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Kansas students win Ak-Sar-Ben essay contest

Jesse Fairbanks
SCC Ag Instructor Dennis Toalson, left, presents Jesse Fairbanks with his certificate.
Elizabeth Wright
SCC Ag Instructor Dennis Toalson presents Elizabeth Wright with her certificate.
Jesse Fairbanks, a junior at Onaga (Kan.) High School, and Elizabeth Wright from Olsburg, Kan., each were presented with certificates of achievement for winning the Sow Giveaway and Essay Contest this fall at Ak-Sar-Ben in Omaha. Southeast Community College's Agriculture Business & Management Technology program, along with the Iowa and Nebraska pork producers associations and Ak-Sar-Ben, sponsored the contest. Dennis Toalson, instructor in SCC's Ag program, presented the students with their certificates. Any 4-H or FFA member from Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, Colorado, and Wyoming was eligible to enter. Students were required to write a 500-word essay that addressed the following two items: Detail how your project will benefit winning the sow and her piglets, and include how the award will improve the profitability and growth of your livestock project. The award presentation was made at the Aksarben Stock Show in Omaha in late September.


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