With summer in our sights, the Cedaredge FFA has had a tremendously busy spring.
After a crazy FFA week in February, the chapter continued success and activity with their banquet held the last week in March.
With a theme of Cultivating the Tradition, FFA members and ag students were recognized for their achievements, accomplishments, and involvement in the agricultural education program at Cedaredge High School. The highlight of the evening included Ryan Latta being named the Star Greenhand, Atlantis Campbell was named the Star Chapter Farmer, Rachel Latta was the Outstanding Agri-science student and Bryan Fairchild was named Outstanding Ag Mechanics student.
Additional recognition included the district champion quiz bowl and parliamentary procedure teams receiving awards and being wished good luck at their upcoming state competition in June. The evening concluded with the excitement of naming the new officer team for the 2012 - 2013 year — president Christian Forkner, vice president Austin Bowen, secretary Tory Day, treasurer Rachel Latta, reporter Samantha Worley, sentinel Alejandro Alejandre and executive committee member Alyssa Weeks. The senior officers will also be joined by the following junior officers: vice president Atlantis Campbell, secretary Kendra Pappan, treasurer Christina Fritchman, reporter Ryan Latta, sentinel David White and executive committee member Ryan Bowen.
After banquet the spring continued to be filled with exciting activities including spring bedding, state CDE judging events, the petting zoo at the elementary school, and lamb fajitas in Hotchkiss. In early March the Advanced Ag class of juniors and seniors planted over 6,000 bedding plants and vegetables to be grown by the students in the greenhouse. If you're interested in bedding plants or vegetables, please contact advisor Katie Johnson at 302-5233 to see if there is still product available.
This year the chapter sent a dairy team to the state competition and we are proud of their accomplishment of earning sixth place in the contest. The participants included Christian Forkner, Austin Bowen, Ryan Bowen and Atlantis Campbell. The team traveled to Fort Collins to compete at CSU. This was the first time for many of these members to compete in the contest and we were very proud of Atlantis Campbell for receiving seventh high individual and a $250 scholarship to Colorado State University.
Last week 20 FFA members took animals to the elementary school to teach them about the importance of agriculture and safety around farm animals. The FFA members truly enjoyed their time and interaction with the elementary students; it gave them an opportunity to have fun sharing their passion for agriculture with a future generation of our community.
On Mother's Day weekend our chapter hosted a lamb fajita concession stand at the Hotchkiss Stock Dog Trials. Our members roasted legs of lamb and then served up tasty fajitas. This event not only serves as a fund raiser, it also allows our members to watch the excitement and challenge of stock dog events.
Although school is out in just a few days our members are still preparing for a very busy end of the year. Before school is out our members will host an eighth grade recruitment lunch for all the incoming freshman, encouraging students to join the Ag Ed program and FFA chapter. We will also be catering a dinner for the CHS scholarship dinner. It is an honor for our members to provide the meal for the event and help recognize the graduating seniors accomplishments.
Summer break also promises to be a busy time for our members. During the first week of June, 15 members will travel to Pueblo for the 84th state FFA convention. While at the convention we are excited to have members participating in the state quiz bowl and parliamentary procedure contests. Additionally it will be a great honor for Angela Kier to receive her State FFA Degree.
Following the convention the summer will be filled with chapter leadership training and retreat as well as project home visit and will finish with the Delta County Fair. The FFA members are ready for a wild ride, lots of fun, and hard work throughout the summer.blog comments powered by Disqus