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MARCH  2020



  • Junior FFA member Landen Chapman was selected by the Nebraska FFA Association for the Badertscher “Power Your Potential Endowment Grant.  He will be recognized during the State Convention at Pinnacle Arena on stage. Congrats, Landen!

  • Two Tri County FFA families have show pig sales upcoming.  If area swine show persons are looking for stock this is another opportunity.  On March 21st and 22nd Holtmeier Show Stock will offer Duroc and Crossbred pigs for sale 2 miles east of Plymouth.

On April 25th, Gerlach Show Pigs will conduct their auction northeast of DeWitt beginning at 6:00 pm.  They are offering Duroc, York, Berk, Spot and Crossbreds.

  • Mr. Barnard had shoulder surgery on March 13th. 

  • FFA Banquet is April 28th at 6:30 pm in the cafeteria.  

  • THANK YOU Savannah Gerlach for your service to the Nebraska FFA Association this past year.  You represented Tri County FFA and our community with professionalism and dedication through your role as State Secretary!!

  • Due 4/6- Chapter Proficiency, Officer & Scholarship Applications

  • Livestock show persons:  Now is a great time to get registered for county fair and complete livestock quality assurance paperwork!



Six members of the Tri County FFA Chapter attended the state “360 Conference” on February 28 and 29th.  The conference was held at Kearney, NE. Ag Education students attending were Kynlee Uher, Ella Crawford, Logan Larson, Logan Brown, Andie Koch and Hannah Holtmeier. Mr. Dave Barnard, Advisor sponsored the group.


The statewide leadership conference is conducted by past National & State FFA Officers.  It was sponsored in part by the Syngenta Company. This year’s theme was, “Influence”. The sessions were on relationship building, being trustworthy, purposeful, collaboration and being an agent of change.  The students were asked to develop an Influence Plan. The next Tri County FFA Leadership training will be at the State FFA Convention April 1-3 in Lincoln.



Thirty-four students enrolled in agriculture education classes at Tri County Schools competed in the District 5 Career Development Events (CDE) on March 3rd.  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 92nd FFA State Convention April 1-3.  Tri County teams competed in 12 of the 17 contests.  


Logan Larson’s third place Agronomy finish led his team to second place.  Team members included Gavin Weichel, Brevin Damrow and Lucas Weise. Larson earned the bronze medal and the team earned a purple ribbon.  Weichel placed 4th. They are headed to state.


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


The Nursery and Landscape team consisted of Emerson Scultis, Emily Thavenet, Gracin Hahn and Mya Maxwell.  The team placed 3rd and qualified for state. Emerson’s 6th place finish paced Tri County. The team received a purple.


The Poultry team of Lucas Weise, Jauques vanZyl, Kendra Caudill and Jacob Kapke finished in third place and missed State by one spot.  Weise earned 5th place and vanZyl finished 8th.  


 The Ag Science Contest is a 9th grade event.  The team was the 9th place school and earned a blue ribbon.  Kendra Caudill had the top placing for Tri County. Other Ag Science competitors were Breona Meyer, Carter Siems, Trevor Johnson, Carter Holtmeier, Karli Scherling, Taylor Koch and Jurgen Baker.


The Welding Team placed seventh. Emmett Franzen’s bronze medal in MIG Welding paced the team.  Brandon Seibolt competed in MIG Welding and finished 4th. Wesley Monnin and Caden Kapke competed in OxyAcetylene Welding.  Tri County also had Jacob Woosley and Zach Kuhn TIG Welding and Garrett Legg and Noah Leutzinger weld in Arc.


Eight individuals competed in the Vet Science Contest.  Caden Kapke placed 9th. Competing were Hannah Holtmeier, Cassidy Kowalski, Bonnie Jantzen, Drew Garrison, Carter Holtmeier, Lucas Weise and Hanna Taylor.  The team finished in 6th place.  


Tri County’s Natural Resources team finished in third place and earned a purple ribbon.  The team consisted of Nicole Vodraska, Brevin Damrow, Alexx Malchow, and Nick Loxterkamp.  The second team of Patty Monnin, Jurgen Baker, Kanin Baker and Gavin Weichel placed 6th.


The Livestock Management team finished in 3rd place at  Districts and earned a purple ribbon and spot at State. Students on this team were  Bonnie Jantzen, Hannah Holtmeier, Lucas Weise, Alexx Malchow and Caden Kapke. Tri County also had the 6th place team and earned a blue ribbon.  These team members were Cole Siems, Logan Larson, Cassidy Kowalski, Jacob Kapke and Carter Holtmeier.


The Envirothon team of Nick Loxterkamp, Gavin Weichel, Cole Siems, Logan Larson and Drew Garrison placed 7th.  The regional competition is hosted by the local NRD.  


In the Food Science competition Tri County earned third and will compete at state.  Gracin Hahn had the top score in the contest and won the gold medal. Other qualifying team members are Nicole Vodraska, Emily Thavanet, Ella Crawford and Kynlee Uher.   Other team members were Emerson Schultis, Mya Maxwell and Andie Koch.


Two individuals competed in the Meats Evaluation contest.  They were Drew Garrison and Hanna Taylor. In the Ag Biotechnology event, Tri County students Ella Crawford, Andie Koch, Hannah Holtmeier and Kynlee Uher competed.


2020 Online Horticulture Judging Contest

Do you know what it takes to pick the best fruit and vegetables out at the grocery store? Or do you know what judges are looking for when they judge your plants at the county fair? Have you ever wondered, what plant is that!?! We are excited to offer the opportunity to learn these and other important horticulture skills through the Online Horticulture Contest. The contest will be available June 5-22, 2020 at: https://go.unl.edu/hortcontest.


The Tri County FFA Chapter sponsored a BBQ Pork sandwich meal on March 10th for the Plymouth Volunteer FireFighters and First Responders.  The Chapter served the supper at the PlymouthFire Hall with 22 volunteers present. Gavin Wechiel and Mrs. Barnard served the meal. It was the Chapter’s way of saying thank-out to the local organization for all the service they provide the community.  A similar meal is being planned for the Swanton volunteers.



Mrs. Simpson’s and Mrs. Strutsman’s second graders at Tri County made their personalized pizzas on March 10th.  With the help of Mrs. Nicky Porter, TC Food Service Director, the students created their own lunch! Thirty-four students participated.


The project was an effort by the Tri County FFA through their Farm Bureau “Connecting Chapters” agriculture literacy program.  The FFA set up the event and as the elementary students made their “creations” told them how the food products were raised and processed.  The activity helped celebrate American Ag Week.


Nicole Vodraska explained how wheat is grown and processed into flour and then into the dough the students received.  Mr. Barnard visited with the second graders how tomatoes were grown and the tomato sauce was made. The student then added sauce to their pizza.  Emerson Schultis manned the station featuring ground beef and pepperoni. She discussed raising meat animals. The 2nd graders could then put meat on their pizza.  Next was Gracin Hahn’s station on cheese. Gracin visited about dairy cattle, milk and cheese processing. The students then could add cheddar or mozzarella cheese.  Finally the second graders could add toppings and be really creative. Emily Thavenet spoke on peppers, mushrooms, olives and onions. The pizzas were baked on Wednesday and the personalized lunch was the envy of all elementary students!!