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Goldendale FFA wrap-up


February 28, 2018

Each year, FFA chapters around the country celebrate National FFA Week. The week-long tradition began in 1947 when the National FFA Board of Directors designated the week of George Washington’s birthday as National FFA Week in recognition of his legacy as an agriculturist and farmer. The first National FFA Week was held in 1948. Today, FFA Week always runs Saturday to Saturday and encompasses Feb. 22, Washington’s birthday.

National FFA Week did not start out as a week-long event. At first it was National FFA Day. The 1933 National FFA Convention Proceedings records the beginning of FFA Day in this way: “Stewart of Montana requested the floor at this time to present a matter of general interest. He suggested the idea of having a special Future Farmer Day some time during 1934, preferably on one of the regular national FFA broadcasting days. It was pointed out that the various state associations could perhaps plan special state broadcasts also on that day and that chapters might plan their father and son banquets on the date specified. The idea seemed to meet with general delegate approval and after some discussion it was moved by Stewart that the Board of Trustees arrange for such a day; motion passed.”

Goldendale FFA Chapter Activities for 2017-2018

Women in Welding

The Goldendale FFA hosted five non-traditional career sessions in which 41 female students welded to create horseshoe art. Female students were able to get a taste of trades and projects within the agricultural mechanics field by working with 8 former FFA members that are industry professionals. Females were able to ask the professionals about their educational and work experiences that led to their current career field. Students were able to explore possible future careers by trying the career area and asking questions of professionals in a safe, single gender environment. Females were able to learn metal design and fabrication skills related to the mechanics industry from actual professionals who work in this career field in order to promote student involvement, growth, and career readiness.

First Year Member

On Feb. 27, the FFA First Year Member Team consisted of two teams of five members who were all seventh graders. This event helps members learn about FFA, practice public speaking, work as a team, and many other useful soft skills. Goldendale Blue First Year Member Team consisting of Natalie Schroder, JT Cahill, Micaela Gutierrez, and Sara Hiebert placed first over all. Goldendale Gold First Year Member Team consisting of Kaylee Wageman, Taylor Fahlenkamp, and Justin Ward placed third overall. Both teams moved on to State.

Sales Contest

On Feb. 27, the District IV Sales contest was hosted at Goldendale High School. Goldendale 2 Sales Team consisting of Erick Evans, Aurora McLaughlin, Logan Quantrell, and Garrett Schroder placed second overall. Goldendale 1 Sales Team consisting of Jessica Hickman, Nathan Mathews, Madison Krull, and Cody Farmer placed fifth overall. Garrette Schroder was seventh, Madison Krull was eighth, and Aurora McLaughlin was 10th out of 30 individuals. Both teams moved on to State in May at the WSU campus.

Goldendale FFA Agriscience Fair

On March 9, around 70 Agriscience students presented their Agriscience Fair Projects in the Goldendale Middle School Gym to a panel of eight community judges as a pre-qualifier for the State Agriscience Fair. The event was attended by over 250 parents and community members.

Raising Salmon

The FFA Chapter raised and released over 200 Chinook Salmon in March in the Little Klickitat. Members will also participate in a habitat restoration project as part of this project.

Toppenish Livestock Show

On May 1, the Goldendale FFA Livestock judging team traveled to Toppenish to compete in the judging contest. GMS Blue consisting of Tiana Watson, Natalie Schroder, Delaney Kindler, and Jasper Randall placed 5th and earned a banner. GHS 1 consisting of Cassie Kayser, Curtis Kayser, Lene Riggers, and Joseph Randall placed 7th. GMS Gold consisting of Taylor Fahlenkamp, Sara Hiebert, Micaela Gutierrez, and JT Cahill placed 9th. GHS 2 consisting of Alexis Miller, Morgan Coyne, Nathen Priddy, and Ashlyn Muzechenko placed 15th. Taylor Fahlenkamp placed 9th and Curtis Kayser placed 11th individually out of 90.

Dog Bowl Making

Members volunteered at the Dogs of the Gorge Shelter and assisted with the shelter’s events. Additionally, members made and donated bowls for a future shelter fundraiser. These activities allowed members the opportunities to become active citizens within their community by volunteering their time and helping a local non-profit group.

This event helped connect FFA members to a non-profit group in our community. FFA members helped raise awareness for shelter animals by volunteering at the shelter, helping with fundraising events, and donating dog bowls made by members. All the efforts of the members helped the shelter by saving money in labor for the volunteer hours and the donation of the bowls helped to raise funds for a new shelter. FFA members became active, involved citizens of our community by volunteering their time and putting together a benefit event on their own, making and donating bowls, that helped raise money for a new shelter.

Ag Day

The Goldendale FFA hosted its Second Annual FFA Ag Day on May 19, 2017. The goal of the event was to increase youths’ awareness of the agricultural industry through hands-on interactive learning activities. Goldendale FFA Members in 7th-12th grade developed educational stations for local students in 4th grade and below. The event was attended by students of Goldendale Primary School, Roosevelt School District, and Learning Ladder Christian Preschool.

Plant Sale

May 5-6, 2017, the Goldendale FFA chapter held the plant sale in the GHS greenhouse. A variety of lovely flowers were sold. The funds raised went to support the chapter’s activities and travel.

State FFA Convention

On May 10, 54 Goldendale FFA Members, five parent volunteers; Jamie Kindler, Kelly Krusow, Sarah Conroy, Brandy Helms, and Danielle Cooper, and Goldendale FFA Advisors Randi and Joshua Krieg made the long four hour journey through the Palouse Valley to the WSU campus in Pullman.

The Goldendale FFA chapter competed in 7 career development events or CDEs.

Career development events help students develop the abilities to think critically, communicate clearly and perform effectively in a competitive job Market. There are 32 CDEs, covering job skills in everything from communications to mechanics. Some events allow students to compete as individuals, while others allow them to compete in teams.

Goldendale FFA had a successful week at the Washington State FFA Convention. Our chapter was awarded 4th out of 167 chapters in the National Chapter Award and received a superior ranking. Members Kassandra Wedgwood and Alyssa Merry presented the application activities. Members Kassandra Wedgwood, Madison Krull, Corbin Bland, Courtney Tatro, Morgan Jane Coyne, Curtis Kayser, Nathan Mathwes, Alexis Miller, Vanaesa Ontiveros, Cody Farmer, Cassie Kayser, Alyssa Merry, completed the written application. All 12 members have qualified for Nationals this October in Indianapolis, IN.

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