OSMOND FFA WEEK
MONDAY - DRIVE YOUR TRACTOR TO SCHOOL
TUESDAY - FFA MEMBER BREAKFAST
SCHOOL WIDE - AG TRIVIA
WEDNESDAY- COWBOY/COWGIRL DAY
THURSDAY AMERICAN DAY
FRIDAY - FFA T-SHIRT DAY
This meeting will take place Tuesday, March 3rd, 7:00 PM, in the Wausa gymnasium.
Common Questions Asked about JH Boys Coop
1. Is this coop for both boys and girls?
No, this is only for junior high boys. The duration of the cooperative agreement is yearly, reviewed and
renewed annually. Both schools currently have enough for girls.
2. Wausa & Bloomfield are no long cooping JH Football. Why is Wausa now going with Osmond?
Simply put, the JH football coop with Bloomfield was becoming too large. Wausa’s administration were
receiving a lot of calls from concerned parents of JH students that students were not being given the
opportunity to practice and play with the large numbers both Wausa and Bloomfield brought in together. If
Wausa were to continue in JH football with Bloomfield, the enrollment projections in JH football would
have continued to be in the 30’s approaching 40 kids. As far as cooping in cross country, Wausa will
continue the coop with Bloomfield, because of the benefit and success it brought to both schools (state
girls’ runner up in 2019).
Osmond approached Wausa with a need in JH Football and Boys basketball in Junior high, due to their low
numbers of boys in future elementary grades. Here is a current breakdown of numbers in JH Participation,
which were confirmed by both Wausa’s and Osmond’s administration. These are based on participation in
Youth Sports currently, as well as total enrollment.
JH FB Wausa FB Osmond BB Wausa BB Osmond Wausa JH Boys Osmond JH Boys
20-21 16 5 14 5 20 11
21-22 16 2 16 2 19 11
22-23 15 3 14 3 16 11
This data is consistent with data pulled in early February and is based on number of participants in youth
sports currently as well as total enrollment. It also includes the kids in St. Mary’s. The data clearly shows
that if someone doesn’t step up and help Osmond in football and basketball, they will no longer have the
ability to have JH boys’ athletics in these two sports in the upcoming years. Parents with kids in current
grades 7th down to 4th grade have seen this trend, since Osmond has been coming up to work with our
youth sports the last few years, so it isn’t really a surprise to those parents from either Wausa or Osmond.
3. How will the practices work?
Practices will be held in Wausa, simply because it is easier for Osmond to transport their kids in a van than
Wausa to transport their kids in a bus. Home games will be split, just like Wausa has done with Bloomfield
in the past.
4. How will coaching be distributed?
Coaching assignments will be the responsibility of the AD’s at both schools. Wausa serves as host school
during this coop.
5. What is the name/mascot/colors?
Just like the Bloomfield JH coop, there will be no mascot, and the colors will be a simple combination. We
will use the Wausmond name, like we have done in 1-act for that coop.
WAUSA—The Osmond Tigers junior high girls basketball team earned second place at the annual O Club Junior High Basketball Tournament on Saturday, January 16.
The year the tournament was held in Wausa thanks to a flip-flop with the Wausa Invitational Speech Meet that was held in Osmond this year thanks to ongoing construction at Wausa High School.
“Overall, I am really proud of our girls,” Morrison said. “We went a long time between winning games, but our girls have been patient and have kept working to improve.”
The Tigers won the tournament’s first game versus Randolph 26-6. They had a dynamic first quarter, scoring fifteen of their twenty-six points.
Sophie scored four points in the first quarter.
Keli Aschoff, Anna Kahny, Caydence Krienert, Belle Vinson, and Erin Wagner all scored in the first quarter as well.
“After a minute of two of adjusting to the rhythm of the game, our girls did a nice job being aggressive,” Tigers Coach Scott Morrison said.
The Tigers scored only two points in the second quarter and three points in the third quarter. This included a second quarter basket by Vinson and three points by Tessa Gardner.
In the fourth quarter Gardner added to the Tigers’ lead by hitting two free-throws.
Wagner also scored two points.
Vinson, Gardner, and Krienert all did well on the glass. Vinson and Gardner each had seven rebounds, while Krienert had six.
Keli Aschoff and Julianna Kumm each had six steals; Sophie Gansebom added four assists.
Callie Hoffman worked hard on the block throughout the game. She has improved drastically thoughout the year.
Brianna Kumm had a steal and an assist. She is visibly improving and becoming more confident.
Jamie Gubbels did a nice job; she played the most she has all year and visibly looked like she was enjoying herself.
Keely Gubbels was absent, but we know how much work she’s put in and what she means to the team.
The Tigers lost in the championship round 30-10 to the Plainview Lady Pirates.
Despite a valiant effort, the Tigers weren’t able to overcome the Pirates aggressiveness, size, and ability.
The Tigers found themselves down 15-2 at the end of the first quarter, but they really bounced back defensively, holding the Pirates scoreless in the second quarter.
“Going into halftime, we felt like we would have a chance to make a few adjustments and rally,” Morrison said.
The Tigers had a difficult time, though, handling the renewed effort by the Pirates, who outscored the Tigers 15-4 in the second half.
“Probably the biggest improvement I’d like to see the girls make before they move on to high school is for them to run a full-court man to put pressure on the other team, and find ways to create opportunities that way,” Morrison said.
Belle Vinson had a nice game; she had eight of the Tigers ten points and pulled down seven rebounds.
“Belle has been a great all year; she is extremely physically and mentally tough,” Morrison said.
Keli Aschoff scored the Tigers other two points. She had a couple steals.
Rebounding seem to be one of the Tigers strengths, especially from a statistical vantage point.
Caydence Krienert had six rebounds, Tessa Gardener and Erin Wagner each added five, Callie Hoffman and Julianna Kumm each had four. Brianna Kumm added three.
Sophie Gansebom did a nice job controlling the basketball at times. She’s at her best when she’s aggressive going to the hoop.
Anna Kahny had two steals.
Jamie Gubbels also got in and moved up and down the court.
The Tigers will move on to play in a couple club tournaments; they start at Elkhorn Valley on Sunday, March 1st, and then they play on March 8th in the Plainview tournament.
Game 1 1st 2nd 3rd 4th T
Osmond 15 2 2 6 26
Randolph 0 0 0 6 6
Game 2 1st 2nd 3rd 4th T
Osmond 2 4 2 4 15
Plainview 15 0 7 8 30
Tigers fall 29-20 to Wausa, B Team wins 5-0
WAUSA—The Osmond Tigers junior high basketball team played Tuesday, February 11 in Wausa as part of an A Team/B Team double header.
The Tigers fell in the first game 29-20, and they won the second 5-0.
The game started off a little rocky for the Tigers who were outscored 11-2 in the first quarter. However, the Tigers got back in the game with a 7-0 run in the second.
“We can play really well at times; definitely during those times that this group’s potential is visible,” Morrison said. “It’s really visible when our girls hustle and get aggressive.”
This was particularly true during this stretch as the Tigers played great defense, shutting the Vikings out for the whole quarter.
They also had scoring contributions from three different girls: Keli Aschoff (2), Anna Kahny (2 free-throws), and Caydence Krienert (3).
After the solid effort in the second, the Tigers were then outscored 6-1 in the third quarter.
Keli Aschoff, who hit a free-throw, was the lone scorer for the Tigers.
The Tigers posted another great run in the fourth, and they whittled the lead down to five in the last minute of the game.
“I was really proud of our girls’ effort during their run,” Morrison said. “We’ve got to find ways to make the run last through the who ball game.”
“To me, we seem to have a recurring theme for the season: When we’re aggressive and we hustle, we play well,” Morrison said.
The Tigers hit eight of 11 free-throws in the fourth quarter, their most impressive stretch of the season so far.
Krienert, herself, was 4-for-4. Belle Vinson hit 3-of-4. Sophie Gansebom made one.
Krienert scored seven points, eight rebounds, and three steals. Vinson had eight rebounds and five steals.
Keli Aschoff scored three points, had six rebounds, and collected three steals.
Sophie Gansebom scored three points and had four rebounds. She scored all of her points in the fourth quarter.
Erin Wagner had two points to go along with her four rebounds. Anna Kahny had two point, two rebounds, and two steals.
Among the posts, Tessa Gardner had three rebounds and a steal. Callie Hoffman had two rebounds, a steal, and an assist.
Julie Kumm also did well with three rebounds.
In the B game, the Tigers won 5-0.
Brianna and Julianna Kumm each had two points. Anna Kahny hit a free-throw.
Kahny had two steals and a rebound. She really did a nice job of handling the ball.
Tessa Gardner had three rebounds while Julianna Kumm had two offensive boards. Callie Hoffman had a rebounds as well.
A GAME 1st 2nd 3rd 4th T
OSMOND 2 7 1 10 20
WAUSA 11 0 6 12 29
B GAME 4th T
OSMOND 5 5
WAUSA 0 0
FFA Leadership Development Events develop college and career readiness skills and serve as
an outgrowth of instruction in the agricultural education classroom for FFA members in grades 7
to 12. Through LDEs, participating FFA members are challenged to develop critical thinking
skills and effective decision-making skills, foster teamwork and promote communication while
recognizing the value of ethical competition and individual achievement. The District IV FFA
Leadership Development Event Competition was held at Crofton High School on Wednesday,
December 11th, 2019. Fifteen students grades 8-12 from the Osmond FFA Chapter competed
in six different contests.
Creed Speaking was one of the earliest Leadership Development Events to be established. In
this event, FFA members recite the National FFA Creed to develop public speaking skills and
self-confidence. Freshmen, Robert Aschoff and Zachary Reikofski represented the Osmond
FFA Chapter in this event, receiving purple and blue ribbons respectively.
During the Prepared Public Speaking Leadership Development Event (LDE), students research
an agriculture-related topic of interest; put together a creative, informative speech; and then
deliver the six to eight-minute speech to a panel of judges, who score the student based on the
speech’s content, composition, and delivery. This year Lexi Beacom and Madeline Huwaldt
competed in the Senior Public Speaking event both receiving blue ribbons. In the Cooperative
Speaking event, Mason Gansebom received the 3rd place purple ribbon and is the alternate for
the state competition in April, while Ryan Schmit received 4th place and a purple ribbon.
The Agricultural Demonstration LDE is a team event consisting of 3-5 members who perform an
actual demonstration of an agricultural skill including anything in the Agricultural Science and
Technology curriculum using effective public speaking and communication methods. Two teams
from Osmond competed in this event. The team of Ryan Schmit, Connor Gutz, Blake Bahr, and
Zach Huwaldt prepared a demonstration on how to test the quality of well water; while the team
of Caden Wingert, Reese Hanna, and Logan Stelling prepared a demonstration on how to
change the seed plates in a planter. The water quality demonstration received a blue ribbon.
The seed plates demonstration received a red ribbon.
The Junior High People in Agriculture Pathways Poster event is designed to develop inquiry and
communication skills while also providing an understanding and awareness of careers in
agriculture for students in the 7th and 8th grades. This year 8th grade member Matthew
Alderson competed in the event receiving a purple ribbon.
Participants in the National FFA Employment Skills Leadership Development Event (LDE) get a
leg up on their future careers by developing the skills needed to seek employment in the
industry of agriculture. Landon Stelling and Zachary Alderson represented Osmond in the
competition. Both participants had to create a resume, cover letter, and complete an actual job
application before their interviews. Zachary Alderson received 3rd place, purple ribbon and is
the alternate for the state competition, while Landon Stelling won the contest and will be
competing at the State Convention in April. Congratulations to Landon on qualifying for the
Every year, FFA members nationwide converge on the National FFA Convention & Expo to
celebrate their accomplishments and find inspiration for their next steps. Motivational keynote
speakers, energetic concerts, fulfilling workshops and a sweeping expo floor bustling with
agricultural education and industry opportunities leave students snapping pics and grabbing
videos of all of the experiences they’ll remember forever. This year’s convention was no
exception, drawing in a record crowd with more than 70,000 students and advisors attending
this hallmark event. The 92nd Annual National FFA Convention & Expo was held October 30th -
November 2nd in Indianapolis, Indiana.
For the second year in a row, Osmond FFA Chapter advisor, Jessica Evans, has coordinated a
charter bus trip for her students and the students of four other area chapters to travel to the
National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis. This year five Osmond FFA students traveled
to the National FFA Convention & Expo. These students were senior Zachary Alderson, junior
Zachary Boyle, sophomore Ryan Schmit, and freshmen Caden Wingert and Reese Hanna.
The charter bus containing 44 FFA members and advisors departed the Osmond Community
Schools parking lot at 4:30 pm on Tuesday, October 29th and drove all night to arrive in
Indianapolis by 6:00 am Wednesday morning. Students attended contests and convention
activities all day Wednesday, October 30th and Thursday, October 31st. On Friday, November
1st students spent the day touring Chicago before departing for home. Some of the additional
tours that students experienced included the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Millennium Park in
Chicago, The Chicago Architecture Center Riverboat Tour, Soldier Field, and the John Deere
Tractor & Engine Museum. The charter bus arrived back in Osmond around 4 pm on Saturday,
Despite some cold weather and a little rain and snow, the students had a wonderful trip, exciting
them about the possibilities for the new year!
INDIANAPOLIS - The Osmond FFA Chapter of Osmond, Nebraska has been recognized in the
2019 National Chapter Award Program from the National FFA Organization.
This program recognizes outstanding FFA chapters from throughout the country that actively
implement the mission and strategies of the organization. These chapters improve chapter
operations using the National Quality FFA Chapter Standards and a Program of Activities that
emphasizes growing leaders, building communities and strengthening agriculture. Chapters are
rewarded for providing educational experiences for the entire membership.
Chapters received star ratings during judging in late July will be recognized at the 2019 National
FFA Convention & Expo, October 30th - November 2nd in Indianapolis.
All star-rated FFA chapters receive honors made possible by corporate sponsor John Deere.
“Feeding some 9 billion people by mid-century brings with it unprecedented challenges for
today’s farmers,” said Amy Allen, manager, national corporate contributions for John Deere.
“The skills and experiences learned through the National Chapter Award Program will help meet
the critical needs.”
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success
training through agricultural education to 669,989 student members who belong to one of 8,630
local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The
organization is also supported by 459,514 alumni members in 2,236 alumni chapters throughout
The National FFA Organization Agricultural Proficiency Awards honor FFA members who,
through their supervised agricultural experiences (SAEs), have developed specialized skills that
they can apply toward their future careers. Nationally, students can compete for awards in
nearly 50 areas ranging from agricultural communications to wildlife management.
This year nine students from the Osmond FFA Chapter submitted applications for judging at the
District level based on their individual SAE areas. Applications are ranked as a Gold, Silver, or
Bronze with the Top 3 Applications earning a Gold in each award area being offered the
opportunity to compete at the State level.
The following FFA Members completed applications this year: Mason Gansebom Silver in
Swine Production Placement; Nick Timmerman Silver in Ag Mechanics Design and Fabrication;
Zachary Alderson Silver in Ag Mechanics Repair and Maintenance; Madeline Huwaldt 2nd Gold
in Beef Production Entrepreneurship - State Qualifying; Landon Stelling Top Gold in Grain
Production Placement - State Qualifying; Blake Bahr 2nd Gold in Grain Production Placement -
State Qualifying; Zachary Boyle 3rd Gold in Grain Production Placement - State Qualifying;
Ryan Schmit Top Gold in Diversified Agriculture Placement - State Qualifying; and Joshua
Gansebom Top Gold in Swine Production Placement - State Qualifying. Congratulations FFA
Twelve members of the Osmond FFA Chapter traveled to Norfolk on Thursday, January 30th,
2020 to compete in the District IV FFA Livestock Judging Contest, which was held at the
Northeast Community College Chuck M. Pohlman Ag Complex. Livestock judging consists of
carefully analyzing animals and measuring them against a standard that is commonly accepted
as being ideal. Each year the FFA contest consists of evaluating three species, swine, beef, and
sheep. This year, students evaluated eight classes of animals, including two classes of market
hogs, market steers, market lambs, breeding heifers, and breeding ewes; along with two
cull/keep classes one of breeding gilts and one of breeding heifers. All students completed a
written test and three sets of question classes. The senior division individuals gave three sets of
oral reasons and the junior division provided one set.
Members from the Osmond FFA Chapter that competed in the junior division included freshmen
Zachary Reikofski, Caden Wingert, Robert Aschoff, and Reese Hanna; and sophomore Mason
Gansebom. Individually, Robert Aschoff received a purple ribbon in 9th place, while Mason
Gansebom, Reese Hanna, and Zach Reikofski all earned red ribbons. The junior team of
Robert, Mason, Reese, and Zach earned a purple ribbon in 7th place.
Members of the Osmond FFA Chapter that competed in the senior division included junior Blake
Bahr; and seniors Madeline Huwaldt, Logan Stelling, Landon Stelling, Nick Timmerman,
Zachary Alderson, and Alexis Solorzano. Individually, Landon Stelling received 3rd place and a
purple ribbon, while Zach Alderson and Madeline Huwaldt received red ribbons in the senior
division. The team of senior team of Landon Stelling, Zach Alderson, Madeline Huwaldt, and
Logan Stelling received 5th place, earning a blue ribbon and qualifying for the State Competition
in April. Congratulations to all FFA members!
January/February Students of the Month!
WAY TO GO TIGERS!
Kaydance Maertins, Madeline Huwaldt, Kobe Maertins, Adalyn Koehler (January), Connor Melcher, Alexa Olguin, Olivia Hille
This was the third time we played, Plainview's Lady Pirate's. So far we have
managed to come out on the winning side in all three games. Wakefield-Allen defeated us
in first round play of the L-C Tournament, PHS also lost their first round game in
conference play, matching us up again.
OHS had a pretty balanced attack in this one. Only 19 turn-overs were committed as a
team while, stealing the ball 22 times,leading in steals were, Grace Gansebom, Maddy
Huwaldt, and Kiera Moes, with 4 steals each. Not all team members were able to see
playing time in this game, but it was still a complete team ef ort. Everyone of these young
ladies deserve credit in the victory. Top point getter was Kiera with 16, followed by
Maddy, Grace,Macy Aschof and Bailey Schmit, with7,7,6 and 6. Senior Maddy Huwaldt
led in rebounding with 7 boards. Our free-throw percentage has been improving as well as
our inside shooting. By quarters OHS scored 12,12,16,and 10. this was a pretty balanced
scoring game for us. Our record now stand's at 8-10 with two regular season games left.
District's are just around the corner as the season has gone by very quickly.