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FFA members from District II working together to complete one of the activities during District Kick-OямА !
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R A G L A F A R T By Mason Gordon FROM
What’s it like to be a state oﬃcer? My teammates and I get asked this question quite frequently. Whenever I am asked, a million things pop in my mind to describe this once in a lifetime experience. So far, the best way that I can describe it is: crazy. Crazy in a good way, of course! Visiting chapters, having a blast at district kickoﬀs, planning for conferences, sleeping wherever we are welcome (sometimes it is a twenty minute nap in a school parking lot), and spending many hours on the road have consumed our month of September. For most of us, our travels have taken us to places that we have never been before. During our travels we may close our eyes to the scenic trees and hills in District X, and open them to the enormous, blinking wind turbines of District IV. After kickoﬀs and chapter visits, we will welcome hundreds of young, excited FFA members to the FFA center for our conferences. My fondest memories at the FFA center, before I called it home, came from interacting with state oﬃcers during conferences. I cannot help but smile at the thought that we will soon have the opportunity to create those memories for members. Before we realize it, October will be coming to a close, every combine will be running, and A
we will have our eyes set on National Convention. My teammates and I have all attended National Convention many times during our FFA careers, but we still get crazy excited when we think about the opportunity to represent our state in Louisville. We will meet delegates from across the country while attending delegate sessions, cheer for Josh as he receives his American Degree, be there to support Annalee, Sean, and Kenzie in their respective national contests, and proudly watch Indiana members represent our superior state. We were given 365 days to impact members and make memories. Our time as state officers has flown by at breakneck speed. We are over 100 days into our journeys. The memories are piling up like the autumn leaves that are beginning to fall. What’s it like to be a state oﬃcer? Well, that was a glimpse at just September and October and we cannot wait to see what craziness lies ahead.
Chapter: Shenandoah Favorite CDE: Extemporaneous Public Speaking SAE(s):SwineProductionEntrepreneurship,BeefProduction Entrepreneurship FavoriteQuote:“Showpigsarelikepotatochips,oneisneverenough.” FFAhastaughtme:tobewellspoken,ateamplayer,andagriculture knowledge.
Chapter: Clinton Prairie Favorite CDE: Livestock Skill-a-Thon FFAhastaughtme:lifelessonssuchasdevelopingbetterleadershipskills,makethemostoutofeveryopportunity,andcherishing those special moments with family and friends. ActivitiesoutsideofFFA:showingandraisingshowlambs, playing baseball and basketball
MEMBER S POTLIGHT OUR MEMBERS MAKE US SHINE! by Joshua Calhoun
Chapter: Mt. Vernon @ Mt. Vernon SAE: Diversified Crop Production Favorite CDE: Plant and Soil Science Demonstration FavoriteQuote:“Ifyouractionsinspireotherstodreammore,learn more,domore,andbecomemore,youarealeader.”–JohnQuincy Adams
Chapter: : North Newton Favorite CDE: Animal Science CDE SAE: Equine Science FFA has given me: to have a voice and to be me. ActivitiesoutsideofFFA: ridinghorsesandplayingsoftball
brett’s Timeline Freshman Year: Chapter Greenhand Representative Livestock Evaluation Freshmen Prepared Public Speaking Novice Chapter Meeting CDE Team Sophomore Year: Chapter Treasurer Horse Evaluation Quiz Bowl Poultry Evaluation Chapter Meeting CDE Team Junior Year: District III Vice President Chapter President Horse Evaluation Animal Science Demonstration Chapter Meeting CDE Team Senior Year: District III President 1st Place State Leadership Ambassador Ag & Farm Business Management Demonstration Chapter Meeting CDE Team
State Northern Region Vice President
By Sean Harrington
get the facts Birthday: April 25, 1997 Parents: Brian Roberts and Alissa Roberts Siblings: Alivia Roberts and Ashley Easter Hometown: Columbia City, Indiana FFA Chapter: Columbia City Advisors: Sarah Furthmiller & Jesse Kimmel Favorite Food: Beef & noodles w/ mashed potatoes Favorite Movie: The King’s Speech Favorite Sport: Basketball Favorite Animal: Giraffe Favorite Color: Green Favorite Music: Pop
Attend Purdue University to study Ag. Communications and Ag. Economics with a minor in Political Science
the team voted Brett...
Most likely to apologize for something he didn’t do Brett has this huge heart filled with care and concern for all. He knows no stranger and it is really hard to find people like that these days. He takes the time to get to know or connect in some way with everyone he meets. He has this way of listening to you that makes you feel truly listened to and he has a way of talking to you that leaves you feeling truly special afterward. He is someone that you can go to and trust with anything. Brett is extremely gifted when it comes to working with people and has always stood out as a natural leader in whatever he is doing because of it. Brett sees his gifts as a call to action for a life of service. -Gabby Anglin, Friend
Making Progress at the 2015 Farm Progress Show By Courtney Adams
Every other year, the Indiana and Illinois FFA Associations pair up for a tire auction sponsored by Titan Tire. The whole team was psyched for this new experience that only a few teams before us had the chance to take part in. None of us had ever been to the Farm Progress Show before, so that in itself was an exciting opportunity for us. We were also pumped for the opportunity to meet and get to know the five Illinois State Oﬃcers. These were the things we chattered on about as we packed up a couple of cars to make our way to Decatur, Illinois. When we arrived in Illinois the first night, we walked around the grounds to get familiar with the lay of the land. Both of the following days had the same routine. In the morning we spent our time soliciting vendors for donations to sell in the auction, alongside the tires. Some vendors were unable to donate any product, but others gave us generous donations of merchandise, seed, and toy tractors. At noon, we would return to our tent and the auction would begin. During the auction, the Illinois and Indiana oﬃcers split the responsibilities. Some of us would call for the auctioneer, some
would read the products oﬀ of the clipboard, and some would display the product for the buyers. We would then close up the shop after the auction crowd cleared out and head to our hotel rooms. After two days of asking for donations and sweating in the heat, both teams had a greater appreciation for all that it takes from our Foundations to raise money from sponsors. The experience was everything we could ask for and more. Between just being at the Farm Progress Show, raising the money that we did, and meeting new friends, it was an awesome way to spend the last week in August.
MASonâ€™S tiMeline Freshman Year: Greenhand President Creed Speaking CDE Livestock Evaluation Novice Chapter Meeting CDE Sophomore Year: Chapter Reporter Livestock Evaluation Meats Evaluation Chapter Meeting CDE Junior Year: Chapter President Livestock Evaluation Livestock Skill-a-thon Chapter Meeting CDE Senior Year: District IX President Livestock Evaluation 2nd Place State Leadership Ambassador Meats Evaluation Chapter Meeting CDE
State Southern Region Vice President
By Sean Harrington
get the facts Birthday: August 1, 1996 Parents: Sally Christian & Mike Gordon Siblings: Mady & Andrew Hometown: Rushville, IN FFA Chapter: Rushville FFA Advisors: Blair Orme, Travis Harvey, Quinn Wicker Favorite Food: Grandma Sandyâ€™s Pancakes Favorite Movie: Happy Gilmore Favorite Pastime: Being an old man Favorite Sport: Green Bay Packers Football Favorite Animal: Rubber Duck Favorite Color: Orange Favorite Music: Classic Rock
Attend Lincoln Land Community College to livestock judge for 2 years, then transfer to an undecided university and major in Agricultural Education
tHe teAM voted MASon...
Most likely to own exclusively button up shirts. He is a very serious young man who is not only committed to an undertaking, but goes all out to make sure the task is completed with precision and accuracy. He is a polite, hard-working young man with a touch of assertiveness followed by a large dose of inspiration. He inspires those around him to be their very best, because he models this same level of commitment in everything he does. - Mr. Orme, Advisor Mason is one of the best friends a guy could ask for. He shows a true passion in everything that he does. He is the type of person that is there to lend a helping hand and look out for others. I know for sure that he will amplify the lives of FFA members all across the state. - Austin Hubbell, Friend
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L W O E H T SPOTLIGHT ADVISOR
1. Has taught for 17 years
2. One of Mr. Kluemper’s favorite awards is an “Outstanding FFA Advisor” plaque made by his students 3. Favorite Quote: “The greatest among you must be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” Matthew 23: 11-12 4. Advice to new teachers: People get their rush from all kinds of things; skydiving, sports, racing, etc.. I get that same rush from teaching. It can be very scary..a sweaty, nauseous kind of scary. If you can conquer that fear and a classroom of rowdy freshmen, you can conquer anything!
by Kenzie Kretzmeier
Mr. Daryl Kluemper PIKE CENTRAL FFA
“Mr. Kluemper has impacted me by never being negative. He makes the best of every situation. He’s very respectful, and always makes class as fun as possible which I absolutely love!” - Ivy Davis, Student “Mr. Kluemper is not just a teacher or ag advisor; he is a role model to each individual student, past and current. He leads his students on a path to success. I know I wouldn’t be where I am today without the help he gave me.” -Emily Schlomer, Student
SPONSOR SHOUT OUT!
By Annalee Witte
KICKING OFF THE YEAR IN STYLE ONE DISTRICT AT A TIME! Everybody gets excited for the kickoﬀ at a football game on fall, Friday nights. However, the type of kickoﬀ the State Oﬃcer Team gets excited about is slightly diﬀerent. This type of kickoﬀ is an event that brings together FFA members, in their respective districts, for fun, fellowship, and a celebration of the coming year. District kickoﬀs are a great opportunity for students and advisors to gather together and get ready for the next year in FFA.
However, none of the 12 district kickoﬀs would be possible without the help of a very important sponsor—Ivy Tech. Ivy Tech Community Colleges generously sponsors every single district kickoﬀ in the state of Indiana. We are very appreciative of their support of these events. We hope that our partnership continues to grow in the future. Thank you, Ivy Tech, from the over 11,000 FFA members of the Indiana Association! F
indianaffa The Indiana FFA Leadership Center
by Brett Roberts National FFA is rolling out a brand new hashtag that will connect FFA members across the nation! #SpeakAg is a new social media initiative that is designed to connect young agriculturists with individuals who may not know much about the industry we love. This is an opportunity for YOU to share your story in agriculture and FFA in order to educate the public as well as connect with FFA members across the nation! Here are some suggestions on how to #SpeakAg: • Post a picture of you and your SAE • Post daily or weekly facts about agriculture and FFA • Show you and your chapter preparing for a CDE • Post a short summary of what you learned in Ag Class that day • Share why agriculture is important to your community • Invite others to follow agriculturally related pages that #SpeakAg • Last but not least, share YOUR experiences in agriculture and FFA We can’t wait to see what you’ll share on social media as FFA members across the nation #SpeakAg!!