The Delta FFA Chapter has been active and growing during the 2018-2019 school year. The students have been working hard and learning about various facets of the agricultural industry, agricultural education, and the FFA organization. These students have stayed committed and enthusiastic with the events throughout the year.
The Delta FFA Chapter attended BIG Conference, to expose first-year agriculture students to the organization. All 44 students were given the opportunity to learn the different aspects of FFA, meet members from other chapters, and learn leadership skills.
Delta FFA students then attended the District Leadership Conference (DLC), where members rotated through seven different leadership workshops hosted by the district officers and state officers, including two of Delta's own: Morgan Redden and Makayla Kortz.
One of the ways our chapter has been involved with the high school and community was by serving dessert at the Homecoming football game. FFA members also participated in face painting for community members and created boutonnieres for the fall sports parents. We also participated in the 10-Gallon Challenge; a nationwide challenge to support local dairies and those in need. We have purchased 30 gallons of milk from Rocking W Dairy and donated it to Abraham Connection. The chapter hosted a petting zoo during Halloween High to bring agricultural knowledge to younger students. We had a great turnout and the community loved seeing the animals.
The Delta FFA Chapter took eight students to National Convention held in Indianapolis, Ind. The attendees went to the first and fourth general sessions, visited with industry experts and colleges, discovered the future of agriculture, and practiced career-readiness skills. While in Indiana, students also toured Fair Oaks Farm and Hunter's Honey farm. Two of the attendees had never flown, and for all students, this was an incredible opportunity for learning, exposure, and growth.
In the beginning of November, we hosted the Oyster Fry and Member Auction. This tradition is a great event to bring the community together and provide an opportunity for partnership. This evening allows students to network with industry and community members by providing hours of labor in exchange for financial contributions to the chapter. Students are making tremendous career and work connections, while learning valuable life skills. The chapter plans to continue this tradition of holding it in the fall, please look forward to attending in fall 2019!
Delta FFA hosted the district speaking contest in November, which required significant effort from our members, both to organize and compete. Delta FFA had four members compete at this contest -- Bailee Hulet and Anysia Hovel, both freshmen, competed in the FFA Creed contest. Sierra Nelson, a senior, competed in prepared public speaking. A sophomore, Darcy Parker, competed in extemporaneous speaking and prepared public speaking. All four of our members placed silver. The speaking portion of the night was followed by dinner for all district FFA members; overall, this was a very successful night. Also in the month of November, members sold fruit and Homestead meats to raise money for the chapter to support student trips and opportunities.
Furthermore, Delta FFA has done its best to serve the community and assist when possible. The chapter served at the Delta County Livestock Association banquet. Students have also participated in career opportunities by visiting Rocking W, Homestead Meats, and Denham Ranch and Feed Yard. Continuing into this year, the Delta FFA will participate in many more events.
In February, Delta FFA brought six first-year ag students to compete at the District Quiz Bowl contest. These young members were great representatives of Delta FFA and Delta High School and the chapter was proud of their success.
We are celebrating National FFA Week this week by fulfilling all components of the FFA mission: premier leadership, personal growth, and career success. We will be volunteering at the Willow Tree Care Center, playing games, helping with manicures, assisting in exercise classes, and much more. Our chapter meeting that week will include a tractor display to educate students on the machinery and career opportunities in that field. We will be honoring our teachers with a teacher appreciation breakfast on Wednesday. Our students lunch will be designed to promote the beef and agriculture industry by serving hamburgers and displaying agricultural facts during the meal. Friday, students will practice teamwork and communication while participating in a districtwide FFA dodgeball tournament. During class that week, students will conduct leadership workshops, practice their career development events, and learn about the history and importance of FFA and agricultural education.
Later in the spring, we are planning to give back to our community with a highway clean-up day. We currently have four career development event teams actively competing: Floriculture, Vet Science, Meat Judging, and Horse Judging. They will compete three times in the spring and at the state contest in May. The floriculture team is creating centerpieces and bouquets and would love to contribute to the community. If you have an event or desire for flowers, please let us know!
On May 3, we will be hosting our annual FFA banquet at which we will be awarding Greenhand degrees, chapter degrees and honoring those who have earned their state degrees. We will also be honoring our Alumni Association and granting honorary FFA degrees.
Overall, our 2018-2019 school year is off to a great start and we have many great events in store for the future. We are grateful for those who have helped and are helping us through this school year and the ones to come. We are appreciative for the places that have let us serve them and the assistance the community gives us. We are indebted to the businesses that we get to visit, learn from and inspire too. We are looking forward to working hand-in-hand with the communities around us and the vast business of the agricultural world. The chapter will continue to seek opportunities to portray the FFA motto of "Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live and Living to Serve."