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FFA students look toward their future

FFA students test different food items in their competition exam at North Platte Community...
FFA students test different food items in their competition exam at North Platte Community College for a career development event. (SOURCE: Kaylie Crowe (KNOP-TV)(KNOP)
Published: Feb. 5, 2020 at 4:04 PM CST
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North Platte Community College hosted the district nine career development event. Future Farmers of America students from 16 different high schools came to compete in a variety of contests.

The contests were in topics such as food science, agriculture, vet science, and more. These contests are designed to help kids make wise career decisions and a chance to qualify to go to the State FFA Convention.

Dan Scherer, a Gothenburg Teacher, says this is beneficial for students to learn and speak with professionals.

"By getting the hands on exposure at contest today those kids could maybe understand furtherly about that occupation and career choice before they go spend that money you know going to college and I think that 's what helps these kids, motivates these kids to do better," said Scherer.

The contests had a written test as well as a hands on test.

Helene Keiser and Rylee Naprstek, high school students who participated, said they enjoy this event and learn about topics that interest them.

"I feel like we learn a lot, we get out a day of school and we get to learn different things by coming to these FFA events about things like we may not always learn in school and it can also help for getting ready for careers as many of us are getting older and trying to decide what we want to do as a career, so that helps. And we get to meet a lot of different people from schools and then we see them through all of our district contests, so that's fun," said Keiser and Naprstek.

The top 2-4 teams chosen will go to state. Students find areas that interest them through these events and get a chance to talk with professionals about any questions they may have about the field.