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Washington County FFA Chapter Wins National Championships

The Washington County FFA Chapter had 2 teams compete in the Career Development Events at the 82nd National FFA Convention in Indianapolis.

The Agronomy team repeats as National champions this year. Team members and their rankings are:
#1 – Trevor
#2 – Jake Miller
#3 – Ryan Fiser
#4 – Chelsie Wilkens

The Nursery/Landscape Team is also National Champion this year. Team members and their rankings are:
#1 – Jesse Huber
#2 – Micheal Welch
#10 – Bonnie Bailey
#36 – Brooke Stamm
Alternate – Kelsey Hatesohl

Bridget Baker won a National Proficiency Award in Ag. Sales. The FFA advisor is John Kern.

A reception party honoring Washington County FFA achievements is being planned for Sunday Oct. 25 at 2:00 pm in the First National Bank Basement in Washington and the public is encouraged to attend.

Questions and comments can be directed to Gary Hatesohl at (785) 747-8227.

About Derek Nester

Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids, and graduated from Valley Heights High School in May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communication. After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. 6 radio stations. In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production assistant for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on 69 radio stations across 9 Midwest states.