotions during the week.


**** District 5 Career Development Events contests are March 5 at SCC-Beatrice; Good Luck Teams!!******