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Friday, 11 March 2016 18:21

By Diane Stamm

The Wauneta Breeze

Two more Wauneta-Palisade FFA teams qualified to compete at the Nebraska State FFA Convention at the March 1 Career Development Event in Curtis.


The Nursery and Landscape team of Greg Gaston, Colby Cox, Ellie Lee and Stephanie Acosta placed second overall and will compete at the state convention.


Gaston finished in a tie for first and ended up in second place after the tiebreaker was decided.


Colby Cox and Ellie Lee tied and ended up fifth and sixth, respectively.


Sponsor Rod Gaston said the group did pretty well in general knowledge and will continue to work on identifying plants.


R. Gaston said identifying plants can be tricky, because the pictures often aren’t in scale or show the entire plant.


The group did well in the “landscape in a box” portion of the event. The four were given a pop flat type of box and a variety of materials, such as twigs, leaves, rocks, gravel, paper, aluminum foil, among others. They then had to design a landscape.


The WP welding team finished fourth and qualified for the state convention. Michael Lovell (Arc), Billy Straub (MIG), Cameo Rector (Oxy/Acetylene), Joseph Sramek and Peyton Sramek took part.


R. Gaston said he was pleased with their performances.


Three veterinary tech teams, made up of 11 students, competed.


Team number one finished sixth. Dakota Borchard, Reagan Skow and Jayden Ingold earned blue ribbons. Tryssta Duvel got a red ribbon.


Jeimy Martinez earned a red ribbon. Also on her team were Evan Nordhausen and Faith Simpson.


Team two for WP was made up of Ashley Knotts, Shanel Barnard, Destiny Beacham and Stevie Johnson.


The students did well with the equipment and parasite identifications, according to R. Gaston.


“The written test was tougher, but we weren’t too far off from having more students place,” R. Gaston said.


The ag sales team of Logan Fischer, Daniel Christensen, Duncan Rector and Caid Doetker also competed, but didn’t place.


Half of the WP FFA participants have qualified to take part in the state convention, R. Gaston said.

Support WP FFA


The FFA program is also working to obtain a grant from the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program, sponsored by Monsanto, to use to build a greenhouse.


Community support plays a role in determining which schools are selected.


Area farmers can show their support by visiting and nominating WP. Nominations are due by April 1.