Chadron FFA places 4th at National Convention

Gabe Tidyman, Jace Lien, Parker Fisher and Duane Trent getting ready for the team competition.

Chadron FFA’s Ag Technology and Mechanics team won the state competition held last spring in Lincoln thus giving them the honor of representing the state of Nebraska in the national competition. Chadron FFA team members Duane Trent, Gabe Tidyman, Jace Lien & Parker Fisher represented Nebraska well by placing fourth in the nation in the competition. Individually Parker Fisher earned a top 10 placing by placing 10th in the nation. Teammates Jace Lien and Gabe Tidyman were just out of the top 10 individual placing but finished 11th &12th most respectively. These three students also won cash scholarships based on their high placings. 

Teams solve a multi-system agricultural problem scenario. The team works to solve the problem and prepare a report while judges evaluate. Additionally, individuals complete a written exam that covers five agricultural technology and mechanical areas: compact equipment, electricity, environment and natural resources, machinery and equipment and structures.

Students and teams that perform the highest in this CDE demonstrate a mastery of systems areas, subject matter, effective communication skills, superior problem-solving techniques and an understanding of modern technology.

Chadron FFA took top honors in the team competition where they were required to construct a wall from a plan, frame & wire the wall, then write a detailed report on the processes they used in constructing the wall. The final accolade for the team came from winning a brand new arc AC/DC welder for the school by placing in the top ten in the welding competition.

We appreciate the supporters of our competing team who were: Dodge Ram of Chadron, The Chadron Foundation, FFA Alumni and FFA Chapter, and school board. This allowed our competitors to focus on studying and not have to raise money in order to go. Advisor Jon Cogdill and community member John Cattin held many study sessions. Chadron Lumber Company and Roberts Electric donated some of the materials students needed to “practice” the timed team competition.It was an awesome experience for these young men and a springboard into future opportunities.

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