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Sterling FFA kicks off the new school year with plenty to keep them busy – Sterling Journal-Advocate

  • Sterling High School FFA Chapter officers enjoyed a night out at North Sterling State Park as part of their Officer Retreat ahead of the start of the 2022-23 school year. (Courtesy picture)

  • Sterling FFA members Grace Petersen, left, and Connie Gassaway were...

    Sterling FFA members Grace Petersen, left, and Connie Gassaway have been selected to serve as an executive committee member and secretary of the 2022-23 District 16 Officer Team. (Courtesy picture)

  • Alie Sator, member of the FFA, supports the carpentry projects that she...

    FFA member Alie Sator shares the woodworking projects she completed in the Power, Structure and Technical Systems class at Sterling High School. (Courtesy picture)

  • The Sterling High School FFA Chapter Officers Team served lunch...

    The Sterling High School FFA Chapter Officers Team served lunch at the annual Feeders & Friends event on Saturday, August 13 in New Raymer. (Courtesy picture)

  • Members of Sterling High School FFA and their families listen...

    Members of Sterling High School FFA and their families listen to remarks from chapter officers at the Chapter FFA Back-to-School 2022 BBQ. (Courtesy picture)

  • Members of Sterling High School FFA were all smiles at the...

    Members of Sterling High School FFA were all smiles at the chapter’s Back to School 2022 BBQ in August. (Courtesy picture)

  • Members of Sterling High School FFA are pictured at the BIG...

    Members of Sterling High School FFA are pictured at the FFA BIG (Being Involved as a Greenhand) conference at Northeastern Junior College on September 22, 2022. Sterling brought 25 freshmen to the event. (Courtesy picture)

  • Members of Sterling High School FFA listen as chapter officers give...

    Members of Sterling High School FFA listen as chapter officers deliver remarks during the September 2022 chapter meeting. (Courtesy Photo)

  • Members of Sterling High School FFA are pictured at their booth...

    Members of Sterling High School FFA are pictured at their booth at Sugar Beet Days, September 17-18, 2022. They have partnered with the Western Sugar Cooperative and the Sugar Beet Growers Association to sell cotton candy to dad as a fundraiser for the chapter. (Courtesy picture)

  • FFA member Tyla Thomas supports the carpentry project she...

    FFA member Tyla Thomas supports the woodworking project she completed in the Power, Structure and Technical Systems class at Sterling High School. (Courtesy picture)

Sterling High School’s FFA chapter is open this school year, with plenty to keep them busy.

According to Officer Team Executive Committee member Macie Doherty, the year began with an Officers’ Retreat at North Sterling State Park, where officers enjoyed sitting by the campfire and participating in team cohesion. The next morning, the officers returned to SHS to plan for this school year, then completed their retreat to benefit Feeders and Friends in New Raymer on August 13, where they performed community service serving meals to fair attendees.

Afterwards, the chapter organized a back-to-school barbecue for all FFA members and their parents. Guests enjoyed a burger dinner and FFA officers talked about plans for the year to get everyone back in motion.

In September, the chapter held a booth at Sugar Beet Days. They partnered with the Western Sugar Cooperative and the Sugar Beet Growers Association to sell cotton candy and earn some money for the chapter.

That same month, 25 freshmen attended the BIG (Being Involved as a Greenhand) conference at Northeastern Junior College.

“It’s really fun. Basically, some of the officers that we have for Colorado State come in and introduce the freshmen a bit to the FFA. When I went there last year, they had kind of a leadership that we had to do and it was kind of fun because you get to meet and see all of your friends like Caliche, Merino and everyone who is part of District 16,” said Team Executive Member Emma Stumpf. of officers from Sterling.

Along with these events and the chapter’s annual meetings, which are slowly coming together, Connie Gassaway, chapter reporter, and Grace Petersen, chapter secretary, entered a contest to select district officers.

“The first hour was very stressful, but Grace and I were able to bond and we talked for a long time,” Gassaway said.

During the competition, candidates were interviewed and had to answer several questions regarding their qualifications for an officer position. At the end of the contest, both girls earned spots on the district officer team, Gassaway as district secretary and Petersen as a member of the district executive committee.

On September 30, the Sterling FFA Mother’s Club held its annual comeback tailgate, serving burgers, fries, cookies and water for dinner to raise funds for scholarships for senior FFA graduates .

In early October, the Colorado FFA Association hosted a fall leadership conference in Fort Collins, for anyone interested in learning more about leadership. Stumpf was one of four members of Sterling who attended the event.

“It sounds really fun from what Mrs (Whitney) Reed (FFA Advisor) told me about it, it’s just something that I think as a Chapter we should all be doing because we can learning more about leadership and becoming our own selves,” Stumpf said just over a week before the event.

On October 24, Petersen and Gassaway were among 10 students who traveled to attend the FFA National Convention in Indianapolis, which runs from October 26-29.

“I went there last year and it was really fun. It was a really good experience and that’s kind of what made me really like FFA,” said Petersen.

Earlier in the month, on October 18, the FFA chapter traveled to Campbell Elementary for an Ag in the Classroom advocacy event. Reed said fourth-grade teachers contacted Sterling FFA to see if they would be interested in hosting a farm day for fourth-grade students, so FFA members brought in live farm animals and crops to show. to elementary school students and spoke to them about the importance of agriculture – “why we do what we do and what opportunities they can potentially have as they get older and join high school and move into a career”, Reed said.

Another newer event scheduled for this year is a Chapter Quiz Bowl and Speech Contest, which will give FFA members the opportunity to speak and present the creed, then hopefully move on later. in the district competition.

As for classes, this semester Reed is teaching two introductory agriculture sections, with 47 freshmen enrolled. It also has a course on the principles of power, structure and technical systems, with 28 students. Students in this class began the year by demonstrating their creativity in woodworking, having had the opportunity to use a 2×4, 2×6, or 1×6 board to complete a self-determined project.

“I have about 100 kids in our FFA chapter so we’ve grown a bit which is exciting and we’ve just been busy learning about ag and FFA and all the stuff in the store so it’s was exciting,” Reed said.