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FFA Week: Transform… Purpose to Action (Hometown Press article)

posted Mar 4, 2017, 9:06 PM by Shane Ehresman

FFA Week: Transform… Purpose to Action

Every year, FFA chapters around the country celebrate National FFA Week. The Lynnville-Sully FFA Chapter planned a variety of activities for the week-long celebration, Feb. 20-24. The FFA members were advocates for agricultural education and FFA and shared with their peers, teachers, and community what FFA is about and the impact it has on everyone every day.

Lynnville-Sully’s FFA Chapter boasts 47 members in 2016-17. The group is led by Mr. Brian Lowry, agriculture instructor and FFA advisor, and a team of six elected officers.

“National FFA Week is always something we look forward to as a chapter. It brings positive energy from our student body and raises awareness about what FFA is and who makes up our local chapter. This year’s officer team had some fun planning for the week’s events and has done a nice job of carrying out our plan,” said Lowry.

Lynnville-Sully’s FFA Chapter activities during National FFA Week are below:

Monday, Feb. 20

Career Development Event – While many

L-S students enjoyed a day off from school thanks to Presidents’ Day, 14 members of the FFA chapter travelled to Vermeer Manufacturing in Pella for the Sub-District Career Development Events.

Tuesday, Feb. 21

Drive Your Tractor To School Day – The high school parking lot boasted an extra mode of transportation when three students – Dylan Roozeboom, Garret Cross, and Skyler Redding – drove their families’ tractors to school. The agricultural classes each got to view the tractors and learn more about them, their engines, and how they have evolved over the years.


Wednesday, Feb. 22

Kick Off National FFA Week – Upon arrival to school, high schoolers answered an ag-related question from the FFA officer team and in return, received a donut to start the day off and kick off National FFA Week.

Friday, Feb. 23

Show Your FFA Pride! – All FFA members wore their FFA apparel to show their pride. Bright and early in the morning, FFA members and Lowry served a hot, delicious breakfast consisting of bacon, scrambled eggs, pancakes, orange juice, and chocolate milk to L-S staff from 7:30-8:15 a.m. Later in the day, FFA officers awarded the winners of the elementary FFA coloring contest.

“National FFA Week is a really fun time. I am not an officer, but I enjoy participating in all the activities. I like to see how much the other students know about FFA and just agriculture in general. Being a farmer, it is nice to teach people about what we do,” said junior FFA member Josh Dunsbergen.

Career Development Events

Monday, Feb. 20, FFA members were in official dress and traveled to Pella for Career Development Events (CDE). CDEs test students on their knowledge of a variety of job skills from communications to mechanics, and allow students to compete as individuals or as teams. L-S was represented very well with 14 FFA members competing. Results from the event are listed below:

Mariah Vos – Public Speaking, Gold, advanced to districts

Kaylee Maasdam – Ag Broadcasting, Gold, advanced to districts

McKinley Conover – Ag Sales, Silver, advanced to districts

Mason Dunsbergen, Ty Breeden, Emily Van Gorp, Tessa Van Maanen, Caitlyn Bartholomew – Parliamentary Procedure, Silver, alternate to districts

Kaylee Van Maanen – Job Interview, Silver

Welding Team of Kole Kinion, Brett Vanden Hoek, Jesse Van Wyk – Silver in welding. As a team, the group took seventh place. Individually, Vanden Hoek placed 20th, Kinion placed 21st, and Van Wyk placed 34th.

Haley Breeden – Extemporaneous Speaking, Bronze

Mallory Loftus – Creed Speaking, Bronze