FFA Week

This past week the Hay Springs FFA Chapter celebrated National FFA week. Throughout the week, students dressed up, played games, and learned about FFA. This is a great chance for the younger kids to learn about FFA and the opportunities it provides. On Tuesday, students dressed up in their Hawaiian gear, on Wednesday students wore their blue and gold clothes and the high schoolers drove anything but their normal vehicles to school and finally on Thursday students wore the color that corresponded with their favorite truck(Ford-Red, Chevy-Blue, Dodge-Black) and the elementary got to participate in an agricultural Kahoot. During the week the elementary held a coloring contest and the winners will be announced next week and earn a king size candy bar. This was a great week for all the students to learn more about agriculture and see the opportunities provided.

District FFA Competition

On January 10th, Hay Springs Public Schools took 17 members to a district competition at WNCC in Scottsbluff. Events our members competed in are: Floriculture, Ag Sales, Livestock Management (Poultry Evaluation separate test), and Welding.

BLUE—Abby Nelson
WHITE—Alexa Tonjes

Poultry Evaluation:
RED—Jordyn Anderson
WHITE—Abbey Russell

Jordyn Anderson, Talan Smith, Abbey Russell, Ava McKillip, Josie Kelly
2nd PURPLE—Beef
2nd PURPLE—Horse

The places won in the different divisions of the livestock management team (beef, dairy, horse, poultry, sheep) were won by the TEAM. They took the tests as a team. The poultry evaluation was a separate test they took as individuals in addition to the poultry part they did as a team.

State FFA

On March 29-31, 2023 Hay Springs FFA Members traveled to Lincoln to compete in the 95th annual Nebraska State FFA Convention. Thirty-eight students competed in twelve various team contests and six different individual contests. It was a successful year overall at the State Convention. Braydon Binger won 1st in the Diversified Livestock Proficiency Award area and received 2nd in both the Diversified Ag area and Diversified Crop area. Colter Meeks won 1st in the Equine Science Entrepreneurship Award area. Emily Nelson was selected to sing in the State Choir and did exceptionally well. Braydon and Ava were recognized for their participation in the Nebraska FFA Foundation student testimonials. Braydon was also a Star Finalist in the Ag Placement area. Braydon Binger, Colter Meeks, Gus Scott, James Scherbarth, and Jett Rasmussen received their State FFA Degrees, which is the highest degree in FFA that one can get while in High School. Hay Springs FFA came home with the 7th place teams in the state in Farm Business Management and Agronomy too. Julia Russell and the Conduct of Chapter Meetings team which consisted of Evan Smith, Eli Scott, Kya Binger, Aubry Anderson, Reese Varvel, and Tailyn Starke received a Silver Medal. Many other teams and students ribboned as well. Not just the Chapter or the school but the community should be very proud as Braydon was selected as one of the 2023-2024 Vice Presidents for the Nebraska State Officer team.

Sandhills State Bank 2023 State FFA Convention Contest

It’s that time of the year again! The Sandhills State Bank 2023 State FFA Convention contest is live again. The chapter with the most votes will receive a $1,000 donation and people can vote once per day until 5pm CT on Friday, March 31st.

Follow this link to cast your vote for the Hay Springs FFA Chapter: https://sandhills.app.do/2023-sandhills-state-bank-ffa-state-convention-contest/Hvp2zUxD

FFA Week

For the students of Hay Springs Schools, the FFA Officers planned out a dress up day contest for this week. This contest will include the whole school, but the elementary and middle/high school will be judged separately. On the following Monday, the 27th, the winning class will be named and a prize will be given to each member of that class.

The dress up days consist of:
Monday – ‘Merica Day


Tuesday – Official Dress/Blue and Gold Day


Unfortunately, due to a winter storm, the last two dress-up days didn’t take place.

Wednesday – Denim Day
Thursday – Dress to Un-impress

FFA Chicken Presentation

FFA chapters across the country celebrate National FFA week, which is February 18-24 this year. This is an opportunity to bring awareness to the FFA program as well as agriculture in general. Hay Springs FFA Chapter vice president, Ava McKillip, was able to share some poultry education with the first grade class, who received a grant from the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation to study where our food comes from and where it is produced.

Ava brought 3 chickens, a Dark Brahma, Midnight Majesty, and an Ameraucana, from her 45 head flock for the children to learn about as well as view and pet. The children were able to see and learn the differences between the three breeds and the variations in the eggs they lay. There were samples of light brown, dark brown, cream, and blue/green eggs to view. It was discussed what the chickens eat during the warmer months as free range birds and Ava had samples of the feed and treats they eat during the winter months. One of the first graders was selected to offer the Dark Brahma some dried mealworms, aka “chicken candy”, but the chicken was feeling a bit shy and wouldn’t eat from his hand. To finish up the demonstration, Ava cracked open an egg to point out the yolk, white or albumen, and the air cell.

The children also learned some fun facts about chickens:
* Did you know that chickens have earlobes? By looking at the color of their earlobes, you can generally tell whether the chicken will lay white, brown, or blue/green eggs.
* It’s believed that chickens can see more colors and have better vision than humans. This helps them identify seeds and food on the ground.
* Have you heard of a T-rex dinosaur? Believe it or not, chickens are genetically more similar than alligators to the T-rex.

Ava will be part of a 4 member poultry team representing the Hay Springs FFA Chapter at the state level competition in Lincoln at the end of March.

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