NORFOLK, Neb. – The Norfolk campus of Northeast Community College experienced an invasion, of sorts, this week.
Over 1,500 high school students from approximately 50 area high schools, recognized by their blue jackets and bright gold lettering, participated in the 2022 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 later this spring at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Northeast agriculture, electrical construction and control, electromechanical, horticulture, veterinary technology and welding faculty and students hosted the day.
Contests included an ag biotech exam, ag sales objective test and presentation, ag technology and mechanics, agri-science contest – animal science, agronomy, environthon, farm management, floriculture, food science, livestock management, meats contest, nursery and landscape, veterinary science exam, and welding.
Tara Smydra, dean of science, technology, agriculture, and math at Northeast, said it takes the entire college community to make an event of this size successful.
“This event is a huge undertaking,” Smydra said. “We had a number of faculty, staff, students and even industry folks who were involved in the preparation, administration or tabulation for the competitive events, assisted students or accommodated a need. It was a great way to help our area FFA advisors and students in the contest while showcasing our beautiful campus and the excellent work we do at Northeast Community College.”
FFA Chapters participating in the contest include:
District 3 Schools: Arlington, Bancroft-Rosalie, Blair, Logan View, Lyons - Decatur Northeast, Mead, North Bend, Oakland-Craig, Omaha Bryan, Pender, Scribner-Snyder,
District 4 Schools: Allen-Wakefield, Battle Creek, Bloomfield, Creighton, Crofton, Emerson-Hubbard, Hartington-Newcastle, Laurel-Concord-Coleridge, Lutheran High Northeast, Madison, Norfolk, Osmond, Pierce, Plainview, Randolph, Stanton, Summerland (Orchard/Ewing/Clearwater), and Verdigre.
District 10 Schools: Ainsworth, Boyd County, Burwell, Chambers, Elgin, Elkhorn Valley, Keya Paha, Loup County, Neligh-Oakdale, O'Neill, Ord, Rock County, Sargent, Stuart, West Holt, and Wheeler Central.
Northeast Community College has hosted the contest for over 40-years.