BLUE JACKETS---GOLD STANDARDS
On February 27th, 2018, the Ashland-Greenwood Ag. Ed. program and FFA chapter attended District Career Development Events in Columbus, Nebraska. Thirty-eight students competed in ten events which included Agriscience, Food Science, Ag Mechanics, Livestock Management (state qualifying), Meat Evaluation, Agronomy, Welding (state qualifying), Vet Science, Biotechnology (state qualifying), and Ag Sales (state qualifying).
For a third year in a row the Agronomy team took home the GOLD, 1st place team. The contest consists of identification of crops, weeds, insects, crop diseases, machinery and tools, crop seeds, and soil found in our state. Members of this year’s team included Dylan Green (2nd purple), Jacob Grant (3rd purple), McKenna Sender (6th blue), and Jessica Stander.
Additional teams that qualified for state that also placed extremely well at districts include Welding, Biotechnology, Livestock Management, and Ag Sales. The welding competition consisted of Gas Metal Arc, Shielded Metal Arc, and Oxy/Acetylene, and the team placed 3rd overall. Shenee Levin and Connor Goff participated in the Gas Metal Arc and placed 4th and 18th respectively. Kevin Tejeda Morales and Clay Allington participated in Shielded Metal Arc and placed 11th and 5th respectively. Will vonRentzell and Tyler Anderson participated in O/A and placed 3rd and 7th respectively. The Biotechnology team placed 2nd overall, where Elizabeth Malousek placed 1st individually, Joel Schrader placed 5th, Ella Sparks placed 7th, and Gabby Hill rounded out the top ten.
The livestock management senior team placed 4th overall with team members Cassidy Smith, Clay Allington, Dannie Schuster, Ellie Stohlman, and Kevin Tejeda Morales. They took a 60 question written test on common livestock species and also identified practical livestock equipment, breeds, diseases, and problems. The Ag sales team placed 4th overall with the topic of cover crops. The team took individual tests and completed an individual sales pitch. Members of this team included Hannah Johnson (2nd blue), Alicia Bohlen (5th red), Shenee Levin, and Teara Rieflin.
For the first time in over five years Ashland Greenwood had a team compete in Ag Mechanics. The team placed 6th out of 8. Members of this team included Will vonRentzell, Dylan Green, Luke Sender, and Connor Goff. Another team that did well was Vet Science. In the vet science contest students identified breeds of small animals, parasites, basic vet equipment, and completed a written test and placed 4th overall. Members on that team included Cassidy Smith (6th purple), Hannah Johnson (blue), Dannie Schuster (red), Alex Williams (red), and Raquel Garman (white). The Meats Evaluation team placed 4th overall and members included Teagan Harris (blue), Bryce Kjar (red), Alicia Bohlen (white), and Ethan Hegwood (white). The Food Science team consisted of Kenzie Strate, Kaitlyn Vosler, Elizabeth Malousek, and Jacob Grant.
Lastly, the Agriscience contest consisted of plant anatomy and knowledge. Students dissected a flower and identified the major functions of it. Each school has the opportunity to send four students on to state. At the district level, Ashland Greenwood placed 3rd overall. Students in this contest were Ella Sparks (purple), Cody Grauerholz (blue), Shane Allington (blue), Bryce Kjar (white), and Brody Maack (white). We are excited to see how well all of our students do at the state level!