|Six earn FFA state degree, two will interview for proficiency, state office|
By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
Forty-five of the 47 Chase County Schools FFA chapter members have qualified for competition at the Nebraska FFA Convention in Lincoln next week. Some of those students are aiming high in the FFA structure.
Senior Kerry Swanson is interviewing for a state officer position. Seven officers are chosen through the interview process.
Swanson has served as Parliamentarian, and is now Vice President of the Imperial chapter.
Paula Leibbrandt is one of the top three finalists in the Vegetable Production proficiency division. She will find out at the convention whether her sweet corn production and sales job the past number of summers has earned her first place in the state.
Leibbrandt is judged on her job, her record book and the amount of money she has earned.
Earning their State Degrees will be the following:
Morgan Strand, in Crop Production Placement. She worked for Strand Farms and raised and showed sheep.
Molly Strand, in Crop Production Placement. She worked for Strand Farms and raised and showed sheep.
Kerry Swanson, in Ag Sales Placement. He worked for four years at Hill’s Family Foods.
Megan Bauerle, in Vegetable Crop Production and Sheep Production. She raised and sold sweet corn and showed sheep.
Preston Bernhardt, in Diversified Crop Production. He worked a variety of jobs at Bernhardt Farms.
Casey Francis, in Turf Grass Management Placement. He worked for four years at Enders Lake Golf Course.
Teams qualifying for State include the following:
Spencer Hartman, Callin Ledall, Hunter Spady, Ethan Haarberg, Shandra Johnson, Emily Johnson, Mason Holmes, Michael May, Kale Gockley, Johna Westfahl, Jordan Gibb, Justin German, Sabrina Hayes.