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RICH HILL FFA Chapter Rich Hill FFA Year in Review The Rich Hill FFA has had a successful year at the local level and state level. The FFA started off the summer by taking seven members to the Washington Leadership Conference. The students spent a week enjoying the nation’s capitol while also developing their leadership skills. The students enjoyed several monuments and multiple museums. The students also spent time learning leadership skills and participated in team building activities. The students also got to meet and take a picture with Senator Roy Blunt. It is an awesome activity, which the students enjoyed. They moved through the summer by having 114 different entries in the local, district, and State Fair. Students had everything from sheep, cattle, swine to vegetables, horticulture, rabbits, poultry, and agri-mechanics projects. The chapter also had their annual 4th of July Dunk Tank. Students volunteered for shifts for the week of the 4th. The Rich Hill FFA hosted the Area VII summer volleyball tournament. It was held on August 2nd, 2013 at the High School. Due to rain, the tournament that is usually sand volleyball got moved to the high school gym. There were 8 different teams. At the end of the day the Rich Hill Chapter took 3rd behind Cass Career Center’s 1st Place, Sherwood and Appleton City’s 2nd place. The students had a great time and already are looking forward to next year’s competition. The chapter got started off right by having 20 plus members receive the chapter degree. The ceremony was held in Warrensburg, Mo. The chapter also got a visit from a National FFA officer. She talked with the students about leadership and how FFA had affected her life. The chapter also took 9 members to National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky. The FFA had three students receive the very prestigious award of American FFA Degree. The students are as follows; Logan Wheatley, Jara Mumma, and Morgan Kithcart. The chapter was extremely proud of this great accomplishment. After convention, the students had their annual FFA Barnwarming. This year’s theme was “Night Train” by Jason Aldean. The candidates were as follows: freshmen Brendan Ephland and Taylor Brooks, sophomores; Blaine Robb and Allison Taylor, Juniors; Riley Cameron and Hayley Klinksick and Seniors; Jackson Ogburn and Makayla Fuqua. The 2013 FFA Barnwarming King was Riley Cameron and the Queen was Allison Taylor. The FFA Chapter also completed community service by collecting 101 pairs of socks for American soldiers. Each year around Christmas the FFA collects socks for soldiers. The students collect them and package them to be sent to Oklahoma City where they will be transported overseas to active duty troops. The FFA is extremely proud of our troops and plans on keeping this activity alive for many years. All and all the FFA had an excellent year. The FFA had two state degree recipients and three American Degree Receipants. The

FFA had a state finalist in Star in Ag Placement while also having a finalist in the Proficiency area of Diversified Crop Production. The FFA was also represented by a student in FFA State Talent and FFA State Choir. The FFA also had many proficiency applications and one Area Degree Recipient. The Parliamentary Procedures team won Area and the FFA had 3 contest teams make it to state. Also the chapter had one team out of the top in 10 districts. The year has been and success and the FFA is extremely grateful for all individuals that help make it all happen.

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A look at our Chapter…. Advisor: Brandon Jackson 2013-14 FFA members Christian Casey Morgan Compton Bailey Jacobs Shaina Patrick Kash Rook Tyler Arrington Camie Ford Dani Hibbitts Jade Huggins George Shelton Austin Bays Evan Brock Carly Claflin Drake Curry Alex Hibbitts Deaven Jacobs Brandon Luther Kaleb Martin Kylie Seaton Nick Taylor Ashley Baxter Nick Guerrero Melissa Handle Micah Swanson Reed Worsley

FFA Week Schedule of events: Sunday 16th - The FFA will be attending the Christian Church as a chapter in Sheldon. Monday 17th - Muddy truck day- Students are encouraged to drive a muddy truck/car to school. Tuesday 18th - Blue and Gold dayStudents are to wear all blue and gold to represent FFA!! Wednesday 19th - Favorite/Funny Hat day- Students are encouraged to wear their favorite or funny hat to school. The officer team will also be serving the Sheldon teachers and staff pie they have prepared after school on Wednesday. Thursday 20th - This is Camo day!! Students are asked to wear CAMO in spirit of FFA week. Thursday evening we will attend the area banquet held at Carthage at 6 p.m. Friday 21st - The chapter will be putting on a food for America day for the Elementary students. Friday night is the chapter skate party at Mediacom Ice park in Springfield, Mo. We will leave the school at 4:00 p.m. Saturday 22nd - FREE COMMUNITY BREAKFAST!!! The Sheldon FFA chapter will be serving the Sheldon community a free breakfast starting at 8:00 a.m. and lasting until 10:30 a.m. You may come and eat at any time.

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2013 National Convention participants - Back row left to right- Carly Claflin, Christian Casey, Bailey Jacobs, Morgan Compton, Jade Huggins, Reed Worsley. Front row left to right- Kaleb Martin, Ashley Baxter, Cierin Cooper, Dani Hibbitts.

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BRONAUGH FFA Chapter The Bronaugh FFA Chapter has a member total of about 50 every year. Being a small school, Bronaugh has a very good number of FFA members compared to other schools of related size. However, we do not let our size affect our participation rate. Our chapter is involved in many activities throughout the school year as well as during the summer. We also provide community service to the City of Bronaugh as our way to give back. When the school year is at a halt and summertime approaches, many of our FFA members take part in our local youth fair to show livestock as well as make projects to compete for ribbons. Some of our livestock showmen take their animals to other fairs as well, such as the Gold Buckle Gala, the Missouri State Fair, etc. Our chapter is very competitive and successful when it comes to showing livestock. We always strive to be the best while representing the Bronaugh FFA Chapter. After summer ends and the upcoming school year rolls around, our chapter always kicks it off with a chapter meeting to get things back on track. We introduce the schedule for the new year and everything proceeds smoothly from that moment on. Our chapter’s various activities throughout

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Businessmen’s and Supporters’ Breakfast

On Thursday, Feb. 20, Northeast Vernon County FFA will be hosting a Businessmen’s and Supporter’s Breakfast in the Agricultural Education Building. This event will include doughnuts, fruit, and beverages. FFA members will be serving breakfast to local supporters to show their appreciation for the continued support that they receive.

Educational Night

On Wednesday, Feb. 19, Northeast Vernon County FFA will be hosting an Educational Night event in the gym that includes a chili supper and a presentation from a representative of Dickerson Park Zoo. The chili supper is scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m., followed by the presentation at 6:00 p.m. This event is

Members that attended National FFA Convention: left to right: Drue Hoagland, Karliegh Conner, Amber Bogardus, Erin Kistmiller, Cayla Goodman, Emily Davidson, Mikelah Moyer

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EL DORADO SPRINGS FFA Chapter Agricultural Mechanics

Agricultural mechanics, referred to as “Ag Mech,” is a sophomore through senior agricultural class offered by El Dorado Springs High School. This class has become a big part and key focus of our school Ag program. This class, taught by teacher and FFA advisor Brett Neil, offers basic knowledge on things such as welding, basic tool identification, electric motors, concrete, small engine, plumbing, and other basic shop knowledge. First offered at the sophomore level, agricultural mechanics class offers a basic intro into these skills. After a student has taken this class, junior and senior year the agricultural construction class allows students to use these skills to construct their own projects. Then every year around late January, the Eldo FFA and many other FFA programs around the country begin training teams for contests held in March. Agricultural Mechanics is one of the many contests trained from an Ag class. This team is always very competitive in contests and usually very successful. Another team being trained out of this class is Nursery and Landscaping. In this contest, students are trained on landscaping plans, various plant identification, and basic nursery and landscaping knowledge. This is the first time in several years this contest team has been trained.

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Contest teams are a very big part of the FFA year, and are participated in by FFA programs across America. Also known as Career Development Events or CDE’s, they’re a competitive format that gauge the knowledge learned by students in agricultural education courses. These contests are held from March 1st until state, held on April 17-18. March 1st: College of the Ozarks March 4th: Livestock Judging at Diamond March 6th: Farm Management at MU March 8th: Miller March 15th: MacDonald County March 21st: Crowder College

March 22nd: Skyline March 5th,7th,8th: Districts March 17th,18th: State Nine strong teams are being trained by Mr. Neil, Mrs. Poirot, and Ms. Drake this year, offering lots of variety. Livestock Judging: Students are trained to judge and grade various livestock species including: swine, cattle, sheep, and goats. Students must be able to give a memorized set of oral reasons to judges. Agricultural Mechanics Nursery and Landscaping Entomology: Basic knowledge and identification of insects. Meats: Students are tested on and must identify various cuts of beef, pork and lamb. Floriculture: Students are tested on knowledge of many different plants and flowers and identification of these plants. Parliamentary Procedure: Students trained on the correct way of starting and conducting a successful meeting. Farm Management: Students are tested on how to successfully and productively run an agricultural farm or business and safely handle finances. Dairy Foods: Students are trained on various forms of dairy food in how they are made, ingredients, identification, and problems with these foods.

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Every year the FFA organization is celebrated in a week of fun events and activities. This year’s events will be held on Feb. 16th through 22nd. Sunday, Feb. 16th: A chapter church service will be held at the Church of God Holiness at 10:45. Members are invited to eat lunch at the Eldo Mexican Restaurant after the service. Monday, Feb. 17th: Camouflage day, support the FFA and wear your camo! Tuesday, Feb. 18th: Ag advisor/ Ag career day. Dress like Mr. Neil, Mrs. Poirot, or Ms. Drake, or dress like your future Ag career. Wednesday, Feb. 19th: Backwoods day: Dress in your

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Year-end Recap

This has been a very busy and productive year for our FFA chapter. Beginning with last year’s end of the year banquet, we got off towards a very busy summer. May 28th, officers Claire Silvers, Colby Charles, Kale Adams, Sandra May, Landon Leonard, Bonnie Smith, Shelby Barger, and Makenzie Schwalm attended the LEAD Conference to better understand and fine tune their officer skills and duties as an officer. May 31st was our annual year-end trip. Thirtythree members spent the day at Worlds of Fun, Cabela’s, and Famous Dave’s BBQ. Our president Claire Silvers attended an Area Officer program June 21-22nd. Cedar County Youth Fair was June 19-22nd, where many of our members were very active. July 9-13th was the annual Land O Lakes Fair where our members helped with pedal tractor pull, concession stand, or were exhibitors. Area officer training was July 17th in Carl Junction, a very important event for our president Claire Silvers and other area officers. Our chapter officer retreat was August 1st. This was attended by all of our officers and advisors. We went on a float trip at Caplinger Mills followed by an officer meeting. Aug. 8th was state fair in Sedalia. This was enjoyed by many members seeing agricultural booths or attending the amusement park. Aug. 24th was the tractor pull, members helped with parking or concessions. Aug. 29th we started our annual fund raiser of mum sales. This is an important and successful way for our chapter to raise funds. Several members helped with a petting zoo on Sept. 7th. Sept. 10th many members

attended the Back-toSchool Social held in the school cafeteria. Sept. 18th our first year members, or “Greenhands”, attended a Greenhand Conference in Carl Junction. Sept. 28th a FFA Barnwarming Candidates compete in games bus full of members atto win the title of King and Queen. tended the American Royal Rodeo in Kansas City, a very fun time. of booths on different agricultural Oct. 8th was a very important day for our first year mem- careers. Companies like Ford, bers. They officially became mem- Chevy, Dodge, Case, New Holland, bers in the Greenhand Installation Toyota, and many other compaceremony. Eligible two-year mem- nies featured their products. This bers received their chapter degree. trip was truly an awesome time Oct. 10th was Food for America. we will all remember. On our way This is a fun and very educational home, we stopped at the St. Louis event for our members. Held ev- City Museum, which was a very ery year, this event provides school interesting and fun place. Shortly students and public with student after this trip was the Area 9 FFA ran booths offering information on Fall Speaking in Miller. Caleigh various agricultural fields and sub- Gardner and Janelle Brown went jects. Octoberfest was held on the and competed. Nov. 14th was the 12th, where members helped man SW District FFA Fall Speaking, booths and cooked and sold ribeye and Caleigh Gardner qualified and sandwiches’ to the public. The 18th competed. Nov. 15th it was time was our annual homecoming chili for our annual Barnwarming, held supper. Members served and had at Silverline Ranch. This year was to sell tickets for this event. Oct. fiesta themed. It was a good time 29th through Nov. 1st was the big- with arm wrestling, piñatas, apple gest event of the FFA year, National cider chugging, bull riding, dancConvention. Students gained eligi- ing, and food. Barnwarming Roybility by obtaining points based on alty was crowned. King was Gage how active they were in summer Miller, and Queen was Makenzie and fall events. Our chapter took Schwalm. Then on Nov. 22nd 25 students to national conven- was the Area 9 FFA Barnwarmtion. We shared a charter bus with ing. Members from around the the Stockton chapter, who took area attended and had a great time. 26. We attended the Kentucky Overall, this year has been a very Horse Park and spent a day see- fun and successful year for the El ing various breeds of horse and Dorado Springs FFA Chapter. There is a new face this semesdifferent museums. We then went to the Louisville Slugger museum ter around the El Dorado Springs and factory where we took a tour agriculture department. Ms. Lora through a museum and working Drake, an agriculture education factory. Students could use replica major from Missouri State Univerbats of famous players in batting sity, is student teaching under Mr. cages. National Convention was Neil this spring. Ms. Drake, who is held at the Kentucky Expo Center. originally from Hume, comes from Students attended along with thou- a strong agriculture background. sands of other FFA members from Lora is a 2010 graduate of Rich Hill around the country to listen to fa- High School, where she served as mous basketball coach Rick Pitino president of her FFA chapter for speak, which was quite amazing. three years and Area VII Sentinel. Ms. Lora Drake started Jan. 18th National FFA officers and advisor spoke. We then spent the next few and will be teaching at El Dorado hours walking around the Career until May 11th. She will graduate Show which featured FFA and oth- shortly after with a degree in agrier agricultural shops and hundreds culture education from Missouri State University.

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Mira Cornejo and Melissa Gooden working the FFA plant sale in May.

Brendan Smith proudly posing by the 5x8 foot lawnmower trailer he constructed in shop class.

Bonnie Smith selling her produce at the Cedar County Farmers Market. The El Dorado Springs FFA had several students participate in this program in 2013.

Mr. Neil’s ag construction class posing after sweeping out the ship on quarterly clean-up day.

Mr. Neil’s animal science class weighing broiler chickens used in a weight of gain feeding trail.

2013-14 officer team participants in a brainstorming session at the State LEAD Conference.

Calvin Gish teaching kindergarteners at Food for America about beef cattle’s importance to America’s food supply.

Brave FFA members get suited up to swing Superman style at World’s Heath Sutton attempting to halter break a calf in Mr. Neil’s advanced of Fun. Pictured (left to right): Mrs. Poirot, Breanna Uptegrove, animal science class. Makenzie Schwalm, Shelby Barger, Claire Silvers, and Caeleigh Gardner.

A new activity for the El Dorado Springs FFA this year was participating in the Southwest Missouri Retrievers Association Field Day hosted by Red Flannel Kennels. Pictured (left to right): Mckenzi Marshall, Morgan Sumner, Jake Hillsman, and Shelby Barger.

Jessica Colbert and Riley Schuchman studying insect identification in preparation for this spring’s contest season.

Wyatt Greenstreet shows off the 18 foot flatbed trailer he constructed in Mr. Neil’s ag construction class.

Tunner Fugate going for a full pull during the ag department pedal tractor pull off on the last day of school.

This group of students was awarded with the Leadership pin at the El Dorado Springs FFA Banquet. To receive this pin, a member had to participate in over 75% of FFA events.

Madison Noakes participating in a crowd favorite at Barnwarming mechanical bull riding

Morgan Sumner and Claire Silvers preparing to plant annuals during community service day.

FFA members picking up trash along their stretch on 54 Highway.

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