Students Compete at State FFA

Students participated at State FFA last week. State was held in Lincoln at the UNL campus and had sessions at Pinnacle Bank Arena. State FFA is a great experience for FFA members to have. This opportunity gives members a chance to see some of the different potential careers they be interested in pursuing after high school.

Students competed in multiple different competitions, including Meats science, Ag sales, Ag Biotech, Agronomy, Farm Management, and Natural Resources. Junior Taylor Runge also participated in the State Choir. Runge has participated in the State FFA Choir for 2 years with his Sophomore year being the first.

The Ag Biotech team placed 8 out of 24 teams and Farm Ranch Management placed 18 out of 87 teams. There were also 10 seniors that were awarded with State Degrees. Those seniors included Bryn Livingston, Michaela Buchli, Toriann Likens, Kaylee Sipek, Kane Hasselbring, Tommy Kroeker, Jared Engelman, Delaney Miller, Colton Starck, and Trevin Arnold.


The meats science team which consisted of Brandon Hinrichs ’19, Bret Cole ’20, Joe Melcher ’20, and Brooklen Bear ’21, stand for a picture before they compete in their competition. Photo Contribution by: Thomas Dux

“I always encourage members to get to state and participate in some sort of contest.” Runge said.

“State FFA is the biggest congregation of FFA members in the state, just being in its atmosphere will give anyone a sense of I’m in something big.”

Members also had some fun between competitions and session. Members spent time at Defy Gravity for member bonding and went to the Madhouse Trampoline Park in Lincoln.


Between competitions and session members, Devin Wanamaker ’20, Dalton Petersen ’20, Kennedy DeBoer ’20 and John Kerwood ’20 take a break in downtown Lincoln near Pinnacle Bank Arena. Photo Contributed by: Thomas Dux

Many FFA members believe that FFA is much more than just a club at school. FFA is an opportunity for students to see what they are capable of doing and possibly find what they are best at and enjoy. State is the door to those opportunities.