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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.


Article written by Anna Pelton

The BerMis FFA members competed at Leadership Development Events on January 29, 2020. Members showed off their public speaking skills in Creed Speaking, and Cooperative Speaking. The BerMis FFA chapter was represented well and had many contestants ribbon.

Creed Speaking

Creed speaking is a freshman only contest. Members worked for weeks in advance memorizing the FFA Creed by E.M. Tiffany. Members that competed were Marcia Estrada, Lane Schoff, Colton Wagner, Leah Schutz, and Jersie Hermanson. Lane Schoff received a purple, placing 4th overall. Jersie Hermanson placed 10th with a blue, and Marcia Estrada also received a blue. Receiving reds were Colton Wagner and Leah Schutz.

Employment Skills

Cailey Grabenstein and Darla Thorell competed in Employment Skills. This contest consists of creating a resume and cover letter, three job interviews, and writing a thank you letter to the interviewer at the end. Prior to the contest, contestants must complete a resume and cover letter. Darla Thorell received a red and Cailey Grabentien placed 3rd overall with a purple and is a state alternate. 

Cooperative Speaking 

Abby Scholz competed in Cooperative speaking. In this event, the FFA member writes a six to eight-minute speech about Nebraska Cooperatives. Abby Scholz placed 2nd overall with a purple and is state bound! 

We are so proud of these members and their efforts, congratulations to the LDE contestants! 


Article written by Cailey Grabenstein and Jennica Dannehl

The BerMis FFA members competed at the second district Career Development Events on February 12, 2020. The contests that we competed in were Ag Biotechnology, Ag Communications, Ag Mechanics, Agronomy, Ag Communications, and Vet Science. The
members competed very well and represented the BerMis FFA Chapter exceptionally well.

Ag Biotechnology The two Bermis Ag- Biotechnology teams consisted of Jordan Hilmer, Leah Schutz Marcia Estrada,, Kenzy Drain, Anna Pelton, Johanna Ford and Lane Schoff

We had two teams compete in the Biotech competition. For this contest, they had to take a general knowledge test, identify tools and equipment, and they were challenged to create a new transgenic fruit or vegetable to market to everyday consumers. BerMis-1 consisted of Johanna Ford, Leah Schutz, Anna Pelton, and Jordan Hilmer. Johanna Ford received a blue ribbon and Leah Schutz received a red ribbon. As a team, BerMis-1 ended up with a white
ribbon, placing fourth overall. The second team was BerMis-2. Team members were Marcia Estrada, Kenzy Drain, and Lane Schoff. They ended up in 7th place overall.

Ag Communications The BerMis Ag Communications team of Anna Pelton, Abby Scholz, Natalie Johnson, and Landon Andersen qualified for state.

The Ag Communication team members were Landon Andersen, Natalie Johnson, Anna Pelton, and Abby Scholz. Before the competition, the team wrote up an extensive media plan about bees, an important commodity in Nebraska. During the competition, John Schroeder from Darr Feedlot Inc. talked about how they care for their cattle at the feedlot. Every member was assigned a different project from this presentation. Abby wrote an opinionated article and received 1st place with a purple ribbon, Anna created a web design and received a white ribbon, Natalie wrote a journalistic article and received a blue ribbon, and Landon created a video and
tied for 1st place with a purple ribbon. The team placed 2nd overall earning a trip to the State Convention later this year.

Ag Mechanics The Bermis Ag Mechanics team consisted of Anna Pelton, Abby Scholz, Natalie Johnson, and Landon Andersen

The Ag Mechanics team consisted of Austin Hahn, Jacob Hilmer, Jory Holt, and Joseph Pelton. This group had to take a general knowledge individual test and wire a sprayer. Individually, Jacob and Jory received blue ribbons and Austin received a red. They did very well and placed 3rd overall. They received a red ribbon and a trip to the State FFA Convention in April.

Agronomy The Bermis Agronomy Team of William DeOss, Daniel Hermanson, Emma Larson, Bryce Philips, and Hanna Stewart.

The Agronomy team had to identify plants and seeds, plant diseases and disorders, and equipment as well as answer questions about soil. The team members were William DeOss, Daniel Hermanson, Emma Larson, Bryce Philips, and Hanna Stewart. Emma placed 8th and
received a blue ribbon, and Daniel received a red ribbon. The team placed 6th overall and received a red ribbon.

Vet Science The membersof the BerMis Vet Science Team were Jennica Dannehl, Johanna Ford Cailey Grabenstein, Jordan Hilmer, Emma Larson, and Caitlynn Wahls.

The Vet Science competition consisted of an individual practicum and general knowledge test, and team identification of breeds, parasites, and equipment. The members who competed in this event were Jennica Dannehl, Johanna Ford, Cailey Grabenstein, Jordan
Hilmer, Emma Larson, and Caitlynn Wahls. Emma tied for 1st place with a purple ribbon, Jordan, Caitlynn, Jennica, and Cailey all received blue ribbons. The team received 3rd place with a blue
ribbon and qualified for the State Convention in April.