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Hotchkiss FFA members competed at the district speech contest in Montrose.
Freshman FFA members are pictured at the BIG conference in Grand Junction.
Hotchkiss FFA members attended the Made for Excellence and Advanced Leadership Development Conference in Colorado Springs last fall.

As the end of the year draws closer every day, the Hotchkiss FFA Chapter is looking forward to celebrating our organization during National FFA Week. This special week is an opportunity for FFA members, alumni and sponsors to advocate for agricultural education and FFA. It's a time to share with local, state and national audiences what FFA is and the impact it has on members every day. It's traditionally celebrated the third week of February, but due to the school district's break, local chapters will participate the following week of Feb. 27-March 3. The week's activities will consist of things like stick horse racing, Quiz Bowl competitions, a movie night, Junkyard Wars, a dodgeball tournament against Cedaredge FFA and a pancake breakfast for the Hotchkiss High School teachers. It's the perfect time of the year to bond with fellow members and step back to appreciate all this organization has done.

Competitions are a fun aspect to FFA Week, but it is also vitally important for us to promote FFA and all the opportunities that come with it. There's so many wonderful reasons to be thankful for FFA from the friendships formed, leadership skills learned, travel experiences and overall preparation for life outside of high school that it gives. The upcoming celebration also provides a chance for us to look back on the accomplishments of this year thus far and look forward to the future.

Hotchkiss FFA celebrates our district speech winners, taking second in Parli Pro & Quiz Bowl competitions, and the participation of members in our annual dinners and monthly meetings. We also look forward to our annual labor auction on March 29, fish fry on April 9, state CDE competitions on April 30 and our chapter banquet on May 9. These are events members are excited about, and we hope the community shares that feeling as well.

Over the next few weeks the Hotchkiss FFA Chapter is thrilled we have the chance to publicize our love for this organization. We will openly support everything FFA stands for and share what this organization continues to do to shape lives all over the United States. So here's to National FFA Week and the prosperous future of the agriculture industry!

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