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FFA members attend national convention

Preslee Fitzwater, NLJ student Intern

Last month, seven Newcastle High School students from the Newcastle FFA chapter attended the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis. The convention hosted 70,000 members and guests, and students came from all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  
The members of the Newcastle chapter who attended were juniors Brock Bergstrom and Aidan Butler and seniors Pate Tavegie, Taylor Crinklaw, Cole Wehri, Jayde Harrington and JJ Lipp. These members competed in different areas, but three members competed with applications for proficiencies after they won their divisions at the state convention in April. These members were JJ Lipp, Cole Wehri and college freshman Tell Tavegie. Proficiencies are based on members’ supervised agriculture experiences, which are projects individually taken on and worked on throughout the year, either in or out of school. Lipp’s project competed in the area of beef entrepreneurship, and it was based on his independently owned show cattle herd. Wehri’s project competed in the area of goat entrepreneurship/placement, and it focused on a small breeding operation he managed with his family. Tavegie’s project competed in the area of beef placement, and his entry was inspired by working for his family’s cow-calf operation. 
These three individuals went on to compete at nationals after winning state, but sadly did not make it to the second round of competition on the national level. They each received a bronze medal for their accomplishments, however, and the having their work move on to the national level is a very important accomplishment for the chapter.


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