FFA teaches leadership
February 17, 2011 • Kayla Doll, Staff Writer
Filed under Feature
Garden City High School offers many different ways to get involved in things that interest you. One of those ways is FFA, or Future Farmers of America. FFA is a youth organization within agricultural education that prepares students for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success. It was created in 1928 and reflects the growing diversity of agriculture. There are more than 500,000 members nationwide who are a part of FFA. They are engaged in a wide range of agricultural education activities that lead to many career opportunities in the future.
GCHS’s FFA program is made up of 70 members and attends many contests throughout the year. One of those is the Greenhand Creed speech competition, which this year was won by Taylor Oliver, a freshman at GCHS.
“I was really excited to win the Greenhand Creed speech contest, I put a lot of work into learning and presenting it and it paid off,” Oliver said.
Other competitions FFA attends are different types of judging contests. They judge dairy cows, horses, livestock, and different foods. FFA will attend a public speaking competition on February 22, where each of them will present a speech they have written. In order to prepare for these events, the group meets once a week. They also attend the Ag. Sale, where they each practice selling products. At competitions, they are required to wear official dress. For girls this is a black skirt, white collared blouse, official FFA blue scarf, black dress shoes with a closed heel and toe, black nylon hosiery, and an official FFA jacket zipped to the top. For boys, black slacks, a white collared shirt, official FFA tie, black dress shoes, black socks, and also an official FFA jacket.
The program teaches leadership and prepares students for success in their futures.
“I really like the FFA program, you learn a lot and get really good expierence,” Derek Hahn, a member of Garden City High School’s FFA program said.
Their motto is “Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve”. Members of FFA plan to attend events throughout the rest of the school year and continue to carry out this motto.