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TRI COUNTY FFA WINS TWO STATE CDE'S

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TRI COUNTY AG EDUCATION STUDENTS SWEEP STATE DAIRY CONTESTS

Ten Tri County High School students enrolled in agriculture education competed in the Nebraksa State Career Development Events (CDE) during the Nebraska State Fair on August 24th in Grand Island.  The FFA members swept the Dairy Cattle Evaluation and Dairy Products championships. Both teams earned the right to represent the Nebraska FFA in the national contests in Indianapolis, IN in October.

The team of Gracin Hahn, Logan Larson, Emerson Schultis, Emily Thavenet, Nicole Vodraska and Mya Maxwell were on the champion Dairy Products team.  Hahn finished 3rd with a purple ribbon and medal to pace Tri County. Larsen, Schultis and Thavenet earned purple ribbons and paced in the top eleven.  Vodraska brought home a blue ribbona and Maxwell received a red. The students identified cheese samples, took an exam on milk marketing and production, identified milk off-flavor samples and evaluated milk and non-milk products.

The Dairy Cattle team used a solid performance by all members to bring home the first place plaque.  Hannah Holtmeier finished in 6th place with a purple ribbon. Sophomore Brevin Damrow received a blue ribbon.  Cole Siems and Gavin Weichel finished with red ribbons. The team made an oral presentation to a panel of judges on “Livestock Biosecurity”, took a written dairy management exam, evaluated six classes of dairy calves, heifers and cows and gave three sets of oral reasons.  Mr. Dave Barnard is the coach and advisor of the Tri County students.