Three local FFA students honored first day of convention
LINCOLN, Neb. — During the first day of the 90th annual Nebraska FFA Convention in Lincoln Wednesday, three Southwest Nebraska students were named top individuals in proficiency award areas.
During opening ceremonies, Dr. Tiffany Hang-Moss, dean of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Agricultural Science and Natural Resources, spoke about the importance of the student leadership that Nebraska FFA members exhibit, her enthusiasm for FFA students and agriculture on the UNL campus and her love of Nebraska FFA.
Early convention winners from high schools in Southwest Nebraska were Wesley Wach of Hayes Center, diversified crop production entrepreneurship; Caleb tenBensel of Cambridge, goat production entrepreneurship placement; and Molly Luhrs of Chase County/Imperial, specialty crop production.
State vice president Hailey Coufal gave her retiring address, encouraging FFA members to appreciate the opportunities in life. “The briefest interactions influence our attitudes and productivities,” Coufal said. “One little act of appreciation can motivate, inspire and even change a life.”
Melvin Adams, a two-time All-American NCAA basketball players, told FFA members, “Don’t quit. You got one more move.” Adams shared a message of perseverance, no matter the situation. “We are important, cared for and in charge of our own decision,” Adams said. “You are great. Not because you won an award, not because of the money you don’t have to impress the people that you don’t like. But because of the one hair that you were born with that makes you different.”
The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.