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‘Blue Jacket’ members shine during Wau-Pal FFA Banquet PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 05 May 2011 16:53

By Tina Kitt

The Wauneta Breeze


Achievements from the past 12 months were applauded and new honors bestowed during the Wauneta-Palisade FFA Chapter’s annual banquet held Thursday at the school Ag Shop.

A steak supper was served to members and guests, with Michael and Leland Maris manning the grill and families of chapter members providing a potluck selection of salads and desserts.

Randy Vlasin of Imperial made a repeat appearance as banquet speaker. Vlasin taught ag classes for 24 years and served as an FFA adviser at Chase County High School prior to entering the business community. He currently serves as executive director of the Chase County Community Hospital Foundation.

WP FFA members selected to serve as officers for 2011-2012 include, from left, Donald Hunt, sentinel; Landon Jutten, reporter; Cassidy Rathe, treasurer; Tayler Nordhausen, president; Tailor Lee, secretary; and (not pictured) Sheyla Christner, vice president (Wauneta Breeze Photos | Tina Kitt).


Vlasin offered “some friendly advice on what makes somebody a good employee.” Among his tips, which were highlighted by entertaining visuals during his PowerPoint presentation:

• Be Nice — listen, go the extra mile, keep promises, offer sincere compliments and learn to say you’re sorry.

• Seek first to understand, then to be understood.

• Put first things first; keep your priorities straight.

• Be proud of your rural heritage.


FFA Awards

Wauneta-Palisade FFA Chapter Adviser Dan Andrews presented numerous awards throughout the evening, including the following:

Honorary Chapter Degree: John and Amey Jutten and Cliff and Shirley Riener.

Greenhand Degree: Tailor Lee, Cassidy Rathe, Tyrel Kerchal, Landon Jutten and Donald Hunt.

Chapter Degree: Tayler Nordhausen, John Christner and Jack McGraw.

Star Greenhand: Donald Hunt.

FFA members receiving Scholastic Awards were, from left, Cassidy Rathe, Tailor Lee, Tayler Nordhausen, Breann Maris, Rebecca Strand, Bethany Riener and (not pictured) Jack McGraw and Sheyla Christner.


Star Chapter: Breann Maris, ag placement; and Laura Rundback, ag production.

Scholastic Awards: Bethany Riener, Rebecca Strand; Breann Maris, Sheyla Christner, Jack McGraw, Tayler Nordhausen, Tailor Lee and Cassidy Rathe.

DeKalb Ag Achievement Scholarship Award: Breann Maris.

Top FFA Sales Person: Tyrel Kerchal.

Bone Award: Jenna Jutten.

New officers for the 2011-2012 term were announced as follows: Tayler Nordhausen, president; Sheyla Christner, vice president; Tailor Lee, secretary; Landon Jutten, reporter; Cassidy Rathe, treasurer; and Donald Hunt, sentinel.



State Convention highlights

Andrews also gave recognition to members who earned their state degrees and to those who qualified for state competition. Five senior girls earned their State Degrees this year including Jutten, Maris, Riener, Rundback and Strand. The degrees were presented during the Nebraska State FFA Convention held earlier this spring.

Two WP teams qualified for state competition this year in food science and welding.

First-year WP FFA members receiving their Greenhand Degrees include, from left, Donald Hunt, Tyrel Kerchal, Landon Jutten, Tailor Lee and Cassidy Rathe.


WP seniors Jutten and Rebecca Strand were joined by Sheyla Christner and Tayler Nordhausen in the food science contest, qualifying as wildcard entry. The foursome went on to capture second place at state.

Jack McGraw, Donald Hunt and Tyrel Kerchal represented the local chapter in the welding competition.


Wauneta-Palisade FFA Adviser Dan Andrews presents the Past President Award to Breann Maris who complete her term as chapter president. Maris also received the Star Chapter Award in Ag Placement as well as the DeKalb Achievement Scholarship.


Laura Rundback receives the Star Chapter Award in Ag Production from Andrews. The WP senior concluded her term as chapter vice president Thursday night at the Wauneta-Palisade FFA’s annual banquet held at the school Ag Shop.


WP freshman Donald Hunt was the recipient of the Star Greenhand Award, presented by Andrews to the top first-year member. Among those watching the award presentations from the dais are Breann Maris, left, and Tailor Lee.


John Christner, left, and Tayler Nordhausen were presented with the Chapter Degrees. Also receiving his Chapter Degree but not in attendance at the banquet was Jack McGraw.


Jenna Jutten, at center, is presented this year’s “Bone Award” by fellow FFA officers Laura Rundback, at left, and Breann Maris.


Kevin Janicek, left, presents the DeKalb Ag Achievement Scholarship to Breann Maris.


Honorary Chapter Degrees were presented to John and Amey Jutten, left, and Shirley and Cliff Riener.


Randy Vlasin of Imperial was the featured speaker at this year’s FFA banquet. Vlasin shared insights on how to get along with others and be successful in the workplace.