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A SALUTE TO FFA

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February 24, 2015

Grandview FFA members ‘Go All Out’ by Julia Hart

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RANDVIEW – The Grandview High School FFA chapter embodies this year’s National FFA Week theme of “Go All Out!”, says chapter advisor Ryan Maiden. He said his agricultural-based leadership program members are always working on projects while organizing future projects for the chapter to undertake. “We always seem to be going full out on any number of projects,” Maiden said. Since the beginning of the school year, his chapter membership, which includes 18 girls and two boys, have hosted a number of state FFA officer visits. Chapter members have also held their annual Christmas tree sales and have attended field

days in Moses Lake and Eltopia. Those activities are in addition to competing in regional ag sales contests and participating in local fair activities throughout Central Washington. Maiden said he tries to expose his membership, along with his agricultural class students to as many ag-related situations as possible. Recently, his students attended the Pacific Northwest Cattle Conference in Moses Lake and attended a live auction at the Booker Auction in Eltosee “Grandview FFA” next page

The Grandview High School FFA chapter is 20 members strong and led by an all-female board of officers, which includes (L-R) Lecie Owens, KiCi Sinclair, Kassidy Hurst and Samantha Bailes.

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Sunnyside FFA prez bullish on sheep by John Fannin

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hat started out as a couple of sheep for a 4-H project has turned into a business venture for Sunnyside High School junior Mickayla Wert-Long. Today the Sunnyside FFA chapter member has 56 sheep which she markets with help from step-dad Ken Long. Some of the sheep end up see “Sunnyside FFA” next page

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Sunnyside High School FFA President Mickayla Wert-Long shows one of her sheep during a fair last summer. The high school junior is currently raising 56 head of sheep.

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pia. Students were given an opportunity to visit the Greg Rathbum Ranch and learn about stress management in stockyard environments. “We learned it’s a lot easier to control cattle if they stay calm,” said Grandview FFA Chapter President Lecie Owens, who is raising her first steer for local fitting and showing contests this year. She added she learned that stress management is also important for the safety of the animals and the handlers. Moving into FFA Week (Feb. 21-28), the Grandview chapter joined forces with the Grandview DECA club to host their third annual crab feed on Saturday, Feb. 21. Both organizations were busy selling the $35 per person crab feed tickets, as well as working on other FFA projects, in addition to their regular load of high school work, Maiden explained. Later this month, the chapter will travel to Goldendale to participate in a FFAstyle sales team contest. Those members who place well at the regional contest will earn a spot at State FFA contests to be held at Washington State University in May, Maiden added. The Grandview FFA members are also currently working to set up a floral shop at the high school. “We just need school board approval,” said Samantha Bailes, who is scheduled to be a co-manager of the chapter-based retail shop. “We plan to also sell Greyhound gear, as well as flowers,” Bailes explained. Bailes, who will share co-management duties with fellow FFA member Kassidy Hurst, said the student-run store will give

chapter members real life experiences in customer service, time management, scheduling of staff, as well as inventory needs. “We’re really looking forward to opening the store,” Hurst added. She said the floral shop sales are in addition to the annual pre-Mother’s Day plant sale held in the GHS greenhouse operation. Maiden said that Bailes and Hurst’s enthusiasm for the new floral adventure resonates with all of his chapter members. “All of the members are eager to put in the work, and each recognizes how much they are getting out of each new experience,” he explained. Another of the new activities being planned this school year is a barn burner dance in the spring. “We’re hoping to hold it in the Blevins Building on the Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo grounds on Wallace Way,” said Owens. The barn dance is another example of the Grandview chapter’s desire to keep busy, Maiden explained. “I have a good set of officers, who are Julia Hart/Daily Sun News always thinking of new projects, which Grandview FFA Chapter President Lecie Owens talks over plans for the Farm will make the chapter stronger,” Maiden for Kids event with chapter advisor Ryan Maiden recently. Owens said the preadded. school-age event will include a petting zoo and age appropriate science exhibits. Serving as chapter officers with Owens are KiCi Sinclair, vice president; Abby Cromwell, secretary; and Hurst, treasurer. They are joined by Maria Lopez, chapter sentinel; Nicky Garza, reporter; Yulissa Zara, historian and Joanna Shawley, media representative.

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sold to other youths to use for their 4-H or FFA projects, and some are sold at market after showing at local fairs. The income helped Wert-Long buy her first car and it might just help her pay for some college expenses. Her interest in FFA – and by extension sheep – started when she was a 4-H youngster. “I decided to make it a school activity,” Wert-Long says of jumping into FFA. Her experience and success with the program led others at the Sunnyside FFA chapter to name her president for the 2014-15 school year. At a livestock show in Toppenish last summer, Wert-Long’s entry in the sheep competition garnered her reserve champion honors.

She says FFA has benefitted her years at Sunnyside High School. “There’s a lot of responsibility. You have to set your priorities,” Wert-Long says. Time management for school, FFA duties and all those sheep would be enough to keep anyone busy. But those aren’t even the highlight of her FFA experiences. “I like helping other kids learn how to show their animals,” says Wert-Long. “That’s what I like best.” She enjoys it so much that Wert-Long might make a career out of it. “I think I want to be a teacher,” she says of future plans. - John Fannin can be reached at jfannin@dailysunnews.com or at 837-4500.

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February 24, 2015

Eighth grader finds raising animals a joyful part of FFA by Jennie McGhan

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ABTON – Taking on a new challenge this year, raising a pig instead of a rabbit, is Mabton FFA chapter member Jessica Gorman. The eighth grader last year raised “Hope,” a New Zealand cross. This year, Gorman chose to raise “Wilbur” the pig for her supervised agricultural experience project. “Raising a rabbit was much easier,” she said. However, Gorman said she is enjoying the challenge of raising her pig. She said she met Wilbur when he was a week old. It has taken some time, but the nearly 4-monthold swine has become more friendly with her. “He ate out of my hand yesterday,” Gorman said in an interview earlier this month. She said Wilbur was the runt of his litter and he reminded her of the pig in the story Charlotte’s Web. photo courtesy of Lisa Gorman photo courtesy of Randi Krieg Challenging for Gorman has been getting Wil- Petting “Wilbur” is Jessica Gorman, a Jessica Gorman, an eighth grade FFA member in Mabton, showed a New Zea- bur to use a self-feeder properly. She said he has member of the Mabton FFA chapter. land cross at last year’s Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo. Pictured with her is FFA finally learned to open the automatic feeder, but She is raising the pig for her superAdvisor Randi Krieg.

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Lecie Owens readies for a career in agri-business, one pig at a time by Julia Hart

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RANDVIEW – Since joining the Grandview High School FFA chapter as a freshman, Lecie Owens has raised a total of six pigs for fitting and showing contests at area fairs. This year, she added a bovine to her herdsmanship duties. To date, all of her animals have done well at the Central Washington Junior Livestock Show annually held in Toppenish and at the annual Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo in Grandview. This year, the high school senior and FFA chapter president decided to add a steer to her list of animal husbandry projects. She purchased a Black Angus crossbred steer, that she calls “Nightmare”, from FFA advisor Ryan Maiden. Owens is now busy bulking up the animal and getting it ready for the show ring. “It’s been fun and different from raising pigs,” she grinned. photo courtesy of Lecie Owens The four-year member of This Black Angus crossbred steer named “Nightmare” will soon make his debut in the fitting and showing ring, said Lecie Owens, see “Lecie Owens”next page

a Grandview High School senior. An FFA chapter officer, Owens said she has raised animals for local fairs for the past four years.

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hasn’t yet learned how to get the feeder to drop the food. Gorman said she has to check on Wilbur daily, working with him and teaching him to cooperate with her. She plans to show him at the Central Washington Livestock Show in Toppenish this coming May. “By that time I will have to train him to respond to my commands,” said Gorman. Pigs, she said, are different than rabbits because they can be trained much like dogs. Gorman said they can be aggresphoto courtesy of Lisa Gorman sive toward one another, too. So, she Before “Wilbur” could be purchased by FFA chapter memsaid it is important to be mindful of ber Jessica Gorman, she had to construct his new home.

their proximity to one another when she is at the livestock show “…and to keep them from rolling in the mud.” The pigs, she said, “…can’t be too skinny or too fat.” For that reason, Gorman said she will closely monitor Wilbur’s eating habits in the coming months. Not one to settle with raising just one animal this year, she said she would also like to raise another rabbit for the Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo in Grandview. “I’d like a Lop or a New Zealand, but I need to get in contact with a breeder,” Gorman said.

She said she continues to enjoy challenges. Last year, as a seventh grade student, Gorman planned a “Yummy Tummy” project, providing food for Mabton youngsters through spring break. “I want to team up with FFA this year to join the food packs with the Yummy Tummy project so it can continue each year,” said Gorman. Ambitious projects like raising animals and feeding the youngsters in the community, she said, bring joy to her life. ‑ Jennie McGhan can be contacted at 509-8374500, or email JMcGhan@DailySunNews.com

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FFA also attends Yakima Valley Community College Running Start with an eye on earning a degree in agri-business. She said raising her FFA animals and accounting for their feed, medical needs and care has given her a leg up on studying real life agribusiness practices. “I like working on agricultural projects,” Owens said. “And I like doing the math.” In the meantime, while her pigs fatten up and she learns to handle her steer, Owens and her fellow FFA chapter members are looking forward to competing in a regional sales team contest to be held in Goldendale later this month. “I enjoy participating in the leadership and judging contests, offered through FFA,” she said. “I believe they give me real life experiences I will be able to use later in my life,” she added. In addition to attending to her busy school schedule and managing

her daily animal feeding schedules, Owens is also looking forward to organizing a special childrenthemed event in the spring. “We are going to put together a ‘Farm for Kids’ event, designed for preschoolers,” she explained. “It’s always fun to see the little kids checking out the animals at our petting zoo,” Owens added. “It will be a combination zoo and science event,” she said. “I’m really looking forward to it,” she added. ‑ Julia Hart can be contacted at 509-837-4500, or email JHart@DailySunNews.com

Grandview High School FFA chapter president Lecie Owens not only keeps busy with her leadership duties, she also is raising a couple of pigs for her chapter animal project. Owens hopes to have these porkers ready for the Central Washington Junior Livestock Show to be held in Toppenish in early May. photo courtesy of Lecie Owens

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Mabton FFA chapter very community-minded by Jennie McGhan

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ABTON – The three pillars that distinguish a nationally recognized chapter are community involvement, students and chapter development, according to Mabton FFA Advisor Randi Krieg. The Mabton FFA program last year earned the National Chapter Three-Star Award because of its emphasis on those three pillars. “It is the highest honor,” Krieg said. Chapter President Jessica Vazquez said the Mabton FFA leadership places the greatest emphasis onbeits role in the 3. Any entry may opened for judging. 4. If 2-piece lid is used put band back on for protection of seal. (4-H and Camp community. order, Fire members enrolled in Food Preservation projects are allowed to exhibit in “We Classes do a40100, lot of things in the 40200 and 41200). (Could community…we 5. General Rules for Open Class apply to Food Preservation. have to reof 6. All jars must be properly labeled with processing method and time. photo courtesy of Randi Krieg main7. consistent with what we All products MUST be processed in hot water, bath or pressure FFA chapter officers are (L-R) Jessica Vazquez, David Jimenez, Joel Chavez, Miguel Gonzalez, Jesus Policarpo, Edson The Mabton nsects canner method, and preserved in the past year. are doing,” she said. Rivera Crystal Cruz. Each of them plays a role in planning community service projects. 8. Judging will be based on the processing times, methods,and and headspaces Maintaining a standard from USDA Extension bulletins. Free of bulletins and advice are available at the Yakimathe County Extension Service, Room 233, Yakima, 575-4214 or excellence, chapter wants “That’s where the passion toll-free. 1-800-572-7354. to make Mabton a great place is,” said Krieg. 9. Meat, fish, poultry and vegetables must be pressure canned. 10. Dried foods should be clear glass jars for exhibition with a label indicating ted weed to live, according toinVazquez. “It teaches them life skills.” product name, pretreatment ( if none used, write “No pretreatment”), drying rections. “FFA gives me a chance to The officers each get inmethod used, (sun, dehydrator, oven) and date preserved. must be Products without a label, incorrect methods or jars will be disqualified. Attach d in, date help11. the community and grow,” volved in those committees. label to smooth side of jar. See examples of labels below. Labels need not be she said, fancy. stating she believes The Mabton FFA officers inthat Pears is why so many ofSamples Mab-Carrots clude Vazquez; David Jimenez, ton’sRaw students are members. Hotvice Pack Pack president; Joel Chavez, Boiling Water Bath 10 lbs. pressure The chapter has grown its secretary; Miguel Gonzalez, 30 minutes 30 minutes August 1, 2008 during the pastAugust 1, 2008 membership treasurer; Jesus Policarpo, refew Pears years to involve approxi-Strawberry porter; Edson Rivera, sentinel; Jam ction, Sodium Solution Boiling Bath mately 80Sulfite students. andWater Crystal Cruz, ASB repreSun Dried 5 minutes ons). “The other members seem to sentative. August I, 2008 August 1, 2008 have a spark and desire to help Vazquez said a number of Hall are Chevrolet Buick the community…there a lot - community projects planned Prosser, WA 786-2666 of ideas,” Vazquez$10said, statby the chapter have helped Cash Award Judges’ Choice RE/MAXare First ing community projects theAdvantage those in need. 837-3301 Sunnyside There is a food pack probackbone of the chapter. $10 Cash Award Judges’ Choice Krieg said members of the gram for elementary school see “Mabton FFA” next page Section chapter offer up community Canned Fruits project ideas because “…FFA Points allowed: Blue 10; Red 5 is student-driven.” Class Members of the Mabton FFA 40101said Apples She a (pieces) committee is chapter last fall took part in 40102 Apples (sauce) formed to Apricots develop suggested 40103 a ropes challenge to develop into Blackberries projects, planning 40104 or 7 to ideas dynamic skills during the 786-7730 • FAX: team 786-4554 Blackcaps he and 40105 organizing them. Blue & Gold Tour in Burlington.

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Mabton FFA chapter president and greenhouse supervisor Jessica Vazquez works on a wreath-making project this past winter.

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students, ensuring the youngsters eat proper meals during the weekend. That project involves a weekly commitment from the FFA chapter members. The packs are prepared each Wednesday and distributed on Fridays to students in need. “There are about 35 students who get them each week,” said Vazquez. The chapter this past winter hosted a Winter Blast event for the community. That project, said Vazquez, provided the community an opportunity to enjoy crafts, games and other activities. But, the objective was to help the Mabton Food Bank. She said community members were asked to donate a can of food as admission to the event. Some community members donated more than was

necessary. “They were very generous… we were able to donate 700 lbs. of food to the food bank,” Vazquez noted. The Mabton FFA chapter also works with a local nursery each year to beautify the streets of the community. Together, the members of FFA and the nursery owner design floral baskets to be hung along Mabton’s streets. “It’s exciting to help the community,” said Vazquez. The Mabton junior is excited about something else, too. She has been the FFA greenhouse manager for the past couple of years. “I’ve been focused on horticulture,” said Vazquez, but noted she has decided to raise a pig for her supervised agricultural experience project this year. “Diggs” is her first animal

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Mabton FFA members Jessica Vazquez, Miguel Navarrete and Crystal Cruz stand in front of Freedom Hall at last year’s National FFA Leadership Conference in Kentucky.

project. “That’s what is great about FFA…we get to learn new things like personal responsibility,” Vazquez said. She said she and the other officers are highly involved in the various projects that are planned each year. But, it can be rewarding to see one’s own project come to completion. “I am looking forward to this year’s Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo…I have judged before, but this is the first time I will be able to see the results of my own animal project,” Vazquez said. ‑ Jennie McGhan can be contacted at 509-837-4500, or email JMcGhan@DailySunNews.com

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Mabton FFA members this past December sold wreaths and greens as a chapter fundraiser.

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‘Opportunities to lead’ SHS advisor touts FFA benefits by John Fannin

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FA is more than just a club for students to join, it opens the door for them to take initiative. That’s according to Ryan Kannely, Sunnyside High School’s FFA advisor. “It’s a premier leadership organization,” said Kannely while in Washington D.C. for a Sunnyside United program. “It’s about giving kids opportunities to lead, to experience pro-active leadership, to make decisions.” Kannely adds, “When we put a float in the Lighted Farm Implement Parade, it’s because the kids want to do that. When we build picnic tables or do a plant sale, it’s because the kids want to do that.” The plant sale is held each spring at SHS. Proceeds benefit the local FFA chapter’s activities, such as participating in the implement parade and

the Cookies with Santa and Mrs. Claus event it hosts each December. “They put in countless hours,” said Holly Ohler, career and technical education director at SHS. She added FFA students at the school also sponsor a Veterans Day assembly, and are instrumental in providing high school staff a holiday lunch. Kannely notes FFA members often take the initiative to help lead younger students. “Every year we work with elementary school students to help them learn about plants,” he said. Other notable activities include successful exhibits and animal projects at fairs last summer in Toppenish and Grandview. Kannely says FFA students at SHS even restored an old tractor to take to a tractor pull in Union Gap.

Now in his 11th year as FFA advisor for SHS, Kannely notes the local chapter has 35 members. While he’s ultimately accountable for the group’s activities, Kannely enjoys the fact it is FFA students who have the most say about which projects and activities to pursue. “It’s an opportunity for students to be in charge,” he said. “They can go forward with their ideas.” Sunnyside High School FFA officers in charge for 2014-15 are Mikalya WertLong, president; Juan Casas, vice president; Chris Martin, treasurer; Quinn Yates, secretary; and Michael Condie, sentinel. - John Fannin can be reached at jfannin@dailysunnews.com or at 837-4500.

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I believe in the future of agriculture, with a faith born not of words but of deeds – achievements won by the present and past generations of agriculturists; in the promise of better days through better ways, even as the better things we now enjoy have come to us from the struggles of former years. I believe that to live and work on a good farm, or to be engaged in other agricultural pursuits, is pleasant as well as challenging; for I know the joys and discomforts of agricultural life and hold an inborn fondness for those associations which, even in hours of discouragement, I cannot deny. I believe in leadership from ourselves and respect from others. I believe in my own ability to work efficiently and think clearly, with such knowledge and skill as I can secure, and in the ability of progressive agriculturists to serve our own and the public interest in producing and marketing the product of our toil. I believe in less dependence on begging and more power in bargaining; in the life abundant and enough honest wealth to help make it so—for others as well as myself; in less need for charity and more of it when needed; in being happy myself and playing square with those whose happiness depends upon me. I believe that American agriculture can and will hold true to the best traditions of our national life and that I can exert an influence in my home and community which will stand solid for my part in that inspiring task. The creed was written by E.M. Tiffany and adopted at the Third National FFA Convention. It was revised at the 38th and 63rd Conventions.

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arren Broersma knows that FFA is about more than just livestock, having spent the last few months restoring the engine of a tractor his grandfather left to him. “Each grandkid got a tractor,” said Broersma. “Mine was painted, but it didn’t work.” With help and advice from shop class teacher and FFA advisor Wayne Sylling, Broersma got the engine running for 30 seconds before a fuel problem stopped it. He anticipates having the engine fully restored before spring arrives. While the project isn’t likely to help him handle modern farm equipment, he noted there are only two wires on the whole tractor, the job did require patience and perseverance to finish. “I had to replace the pipes, oil plugs and filters,” he said. “I needed to understand how it works and why it works that way.” He hopes to keep it running for a long time in memory of his grandfather. While he doesn’t plan to use the tractor in the fields, he says it will probably

make an appearance at local parades and events. The 6’6” senior, a star basketball player, grew up on local farms, both his grandfather’s dairy and his parents’ farm. He’s been working at another local dairy as a field hand. “Lots of manure,” he said. “Lots and lots of manure.” He said he sometimes gets to help rebuild equipment, which has been useful in his tractor project. After graduating later this year, Broersma intends to earn a four-year degree in agricultural business before getting more experience in farming. His ultimate goal is to own a farm in the Lower Valley. Broersma said being an FFA member has been an asset for him. Working with the FFA has strengthened his local connections and taught him about livestock. “I know what to look for in my own livestock thanks to fair judging,” he said. That’s experience he hopes will help him reach his future goals. ‑ Laura Gjovaag can be contacted at 509-837-4500, or email LGjovaag@DailySunNews.com

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“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.” To accomplish its mission, FFA: • Develops competent and assertive agricultural leadership. • Increases awareness of the global and technological importance of agriculture and its contribution to our well-being. • Strengthens the confidence of agriculture students in themselves and their work. • Promotes the intelligent choice and establishment of an agricultural career. • Encourages achievement in supervised agricultural experience programs. • Encourages wise management of economic, environmental and human resources of the community. • Develops interpersonal skills in teamwork, communications, human relations and social interaction. • Builds character and promotes citizenship, volunteerism and patriotism. • Promotes cooperation and cooperative attitudes among all people.

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FFA Mission

• Promotes healthy lifestyles. • Encourages excellence in scholarship.

FFA Motto The FFA motto gives members 12 short words to live by as they experience the opportunities in the organization.

Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve. FFA Code of Ethics FFA members conduct themselves at all times to be a credit to their organization, chapter, school, community and family. FFA members pledge to: 1. Develop my potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success. 2. Make a positive difference in the lives of others. 3. Dress neatly and appropriately for the occasion. 4. Respect the rights of others and their property. 5. Be courteous, honest and fair with others. 6. Communicate in an appropriate,

purposeful and positive manner. 7. Demonstrate good sportsmanship by being modest in winning and generous in defeat. 8. Make myself aware of FFA programs and activities and be an active participant. 9. Conduct and value a supervised agricultural experience program. 10. Strive to establish and enhance my skills through agricultural education in order to enter a successful career. 11. A p p r e c i a t e and promote diversity in our organization.

Adopted by the Delegates at the 1952 National FFA Convention. Revised by the Delegates at the 1995 National FFA Convention.

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Sunnyside Christian FFA chapter keeps members busy by Laura Gjovaag

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unnyside Christian High School has an active FFA chapter, with more than 30 members who work on a variety of projects at local fairs, in the community and at school. The program was rebuilt in 2009 by advisor Wayne Sylling following a couple of years with no club activities. Since then, it has grown a little every year. The students have brought home a variety of honors, including first-place awards in dairy judging from a field of 37 teams at the Central Washington State Fair. At the same event in 2014, Sunnyside Christian FFA students took fifth-place honors in the tractor driving event and seventhplace honors in horse judging. At the Central Washington Junior Livestock show in Toppenish last spring, club members took second-place honors for their livestock judging team. The club also earned a secphoto courtesy Wayne Sylling ond-place trophy in the youth More than 30 students are in the Sunnyside Christian FFA chapter this year. According to advisor Wayne Sylling, FFA members put on events division of Sunnyside’s annual at the grade school, participate in local parades, show animals at local fairs and learn about agriculture through hands-on experiences. Lighted Farm Implement Parade this past December for the float it constructed. While the majority of the students in the chapter are focused on learning more about agricultural and livestock in particular, the club also has a goal of sharing the knowledge see “Sunnyside Christian” next page

Several members of the Sunnyside Christian FFA showed livestock at the 2014 Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo, including (L-R) Hannah Bos, Conner Duim, Blake Van Belle, Reed Benjert, Billy Van Wingerden and McKenzie Benjert.

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and encouraging the younger generation. An annual event at Sunnyside Christian Elementary School is the farm Olympics, in which the younger students compete in various contests such as stacking bags of feed,

wheel barrow races and post driving. The events are designed to interest children in FFA and in agriculture in general. Sylling said the FFA chapter also puts on other annual see “Sunnyside Christian” page 14

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Besides working on school and fair projects, Sunnyside Christian photo courtesy Wayne Sylling FFA has two students serving as ambassadors to the Yakima Valley In addition to showing livestock at fairs, members of the Sunnyside Christian FFA also built a float for Fair and Rodeo Foundation. Hannah Bos and Erik Van Dyke help put Sunnyside’s annual Lighted Farm Implement Parade. Pictured on the float are (L-R) Annelise Denon the annual dinner and participate in projects that support the fair. Hoed, Blake Van Belle, Hannah Bos and Alex Prins.

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events, such as an all-school BBQ and lunch service at local businesses. Club president Melissa Dalrymple said it’s a good group to work with. “My job is mostly to make sure everything gets done,” she said. “I make sure people show up when they said they would and keep track of people. Our group is good about it.” Dalrymple, along with the other officers, vice president Nathan Scheenstra, secretary Anikka Campbell, treasurer Katelyn Banks, reporter Ryan Bangs and sentinel Darren Broersma, keep a club of many diverse interests and goals together. Sylling said one of the goals of the chapter is to get students to try new experiences. To help reach that goal, an award the club will soon be receiving will include a $2,500 grant. Some of that money may go to buying club jackets for members to wear at livestock shows. “They need to be in official dress at the shows,” said Sylling. “But sometimes they try

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Uriel Bravo and FFA President Melissa Dalrymple install new lunch tables at Sunnyside Christian High School. The new tables were purchased by a local family to upgrade older tables, and installed with the help of FFA members.

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