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2011 Nebraska FFA Convention Results
Nebraska State Stars
Highest award based on a student’s Supervised Agricultural
Experience, or work-based experience, outside of classroom
2011 Nebraska Star in Agribusiness
Justin Imm, Ainsworth High School
2011 Nebraska Star in Placement
Emily Osborne, Central High School
2011 Nebraska Star in Agriscience
Don Treptow, Mead High School
2011 Nebraska Star in Production
Tyler Bankson, Hampton High School
Leadership Skills Events
Events that prepare students to develop skills to speak on
behalf of and provide influence for the agricultural industry.
Creed Speaking Jacob Sebade, Pender High School
Junior Public Speaking Jeffrey Wallman, Freeman High School
Cooperative Speaking Brandy Reichmuth, Humphrey High School
Natural Resources Speaking Morgan Tranmer, Wilber-Clatonia
High School
Extemporaneous Speaking Megan Rezac, Central High School
Job Interview Gretchen Kroese, Norris High School
Senior Public Speaking Lane Swedberg, Wallace High School
Junior Parliamentary Procedure Imperial High School
Senior Parliamentary Procedure Imperial High School
Agriculture Demonstration Superior High School
Agricultural Proficiency Award Winners
Honor students who develop specialized knowledge
and skill development through Supervised Agricultural
Experience or work-based experience.
Agricultural Communications – Entrepreneurship/Placement
Shelby Rohlff, Conestoga High School
Agricultural Education – Entrepreneurship/Placement
Lukas Fricke, David City High School
Agricultural Mechanics Design and Fabrication –
Marissa Grooms, Valentine High School
Agricultural Mechanics Energy Systems –
Ethan Petersen, Tekamah-Herman High School
Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance – Placement
Andrew Largen, Creighton High School
Agricultural Processing – Entrepreneurship/Placement
Haylie Lechtenberg - West Boyd High School
Agricultural Sales – Entrepreneurship
Kristen Reiman, West Boyd High School
Agricultural Sales – Placement
Anders Olson, Tekamah-Herman High School
Agricultural Services – Entrepreneurship/Placement
Andrea Boardman, Heartland High School
Beef Production – Entrepreneurship
Kolin Scheele, Diller-Odell High School
Beef Production – Placement
Garrett Kahrs, Franklin High School
Dairy Production – Entrepreneurship
Luke Zeisler, West Boyd High School
Dairy Production – Placement
Aaron Steffen, Hartington High School
Diversified Agricultural Production –
Austin Mann, Crofton High School
Diversified Crop Production – Entrepreneurship
Ethan Weers, Diller-Odell High School
Diversified Crop Production – Placement
Matthew Marcellus, West Holt High School
Diversified Horticulture – Entrepreneurship/Placement
Ben Kaup, Stuart High School
Diversified Livestock Production – Entrepreneurship
Paul Johnson, Stuart High School
Diversified Livestock Production – Placement
Doug Larsen, Stuart High School
Emerging Agricultural Technology –
Benjamin Trampe, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller High School
Environmental Science and Natural Resources Management –
Nathan Kackmeister, Ainsworth High School
Equine Science – Entrepreneurship
Jentry Qualm, Wheeler Central High School
Equine Science – Placement
Joni Qualm, Wheeler Central High School
Fiber and/or Oil Crop Production – Entrepreneurship/Placement
Travis Wallinger, Stuart High School
Floriculture – Entrepreneurship/Placement
Bethany Brittenham, Superior High School
Food Science and Technology – Entrepreneurship/Placement
Elizabeth Marquardt, Tekamah-Herman High School
Forage Production – Entrepreneurship/Placement
Jared Krause, Tekamah-Herman High School
Forest Management and Products –
Kendra Bretschneider, Rock County High School
Fruit Production – Entrepreneurship/Placement
Angela Haun, West Boyd High School
Grain Production – Entrepreneurship
Eric Miller, Lyons-Decatur Northeast High School
Grain Production – Placement
Alex Brahmer, Wisner-Pilger High School
Home and/or Community Development –
Haley Harthoorn, Ainsworth High School
Landscape Management – Entrepreneurship/Placement
Jordan Brabec, Schuyler High School
Nursery Operations – Entrepreneurship/Placement
Jewel Krieger, O’Neill High School
Outdoor Recreation – Entrepreneurship/Placement
Mackenzie Gibbens, West Holt High School
Poultry Production – Entrepreneurship/Placement
Molly Brandt, Humphrey High School
Sheep Production – Entrepreneurship/Placement
Lauren Ibach, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller High School
Small Animal Production and Care –
Gretchen Kroese, Norris High School
Specialty Animal Production – Entrepreneurship/Placement
Dillon Ochsner, Sutton High School
Specialty Crop Production – Entrepreneurship/Placement
Emily Ibach, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller High School
Swine Production – Entrepreneurship
Andy Method, Tekamah-Herman High School
Swine Production – Placement
Patrick Arkfeld, Lourdes Central High School
Turf Grass Management – Entrepreneurship/Placement
Logan Peters, Pender High School
Vegetable Production – Entrepreneurship/Placement
Cody Engelman, Diller-Odell High School
Veterinary Medicine– Entrepreneurship/Placement
Shalyse Ahl, Fairbury High School
Wildlife Management – Entrepreneurship/Placement
Jake Kasselder, Wheeler Central High School
Career Development Events
Top Teams and Top Individual
Students develop practical, industry-based skills to think
critically, communicate clearly and perform effectively within
the agricultural industry.
Overall – Ag Communications
Top Team - Norris High School
Ag Communications – News Writing Area
Top Individual - Elizabeth Ehmen, Norris High School
Ag Communications – Press Release Area
Top Individual - Brookelyn Trampe, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller High School
Ag Communications – Broadcasting Area
Top Individual - Erica Lewis, Wisner-Pilger High School
Ag Communications – Graphic Design Area
Top Individual - Kassidy Linabery, Valentine High School
Ag Issues
Top Team - Schuyler High School
Ag Sales
Top Team - Imperial High School
Top Individual - Katlin Lang, Superior, High School
Top Team - Tekamah-Herman High School
Top Individual - Erin Conley, Southern Valley High School
Top Team - Twin River High School
Top Individual - Clay Easterday, Eustis-Farnam High School
Farm Management
Top Team - Norris High School
Top Individual - Stephanie Teten, Johnson County Central High School
Top Team - Twin River High School
Top Individual - Ryan Hanousek, Centura High School
Food Science
Top Team - Superior High School
Top Individual - Levi Schultz, Superior High School
Overall – Livestock Management
Top Team - Norris High School
Livestock Management – Beef Area
Top Team - West Boyd High School
Livestock Management – Dairy Area
Top Team - Norris High School
Livestock Management – Equine Area
Top Team - Norris High School
Livestock Management – Sheep Area
Top Team - Sandy Creek High School
Livestock Management – Poultry Area
Top Team - Laurel-Concord High School
Livestock Management – Swine Area
Top Team - St. Paul High School
Junior Livestock Selection
Top Team - Wisner-Pilger High School
Top Individual - Carrick Perlinger, West Central High School
Senior Livestock Selection
Top Team - Scottsbluff High School
Top Individual - Tyler Bennett, Wisner-Pilger High School
Marketing Plan
Top Team - Alliance High School
Top Team - West Point High School
Top Individual - Andrew Ambriz, West Point High School
Natural Resources
Top Team - West Holt High School
Top Individual - Cole Gibbens, West Holt High School
Nursery & Landscape Management
Top Team - West Holt High School
Top Individual - Abigael Olson, West Holt High School
Overall – Welding
Top Team - Gordon-Rushville High School
Welding – MIG
Top Individual - Troy Nelson, Gordon-Rushville High School
Welding – ARC
Top Individual - Ryan Maly, Central High School
Top Individual - Samuel Sandoz, Elba High School
2011-2012 Nebraska State FFA Officers
(left to right)
Secretary Vance Heyer, Ainsworth High School
Vice President Bethany Blackburn, Rock County High School
Vice President McKehna Thiem, Crete High School
President Brennan Costello, Gothenburg High School
Vice President Shelby Peters, Red Cloud High School
Vice President Emilia Woeppel, Norris High School
Vice President Cory Johnson, Burwell High School
• 139 High Schools and 142 Agricultural Education Instructors
in Nebraska advising 6,574 FFA Members
• National FFA Membership is 523,309 – which is an all time
high – with 7,487 High Schools in all 50 states, Puerto Rico
and the Virgin Islands
• New Nebraska Chapters in 2010-2011 School Year – Banner
County, Friend, Garden County, McPherson County and Morrill
• Nebraska membership is: 40% Female - 60% Male - 90% Rural
- 10% Urban
• Average Size Chapter – 40 Members
• Largest Chapter – Seward – 192 Members
• 2011 State FFA Convention Registration – 3,544 FFA Members
Winners from the 2010 National FFA
Convention held in Indianapolis, IN
Emily Arkfeld
2010 American Star in Agriscience,
Lourdes Central Catholic FFA Chapter
Adam Venteicher
2010 American Star Farmer, Pierce FFA Chapter
Jordan Brabec
2010 National Agri Entrepreneurship Winner,
Schuyler FFA Chapter
Evan Ibach
2010 Beef Production - Placement Proficiency
Award National Winner, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller
FFA Chapter
Levi Ochsner
2010 Specialty Animal Production Proficiency Award
National Winner, Sutton FFA Chapter
Sarah Wheeldon
2010 Diversified Horticulture Proficiency
Award National Winner, Schuyler FFA Chapter
Farm Credit Services of
America Awards Two
$750 Sponsorships to
Nebraska FFA Chapters
The Medicine Valley FFA and Cambridge FFA Chapters
in Nebraska have each been awarded a $750 sponsorship from Farm Credit Services of America (FCSAmerica)
to help pay the cost of attending the 84th annual National
FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, October 1922, 2011. The Chapters won the sponsorship offered by
FCSAmerica’s random website drawing.
“Supporting careers in agriculture is one way FCSAmerica
gives back to the customers we serve,” stated Bob Campbell, senior vice president, FCSAmerica. “By participating
in FFA, 4-H and other youth programs, we are ensuring the
next generation has the quality education and experience it
needs to succeed in agriculture.”
Each year, FCSAmerica contributes more than $100,000
in scholarships and sponsorships for Young and Beginning
Programs, FFA, and 4-H groups for a variety of local and
state needs.
The National FFA Convention provides student members
with the opportunity to attend educational workshops,
gather career and college information at the FFA National
Agricultural Career Show, learn from industry leaders and
exchange experiences with other young people across the
Farm Credit Services of America is proud to finance the
growth of rural America, including the special needs of
young and beginning producers. With more than 88,000
customers and assets of more than $16 billion, FCSAmerica is one of the region’s leading providers of credit and
insurance services to farmers, ranchers, agribusiness and
rural residents in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming. For more information, visit
Serving agriculture,
the future.
Farm Credit Services of America is
proud to support Nebraska FFA and
congratulates this year’s winners.
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