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Thirty-nine students enrolled in agriculture education classes at Tri County Schools competed in the District 5 Career Development Events (CDE) on March 5th.  The contests were hosted by SCC-Beatrice for the 16 school district. Many of the events qualified teams for the State CDE’s to be held in Lincoln during the 91st FFA State Convention April 3-5.  Tri County competed in 13 of the 16 contests.

Tri County students won three district championships during the events.  Chad Niemeier’s third place agronomy finish lead his team to second place.  Team members included Evan Larson, Creighton Niemeyer and Lucas Weise. Niemeier earned the bronze medal and team earned a purple ribbon.  They are headed to state.

The District Floriculture team qualified for state competition with a third place finish.  Members going to state are Madison Freese, Savannah Gerlach Taylor Cammack and Tiffany Pearson.  Cammack was the high scorer for Tri County. The team earned a purple. Other Tri County students competing in floriculture were Kynlee Uher, Hanna Taylor, Caden Kapke and Hannah Holtmeier.

The Ag Mechanics team brought home the team championship and  qualified for state. Jacob Kapke was the individual gold medal winner and teammate Jacob Woosley earned the silver medal.  Brandon Seibolt and Daugen VanEperen were also members of the team. The team earned a purple.

The Farm Business Management team of Creighton Niemeyer, Chad Niemeier, Evan Larson and Madison Freese finished with the first place purple ribbon and will compete in Lincoln.   Chad Niemeier earned the second place silver medal.

The Nursery and Landscape team consisted of Kynlee Uher, Andie Koch, Ella Crawford, Hanna Taylor, Caden Kapke and Logan Larsen.  The team just missed going to state with a 5th place finish. The Ag Science Contest is a 9th grade event. The team was the 4th place school and earned a purple ribbon and will be going to state.  Nick Loxterkamp and Brevin Damrow had the top scores for Tri County. Other Ag Science competitors were Kanin Baker, Logan Brown, Gracin Hahn, Gavin Weichel, Mya Maxwell, Emerson Schultis and Emily Thavenet.

The Welding Team placed fifth and qualified for state.  Daegan VanEperen’s bronze medal in Arc Welding paced the team.  Brandon Seibolt also competed in Arc Welding. Wesley Monnin and Emmett Franzen competed in MIG Welding.  Tri County also had Brett Boyce and Caden Kapke compete in OxyAcetylene Welding.

Nine individuals competed in the Vet Science Contest.  Drew Garrison placed 7th. Competing were Alexx Malchow, Alexis Gerritse,  Hannah Holtmeier, Landen Chapman, Cassidy Kowalski, Bonnie Jantzen, Cole Siems and Patty Monnin.  The team finished in 4th place. Tri County’s Natural Resources team consisted of Drew Garrison, Patty Monnin, Brevin Damrow, Alexx Malchow, Landen Chapman, Nicole Vodraska, Gavin Weichel, Logan Brown, and Nick Loxterkamp.  Brevin, Alexx, Patty and Nick will compete in Lincoln.

The Livestock Management team finished as District Champions and earned a purple ribbon.  Students on the winning team were Bonnie Jantzen, Cole Siems, Logan Larson, Cassidy Kowalski and Alexis Gerritse.  Tri County also had the third place team and earned a purple ribbon. These team members were Alexx Malchow, Savannah Gerlach, Taylor Cammack, Lucas Weise and Jauques vanZyl.

The Envirothon team of Chad Niemeier, Lucas Weise, Evan Larson, Creighton Niemeyer and Jauques vanZyl placed 5th.  The team did win the soils portion of the regional competition hosted by the local NRD.

In the Food Science competition Tri County fell one place short of going to state.  Gracin Hahn had the high score for Tri County followed by Tiffany Pearson and Emily Thavenet.   Other team members were Emerson Schultz, Mya Maxwell, Ella Crawford, Andie Koch, and Nicole Vodraska.