LINCOLN — “FFA members, why are we here?” These were the words repeated numerous times throughout the 90th Nebraska State FFA Convention on April 4-6 in Lincoln.

But really, why were so many FFA members there? For the O’Neill FFA members, their presence was to compete their hardest to earn precious medals and plaques showing their hard work that prepared them for one small moment. The O’Neill FFA Chapter made their time at the 90th Nebraska State FFA Convention count by bringing home some hardware.

Many individuals excelled in their respective areas. In Natural Resources Speaking Tayte Jussel earned silver. In Agriscience Fair the duo Jussel and Rosie Nelson earned first place in Social Systems Division 6. Chandra Spangler also earned first place in Social Systems Division 5. Jace Stagemeyer received third place in Plant Systems Division 5. Jussel also was awarded top three finalists in the Ag Champions Contest.

The O’Neill FFA Chapter received recognition and rewards for its efforts throughout the year to expand community relations and let others know about its chapter happenings.

In the "I Believe in the Future of Ag" contest, the O’Neill FFA Chapter won first place. The chapter also was honored with the Nebraska Chapter of Excellence Award receiving silver in the Building Communities category. By creating a Hall of Chapters display to show Nebraska FFA O’Neill’s happenings, the chapter was awarded with gold.

The O’Neill FFA Chapter made its time at the 90th Nebraska State FFA Convention count through their hard work and dedication to bring home hardware. Although not everyone got hardware, they competed their hardest. O’Neill FFA members were there to show who they are and what they stand for.

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