NORFOLK, NE – The Norfolk campus of Northeast Community College experienced an invasion, of sorts, earlier this week.
Over 1,400 high school students from 45 area high schools, recognized by their blue jackets and bright gold lettering, participated in the 2019 FFA Districts 3, 4 and 10 Career Development Event – Ag Education Contest on Wednesday. Many of the 14 Northeast contests were state qualifying events with winners proceeding to the state contest in early April at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Northeast agriculture, horticulture, electrical construction and control, electromechanical, veterinary technology and welding faculty and students hosted the day.
Contests included an ag biotech exam, ag sales objective test, ag technology and mechanics, agri-science contest – natural resources, agronomy, environthon, farm management, floriculture, food science objective exam, livestock management, meats contest, nursery and landscape, veterinary science exam, and welding.
Corinne Morris, dean of agriculture, math and science at Northeast, said it takes the entire college community to make an event of this size successful.
“I can’t thank everyone enough - all of the faculty, staff and students - who were involved in the preparation, administration or tabulation for the competitive events and for those who assisted a student or accommodated a need. This competition is quite an undertaking and we could not do it without them. They are all truly awesome!”
FFA Chapters participating in the contest included:
District 3 schools: Arlington, Blair, Logan View, Lyons-Decatur Northeast, Mead, North Bend, Oakland-Craig, Omaha Bryan, Pender, Scribner-Snyder, Tekamah-Herman, Wayne, West Point, and Wisner-Pilger.
District 4 schools: Allen, Bloomfield, Creighton, Crofton, Emerson-Hubbard, Hartington-Newcastle, Laurel-Concord-Coleridge, Madison, Norfolk, Osmond, Pierce, Plainview, Randolph, Stanton, and Verdigre.
District 10 schools: Ainsworth, Boyd County, Burwell, Chambers, Elgin, Elkhorn Valley, Keya Paha County, Loup County, Neligh-Oakdale, O'Neill, Ord, Rock County, Sargent, Stuart, West Holt, and Wheeler Central.
Northeast Community College has hosted the contest for approximately 40-years.
Elisia Vogel, Dodge, a horticulture student at Northeast Community College, judges a floral arrangement prepared by a contestant as part of the 2019 FFA Districts 3, 4 and 10 Career Development Event – Ag Education Contest on Wednesday on the campus of Northeast Community College in Norfolk. The floriculture competition was one of 14 contests during the event that featured over 1,400 high school students from 45 area high schools.