On May 21, 2015 my school, Metcalfe County High School, held our annual FFA Banquet. Being a freshman, this was my first one and it was awesome.
What is FFA?
FFA (formerly known as Future Farmers of America) was founded in 1928 when 33 students from 18 different states came together in Kansas City, MO to start the organization. Since then, FFA has grown to all 50 states and reaches out to over 600,000 members. It's not just for students wanting to be farmers. Anyone with the desire to enhance their leadership skills and pursue a career in agriculture will benefit tremendously from the FFA.
|Our 2014-2015 Retiring Officers (L-R: Advisor Josh Jones, Treasurer Audrey Young, Secretary Rayanna Boston, President Kensey Edwards, Vice Pres. Renee Judd, Reporter Harley Hawkins, Sentinel Zach Jenks)|
|Our 2015-2016 Officer Team (L-R: Advisor Josh Jones, Treasurer Audrey Young, Secretary MaKenzy Avery, President Harley Hawkins, Vice President Rayanna Boston, Reporter Kelsie Hodges, Sentinel Max Hensley)|
All the kids in both of these pictures represent Metcalfe County High School and FFA in the best ways possible. Not only do we have awesome students, our principal is pretty awesome too. Mrs. Kelly Bell was the keynote speaker at the banquet and did a tremendous job talking about the importance of agriculture and how hard farmers have to work to put food on the table. Being a farmer's daughter herself, Mrs. Bell pretty well knew what she was talking about.
|Principal Kelly Bell speaking on the influence agriculture had on her and how important it is.|
Freshmen receive their Greenhand Degree in FFA. This is the first degree you receive as an FFA member. To be a recipient of this you must be enrolled in an ag class, learn and explain the FFA Creed, describe and explain the colors and their meaning along with the FFA emblem, demonstrate proper use of official dress, know FFA history and have access to a FFA manual.
|Freshmen receiving their pins for the Greenhand Degree. (L-R: Me, Zeak McIntyre, Barkley Firkins, Danielle Richardson and Warren Summers)|
|A close up of what the pin looks like.|
Sophomores receive their Chapter Degree. To receive this they must have received their Greenhand Degree, completed 180 hours of ag ed, participated in at least three chapter functions, and earned at least $150 or worked 45 hours through their SAE (supervised agricultural experience).
|Chapter Degree Recipients (L-R: Max Hensley, MaKenzy Avery,|
Kelsie Hodges, Kyle Coomer and Taylor Froedge)
We also had members exhibit talent and had recognition of honorary members. Each senior officer picked someone who had influenced them at some point and encouraged their work in FFA.
|Molly Matney singing "At Last". She won with this song at the |
regional level and will be competing at state.
|Renee Judd playing the piano.|
|Kensey Edwards and her honorary member, Terry Trowbridge.|
|Zach Jenks and honorary member, Lynn Hawkins.|
|Renee Judd and honorary member, Alyssa Wilson.|
|Floyd Shirley and Rayanna Boston singing "Precious Lord Take My Hand"|
|I recited the creed during the Greenhand ceremony.|
One last thing I would like to share with you is the award I received that I'm pretty proud of. I was honored to be chosen for the Star Greenhand award this year. This award goes to the most active first-year member with a strong supervised agricultural experience and has demonstrated a lot of leadership. I can't thank the ones enough that have helped me and pushed me to do my best always. I hope this is just the start of my success in ag and that I continue to do big things!
|Thanks Mr. Jones for all your help!|