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National Nursery and Landscape Team Earns Silver

Four Freeman FFA members traveled to Indianapolis for the 90th National FFA Convention on October 24-26, 2017. The team of Ashley Parde, Logan Anderson, Jacob Neil, and Caleigh Behrens represented Nebraska in the Nursery and Landscape competition and earned a silver emblem as a team.  In the team portion of the event, the students participated in a skills challenge where they demonstrated skills related to the landscaping industry and a team presentation where they prepared for and presented their landscape plan to a panel of judges.     

Parde, Anderson, and Neil also received silver emblems as individuals and Behrens received a bronze.  Individual activities for this contest include a general knowledge exam, customer relations written practicum, nursery sales oral practicum, landscape calculations, plant propagation practicum, and plant, pest, beneficial insects, disorder, equipment identification exam.

While in Indianapolis, the group also got to tour the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and visit the FFA Career Fair and Expo.  They also attended the first general session of the National Convention, which was highlighted by speeches from United State Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, National FFA advisor Dr. Steve Brown, and keynote speaker Laila Ali.

"National Convention is always a great experience, and it is truly a special, unique experience when you get to represent your state in a national contest," said Mr. Jensen, FFA advisor.  "These students worked incredibly hard to not only get here, but also to step it up and prepare for a challenging national contest.  I am very proud of their efforts."

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