Meridian Public, a school in the middle of cornfields, offers FFA for first time this year

Meridian Public, a school in the middle of cornfields, offers FFA for first time this year
Four of Meridian's FFA officers, including advisor Sarah Wollenburg (far left) attended leadership training in Aurora back in August. This is the first year that Meridian has had an FFA chapter.

DAYKIN, NE – Meridian Public Schools sits about two miles west of Daykin on Highway 4 – surrounded by corn fields.

A rural school through and through that hadn’t sponsored FFA, that is until this year.

“It’s been a long time coming,” FFA advisor Sarah Wollenburg said. “It’s a rural community. The school is in the middle of a cornfield. So, there’s been a lot of push from the community, parents and students, too I’ve heard. I think it’s really good that they finally got it.”

One student who helped lead the push is senior and chapter treasurer Frederick Kujath.

“I’d been putting bugs in people’s ears since the eighth grade or so,” Kujath said. “Granted, it’s my senior year. But, as an officer, I feel like I’m getting the chance to lay the foundation for future members.

“Like (Sarah) said, we’re in the middle of a cornfield, and everyone is into ag. Everybody I talked to when I started pushing for it said, ‘Oh yeah that would be a good idea.’ But, there just wasn’t enough push for it until now, so it finally happened.”

Wollenburg has about 40 students enrolled in ag classes and involved in FFA. One of those students is senior Kim Becker from Germany, who placed ninth overall at state land judging in Wahoo last week. Up next will be livestock judging on Nov 7 in York.

“Lots of contests and lots of leadership things that have been going on,” Wollenburg said.

Meridian’s chapter is working on community service projects, attending leadership development events and plans to attend the state convention in Lincoln Apr. 3-5, 2019.

Kujath was one of six chapter members who helped serve a free hot dog meal to area producers at Farmers Cooperative on Tuesday.

For Frederick, FFA has helped him gain valuable skills for life after high school.

“I wasn’t the best at public speaking,” Kujath admitted. “Now, I’m forced to get up in front of everybody else, be on camera and present myself in a way that I think will help out later on life for job interviews and stuff like that.”

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