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Passing Down a Love for Farming
Food for America is an annual program that the Sarcoxie FFA puts on at the elementary school. This year it took place on November 25th. Officers, advisors, and Mr. Meyer’s fourth hour class prepare, set up, and arrange everything that goes on at Food for America. The purpose of the event is to reach out to the younger kids of the community and teach them about farming and farm animals.
There is an educational presentation set up which includes speakers who dress up in costumes and present a slide show for the elementary students. The students come in by their grade classes and listen to the demonstration and then make their way out to the parking lot where officers had set up a farm animal petting zoo. The petting zoo consisted of a horse, a turkey, two chickens, two rabbits, two geese, two ducks, a llama, two cows, and two sheep. Each set of animals had an officer by them to speak to the children about their animal and teach them cool facts. Rachel Baldwin says, “I enjoyed getting to talk to the little kids and teach them about the importance of agriculture”.
FFA Members Participate in Annual Shindig
“Barnwarming was a blast!,” exclaimed Gavin Currey when asked what he thought about barnwarming. This years barnwarming had such a great turnout with about 70 members there total. It was held on November 22nd in the metal shop of the ag building. Members enjoyed dancing to good country music and there were refreshments provided by the officers.
As students kept filling up the shop, they each voted on a Barnwarming King and Queen candidate. Our attendants were freshmen Raul Reyes and Rebecca Kilpatrick, sophomores Rhys Hine and Lani Ogle, and juniors Brett Robinson and Jade Carter. Our senior candidates that were running for king and queen were Chet Nichols, Gavin Currey, Brice Dobbs, Katelyn Chrisman, Katie Taylor, and Rachel Baldwin. The 2014 Barnwarming King Chet Nichols and Queen Katelyn Chrisman were announced after the attendant and candidate games were finished. Katelyn and Chet shared a special dance and enjoyed their moments of fame. The games for the attendants and candidates consisted of the human wheelbarrow race and cheese head. Everyone shared some laughs as we enjoyed watching them try to perform these outrageous contests.
Barnwarming is always a favorite for many members. There is good music, awesome dance moves, lots of friends, and so many memories made every barnwarming. The 2014 Barnwarming is one for the books.
Celebrating Degree Recipients
Every year there are an impressive amount of FFA members who qualify for greenhand and chapter degrees. These members are recognized and given their degree awards during Parents Night every year. This years Parent Night was held Monday, November 18th in the high school auditorium. It was there that the officers put on the Greenhand and Chapter Award Ceremony to announce all of those who qualified and received their degrees.
Greenhand Degree Recipients Chapter Degree Recipients
Cherokee Arteaga Logan Killman Noah Bailey Garrett Lambeth
Carson Barnard Rebecca Kilpatrick Ashley Bittick Taylor Lambeth
Jade Carter Kobe Kisling Tyler Bowman Shantell Lee
Clayton Carver Michael Lee Breanna Brook Ariel Maggard
Trew Chapman Sarah Mandera Carson Chandler Steven McCloskey
Patrick Clifford Devon Middleton Clay Fenix Mykal McGuirk
Clifton Cobine Devon Nordell Tyler Fischer Morgan Messersmith
Chris Comerford Blain Ogle Jasmine Garrison Matthew Meyer
Davin Conway Brandon Ogle Hailey Hight Toby Middleton
O’Neal Cutler Judah Padgett Rhys Hine Lani Ogle
Jobe Edwards Emily Phillips Dalton Jack Kylie Seaton
Micah Edwards Raul Reyes Jordyn Kirby Logan Vaughn
Fernando Flores Nicole Robinson
Rae-Lynn Hall Chase Smith
Cody Hammond Chyna Smith
Annika Johnson Hank Starr
During the ceremony, we also set aside time for our fall speakers to perform their speeches and Nicole Robinson to give her rendition of the FFA Creed. Lani Ogle, Matthew Meyer, Ariel Maggard, and Steven McCloskey all gave their speeches to an enthusiastic crowd. All speakers and degree recipients did a wonderful job and made the Sarcoxie FFA proud. After the ceremony, parents and members enjoyed cookies and lemonade in the lobby to wrap up the successful night.
Students with a Talent for Speaking
Some people have a talent for speaking in front of people, and thankfully the Sarcoxie FFA has a good group of members who exemplify this characteristic. Five members from Sarcoxie competed in the fall speaking contests held this past November. Matthew Meyer, Zach Mitchell, Brianna Brooks, Lani Ogle, Ariel Maggard, and Steven McCloskey all competed in the area speaking contest and three got to move on to compete at districts. Matthew who spoke on Missouri Cattlemen, Zach spoke on the Missouri Institute of Cooperatives, and Lani who spoke on Missouri Pork Production all got to advance to districts. These competitors all did a great job, but one speaker ended up on top. Lani Ogle’s speech won first place and she gets to advance to the state competition in the spring. Lani commented on her success, "I was so surprised that I won! It was an awesome experience, and now I am excited to go to state". The Sarcoxie FFA is very proud of all of our fall speaking contest competitors and we encourage all of those who interested in this contest to keep up the enthusiasm.
Sarcoxie Honors Veterans
Written by: Nikki Bramwell, Co-Reporter
Veterans Day for Sarcoxie High School was an amazing and educational experience for all of those who attended. Veterans entered the high school gym at 9:00am on Tuesday November 11th to a standing ovation by students, teachers, and community members. Once the applauding had come to an end, the veterans took their seats and select Sarcoxie FFA, DECA, and FBLA members began the Veterans Day program. The program started off with the area girl scouts posting the American flag and then the Pledge of Allegiance was recited and the national anthem was played by the Sarcoxie band. After this, a POW/MIA demonstration was performed by select students. A table was set complete with chair, table cloth, plate, silverware, candle, framed picture, salt, lemon, a single rose in a vase, and wine glass. Each piece that was added to the set stood for a different meaning applying to POW and MIA purposes explaining how these missing people leave an empty table in their homes and a void within lives of many people. The demonstration served a purpose to honor our country’s POW’s and MIA’s and to educate those who do not know the importance of bringing our missing soldiers home.
After the POW/MIA demonstration, our elementary, middle school, and high school choirs performed songs of military respect and patriotism. Following these performances, our speaker Robert Davis was introduced and he gave an uplifting and spiritual speech filled with important life lessons. Davis spoke of his military experiences as a navy chaplain and how he would have never had the opportunities to touch so many lives if it hadn’t been for his willingness to get a good education and his comrades supporting him along the way. Davis’s final message was that you can do anything you put your mind to as long as you put your heart into it and put your life in God’s hands.
Following Mr. Davis’s inspirational speech, Lindsey Anderson performed Taps and then there was a moment of silence for all of our nation’s fallen troops. The program was then shortly wrapped up with another thanks to our veteran guests. The guests then were able to enjoy mingling with FFA members and a delicious meal made by the Sarcoxie FACS department. Katelyn Chrisman, President of the Sarcoxie FFA states with enthusiasm, “It was a wonderful experience and I am so proud of the FFA and other organizations that helped to make it happen. We had great reviews from the veterans and they really seemed to enjoy our program for them”
FFA Members Make Their Way to Louisville, Kentucky for National Convention
National Convention is always a highlight of the school year for FFA members across the country. For the Sarcoxie FFA, to qualify to go to National Convention, you must be an officer that sold over $600 or a top seller of your grade. Sarcoxie took 11 members to the convention on Wednesday, October 29th. Sarcoxie teamed up with East Newton qualifiers to travel together to Louisville, Kentucky where National Convention was held this year.
While there, Sarcoxie and East Newton members attended several sessions of the 87th National FFA Convention and Expo which included traditional ceremonies, inspiring speeches given by world class motivational speakers and national officers, professional laser shows, and performances by the national talent, band, and choir. The group got to enjoy an exciting concert where Easton Corbin and Justin Moore performed. While at convention, the group got to explore many of the thousands of educational and fun booths set up at the FFA career fair and shop at the FFA mall. The group also got to visit the Louisville Slugger Museum, Churchill Downs Kentucky Derby race track and museum, and an area conservation department along with a tour of a local farm. The experiences gained from National Convention are indispensable and will remain as life long memories for all of those who attended. Lindsey Anderson, a four year veteran of going to National Convention states, “I was so blessed to be able to go all four years of high school. I got to go for two years in Indianapolis and two years in Louisville. My favorite part about each National Convention has been the motivational speakers”.
FFA Fruit Sales runs from September 29th to October 10th
The Sarcoxie FFA is holding it's annual Fruit & Meat Sales Fundraiser from September 29th to October 10th. The fruit and meat will be delivered the second week of December. If you are interested in helping to support the Sarcoxie FFA by purchasing fruit or meat please contact a Sarcoxie FFA Member. Below is the 2014-15 Fruit & Meat Brochure with descriptions and prices.
Sarcoxie FFA Freshmen & Seniors attend UMC Field Day
Sarcoxie has had a great start to the new school year. Thursday, September 11, senior and freshman FFA members traveled to UMC Field Day. UMC Field Day is located at the University of Missouri research center located just outside of Mount Vernon. There were various agricultural booths and seminars set up at the field day. Many schools attended this event from all over the area.
The Sarcoxie group made its way to many booths and seminars that included MU agriculture programs, honey bee pollination, agriculture trivia, scientific agronomy, beef production, agriculture media, crop management, and veterinary education. When asked what her favorite booth was at UMC Field Day, Tori Gray responded, “My favorite booth was the ag trivia one, because we got to learn cool new facts about agriculture while working together in teams”. There was a lot of fun things to do at the field day.
The very last station Sarcoxie stopped at was the most popular one by far. The research center has a program where ag scientists can run tests on what cattle eat and how their digestive system works. There are a couple of heifers that have been cannulated, which means a hole and canule are put into the side of one of the cows four stomachs. Researchers can then stick their hand inside the hole and pull rumen (chewed cud) out of the stomach and run tests on it. There was a booth set up with these cannulated heifers. Anyone who wanted to put on a glove and stick their hand in the canule could do so and see what it felt like and learn why this process is important for researchers. Don’t worry, this process does not hurt the cow and they can’t feel when people put their hand in the hole. FFA President, Katelyn Chrisman states with enthusiasm, “I was nervous at first to put my hand in the cow, but I’m glad I took the chance, because it was a very educational experience”. The entire UMC Field Day can be described as a very educational experience for everyone who went.
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Sarcoxie FFA members show at the fairs
Officers Treat Sarcoxie Teachers
Teachers are some of our nation’s most important people. They do more than just educate us, they put their hearts into what they do for their students’ well being and futures. Teachers put much more time into their work than what their paychecks show. For these reasons and many more, the Sarcoxie FFA honors their teachers every year by making and serving food for them the Friday before school starts. The teachers come in while they are on their lunch break from their teachers work day. FFA officers came in early Friday morning to prepare the meal which composed of homemade brisket sandwiches, baked beans, chips, drinks, and desserts. Once teachers had their meals and were eating in the cafeteria, the officers gathered in front of them and formerly welcomed them back to school and announced their appreciation for all that they do for us as teachers.
Sarcoxie FFA Officer's Attend Training
By: Nikki Bramwell - Co-Reporter
On July 16th, Sarcoxie FFA Officers traveled to Crowder Community College to attend officer training seminars. These seminars are prepared in advance by the Area 11 officers to help further the success of FFA chapters in the area. Officer training allows FFA officers to be trained in their specific offices through fun activities and competitions. Officers learn how to perform their duties more efficiently and achieve not only personal goals, but also chapter goals. The Sarcoxie FFA Officers participated in several competitions while at officer training, and placed in every competition they entered! Among these competitions were Opening Ceremonies, Creed Speaking, Extemporaneous Speaking, and Knowledge: Opening Ceremonies took 2nd, Zach Mitchell took 2nd in Creed Speaking, Brice Dobbs took 3rd in Extemporaneous Speaking, and Christy Black took 2nd in Knowledge. Katie Taylor, Co-Reporter, states, “It was good for us as officers to work together and compete. We also got to know each other better and share ideas about things we are planning to do throughout the year in our chapter”. As a team, Sarcoxie Officers are full of excited energy to make this year a very successful one!
Sarcoxie FFA's Most Active Members Attend Summer Trip
By: Nikki Bramwell - Co-Reporter
The FFA takes an annual summer trip in the early summer each year to a different location across the country. The trip is a reward for the top 25 point earners; these 25 people attended, helped, and planned activities throughout the school year. Each event is awarded so many points and to earn them they must help out in some way. The trip is all expenses paid, thanks to our successful fundraisers. Summer trip went from June 3rd through June 5th, and this year we traveled to Iowa and Illinois. Members and advisors left early Tuesday morning and made their way to Urbandale, Iowa to visit the Living History Museum and eat at the Machine Shed. That evening, they left Urbandale and made it to their hotel in Waterloo, Iowa where they found some extra time to go bowling in town. Wednesday started off with a tour through the John Deere Tractor Works Plant and a visit to the Dyersville Toy Museum. After the toy museum, they drove to the famous Field of Dreams Movie Site where they were able to play on the field and explore the museum and attractions. When asked what his favorite part of Summer Trip was, Coda Lumpkins responded with, “I thought the Field of Dreams was so fun, because we were able to form our own Sarcoxie FFA baseball team and get on the field and play.” From the Field of Dreams the group left and then ended the day at the Stoney Creek hotel in Moline, Illinois where they enjoyed swimming in the hotel’s pool. Thursday morning, while still in Moline, the travelers visited the John Deere Pavilion and Store. On the way home, they made one final stop in Hannibal, Missouri to tour the Mark Twain Cave and then finished their journey home late that evening. Our chapter’s summer trip can be described as much more than just a fun trip. It was a great bonding experience between the advisors and chapter members who qualified to go. We greatly appreciate all that our community does for our organization and thank you for giving our students the opportunity to get to know agriculture a little better with our “out of the classroom” activities and trips.
Sarcoxie FFA Holds Summer Blood Drive
By: Nikki Bramwell - Co-Reporter
The Sarcoxie FFA started off their summer by giving back to others. May 28th marked the date of the Sarcoxie FFA annual summer blood drive. Officers showed up early in the day to help set up equipment and assist the CBCO nurses get ready. From Noon-5 community members were welcome to come donate blood and enjoy refreshments afterwards. CBCO (Community Blood Center of the Ozarks) set a goal for Sarcoxie to have 25 blood donors. The Sarcoxie FFA officers were able to recruit 26 donors into giving blood that day, which earned the chapter with an A+ rating from the CBCO Field Representative, Lori McLerran. She states in her letter to the Sarcoxie High School Blood Drive, “What an outstanding donor response – congratulations! I know that recruiting enough blood donors can be difficult and want you to know how much we appreciate results like this. Accurate forecasting allows us to consistently meet hospital transfusion needs.”
Sarcoxie FFA's Spring Fling
By: Nikki Bramwell - Co-Reporter
This year the Sarcoxie FFA chapter decided to wind down the school year with a fun get together at Victory Ministries in Joplin. This was the chapter’s first Spring Fling and was held May 9th from 6-9pm to make up for the Christmas parade and party FFA members always participate in during Christmas time. The chapter invited all of the middle school ag classes to participate in this event in hopes of recruiting younger members into the FFA this fall. The Spring Fling was also a great way to celebrate the chapter’s success as a whole this year. There was a bus that took all members who attended the Spring Fling at Victory from Sarcoxie to Joplin. Thirty members made their way to Joplin and enjoyed the various entertainment options that Victory has to offer such as snacks, rock climbing, archery tag, basketball, face painting, and Wii games. Members were able to have a fun time and spend one last get together with their fellow seniors before graduation and summer while also getting to know the upcoming members. “It was a fun way to get to hang out with all of the present and soon-to-be FFA members,” says Sarcoxie FFA member Tori Gray. Katelyn Chrisman adds, “It was an awesome experience to share with my fellow FFA members.”
Sarcoxie FFA Holds Annual Parent Member Banquet
By: Nikki Bramwell - Co-Reporter
Chapter Banquet is always the highlight of the Sarcoxie FFA year. It is a time honored tradition that recognizes each accomplishment of the FFA chapter and its members from that current year including degrees, proficiencies, leadership awards, and scholarship awards. The Sarcoxie FFA Chapter Banquet was held May 2nd in the metal shop of the Sarcoxie High School. Banquet was complete with good food, family, friends, community members, awards, heartfelt goodbyes to the senior members, and the anticipated induction of new officers.
Banquet started off with the traditional opening ceremonies, national anthem, welcome speeches, and dinner. Then the night transitioned into the awards ceremony. With the many accomplishments the chapter members have achieved this year it is no doubt that there are many awards to be handed out. These awards include Honorary Degrees, Scholarship awards, Leadership award, Star awards, and Proficiencies.
Honorary Degree recipients are people in our community recognized for their exceptional help within the chapter. Those who invest their time within our chapter and help with contests or finances and various other things are nominated for this award. The following community members received this special Honorary Degree: Marilyn Calvin, Manda Clark, the Ellis’, Andrew Jackson, Trey Payne, the Parrigons, Darryl Robinson, and Sharon Wecker. The Sarcoxie FFA would like to sincerely thank these honorary members for all of their time, effort, and money they have invested into our program.
The students who receive the Scholarship Award are students who have made A’s in their Ag classes all four quarters of the year. The students who qualified are Ashley Bittick, Tyler Bowman, Tyler Fisher, Kylan Garner, Jasmine Garrison, Hailey Hight, Garrett Lambeth, Shantell Lee, Mykal McGurick, Matthew Meyer, Toby Middleton, Lani Ogle, Christy Black, Bethany Bloss, Kenneth Callaway, Lisa Korff, Steven McCloskey, Kaylee Meyer, Zach Mitchell, Tanner Rice, Kyle Taylor, Lindsey Anderson, Rachel Baldwin, Jacob Bowman, Nikki Bramwell, Katelyn Chrisman, Gavin Curry, Brice Dobbs, Tori Gray, Harlee Harrison, Carlos Lopez, Katie Taylor, Hunter Berry, Austin Bittick, Jade Bloss, Tasha Dame, Ciceleigh, Endicott, Coda Lumpkins, Damian Oxendine, Chris Parrigon, Kelsey Plybon, Colby Resa, Rebecca Robinson, Garett Triplett, Austin Turner, and Amanda Wecker.
Those who received the Leadership Award must be one of the top 25 point leaders out of all of the Sarcoxie FFA members. Members earn points by being active in chapter activities and participating in certain things. These winners are Matthew Meyer, Katelyn Chrisman, Coda Lumpkins, Chis Parrigon, Nikki Bramwell, Brice Dobbs, Hunter Berry, Colby Resa, Zach Mitchell, Gavin Curry, Chance Moomaw, Lisa Korff, Jade Bloss, Amanda Wecker Lindsey Anderson, Tasha Dame, Rebecca Robinson, Tori Gray, Bethany Bloss, Rachel Baldwin, Brett Robinson, Kelsey, Austin Turner, Steven McCloskey, Garrett Lambeth. These members have qualified to travel on summer trip which will be in Iowa this year. We will be touring the Field of Dreams, the John Deere Museum, and will make other fun stops as well.
Proficiency awards are awarded to members who excel in their Supervised Agriculture Experience (SAE). They fill out applications describing their projects and then one member out of each category is picked and awarded with proficiency. This year’s Sarcoxie FFA Proficiency winners were Rebecca Robinson for Agricultural Communications, Ciceleigh Endicott for Agricultural Education, Austin Turner for Agricultural Mechanics Fabrication & Design, Austin Bittick for Ag Mechanics Repair & Maintenance Placement, Tyler Bowman for Agricultural Sales Entrepreneurship, Ashley Bittick for Agricultural Sales Placement, Mattew Meyer for Agricultural Services and Sheep Production, Hailey Height for Beef Production Entrepreneurship, Chance Moomaw for Beef Productions Placement, Chris Parrigon for Dairy Production Entrepreneurship, Coda Lumpkins for Dairy Production Placement, Colby Resa for Diversified Horticulture and Nursery Operations, Jade Bloss for Diversified Livestock Production, Lani Ogle for Equine Science Entrepreneurship and Swine Production Entrepreneurship, Katie Taylor for Food Service, Zach Mitchell for Goat Production, Hunter Berry for Outdoor Recreation, Rachel Baldwin for Poultry Production, and Nikki Bramwell for Small Animal Production and Care.
Other awards that were given during banquet are Star awards given to those who show outstanding achievement in various fields. Those awarded were Star Greenhand (Matthew Meyer), Star Chapter Degree (Jade Bloss), Star in Agribusiness (Austin Turner), Star Placement (Rebecca Robinson), Freshman Point Leader (Matthew Meyer), Sophomore Point Leader (Zach Mitchell), Senior Merit Award (Hunter Berry), Farm Credit Award (Kelsey Plybon), DeKalb Award (Coda Lumpkins), Midwest Dairy Award (Chris Parrigon), and the Ozark Electric Award (Colby Resa).
After the awards ceremony came to an end, it was time for the retirement of the current officers and the induction of the new 2014-15 officer team. Retiring 2013-14 senior officers included President Hunter Berry, 1st Vice President Kelsey Plybon, 2nd Vice President Rebecca Robinson, Secretary Amanda Wecker, Treasurer Coda Lumpkins, Co-Reporter Tasha Dame, Sentinel Colby Resa, Parliamentarian Jade Bloss, and Chaplain Chris Parrigon. The new inducted officers are President Katelyn Chrisman, 1st Vice President Rachel Baldwin, 2nd Vice President Brice Dobbs, Secretary Gavin Currey, Points Chart Secretary Lani Ogle, Treasurer Kyle Taylor, Co-Reporters Nikki Bramwell and Katie Taylor, Sentinel Lindsey Anderson, Parliamentarian Zach Mitchell, Historian Christy Black, and Chaplain Mathew Meyer. The night was finished off with a senior goodbye video thanking the chapter advisors and members for the past year, a speech given by retiring President Hunter Berry and newly inducted President Katelyn Chrisman, and closing ceremonies. “Banquet was very well attended and represented an accumulation of an excellent year,” states Advisor Mr. Meyer.
Sarcoxie FFA Sends 32 to State Convention
By: Nikki Bramwell - Co-Reporter
The Sarcoxie FFA Chapter has had a very successful Career Development Event or “contest” season. There were 24 spring competitions that Sarcoxie competed in. These competitions include Creed Speaking (Steven McCloskey), Job Interview ( Colby Resa and Kelsey Plybon), Beginning Placement Recordbook ( Lani Ogle), Beginning Production Recordbook (Matthew Meyer), Advanced Production Rrecordbook ( Jade Bloss), Completed Placement Recordbook (Chance Moomaw), Reporter’s Scrapbook (Rachel Baldwin, Tasha Dame, and Lindsey Anderson), Secretary’s Book (Amanda Wecker and Katelyn Chrisman), Treasurer’s Book (Coda Lumpkins), Division I Prepared Public Speaking (Lani Ogle), Division II Prepared Public Speaking (Zach Mitchell), Advanced Prepared Public Speaking (Rebecca Robinson), Extemporaneous Speaking ( Hunter Berry and Gavin Currey), Horses (Tasha Dame, Amanda Wecker, Zach Mitchell, and Nathan Filsinger), Agronomy ( Breanna Brooks, Kenneth Callaway, Lisa Korff, and Tanner Rice), Livestock (Tyler Bowman, Garrett Lambeth, Matthew Meyer, and Kyle Taylor), Entomology (Bethany Bloss, Lath Kisling, Steven McCloskey, and Mykal McGurick), Dairy Foods (Lindsey Anderson, Katelyn Chrisman, Tori Gray, and Lani Ogle), Ag Mechanics (Carlos Lopez, Chance Moomaw, Garett Triplett, and Austin Turner), Meats (Jade Bloss, Coda Lumpkins, Chris Parrigon, and Brett Robinson), Ag Sales (Hunter Berry, Brice Dobbs, Marcos Lopez, and Kelsey Plybon), Floriculture (Rachel Baldwin, Christy Black, Nikki Bramwell, and Katie Taylor), Knowledge (Tyler Fisher, Jasmine Garrison, Hailey Hight, and Shantell Lee), and Ag Issues (Gavin Currey, Tasha Dame, Colby Resa, Rebecca Robinson, and Amanda Wecker). Out of these competitions, 13 of them qualified for state. The competitions that qualified for state are Dairy Foods-8th, Ag Mechanics-14th, Meats-17th, Ag Sales-19th, Floriculture-23rd, Knowledge-33rd, Ag Issues-1st Round 3rd Place, Extemporaneous Speaking (Gavin Currey)-1st Round 3rd Place, Secretary’s Book (Amanda Wecker and Katelyn Chrisman), Treasurer’s Book (Coda Lumpkins), Beginning Production Recordbook (Matthew Meyer), Advanced Production Recordbook (Jade Bloss), and Completed Placement Recordbook (Chance Moomaw. Kelsey Plybon describes her experience at state as “a really great experience. It was awesome to be able to go to state my senior year. I felt like all of our hard work paid off.”
The Missouri State FFA Convention is held in Columbia, Missouri in the Hearnes Center at MU. Sarcoxie qualifiers headed out to Columbia on Wednesday April 23rd. On the way to Columbia they made a stop to visit the old Missouri state penitentiary and Missouri’s capital in Jefferson City. The tour of the penitentiary and capital building was arranged by Missouri representative Mike Kelly. The Sarcoxie FFA would like to thank Mr. Kelly and inform him of their sincere appreciation. After touring Jefferson City, the group made it to Columbia. Thursday and Friday were jam packed with CDE competitions, convention sessions, leadership workshops, and awards. There were four young men that received their state proficiencies which included Austin Turner for Ag Mechanics Fabrication and Design, Chris Parrigon for Dairy Production Entrepreneurship, Colby Resa for Diversified Horticulture, and Cameron Reynolds for Forest Management. There were also eight individuals who received their state degrees: Hunter Berry, Austin Bittick, Jade Bloss, Coda Lumpkins, Chris Parrigon, Colby Resa, Rebecca Robinson, and Austin Turner. After proficiency awards and state degrees were awarded, the Sarcoxie group started on their long journey home. Mr. Rush sums it up nicely stating “It was a very successful year with a lot of hardworking FFA members going the extra mile.”
Labor Auction a Big Success!
Written by: Nikki Bramwell, Co-Reporter
The Sarcoxie FFA Chapter holds a labor auction every year. The Labor Auction is the main fundraiser in the spring and helps the chapter meet many financial needs. The chapter invites the community to come to the school and each individual has the opportunity to “buy” an FFA member to work for them for 8 hours at the most. Community members and FFA members met in the auditorium at the Sarcoxie High School on April 28th. Chapter members who planned on attending chapter banquet must have sold at the labor auction. So, as you can imagine, there was a huge turnout of members to be sold. Forty-nine students got up on stage and were bought, bringing in about $5,300 to the Sarcoxie FFA. This money will be used to help pay for those who qualified to go on summer trip. It will also be used to help with the various activities and educational trips the Sarcoxie FFA provides for its members. The Sarcoxie FFA would like to thank those in the community for coming out to this event and for investing in our program. It is greatly appreciated and we are prepared to work hard for our money.
State CDE & LDE Results
For a complete listing of contest results click the link below.
2014 Sarcoxie FFA Contest Results PDF (see Mr. Rush for password)
Resa wins diversified horticulture entrepreneurship and placement combined proficiency award area
COLUMBIA, Mo., April 24,2014 – Colby Resa of Sarcoxie, Mo., won the Missouri FFA Diversified Horticulture Proficiency Award at the 86th Missouri FFA Convention.
Resa, a senior at Sarcoxie High School, is the son of Mike and Sonia Resa. He is a member of the Sarcoxie FFA Chapter. His FFA advisors are Eugene Meyer and Jeff Rush.
Resa is employed with Gilbert H. Wild and Sons LLC where he fertilizes and weeds plants in the greenhouses, and digs up and labels rows of plants in the fields. He diagnoses plant diseases and applies appropriate treatments. Resa also helps market daylilies and fill orders.
Resa said he is learning new things every day and values all the experience he is gaining.
Resa also mows a few lawns. For the use of his parent’s mowing equipment, he mows their yard and his grandparents’ yards for free.
As an FFA member, Resa has served as chapter sentinel. He has attended the state and national FFA conventions, and Washington Leadership Conference. He has competed in extemporaneous speaking and agricultural sales career development events.
In addition to FFA, Resa is involved in football, basketball, golf and the A+ program. He is a member of the First Baptist Church.
Resa’s future plans are to continue his mowing business and work at the nursery during the summer. He plans to attend college majoring in agricultural education.
Proficiency awards recognize FFA members who excel as agricultural entrepreneurs, employees or volunteers while gaining hands-on career experience. Diversified Horticulture is one of 50 proficiency award areas recognized at the state level. The agriculture department at Northwest Missouri State University sponsored this award.
The Missouri FFA has 25,852 members representing 334 chapters. The national organization has more than 579,000 members representing 7,570 local chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
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