by Kennedy DeBoer
On January 16th, the Fairbury FFA had 23 members attend and compete at the District 5 Leadership Development Event (LDE) in York at the Holthus Center. The members included Michaela Buchli, Taylor Runge, Sara Huss, Delaney Miller, Colton Starck, Jared Engelman, Harlie Blas, Taylor Gustafson, Christina Hickey, Sarah Engelman, Riley Wood, Brooklen Bear, Toby Julin-McCleary, Makena Lantz, Malayne DeBoer, Jordan Hauschel, Jason Marschman, Alexis Mau, Ava Kroll, Autumn Branson, Jillian Caroon, Kennedy DeBoer, and Kaylee Sipek.
This year Fairbury had Two Senior Parliamentary Procedure teams that both received a blue ribbon. Senior Parliamentary Procedure Team #1 was made up of the Fairbury FFA Officers including Michaela Buchli, Taylor Runge, Sara Huss, Delaney Miller, Colton Starck, and Jared Engelman. The Senior Parliamentary Procedure Team #2 was made up of Harlie Blas, Taylor Gustafson, Christina Hickey, Sarah Engelman, Riley Wood, and Brooklen Bear. In Junior Public Speaking, Sophomore Harlie Blas received a blue ribbon. In Senior Public Speaking, senior Michaela Buchli received second purple and is qualified for the Nebraska FFA State Convention in April! Senior, Autumn Branson received a Blue ribbon in her event Natural Resources. Junior Sara Huss received a purple in Employment Skills and was only a few points off from qualifying to state! Junior Jillian Caroon received a blue ribbon in the Employment Skills Contest. The Conduct of Chapter Meetings team consisting of Toby Julin-McCleary, Makena Lantz, Malayne DeBoer, Jordan Hauschel, Jason Marschman, Alexis Mau, and Ava Kroll (who are all 7th graders) received a blue ribbon. Jordan Hauschel also competed in the Discovery Speaking Contest and received a red ribbon. There was a lot of young talent that competed for the Fairbury FFA Chapter this year and the future is looking very bright for all of these FFA members. It was a GREAT day to be a Jeff