LAKEVILLE, IN. - Learning to do, Doing to learn, Learning to live, Living to serve… this is what LaVille 2019-2020 Future Farmers of America (FFA) is all about.
The LaVille FFA members have been hard at work since the beginning of the summer. Before the school year started a few members were already working with summer Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE). SAE allows all students to work eighty hours over the summer, record what they learned, and fill out a form for Mr. Watts, earning them a high school credit.
In August, FFA had its first call out meeting. The LaVille FFA now has 50 plus members, including many seventh graders, who are helping build the club. FFA is a great community that accepts anyone from any background. Most importantly, students do not have to live on a farm to join FFA. The LaVille FFA Chapter’s first event was a kickoff party. LaVille FFA gathered for food, games, and getting to know each other better. In August, the landscape management class was hard at work trimming bushes and shrubs, and pulling weeds around the High School. This class also worked at the Elementary school, replacing the grass in the medians with rock. The LaVille FFA Chapter ended the month of August by husking corn at the Blueberry Festival with the LaPaz Lions Club. They have also started studying for the Livestock Skillathon and Soils contests.
In September, the Livestock Skillathon team (Zach Rabey, Julia Singletary, Caden Arndt, Jalen Heilman) traveled to Crown Point, Indiana for the contest. The Soils teams (Megan Kurzhal, Charlie Lemberis, Faith Rock, Abigail Goffinet, Jack Bain, Landon Dickerson, Karter Kaser, and Landen Christner) went to Ancilla College for the Tri-County soils contest. Later in September, several members went to the District II kickoff, hosted at Bremen High School. All the schools from District II came together to discuss what their chapter and district goals are for the year. The members who attended had fun getting to know their district officers and mingling with members from other chapters.
At the end of September, FFA members signed up to help Mr. Clay Geyer at the annual State Corn Husking contest. Meghan Shreve, Julia Singletary, and Trevor Wickizer placed first in their groups while Kaidyn Baker placed second in his group. All qualified for the National Corn Husking Contest. Attendees also helped by following the contestants and picking up what they left on the stalk or dropped, shoveling the picked corn on the scale and helping clean up.
So far in October, the LaVille FFA has hosted a bake sale at the homecoming football game and worked concessions, earning money to support our contest participation. FFA member that participates in Forestry, Entomology, and Crops are preparing for upcoming contests. Practices for these contests are held after school starting October 7th and going to December 14th. Fourteen FFA members will be headed down to Indianapolis from October 30th through November 1st to attend the 92nd FFA National Convention. At the National Convention the members will go to sessions, visit agriculture industries, network with college admissions counselors, get to know their national officers, and grow as leaders.
So many exciting things have already happened in the LaVille FFA this fall and there are many more exciting things to come!