Front row from left: Blair Nickelson, Hunter Olson, Codi Bliss, Parker Opat, Hunter Folsom, Carter Minson, and Brady Mattke.
Second Row: Shaye Aumiller, Carson Cook, Nathaniel Werth, Dallas Schnieder, Taylor Riedel, Dylan Pfeifer, and Kobi Shubert.
Third Row: Katie Ward, Grace Glatz, Dawson Arnold, Kolby Walt, Festus Molitor, Joey Fry, and Nolan Hobbs.
Fourth Row: Helen Giefer, Sybil Giefer, Desiree Littlechild, Sydney Boyle, Shaelyn Cleland, Lacey Windholz, Mason Gobin, and Aaron Windholz.
Fifth Row: Kayla Stephen, Madison Hafliger, Dalton Hendrix, Aiden Gideon, Hadley Folsom, and Raina Bostick. Back Row: Brendon Wright, Tillie Malinowsky, and Kelby Schonthaler.



TCHS celebrates National FFA Week

FFA Week
FFA members held their annual Tractor-cade on Thursday, February 22.  Students drove past the high school and then paraded through town to the grade school.

The week of February 19-23 was National FFA Week, and the WaKeeney chapter held a number of activities to celebrate the occasion. 

The students had a week of dress-up days.  One day was western day, and many members donned their cowboy boots and hats.  The members also showed their appreciation to the faculty by serving them a delicious breakfast of bacon, eggs, and pancakes. Faculty members also received a small gift.

The annual Tractor-cade was held on Thursday afternoon.  Despite the dreary weather, members drove past the grade school and delighted the grade school students.






FFA vet science team takes second

Carefully surveying her choices, junior Madison Hafliger identifies a veterinary tool and helps lead the Trego team to a second place finish.

By Helen Giefer
On November 28, Trego FFA members Madison Hafliger, Lacey Windholz, Helen Giefer, and Sybil Giefer traveled to Stockton to participate in the annual vet science contest.

The contest consists of an exam with 50 questions about animal health, a 10 question math test with questions about dosage, weight, temperature, etc., and an ID section where students have to identify animals, veterinary tools, and parasites.

The team helped make up the 100 students who competed, and the students did a great job, placing second behind Stockton, which had six members in the top ten. Helen Giefer placed fifth with a score of 184, Sybil Giefer achieved 14th place with 162 points, Madison Hafliger was 18th with 156 points, and Lacey Windholz finished in 60th with a score of 124.

Madison Hafliger, who has attended the competition every year, weighed in on the event.

“I love vet science. I think it is a great experience that everyone should have.”






Searching for defects in food and dairy

FFA Judging
Marking an answer, Tillie Malinowsky tries her best to identify the defect of the different milks at the dairy judging contest on November 9.
By Grace’ Glatz
On November 9, 2017, members from the WaKeeney FFA Chapter attended a food and dairy judging contest at the fairgrounds in Hays, KS.

While all of the students who attended from WaKeeney competed in food judging, only a few also competed in dairy judging.

The food contest involved taking a series of tests: written test, triangle test, fragrance test, and a hazard in the work place test.

While the dairy contest also involved a written test, they were slightly different from the food tests. For instance, members had to determine if the milk was non-dairy or dairy, if it was considered contaminated in anyway, what the fat content was, if it contained a high level of CMT (California Mastitis Test), and if they could name the cheeses they were given to taste.

WaKeeney FFA had two members that placed in a high ranking. Madison Hafliger received fourth place in food science and Grace’ Glatz placed thirteenth in food science. Overall, the team placed sixth.

The members who attended were Codi Bliss, Grace’ Glatz, Autumn Maskrid, Katie Ward, Madison Hafliger, Lacey Windholz, Hadley Folsom, Desiree Littlechild, and Tillie Malinowsky.




A week filled with learning at National Convention

National FFA

(Front row from left) Alyssa Logue, Madison Hafliger, Grace’ Glatz, Lacey Windholz(Back row) Raina Bostick, Desiree Littlechild, Hadley Folsom, Codi Bliss, Michaela Stefan

By Grace’ Glatz
Nine WaKeeney FFA members traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana, to take part of the 90th National Convention on October 24 through October 28.

The students and advisors began their journey on October 24, where they stopped in St. Louis to enjoy Go-Karts, laser tag, and to gain much needed rest. The next morning they traveled up the arch to learn about the history of the tallest man built structure in the U.S. After their history lesson, they returned to the road and arrived in Indianapolis that evening.

At the convention, the chapter members participated in sessions and learning workshops. The session’s theme this year was “I Can. We Will,” which means together they can and will make a difference for the future of FFA.  More than 67,000 FFA members from across the nation attended the 2017 National FFA Convention and Expo.

In addition, the advisors and students attended a dairy farm called Kelsey Farms in Whiteland, Indiana. This helped the members achieve a better understanding of what happens to the milk before it arrives at the store. The chapter also stopped at Good’s Candy Shop in Anderson, Indiana, to see how their sweet treats are made.

Sprinkling some entertainment on the trip, the group went to a Rascal Flatts concert and Cinch Worlds Toughest Rodeo.

Members that traveled to convention included Codi Bliss, Grace’ Glatz, Michaela Stefan, Madison Hafliger, Lacey Windholz, Hadley Folsom, Raina Bostick, Desiree Littlechild, and Alyssa Logue. Advisors that attended were Blair Nickelson and Michaelle Bliss.


A day filled with agricultural learning

Kids Ag Day
Keeping a firm grip on her goat, Ziva, Hadley Folsom watches as a group of fourth graders approach the pen.  Folsom spoke about caring for her goat at the Kids Ag Day, and the students enjoyed petting Ziva.

By Grace’ Glatz
Fourth and fifth graders from Trego Grade School, Ellis Grade School, and Western Plains Grade School all attended the Kids Ag Day held at the fairgrounds on October 4.

While a few WaKeeney FFA members brought animals so the kids had a chance to have a hands on learning experience, the other members led students to various stations around the fairgrounds. From the looks of the day, the students seemed to be having fun while still learning. Senior Codi Bliss said, “I think the kids enjoyed the day because most of the kids that attended don’t get to experience agricultural life on a daily basis.”

Others that presented were Bronc Barrows, WOW; Lois Keller with the Kansas Wheat Commission, Wheat; Candice Fitch-Dietz, Pollinators; Jason Schneider, Farm Equipment; Dustin Becker, Water Jeopardy; Kansas Soybean Commission, Soybeans; Dr. Andrew Tucker, Kelsey Stremel, and Jerret Pfannenstiel, Animal Byproducts and Drones; and Nelle Newman and Chad Miller, Frontier Ag.

Blair Nickelson, the Trego FFA sponsor, organizes a Kids Ag Day every year and commented on its importance.

"Fourth and the fifth graders from the surrounding areas need to be able to capture the idea of where their food comes from and how it is grown along with learning the safety that comes with it.”






Students well-fed at FFA bonfire


As Blair Nickelson’s dog, Marley, gazes longingly at a potential snack, FFA Vice-President Codi Bliss prepares to roast her hotdog. The FFA held its annual hayrack ride and bonfire on September 23.



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