Western Knowledge. Exceptional Communities.

2017 Essay Contest

For more than 80 years, the Fontanelle Hybrids legacy has meant giving back to local communities.

This year, Fontanelle Hybrids is giving back through the Western Knowledge Exceptional Communities 2017 Essay Contest. Fontanelle Hybrids is happy to award Nebraska’s best and brightest high school seniors for their outstanding efforts in this essay contest.

The contest was open​ to current high school seniors who were legal residents of Nebraska and active members of 4-H, FFA or other organization that promotes agricultural education as part of its mission statement. The students had to write and submit, via the Fontanelle Hybrids website, a 250-word essay on the topic “What new technology will be the biggest benefit to production agriculture in your community?” In their essays, recipients showed a passion for and understanding of agriculture and demonstrated pride in their communities.

Fifteen winners from around the state received a $1,000 award for their winning essays. Fontanelle Hybrids’ contribution through this contest totaled $15,000 worth of educational support statewide. These awards are an opportunity for us to go beyond the fields and give back to the communities we call home.


Cole Behrendt Ravenna High School Buffalo County
Ian Coffey Aurora High School Furnas County
Alex Griess Sutton Public School Clay County
Angelica Wellman Johnson County Central Johnson County
Laura Stalder HTRS High School Richardson County
Elizabeth Johnson Syracuse-Dunbar-Avoca High School Otoe County
Lucas Longe Wayne High School Wayne County
Keianna Bahr Nebraska City High School Otoe County
Brittany Timoney East Butler High School Butler County
Seth Oney Blair High School Washington County
Kyle Otto Freeman Public Schools Gage County
Donovan Buss York Public Schools York County
Jake Young West Holt High School Holt County
Jasa Scheierman Aurora High School Hamilton County
Jake Judge O'Neill Junior-Senior High School Holt County
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