FFA Districts

Congratulations to the Hay Springs FFA Chapter members for their success at District XII Leadership Skills Events!

Individual Competition
Jett Rasmussen Creed Speaking – Purple
RyLee Wolken Senior Public Speaking – Blue
Jaiden Anderson Cooperative Speaking – Blue
Hannah Hoos Employment Skills Interview – Blue
Colter Meeks Extemporaneous Speaking – Red
Toby Scherbarth Junior Public Speaking – Red

Team Competition
Senior Parliamentary Procedure Team
Blue – Logan D, RyLee W, Jaiden A, Hannah H, Jazlyn S, Laney S
Red – Braydon B, Jett R, Augustus S, Elissa R, Owen R, Blair H

District XII consists of 19 panhandle schools which are all eligible to bringing two teams or individuals in each contest areas. Mr. Lechtenberg was extremely proud of our student’s performance for our first year in competition. Every member of our Chapter competed in at least one contest and four of our members competed in two contests. We would also like to thank Abigail Russell and Bailey Scherbarth for traveling with us and assisting in conducting the contests.

National FFA Convention and Expo

From October 29th through November 2nd, our chapter advisor and ag teacher, Mr. Lechtenberg and six members of the Hay Springs FFA Chapter (Logan DeCoste, Braydon Binger, Jaiden Anderson, Hannah Hoos, Rylee Wolken, and myself, Jett Rasmussen) visited the great city of Indianapolis for the 92nd annual National FFA Convention and Expo. While there, we met other members from all over the country-places like Ohio, Kentucky, Minnesota, Texas, and many more. Throughout the three days at the convention, we were able to see some amazing national talent performances, got an inspirational and encouraging message from a leadership workshop, listened to speeches by Bob Goff, Michelle Poler, and National FFA Officers, and probably did too much shopping. On the third day of our trip, we were also lucky enough to be given a tour of Purdue University because Mr. Lechtenberg’s brother, Vic, was the former dean of the college of agriculture. When we were given the tour, we got to learn about the fish hatchery, the meat lab, how big the classrooms are, the entomology labs, the “Farmer Olympics,” and even where they brew their own beer! Overall, it was a great experience and an excellent learning opportunity, and although we had some long days, early mornings, and late nights, we would do it all again in a heartbeat. We are all grateful for the chance to go and expand our knowledge of FFA. — Jett Rasmussen

FFA Convention Live on RFD-TV and Livestreamed

For those who can’t make it to the convention this year, keep up with all the happenings live and in real time on the National FFA homepage at www.ffa.org and on TV as part of their ongoing partnership with RFD-TV.  RFD-TV is available on most major satellite and cable television providers. Learn more at: https://www.rfdtv.com/story/41119647/get-the-2019-national-ffa-convention-expo-broadcast-schedule and find the website live streaming schedule at: https://ffa.box.com/s/qayxczexrkva1fe45b7vz0ldq1k7prq5. Please note that live streaming is not free.

FFA Chapter Application Approved

Congratulations! Hay Springs FFA Chapter has been issued a FFA Charter by National FFA!

We received an email on Monday September 16th that the Hay Springs FFA Chapter Application had been approved at the State and National level and has been added to the list of 189 Nebraska Chapters with over 9,000 Nebraska members. The annual State FFA Convention is held each spring in Lincoln with over 5,000 members in attendance. This will provide great opportunities for Hay Springs students to develop leadership skills, personal growth toward career success as well the opportunity to be involved in our community improvement and become advocates for Agriculture. The Agricultural Science / FFA program is a diverse educational program which allows students to develop Agricultural and leadership skills through involvement in FFA, Ag classroom instruction and the development of an SAE (Supervised Agricultural Experience) program where they will receive hands-on experience.

We plan to have our first Official Hay Springs FFA meeting September 17th where we will conduct officer elections and begin planning activities for the 2019-20 school year. The original Hay Springs FFA chapter was in existence from the mid 1940’s until 1964. Our students are very excited about this opportunity and if you have an interest in supporting our youth in this organization please contact Mr. Lechtenberg at the school.

Hay Springs FFA – A New Beginning

Hay Springs Public School had a “Vocational Agriculture” program and active “Future Farmers of American” student leadership organization, during the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s as near as we can determine. With the hiring of Mr. Mark Hagge as a Pre-K -12th Principal, Mr. Lechtenberg will be teaching two Agricultural Science classes this fall. This will allow us the opportunity to get our FFA student leadership organization re-established in Hay Springs School and community. We currently have 19 students enrolled in three Agricultural Science classes which include Introduction to Agricultural Science, Ag Business Management taught by Mr. Lechtenberg and a Veterinary Science class taught by Mrs. Young. An application to get our Hay Springs FFA Chapter re-instated has been submitted to the Nebraska Department of Education Career Education department and pending approval we are moving forward expecting the best. Our students are very excited about our possibilities of “A New Beginning”. With the support of staff, students, parents and community, it is going to be an exciting year. If you have an interest in supporting this process please contact Mr. Lechtenberg, the school office or any of the current Ag Science students.

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