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SOUTHERN HIGH FFA Appreciation Awards

2014 Horse


Car Show



New Beginnings She’s No Chicken

2014-15 Chapter Officer Team

Sierra Criste State Agriscience CDE

Volume 3, Issue 5

June 2014

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New Beginnings 2014-15 Chapter Officer Team

Appreciation Awards Sierra Criste

She’s No Chicken

Chapter Reporter

Sierra Criste at the State Agriscience CDE

Horse Judging CDE Car Show Success Washington Leadership Conference Dr. Joshua Rice Advisor & Ag Teacher

Maryland State FFA Convention

New Beginnings 2014– 2015 Officer Team

ongratulations to the new Southern High FFA 20142015 Chapter Officer

“We are the seeds that will change things this coming year.” says Caylin Stevens, Southern Team! High FFA Vice President. “Our goal The year to come will offer many for this year is to involve our new things for the Southern High members and students outside of the agriculture classes through FFA. A new advisor and agricultural science teacher, a new prin- activities that will hopefully get rid of traditional farmer stereocipal, new members, and a new types. Then we will be able to officer team. A fresh start now means a clean slate for this year’s stand back and watch our chapter flourish.” program. That is why the 2014– 2015 Southern High FFA Officer Team is proud to present this year’s new theme ‘Sowing our Seeds of Change’.

President: Jesslyn Perez Vice President: Caylin Stevens Secretary: Amanda Merton Treasurer: Abbey Bolander Reporter: Sierra Criste Sentinel: Starr Orr

Appreciation Awards Star Greenhand Caylin Stevens Caylin is a sophomore, a member of the 2014 chapter horse judging team and the 2014-15 chapter Vice President. Caylin has a placement SAE at a local horse rescue.

Star Chapter Farmer Sierra Criste Sierra is a sophomore, a member of the 2013 chapter horse judging team and the 2013-14 chapter Secretary. Sierra will also serve as the reporter on the 2014-15 chapter officer team. Sierra competed in the state Agriscience CDE. Sierra has a placement SAE at a local horse rescue and interns as an assistant coach to the 2014 horse judging team.

Chapter Excellence in Leadership Amanda Merton Amanda is a sophomore, a member of the 2014 chapter horse judging team and the 2014-15 chapter Secretary. Amanda has an entrepreneurship SAE with a home garden.

Honorary Chapter Member Marsha Merton Marsha is one of the most active parents in the chapter. She serves as the Southern High FFA Alumni, Friends, and Family Treasurer, was on the committee for the Alumni Car Show, and helped to plan practices with live horses for the 2014 horse judging team.

Honorary Chapter Member Margie Chase Margie has helped the chapter with officer interviews, was a committee member for the Alumni Car Show, and is a great supporter of the chapter as a liaison from the Anne Arundel County Farm Bureau. Margie is only a call away and selflessly assists in any possible way for the betterment of the chapter and agriculture community.

Honorary Chapter Member Dawn Criste Dawn is one of the most active parents in the chapter. She serves as the Southern High FFA Alumni, Friends and Family President, was on the committee for the Alumni Car Show, and was the driving force behind the fundraising effort for the 2013 horse judging team to attend the National FFA Convention.

She’s No Chicken

Southern High FFA Member, Sierra Criste, receiving state CDE Award On April 26th, 2014 the Maryland State Agriscience Career Development Event (CDE) was held at the University of Maryland, College Park. Southern High School FFA member and Chapter Reporter competed in the event in the animal science division. Sierra’s project, titled, The Effect of Rye Cover Crop Fodder on the Weight of Poultry Eggs, earned first place in the animal science division and second in the state overall. Sierra selected six laying hens and isolated them in separate laying cages for 5 weeks. The hens were all fed the same type and amount of regular poultry feed for 10 days. This established a control period where Sierra weighed and recorded the weight of each egg and signified which chicken laid which egg.

Sierra also cultivated and harvested rye cover crop from a fodder system which yields approximately 60 pounds of fodder in seven days. Sierra began supplementing the chickens’ feed with the rye cover crop fodder, in equal amounts, for the next several weeks. She continued weighing each egg to see if there was a difference in weight from the control weight. Sierra found that the fodder supplement did increase the weight of the eggs. Sierra will now submit her report to the National Agriscience committee which will determine if she will be able to compete at the National FFA Convention in October 2014.

2014 Horse

Judging CDE he day was hot in those blue corduroy jackets on June 14th at the Maryland State 4-H/FFA Horse Judging Career Development event. FFA competitors were challenged with judging several classes including morgan mares, stock type mares, stock type geldings, hunter type geldings, English pleasure, hunters under saddle, and western pleasure. The contestants also had to prepare and deliver reasons on the morgan mares and western pleasure classes to official judges. The final component of the contest tasked the FFA teams to work together to identify breeds of horses, coat colors, markings and equipment. There were eight teams and 32 individuals competing in the contest this year. The Southern

High FFA Chapter earned 5th as a team overall along with some individual awards. Caylin Stevens placed 3rd individually and received a gold level award. Abbey Bolander placed 11th and received a silver level award. Amanda Merton placed 23rd and received a bronze level award. Starr Orr placed 25th and Carmen HoustonHudlud placed 32nd. The Middletown FFA Chapter won the State Champion title and will be representing Maryland at the National FFA Convention in November. Congratulations to our team and we hope you continue to hone your judging skills and compete again next year!

Car Show Success Written By: Sierra Criste

The Southern High FFA members would like to thank the Alumni for their hard work in putting together the first annual Southern High FFA Car, Truck, and Tractor show. Your dedication to the chapter has allowed two FFA members the opportunity to attend the Washington Leadership Conference this summer and provided grants for four other students to attend the Maryland State FFA Convention. Again, we greatly appreciate your dedication to helping our chapter succeed. -Southern High FFA Members


‘Success’ cont. Written By: Dawn Criste What a great day! I would like to all of the volunteers who contributed to the success of our first FFA Car, Truck, and Tractor Show at The Greene Turtle in Edgewater on April 26th. We were blessed with great weather and the beautiful car, trucks and tractors rolled in to support the members of our FFA chapter. This event raised nearly $4000 to benefit the students through grants and scholarships. To date we have funded two scholarships for the Washington Leadership Conference and four grants for students to attend the Maryland State Convention. All of this would not have been possible without the generosity of the following local business. We are extremely grateful for their donations and contributions.

The Greene Turtle - Edgewater Honda of Bowie Nissan of Bowie Ricky Swann - Cordova Bowen’s Farm Supply - Annapolis Chase Produce - Davidsonville Old Bay Farm - Millersville Gibson’s Shell - Lothian Circle Greenstreet Gardens - Lothian Homestead Gardens - Davidsonville R&D Cross – Upper Marlboro Elements Massage – Edgewater Deale Do it Best Hardware Crab Cake Café – Annapolis Jack Hutchison Insurance – Severna Park Hair Bizz – Deale Sue & John Harner Hero’s Pub – Annapolis South County Café – Deale

Nationwide Insurance, Margie Chase Colonial Farm Credit JEGS Montpelier Farms – Upper Marlboro SummitRacing Anne Arundel County Farm Bureau, Inc. AA Economic Development Corp FFA Alumni E Griffith & Son – Lothian Blades of Green – Harwood Henry M. Murray Insurance Agency - Annapolis Chipolte – Edgewater Mary Kay, Lisa Caltabiano Pregnancy Clinic – Annapolis & Severna Park Oakwood Farm Service – Harwood Anne Arundel County Farm Bureau, Young Farmers Committee AACo. Farm Bureau, Women’s Committee Brian Bowie – Harwood – DJ

Washington Leadership Conference Written By: Abbey Bolander Wow, I’m so lucky to be able to say I get to go to WLC this summer! I’m super stoked. WLC isn’t just all fun and games though. I’m going to WLC to not only better myself, but also my chapter, community, and country. The conference is five days and each day is jam-packed full of activities. I’m excited to show my pride for FFA and what I stand for. I can’t wait to meet other FFA members from all around the country and also to sharpen my leadership skills. I know after this experience I will come out a better person and leader. I’m so thankful to have this opportunity and I hope in the future some of you will too!

Maryland State FFA Convention The Maryland State FFA Convention is an eventful three day conference where students from across Maryland participate in Career Development Events and leadership workshops. Participants also get to meet other FFA members from across Maryland and see what other FFA chapters are doing in Maryland. Four Southern High FFA Members will be attending the 2014 MD State FFA Convention.

86th Maryland State FFA Convention


New Horizons The new kid in school is always nervous. “Will I make friends?” “What if this school is a lot harder?” “Where will I fit in?” Three years ago as a new teacher in a new school and in a new town these same thoughts were not far out of my reach. Andrea and I arrived with our own ideas and expectations of how to shape the new Southern High FFA agriculture program and FFA chapter. We knew there would be highs and lows, successes and failures, but most importantly growth.

Not everything about the past three years has been perfect, but what is? Andrea and I have planted the seeds for an exemplary agriculture program and FFA Chapter. It is up to the new advisor/teacher, Alumni, community, and school administration to further cultivate the program. We hope the classes and FFA grow and prosper. We would like to draw special attention to the people who have worked tirelessly to ensure the success of the program over the past three years, without them this program would

not have flourished and set a standard for other FFA chapters: Dawn and Sierra Criste and Margie Chase. We hope that more parents and community members match their level of commitment in the future. Good luck to all of the FFA members as well as the new teacher/advisor.

Joshua and Andrea Rice

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Southern High FFA June 2014 Newsletter