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.

Wolfkings Qualify Three for State

Last week the Wolfking wrestling program qualified three athletes for the state wrestling tournament. Jacob Hilmer at 113, Trevin Edwards at 106, and Joel Abramson at 182 all made the trip to Omaha. The tournament starts today, February 20th.

So far today, Trevin Edwards came out strong and won his first match of the tournament. Jacob Hilmer and Joel Abramson both had tough first-round matches and came up short. They will need to win through the wrestle backs to have a chance to place.

The state brackets are posted below. Live results and information can be accessed at this link:


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! 

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