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Delta FFA Chapter

It's a busy week at Delta High School, where FFA students are dressing up to highlight the importance of agriculture and FFA to their lives. Monday was Hat Day, and on Tuesday students wore camo for "Hunting for Leaders" Day. Professional attire is the standard for Wednesday, which is Professional Development Day. Thursday is "Ag in Swag" Day and on Friday FFA members will be dressed in their distinctive blue jackets as they serve a teacher appreciation breakfast.

One of the chapter's biggest events won't take place until April 15, however. That's the date of the oyster fry/labor auction, where bidders purchase an eight-hour work day from the FFA students. The proceeds help cover the cost of leadership training conferences and educational field trips.

In the spacious workshop, ag students are putting the finishing touches on a smoker that will be used to prepare the entree for the annual award banquet on May 13.

Advisor Justin Odle is working with judging teams for livestock, meats, ag mechanics and horse judging in Fort Collins in early May. The chapter also has a creed speaking team and a public speaking team.

The end of the school year doesn't mean the end of FFA activities -- students will be working hard over the summer getting their steers, hogs and lambs ready for the county fair.

Through these activities, DHS students are learning how to apply the academic and occupational skills they are learning in the classroom, in preparation for transition into the world of college and career opportunities.

Photo submitted Chapter members participate in Delta’s Parade of Lights.
Photo submitted SAEs, or supervised agricultural experiences, are part of the ag program offered at Delta High School. As his SAE, Robert Selby spent several years restoring a 1938 John Deere Model B tractor from his grandfather’s collection. Selby plans to enter the tractor in the county and state fairs.
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