Satanta FFA Has Busy March
By Joni Loepky
The Satanta FFA chapter has been busy the past few weeks! Students in FFA have attended contests, workshops, and have even helped with the fire relief efforts in Ashland.
On the entomology and livestock judging teams traveled to Jetmore and competed against all the other teams in their district. The livestock team, which consisted of Joni Loepky, Kris Wagner, Tanna Anderson, and Andrew Heimerich placed 3rd as a team out of 17 teams. The 8th grade livestock team placed 7th overall. Individually, Kris Wagner and Joni Loepky tied for 8th place, and Tanna Anderson placed 18th of the 66 contestants. The entomology team consisting of Joni Loepky, Morgan Hoskinson, and Hunter Clark also placed third overall out of 10 teams. Individually, Joni placed 3rd, Hunter placed 15th, and Morgan placed 18th out of the 41 contestants.
On March 25th, FFA advisor, Carlie Rooney, and students Clayton Zimmerman and Kris Wagner went to Ashland to help with the fire relief effort. They spent the day unloading trucks filled with fencing supplies and hay. They also worked together with several other volunteers to tear down and rebuild fences that had been damaged in the fire. When asked what his favorite part of volunteering was, Wagner responded, “My favorite part of helping with the fire relief was being able to see people from all over the United States come out to help these farmers and ranchers. And it was great to see just how grateful everyone was for all of help the were receiving.”
On March 28th Joni Loepky and Morgan Hoskinson attended A Glimpse of Cargill workshop in Wichita, Kansas. At the workshop, students learned about the various divisions of Cargill (beef and poultry packing, food safety, food retail, grain, milling, product development, etc.) They also worked in small groups to create and present innovative agriculture product ideas to a panel of Cargill judges. Hoskinson's team won first in their section. “My favorite part of the workshop was getting to learn about the all the different parts of Cargill and getting to make some new friends,” said Hoskinson. The team looks forward to more successes as the school year draws to a close.