|5 Wauneta-Palisade girls earn their State FFA Degrees|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Friday, 08 April 2011 16:41|
By Tina Kitt
The Wauneta Breeze
In a first for the Wauneta-Palisade FFA organization, all members receiving their State FFA Degrees this year are young women, with seniors Jenna Jutten, Breann Maris, Bethany Riener, Laura Rundback and Rebecca Strand set to receive the high honor Friday evening in Lincoln.
“I’ve had girls earn their State Degrees before, but this is the first time all of those receiving their degrees have been girls,” noted WP Chapter Adviser Dan Andrews.
Back in 1978, prior to the merging of the Wauneta and Palisade School Districts, it was Diane Helberg who paved the way for this group of five when Helberg became the first female FFA member from the Wauneta Chapter to earn a State Degree.
Members of the Wauneta-Palisade FFA receiving their State FFA Degrees this year include, from left, Jenna Jutten, Laura Rundback, Bethany Riener, Breann Maris and Rebecca Strand. (Tina Kitt | The Wauneta Breeze)
Fifteen years would pass and the two schools would merge before another girl from the local chapter earned a State Degree with Stacey Barger attaining the honor in 1993, followed by Kerri Pfeiffer in 1994.
This year’s group of senior girls has provided strong leadership for the local chapter, with three of them holding top chapter offices this year — Breann is Chapter President, Laura is Chapter Vice-President and Jenna is Chapter Secretary.
Jenna’s work experience has included putting in time on the family ranch near Palisade as well as clocking over 1,000 hours over the past four years at Palisade’s Pioneer Café where she worked in the kitchen as well as waiting tables.
Other FFA involvement and honors have included competing as part of the chapter food science, forestry, range judging and Envirothon teams. Jenna has earned her Greenhand and Chapter Degrees as well as serving as Chapter Secretary.
Over the past four years her high school activities have included honor society, choir, cheerleading, one-act, speech team and serving as a class officer. She was a Cornhusker Girl’s State delegate and is a member of the Hamlet Union Church Youth Group.
Jenna is the daughter of John and Amey Jutten of rural Palisade.
In addition to tending to her 50 head of pigs, Breann has worked in food preparation and service at the Pioneer Café, Imperial Auction Market Café and Tommy’s Sports Club. She has also worked in Web design and computer tech at Champa Group in Wauneta.
Additional FFA honors and responsibilities for Breann have included serving a term as Chapter Treasurer prior to becoming Chapter President. She has participated in range and livestock judging and competed on the food science and forestry teams.
Breann earned her Greenhand Degree, Chapter Degree and Scholarship Awards.
During her high school career Breann has been active in speech, one-act, honor society, choir, volleyball, track and served as class president. She was also the team manager for the wrestling squad. Other activities include mentoring at HIS Haven Ranch, youth group, VBS helper, worship team member and mission trips to Mexico.
Breann is the daughter of Michael and Kim Maris of rural Stratton.
Bethany’s work experience has involved farm labor, lawn service, food preparation and service. Over the past four years she has put in more than 1,000 hours of general farm labor for Riener Farms. In addition, she has worked at Palisade’s Pioneer Café and performed lawn care services for the Catholic Church among other customers.
Bethany’s FFA activities have included livestock judging and management and serving on the Courtesy Corps as well as the membership and chapter development committees. She has competed on the food science team and earned her Greenhand and Chapter Degrees and Scholarship Awards.
High school activities for Bethany have included volleyball, basketball and track, earning all-conference recognition. She is an honor society member and has been active in one-act and student council. Other activities include Catholic Youth Organization and being selected for a Hawaii volleyball trip.
Bethany is the daughter of Cliff and Shirley Riener of Palisade.
The bulk of Laura’s entrepreneurial ag experience has involved hands-on livestock production raising ewes, show lambs and show steers. Laura has also clocked in hundreds of hours assisting her parents on the family farm and hundreds of hours of lawn care during her four-year FFA career. Last year she also worked at Frenchman Valley Co-op during harvest.
Other FFA honors and involvements have included serving as Chapter Secretary and Chapter Parliamentarian in addition to her current role as Chapter Vice-President. She has participated in range and livestock judging and Envirothon and food science competitions. She has been part of the Courtesy Corps and the chapter and community development committees and earned her Greenhand and Chapter Degrees.
In addition to her dedication to FFA, Laura has been deeply involved in 4-H as a livestock exhibitor and council member. She is also active in her church’s youth group.
Her high school activities have included volleyball, basketball, track and choir.
Laura is the daughter of Marj and Guy Rundback of rural Palisade.
Over the past four years, Rebecca has put in over 1,500 hours of farm labor working for Strand Farms. She also worked in food service at Tommy’s Sports Club and was part of the scale house team at Frenchman Valley Co-op during harvest.
Her FFA activities and honors have included competing in range and livestock judging, food science and speaking contests. Rebecca has served on the Courtesy Corps and the chapter and membership development committees, serving as chair of the latter as well as chairing “FFA Go Green.”
She earned her Greenhand and Chapter Degrees as well as Scholarship Awards.
High school activities have included volleyball, basketball, track, choir, one-act, student council and journalism.
In addition to being a member of the National Honor Society, Rebecca has serve as NHS vice president. She is also active in CYO.
Rebecca is the daughter of Mick and Gina Strand of rural Wauneta.
Two WP teams have qualified for state FFA competitions to be held this week. Jack McGraw, Donald Hunt and Tyrel Kerchal will represent their local chapter in the welding competition. Jenna Jutten and Rebecca Strand will be joined by Sheyla Christner and Tayler Nordhausen in the food science contest.