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RPAC Basketball Teams Announced

Although school sports and activities have been put on hold for the time being due to the global pandemic, the RPAC coaches were able to get the post-season RPAC team selections made for the 2019-2020 season. Three Vikings were amid those selections including Erin Boggs for the girls, and Jarrett Bieker and Arik Ackerman for the boys.

Junior Erin Boggs was placed on the RPAC East first team for the girls. As a guard, Boggs led the Vikings with 10.3 points per game, 2.3 assists, and 2.2 steals. She also averaged 3.1 rebounds per game as a point guard.

The Lady Vikings finished their season with an 11-11 record. Although they were not blessed with a lot of size, they made up for it with heart and determination. They will lose 4 seniors, Cailey Grabenstein, Jada High, Grace Straight, and Natalie Johnson.

Returning next year for the Vikings will be sophomore Johanna Ford who averaged 6.6 rebounds and 3.8 points per game. Trista Callahan, a junior, averaged 4.8 points, 1 assist and 4.2 rebounds per game and sophomore Kenzy Drain averaged 1.9 points per game.

Viking Boys Gain Confidence

For the boys, Jarrett Bieker was an RPAC East first team selection and Arik Ackerman was RPAC East Honorable Mention. As a sophomore, Bieker was the Viking leading scorer this season averaging 14.6 points and 9 rebounds per game. He also led the team in assists with 1.9 and steals with 1.7 per game. Ackerman, a junior, averaged 8.3 points, nearly 1 assist per game, and 4.4 rebounds as a guard.

The young Viking team made many gains throughout season, finishing strong and confident. Although they will lose veteran players Isaiah Schwarz and Brandon Dodson, as well as single year player Sam Maloley to graduation, they return a number of players who look to pick up where they left off. Besides Ackerman and Jarrett Bieker, the Vikings will return starter sophomore Jonah Nelson who averaged 7 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game, and freshman Owen Kaps who contributed 4.6 points and 3. 2 rebounds per game. Other players making big contributions to this season’s team include junior Landon Andersen, freshman Chonsey Bieker, and sophomore Joseph Pelton.

Girls All-Conference Selections

Boys All-Conference Selections

National FFA Week

The BerMis FFA Chapter had a fun and exciting National FFA Week. It started on February 24th and went through the 28th. On Monday, it was wear your favorite farm or FFA shirt day. Tuesday, we had Ag Trivia Day. We counted out soybeans and had a guessing game
on who could guess the closest. The student that guessed the closest received a $5 gift certificate to C-Plus.

Wednesday, the Bertrand FFA kids were up early and had an appreciation breakfast for the staff, community, friends, and family. We served pancakes, sausage, and fruit. We also did
Ag in the Classroom activities for elementary classes. 1st period talked to the kindergarten and 1st grade. We read them a story about a farmer and made them popcorn. Next, we talked to the
2nd and 3rd graders about feed rations. During their activity, they got to make their own ration out of fruit loops, goldfish, M and M’s, raisins, and cheerios. The students loved it!

Thursday was wear your farmer hat to school day. We also did more Ag in the Classroom lessons with the 4th, 5th, and 6th graders. We played a trivia game with them called
“Hogwash.” We asked many different pig questions and the students had to answer either “True” or “Hogwash”. Near the end of the presentation, the students got to ask about different
FFA activities and any other questions that they had. We also had one trivia question for the whole school. Our question was “What year did Mrs. Scholz serve as a State FFA Officer? What
office did she hold?” The students that answered correctly were announced on Friday and received a sweet treat.

Friday was Official Dress day and Kiss a Goat. All FFA students were required to wear Official Dress throughout the day. In Loomis, they drove their tractors to school and did an appreciation breakfast as well. Both schools had been raising money all week for Kiss a Goat.
The money that we raised went to Judy McClain, a para in Loomis that is battling cancer. At the end of the day, one teacher and one senior from both schools had to kiss a goat. The elementary students absolutely loved it! Altogether, it was a great week! We appreciate all the support from our communities.

BerMis FFA Competes at Career Development Events

The BerMis FFA Chapter competed at the District XI Career Development Events on March 10, 2020, at NCTA in Curtis. Twenty members competed in four different events.

This year’s Floriculture contest consisted of a general knowledge test, plants, tools, and insect identification, and a team practicum. During the team practicum, they had to make boutonnieres and
corsages and complete a price sheet. Competing in Floriculture was Marcia Estrada, Jersie Hermanson, Emma Larson, Hanna Stewart, Leah Schutz, and Colton Wagner. Emma Larson was the district
champion and Hanna Stewart and Leah Schutz received blues.

Livestock Management
The Livestock Management team consisted of Jennica Dannehl, Cailey Grabenstein, Jory Holt, Lane Schoff, and Abby Scholz. Each student took an individual knowledge test, breed identification test,
and participated in the rest of the contest as a team. They had to go through each species and do different activities for each. The species that were focused on this year are Beef, Dairy, Poultry, Sheep, Swine, and Equine. It was a fast-paced contest. The team received blue ribbons in beef, dairy, and swine and a white ribbon in equine. Overall the team placed second and qualified for state.

Food Science
The 2020 District Food Science consisted of a general knowledge test, an aroma test, a triangle test, and identifying sanitary violations. Competitors included Kenzy Drain, Johanna Ford, Shawna Freeman, Austin Hahn, Jersie Hermanson, Jordan Hilmer, Anna Pelton, and Bryce Philips. The team earned
a second-place and a state-qualifying finish. Individually, Johanna Ford received a purple, Jordan Hilmer blue, and Anna Pelton red.

Poultry Evaluation
Poultry Evaluation is very similar each year. There was a general knowledge test and different classes including carcass placing, interior quality grading white-shelled chicken eggs, exterior quality
grading, bone-in and boneless further processed poultry meat products, identifying ten poultry carcass parts, and a written exam on poultry management. Johanna Ford and Anna Pelton received red ribbons and Jacob Hilmer and Joseph Pelton both got white ribbons. Other BerMis participants included Marcia
Estrada, Jory Holt, and Lane Schoff. The team earned a blue ribbon.