Weather Forecast

Click for Wauneta, Nebraska Forecast

FFA excellence continues with W-P’s Christner PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Friday, 06 April 2012 19:10

Senior Sheyla Christner, with sponsor Dan Andrews, holds her State FFA degree awarded to her March 30.

By Diane Stamm

The Wauneta Breeze


Nine Wauneta-Palisade students made the trip to Lincoln last week to participate in the 84th State FFA Convention.

For the local delegation, the highlight of the three-day competition was Sheyla Christner receiving her State FFA degree.

Over 3,000 students from 147 schools attended the conference. Seven hundred forty five received their degree, including Christner.

Christner carries on the family tradition. Sisters Krystle and Tabithia each earned their degrees. The process has been a fun one, according to Sheyla.

Qualifications for the degree include not only the obvious satisfactory scholastic record and participation in various FFA related activities, but also school and community activities and a supervised agricultural experience program.

Christner makes the 127th Wauneta-Palisade student to earn a State FFA degree.

The Environment & Natural Resources Team also did well at state, finishing 12th out of 62 teams. Tayler Nordhausen, Landon Jutten, Nicole Strand and Christner made up the four-man team.

Andrews said individual scoring has not been released, but he expects the four to be very close to earning ribbons.

Three students participated in the welding competition.

Junior Donald Hunt earned a red ribbon in the OXY competition, finishing 29th out of 72.

Freshman Tyler Knotts finished four points from placing in the MIG competition.

Tyrel Kerchal, sophomore, competed in the ARC welding competition.

Team members, including Tailor Lee and Cassidy Rathe, also participated in the Courtesy Corp., leadership workshops and a career fair.

FFA advisor Dan Andrews said team members send in applications for the Courtesy Corp. and it’s usually the older participants who are chosen to help assist in running the convention.

Andrews said Wauneta-Palisade has earned the reputation of having responsible, hard working kids. Many of his students, not just the older ones, are selected to participate in the Courtesy Corp.

FFA members spend time in leadership workshops and one afternoon at the career fair.

The career fair featured around 40 booths. Each booth had a specific question which its occupants would answer. The first 500 kids to get all their questions answered received a free T-shirt. All the Wauneta-Palisade students that participated earned a shirt.

Andrews added that this was a good group of kids who represented their school well. He is currently exploring the possibility of taking a group to National FFA to be held in Indianapolis, Ind. October, 2012.

Last Updated on Friday, 06 April 2012 19:14