competing in Kimball. The chapter rolled into town with 24 students vying for the last opportunity
to qualify for the right to compete at the state competition held this April in Lincoln. At the
conclusion of the competition 15 members placed well enough in their respective competitions to
earn the right to compete at the state competition. These state qualifiers join the 12 additional
Chadron FFA members that qualified in previous district competition. This is the largest amount
of state qualifiers to date that will be competing at the state competition.
As a team the Junior Livestock judgers won the district competition, placing first out of 16
teams. Beau Jersild won the contest as the top individual followed by Clark Reisen blue ribbon,
Alexis Fernandez red ribbon, Katie Lewin white ribbon and Dan Dunbar was one point from
earning an individual placing. This is the first time Chadron has qualified a team for state in this
event as well as first time winning the event.
Not to be out done, the Nursery Landscape team also won its first ever district competition
and earned the right to compete at state. Joe Matt placed third overall earning a purple ribbon
followed by freshman Hailey Watson with a blue, Renee Redfern blue and MiaKayla Koerber
red. Other team members that were on the champion team were Lance Cattin and Taya Leija.
The Biotechnology team became state qualifiers by placing another two first-time qualifiers for state
competition. The team consisted of Clay Madsen, Sylissa Jennings, Brooke Roes and Toni Doescher.
Toni earned a red ribbon on an individual basis.
The Agronomics team also qualified with the team of Drew Jersild, Cody Madsen, Luke
Tiensvold and Billy Tidyman. Billy also earned a red ribbon on an individual basis.
The Meat judging team of Matt Kerner, Joe Cattin, Bucky Cattin, Madison Cogdill and
McKenzie Scoggins will represent Chadron. Bucky Cattin earned individual honors receiving a
white ribbon. This team has three returners that did well last year at state earning some individual
honors and hope to build upon that performance at this years state competition.
nd overall and becoming