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Cuthbertson High School Celebrates National Future Farmers of America Week

FFA members show off their camo as part of the National FFA week celebrations. Pictured is CHS FFA president Maddie Cox (11th), vice-president Rachel Schauer (11th), and club members Callie Degaugh (11th) and Thomas Martin (9th).

 It’s National FFA Week! To help raise awareness of and celebrate the FFA, (Future Farmers of America) Cavaliers are participating in various dress-up days. Monday they dressed in their favorite agricultural college attire. Tuesday they dressed as their favorite Ag teacher or agricultural professional. Wednesday was camo or blaze orange day. Thursday is FFA t-shirt day, and the week will be capped off with Flannel Friday. According to Mr. Ben Shumate, CHS FFA adviser, club members are involved in many activities this week along with the dress-up days, such as announcing FFA facts of the day, hosting a teacher appreciation breakfast, and holding an officers’ meeting and monthly club meeting.

According to the FFA website,www.ffa.org, the theme of FFA Week is “Ignite Leadership – Growth – Success.” FFA Week is celebrated every year Saturday to Saturday during the week of George Washington’s birthday February 22. Why? Shumate explained. “Washington is a key figure for the FFA – he was a farmer!”

Students in the CHS FFA chapter keep very busy with activities throughout the semester, however, not just during FFA Week. Members are currently preparing for competition in various areas such as Forestry, Public Speaking, Parliamentary Procedure, and Poultry Judging. CHS will also partner with Anson county later this spring to host a Federation Leadership School. CHS junior Maddie Cox serves as the president of the Federation Leadership as well as the president of the CHS FFA chapter. The program will offer five different workshops that focus on various key components of the FFA philosophy such as teamwork, attitude, and leadership. 

The club is also planning their annual Wake Up to Ag Day on April 23. On this day, students from local elementary schools arrive at the CHS campus to visit stations to learn about agricultural machinery, farm animals, plants, and to tour the greenhouse. The event is run entirely by CHS students and FFA members.

Mr. Shumate said, “The basis of the FFA program is not just to teach farming skills, but also leadership and life skills. I am excited that we currently have 130 students in our chapter.”

Students interested in the FFA may see Mr. Shumate in room A120 or any FFA member. The club meets the third Thursday of each month. Officers meet every week. CHS officers include Maddie Cox (11th), president; Rachel Schauer (11th), vice-president; Emily Koester (12th), secretary; Wyatt Knight (10th), reporter; Megan Hunt (12th), treasurer; Haley Pileski (12th), sentinel; Allie Everhart (12th), student adviser; and McKenzie Harton (12th), committee chair. For more information on the FFA, visit www.ffa.org.

Written by: Paula White
Posted: Feb 19, 2014 by Judy Davis

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