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Winning Hartsburg-Emden High School FFA team recognized          Send a link to a friend

[NOV. 18, 2006]  The Logan County Board recognized the Hartsburg-Emden High School FFA ag issues debate team members for their accomplishment at the National FFA Convention.

The team took fourth out of 32 teams in the competition. Only the top four teams were recognized at the national level.

The team was composed of Taylor Hilgendorf, Jo Ellen Westen, Ben Wagnon, Jeff Clark, Kelly Cross, Adam Cross and Jordan Gass. Gass was unable to be present at the recognition.

The sponsor for the national competition was Elanco Animal Health. The students received $200 scholarships for fourth place.

Pech said the team chose as their topic the potential impact of an ethanol plant locating near Hartsburg. They began working on it nearly a year ago. Their preparations included conducting public forums to gather public input for their state and national presentations.

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They won the Illinois competition that took place in February.

The activity is structured to improve public speaking and apply classroom knowledge to the real world. FFA school sponsor Betsy Pech said that she watched the team members gain confidence, good public speaking skills and maturity in the year's time they worked on their presentation.

Pech said she doesn't think the students fully recognize how big their accomplishment was. She was proud of them as individuals. They worked hard and pressed through frustrations. They should be thrilled to death, she said.

[Jan Youngquist]


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