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I CAN. WE WILL. NATIONAL FFA WEEK FEB. 17-24, 2018 (Hometown Press article)

posted Mar 5, 2018, 9:46 AM by Webmaster lynnville-sully


Lynnville-Sully’s FFA Chapter joined more than 653,000 FFA members across the nation to celebrate the role agriculture plays in our daily lives – from the food we eat to the clothes we wear – as part of National FFA Week Feb. 17-24.

National FFA Week allows the L-S FFA Chapter to raise awareness about the role FFA plays in developing future agriculture leaders and the importance of agriculture education. The L-S FFA Chapter is made up of 46 students and is led by FFA advisor and agriculture teacher Mr. Brian Lowry.

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

Monday, Feb. 19

Career Development Event – Five FFA members – seniors Haley Breeden, McKinley Conover, and Mariah Vos, junior Tessa Van Maanen, and freshman Meleisha Vos – kicked off National FFA Week on Monday, Feb. 19, by competing in the sub-district Career Development Event at Knoxville High School.

Tuesday, Feb. 20

No School! – The same weather that plays a pivotal part in Iowa’s agriculture scene to help feed the nation played havoc across the state. Ice and slick conditions caused schools across the state to cancel classes on Tuesday. The weather was also a contributing factor to the decision to not have students drive their tractors to school, as they have done in years past for National FFA Week.

Wednesday, Feb. 21

Donuts For Everyone! – Upon arrival to school, L-S High School students were greeted with fresh glazed donuts. FFA members handed out the morning treats and spread the word about the fun “Kiss A Goat” competition culminating at the end of the week. Students had the opportunity to give money to a local food pantry while voting for the L-S staff member they would like to see kiss the goat at the end of the week.

Thursday, Feb. 22

L-S alum and FFA alumni member David Samson treated the L-S FFA Chapter to donuts on Thursday, Feb. 22. Ty Breeden, Caitlyn Bartholomew, and Haley Breeden accept the donuts, that were compliments of Killduff Feed and Grain which Samson manages.

Donuts For FFA Members! – A day after providing donuts for high schoolers, FFA members themselves were treated to the sweet treats, compliments of Killduff Feed and Grain. David Samson, an L-S grad and FFA alumni member, manages Killduff Feed and Grain and continues to generously support the Lynnville-Sully FFA Chapter.

Friday, Feb. 23

Friday Finale! – 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. Lowry reports approximately 50 people were served Friday morning.

The L-S officer team launched a new event this year, “Kiss A Goat.” FFA members encouraged their peers to cast a vote via a donation to the local food pantry for the staff member they would like to see kiss a goat. Mrs. Sara Rowe, high school business teacher, was the lucky one voted to pucker up on Friday, Feb. 23. Left to right, Haley Breeden, McKinley Conover, Mariah Vos, Emily Van Gorp holding Cindy, the goat, Mrs. Sara Rowe, Rhonda Pool representing Heart of Worship food pantry, Kaylee Maasdam, Tessa Van Maanen, and Mr. Brian Lowry, FFA advisor and ag teacher.

After the high school lunch period, students gathered in the high school gym for the reveal of the staff member who received the most votes to “Kiss A Goat.” Throughout the week, students voted each time they made a donation for the local food pantry. Top vote getters included Mr. Mike Parkinson, high school social studies; Mrs. Angie Richards, high school science; Mrs. Sara Rowe, high school business; Mr. Joel Vos, high school English; and Mr. Shane Wheeler, high school principal and technology director. With the money votes tallied, Rowe was deemed the lucky winner and being the good sport she is, puckered up to kiss the goat brought in by FFA member McKinley Conover’s farm. Lynnville-Sully’s FFA Chapter raised $100 for the Heart of Worship food pantry through the fun event.

“Our officer team has fun planning for and trying to change up the activities we do to celebrate National FFA Week,” said Lowry. “I was really happy with the decision to try to make a difference with food insecurity in our community with the donation to the Heart of Worship food pantry. Decisions like this help FFA members live out the last line in our motto, ‘Living to Serve!’”

Kicking off FFA Week/Sub-District CDEs

Monday, Feb. 19, five FFA members were in official dress and traveled to Knoxville for Career Development Events (CDE). CDEs test students of their knowledge on 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, and three of the five participating students will move on to district competition. Results from the event are:

Mariah Vos – Ag Broadcasting, Gold, advanced to districts

McKinley Conover – Job Interview, Silver, advanced to districts

Tessa Van Maanen – Prepared Public Speaking “The Smaller Enterprises of Agriculture,” Silver, advanced to districts

Haley Breeden – Ag Sales, Silver

Meleisha Vos – Creed Speaking, Silver

Kiss A Goat Friday FFA Fun

A fun Friday finale was in store to cap off a successful week promoting FFA. Throughout the week, L-S FFA members collected monetary donations from students who cast their vote for the staff member they wanted to see “Kiss A Goat.” The top three staff members in the running to kiss the goat were Mr. Mike Parkinson, Mr. Shane Wheeler, and Mrs. Sara Rowe. When all the money was tallied, Rowe was the lucky one to kiss Cindy the goat, which was brought in from the farm of FFA reporter McKinley Conover. The fun contest raised $100, which was donated to Lynnville Heart of Worship’s food pantry.

Lynnville-Sully’s FFA 2017-2018 members: First row, McKinley Conover, Tessa Van Maanen, Mariah Vos, Haley Breeden, Emily Van Gorp; second row, Corbin James, Kodie Waggoner, Ty Breeden, Denali Conover, Kiley Essen, Ashton Thompson, Korinne Jansen, Mary Kate Shaver, Meleisha Vos, Blaize Kuhlmann; third row, Mr. Brian Lowry- FFA advisor and agriculture teacher, Brett Maasdam, Garrett Cordes, Payton Van Wyk, Jarret Van Maanen, Clay Roorda, Brandon Graham, Malichi Foster, Skyler Redding, Dalton Hackert, Jackson Phillips, Mallory Loftus, Garret Cross, Taylor Maasdam, Daphne Hackert, Christine Nikkel; not pictured, Kole Kinion, Holden Jansen, Rylan James, Abbie Gruver, Kaylee Maasdam, Larkin Christy, Cade DiBello, Tommy Tratchel, Caitlyn Bartholomew, Jesse Van Wyk, Tanner Foster, Makayla Ford. Graduated FFA members include Caleb James, Kobe Fisk, Lysandra James, and Kaylee Van Maanen.