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The Tri County FFA Chapter hosted their fall Leadership Night on November 22nd at the High School auditorium.  President Brevin Damrow conducted the meeting for members, parents and guests.  Summer and fall contest medals and ribbons were handed out by Advisor Mr. Dave Barnard for Range and Land Judging, the Milk Quality & Dairy Products contest and the State Equine contest.

The highlight of the night was the Degree Ceremonies.  Earning their Discovery Degrees were junior high students Henry Holtmeier, Landen Koch, Cobi Bales, Zach Strein and Drew Siems.  The Discovery Degree is the first level of FFA membership.  Students must be enrolled in an Agriculture Education class and participate in Chapter activities on the local level.

Twenty members were accepted into the FFA as Greenhands.  The Greenhand Degree was bestowed upon Gage Brinkman, Ella Clark, Abbie Drewes, Jamie Bartels, Ibrahim Castillo, Talon Caudill, Pierce Damrow, Harley Dike, Ethan Jobman, Maddux Johnson, Hailey Lauenstein, Rylee McCune, Alex Paxton, Ashley Sasse, Avery Schultis, Ashton Schwisow, Aubrey Siems, Cooper Stokebrand, Jordyn Zulauf and Kenzie Strein. The degree requirements include active participation in Chapter events, knowledge of parliamentary procedure, basic FFA knowledge and plans for a Supervised Agriculture Experience (S.A.E.) Program.  The group received a bronze pin and their “FFA Member Lives Here” sign.

Nineteen Tri County members were awarded the Chapter Degree by the officers.  These recipients demonstrated parliamentary procedure abilities, had an established S.A.E., performed at least ten community service hours, and presented a group discussion presentation.  Receiving their silver pin were Evelyn Baker, Kinsley Fletcher, Ellie Peters, Aubriana Sluka, Cassidy Thavenet, Colton Bales, August Gerlach, Carter Siems, Jonah Schwab, Caden Bales, Tayden Gronemeyer, Dusty Kapke, Lucas Lewandowski, Jackson Kirchoff, Colton Placek, Evan Quackenbush, Kaden Koch, Kaden VanWinkle and John Wehrman.

The speaker for the evening program was Nebraska State Unicameral Senator Tom Brandt of Plymouth. Senator Brandt represents the 32nd District and is a past Tri County FFA member.  He spoke on the exciting opportunities in agriculture and the need for young ag leaders and professionals to stay in Nebraska.