Article respectfully submitted by Maribeth Moore-Chadron High FFA Advisor

2020 Chadron High School FFA excels at state virtual competitions!

After a successful year, Chadron FFA teams were prepping and preparing for the next level: state, at the beginning of April. They spent countless hours studying, memorizing, and working together to get ready for the next big step. However, disaster struck and its name was Covid-19. The state FFA convention in Lincoln was cancelled, as was, in school learning. The state of Nebraska/UNL searched for a way to continue. They believed in the importance of honoring the student’s work and efforts around Career Development Events (CDE’s). As a result, virtual contests were designed and conducted over a two week period. Chadron’s FFA members made the best of the situation and when the time came, rose to the occasion (even though it was four months later). They didn’t have to compete-they wanted to compete-that’s what our members do. Therefore, they shined like diamonds! What a learning experience for all. The Chadron community and anyone who knows these kids should be super proud!

11 teams with 29 students were qualified and eligible for April’s state convention 

INDIVIDUAL state qualifiers (Seniors)

Kayley Galbraith, Tate Ryan,   Kaylie Phillips,   Cole Madsen,   Emma Cogdill,   Levi Glines,   Luke Kahl,   Garrett Glines,   Ella O’Brien,   Jacob Wojcik,   Samantha Johns,   Cloey Murdoch,   Kadence Wild,   Michael Matt,   Cooper Wild,   Duane Trent,   Jalei Marcy,   Aleeya Lopez,   Caden Galbraith,   Kourtney Hawk,   Dawson Dunbar,   Garrett Ferguson,   Daniel Wellnitz,   Teagan Tidyman,   Trinity Bannon,   Brianna Larson,   Mayzie Murdoch,   Ember Diers,  Shannon O’Rourke. 


Livestock Management      Overall 2nd Place TEAM 

Samantha Johns,    Kayley Galbraith,    Kourtney Hawk,    Kayley Phillips,    Trinity Bannon

The team was: 1st in Dairy,   2nd in Sheep & Swine,   4th in Poultry,   and 6th in Horse

Biotechnology      Overall 2nd Place TEAM 

Kayley Galbraith  3rd purple ribbon,   Tate Ryan 6th blue ribbon,   Emma Cogdill 7th blue ribbon,   Ella O’Brien 9th blue ribbon

Veterinary Science      Overall 3rd Place TEAM 


Kayley Galbraith 16th blue ribbon,   Kaylie Phillips red ribbon,   Kourtney Hawk white ribbon

Nursery & Landscape      Overall 6th Place TEAM 

Alyeea Lopez 16th blue ribbon,   Cloey Murdoch red ribbon

Daniel Wellnitz white ribbon,   Mayzie Murdoch (helped team place)

Ag Communications 

Emma Cogdill 5th blue ribbon journalistic writing,   Ella O’Brien 10th white ribbon opinion

Ag Technology and Mechanics 

Daniel Wellnitz red ribbon,   Duane Trent red ribbon


Luke Kahl 13th purple ribbon

Farm and Agribusiness 

Garrett Glines 11th purple ribbon,   Tate Ryan 22nd blue ribbon 

Meats Evaluation and Technology

Michael Matt red ribbon ,   Teagan Tidyman white ribbon


Kourtney Hawk red ribbon, Caden Galbraith, Ember Diers, Trinity Bannon (participated)


Cloey Murdoch white ribbon, Shannon O’Rourke, Mayzie Murdoch (participated)

As the 2019-2020 year in FFA comes to a close and we begin preparing for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year, it seems appropriate to reflect on why we do, what we do, within our organization. The FFA Creed was written by E.M. Tiffany in 1928 and officially adopted by the National FFA Organization in 1930. It was created to allow the members to focus on the benefits of agriculture, The words describe what FFA members believe. It reminds us why agriculture is the most important industry in our world, and gives motivation to know that we can make a difference in the future of agriculture.

The FFA Creed

I believe in the future of agriculture, with a faith born not of words but of deeds – achievements won by the present and past generations of agriculturists; in the promise of better days through better ways, even as the better things we now enjoy have come to us from the struggles of former years.

I believe that to live and work on a good farm, or to be engaged in other agricultural pursuits, is pleasant as well as challenging; for I know the joys and discomforts of agricultural life and hold an inborn fondness for those associations which, even in hours of discouragement, I cannot deny.

I believe in leadership from ourselves and respect from others. I believe in my own ability to work efficiently and think clearly, with such knowledge and skill as I can secure, and in the ability of progressive agriculturists to serve our own and the public interest in producing and marketing the product of our toil.

I believe in less dependence on begging and more power in bargaining; in the life abundant and enough honest wealth to help make it so–for others as well as myself; in less need for charity and more of it when needed; in being happy myself and playing square with those whose happiness depends upon me.

I believe that American agriculture can and will hold true to the best traditions of our national life and that I can exert an influence in my home and community which will stand solid for my part in that inspiring task.

~Written by E.M. Tiffany in 1928

Mr. Mack