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Friday, 15 January 2016 16:47

Wauneta-Palisade FFA members attended District XI Leadership Skills Events last week. Pictured are (front row, left to right) JoAnna Lawler, Randii Reikofski, (back row, left to right) Stephanie Acosta Rodriguez, Reagan Skow, Emily Day and Jeimy Martinez. Skow placed second in Junior Public Speaking and qualified for state competition. (Courtesy Photo)


By Diane Stamm

The Wauneta Breeze


After not attending District XI Leadership Skills Events for a few years, six Wauneta-Palisade FFA students traveled to Curtis Jan. 6 to take part in this year’s LSE.

Sophomore Reagan Skow qualified to take part in the Nebraska State Convention with a second-place finish in junior public speaking, which is open to ninth and tenth graders.

In senior public speaking, open to freshmen through seniors, sophomore Emily Day earned a blue ribbon and finished in the top five.

Freshman Jeimy Martinez received a blue ribbon in creed speaking.

Stephanie Acosta Rodriguez, a senior, received a red ribbon in job interview.

Junior High members JoAnna Lawler and Randii Reikofski also participated. Lawler earned a red ribbon and Reikofski first blue in speaking. Reikofski’s third place finish just missed a trip to state.

Teresa Hayes sponsored the trip with the assistance of Lana Licht.

Hayes said she was proud of how the kids did and is excited Skow earned a trip to state.

Next up for FFA will be interviews for State Degrees on Feb. 3. Hayes said WP will send a sizable group of students.

While LSE focuses on speaking events, the upcoming Career Development Events (CDE) are more hands-on.

On Feb. 10 students will attend CDEs, including ag mechanics, ag communications, agronomy, farm management, floriculture and livestock management.

Another CDE will be held March 1 for ag sales, environthon, food science, meats, nursery and landscape, vet technician and welding.