Special to the Citizen
The Morgan County High School and Middle School FFA Chapters in Madison celebrated National FFA Week, February 21-27. This year’s theme was Amplify! and it embraces more than 80 years of FFA traditions while looking forward to the organization’s future. More than half a million members participated in National FFA Week activities at the local, state and national levels. These members have a passion for agriculture. Designated as National FFA Week in 1947, the week of George Washington’s birthday is FFA Week, and runs from Saturday to Saturday. FFA Week gives FFA members an opportunity to educate the public about agriculture.
During the week, chapters conduct a variety of activities to help others in their school and community learn about FFA and agricultural education. Morgan County FFA celebrated National FFA Week by participating in several activities that promoted agriculture and showed appreciation for the community. MCHS and MCMS FFA members visited the central office and presented the employees with appreciation gifts. Members of both chapters participated in a Proclamation Signing with the Morgan County Charter School System Assistant Superintendent, Sarah Burbach. Both chapters presented their office staff with appreciation gifts. Two of the Morgan County FFA members began FFA Week in Perry, Georgia competing at the Georgia Junior National Livestock Show. 12th grade showman Anna Butler placed 7th out of more than 75 in Senior showmanship, and took first place honors with her Hereford steer. 9th grade student Will Woodard made the finals in 9th grade showmanship and placed 5th with his Simmental heifer. A Cornhole tournament was hosted by the MCMS FFA Chapter and had over 70 middle and high school FFA members in attendance. High School FFA members designed over 25 floral arrangements for the High Shoals Health and Rehabilitation Center to use at their annual banquet. Several FFA members traveled to the middle school to talk to upcoming 9th graders about all of the opportunities available to them through FFA and agriculture education at the high school. FFA members also participated in a Membership Appreciation Day and several dress up days, including a Hat Day fundraiser for Relay for Life.
On February 25th, MCHS and MCMS members participated in several public speaking career development events. Will Woodard, competed in the Creed Speaking CDE and earned a spot to compete at the region finals. Ashlyn Rustin, competed in Senior Prepared Public Speaking presenting a speech on the importance of vaccinating horses. Phillip Webb competed in the Extemporaneous Speaking CDE. For the middle school, Maggie Davis competed in Creed Speaking and Elijah Freeman competed in Junior Prepared Public Speaking. Today’s FFA members are the innovators and leaders of tomorrow. Through agricultural and hands-on learning, they are preparing for more than 300 career opportunities in the food, fiber and natural resources industry. National FFA Week is sponsored by Tractor Supply Company as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.