Even though the Bermis FFA Chapter is in its first year, the 2016 team was able to show they were among the very best in the state. The Bermis Chapter sent off 38 of it’s members to compete in eight different events. All of the members competed very well at state and many of them earned ribbons for their individual performances, including an individual and team state championship.
The team state championship came in the Livestock Management CDE (Career Development Event). The competitors on the team were Sarah Dannehl, Kara Philips, Brianna Hinson, Tigh Renken, Cooper Grabenstein, and Brandon Wallander. Livestock Management also won the beef and sheep portion of the contest, and placed in the top 10 in poultry.
Tigh Renken was the state champion in Livestock Judging leading the rest of his team including Sarah Dannehl, Cooper Grabenstein, and Brandon Wallander to a third place overall finish.They competed very well also earning 3rd place in sheep and goats, 2nd in beef, and first in questions. The experience was very exciting for the whole team. According to Tigh Renken it was a thrill to receive top honors. “I have been extremely competitive in judging for as long as I could remember. I work everyday on my livestock evaluating skills and I feel my hard work and dedication paid off not only at State FFA, but I also hope that it pays off for me further down the road as well. I am really lucky to have such great teammates to compete with.”
Other Competitors who competed at State FFA were: Farm Management- Jack Allen, Kara Philips, Taylor Patterson, and Brooke Rademacher AgriScience- Dylan Boggs, Katrina Sell, Lindsay Schutz, and Thomas Crandall Welding- A.J. Carlson, Dillen Mumm, and Seth Beisner Agronomy- Cale Abramson, Jack Allen, Noah Renken, and Thomas Crandall Food Science- Katlyn Einspahr, Jenna Kuck, Eden McCain, and Sarah Pelton Extemporaneous Speech- Adyson Furlong Delegates- Courtney Philips and Adyson Furlong