10 Years Ago - As published in the February 24, 2011 Leader
Plattsburg FFA members received their Greenhand and Chapter FFA Degree at an induction ceremony. Front row (L to R) Brittany Parrish, Jordon Filbeck, Britney Adam, Michael Pierson, Jesse Gibson and Luke Lloyd. Back row (L to R) Austin Webster, Luke Croney, Brett Stephens, Tyler Priest, Wyatt Marsh, Ashton Lile, Tiffany Kennedy and Dakota Wise.
Plattsburg FFA Membership
Freshmen: Alex Admire, Brynn Cockrum, Luke Croney, Brandon Kennedy, Tiffany Kennedy, Ashton Lile, Wyatt Marsh, Connor Parsons, Jason Pelham, Tyler Priest, Will Small, Brett Stephens, Carter Ward, Austin Webster, Dakota Wise
Sophomores: Britney Adam, Josh Fernandez, Jordon Filbeck, Jesse Gibson, Cody Gilpin Donnivan Hill, Trevor Jones, Rachael Krueger, Lucas Lloyd, Jordan May, Brittany Parrish, Rikki Ramirez, Zach Shelton, Kylie Sinclair
Juniors: Jacob Hogle, Taylor Jessee, Quentin Kennedy, Kristen Lyles, Michael Pierson, Michael Schultz, Cameron Ward, Jasmine Williams,
Senior: Ryan Jenkins
8th Grade: Abigail Cross, Brooke Krauth, Chris Moran, Brennen Neal, Lorna Pierson, Audrey Schultz, Trey Talley, Dustin Wilkerson
Infinite Potential is the theme this year and it embodies all the best about FFA members, from the most recognizable symbol of the organization, the blue corduroy jacket, a symbol of pride and tradition, to the bright future of agriculture and the traditions of leadership and hard work. More than half a million members around the nation will participate in National FFA Week activities at the local and state levels.
The focus of National FFA Week is to tell America about the great opportunities available for all youth. From its beginnings in 1928 as the Future Farmers of America, the National FFA Organization today reaches out to all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. FFA is committed to developing character and leadership skills and preparing members for a lifetime of civic leadership and career success.
FFA Officers attend Leadership Adventure officer training in Columbia, MO. Back row, L to R: Britney Adam, Michael Pierson, Brittany Parrish and Jordon Filbeck.
Plattsburg FFA members visit the National FFA Center in Indianapolis while attending National Convention.
L to R: Will Small, Brittany Parrish, Luke Croney, Michael Schultz, Britney Adam, Michael Pierson, and Ashton Lile.
En route to National Convention, FFA members stopped for a tour of the Caterpillar Testing Facilities in Peoria, IL.
Top to Bottom: Will Small, Brett Stephens, Brittany Parrish, Luke Croney, Ashton Lile, Michael Schultz and Michael Pierson.
Members were visited by National FFA Officer Randa Braune, Western Region Vice President from Texas. L to R: Braune, Britney Adam, Trevor Jones, Jordon Filbeck, Brittany Parrish, Jesse Gibson, Rachael Krueger, Josh Fernandez and Kylie Pendergrast.
Jake Phipps while trapshooting at the Area I trap shoot.
EBHS FFA Week
By Christina Wade
The East Buchanan FFA Chapter is celebrating National FFA Week February 20 - 26, 2011. Each day will feature a specific theme such as T-shirt day or drive your tractor to school day. Members will be awarded points for participating each day. The members will also attend the American Royal Farm Show this week.
Contest season is quickly approaching, and members will need to be planning on what Career Development Experience (CDE) team they wish to be on this year so they may begin practicing. Contests will be held throughout the area in the next few months. The top teams in each category will move on to participate at the state level. Good luck to all the CDE teams this year.
Sen. Lager visits with State FFA Officers
Colton Lee and Sen. Brad Lager
Jefferson City – 12th District State Sen. Brad Lager visited with the Missouri State FFA officers during legislative session this week in recognition of National FFA Week. State FFA President Jon Black of Chillicothe and State Vice President Colton Lee of East Buchanan traveled to the Capitol and visited with Sen. Lager to discuss issues facing the agriculture industry and their experience as leaders of the Missouri State FFA.
“Agriculture is the most important industry in our state and I am proud that young people like Jon and Colton are making a commitment to continuing their agriculture education and joining Missouri’s most important industry,” said Sen. Lager. “I am also proud that Jon and Colton have chosen to take upon such important leadership roles to lead the young people who are the future of our agriculture industry.”
Jon Black is a 2010 graduate of Chillicothe High School and was a member of the Chillicothe FFA Chapter.
Colton Lee is a class of 2010 graduate from the East Buchanan High School in Gower, Missouri and was an active member of the East Buchanan FFA Chapter. His SAEP consisted of raising two acres of pumpkins along with two hundred mums. Colton is a current student at the University of Missouri-Columbia where he is pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Agriculture Systems Management.
The 2010-2011 Lathrop FFA Chapter. Front row (left to right): Chaplain Kaitlin Ray, Sentinel Jason VanHorn, Treasurer Blake Willig, Reporter Katie Shrewsbury, President Kaley Tredway, Parliamentarian Jake Shrewsbury, Vice President Tyler W. Jones, Secretary Tia Davis, Advisor Greg Hale. Second Row: Lacie Lapee, Ashley Bergloff, MacHia McClaine, Baylee Rhodes, Jordan Hale, Chad Harrison, Cydney Stanley, Kyley Marks, Ali Hutchinson, Chase Harrison. Third Row: Tyler L. Jones, Andi Minor, Jake Glidewell, Mikaela Campbell, Billy Nading, Jonas Cassity, Tricia Balke, Kodi Kirkwood, John Allison, Ann Smith. Fourth Row: Cody Thomas, Darcie Sellers, Devynn Southern, Andrew Garrett, Nathan Brewer, Gage Willig, Ben Peterson Maggie Glidewell, Amelia Gustin, Makayla Rooks. Fifth Row: Dalton Osborn, Logan Roberts, James Filley, Alan-Michael Sparling, Clay Evans, Nick Watkins, Devon Covert, Austin Zeigler, Carl Brunner.
Lathrop Chapter celebrates National FFA Week
By Katie Shrewsbury,
Lathrop FFA Reporter
This year, National FFA week is February 21st through the 25th. The Lathrop FFA members along with the Lathrop FCCLA and FBLA members will be celebrating a vocational week from February 15th through the 18th. The Lathrop FFA has lots of fun activities planned for this week.
On Tuesday, the 15th, we are having camouflage and Greenhand Day. On this day all the FFA members are encouraged to dress in all camouflage. A winner from each class will be selected and receive an all expense paid trip to go to a movie and bowling on February 27th. Also on this day the Greenhands, which are first year FFA members, have to wear a green glove for the school day.
On Wednesday, the 16th, we will have a Battle of the Clubs and a pizza party. On this day, during seminar, FFA, FCCLA, and FBLA will be competing in games to win the traveling trophy (currently held by the FFA). For the pizza party, FFA members that have their FFA t-shirt on are welcome to enjoy pizza during their lunch shift.
For Thursday, the 17th, The FFA is having the annual petting zoo for the elementary students. There will be a variety of animals for the young students to pet and look at such as: dogs, cats, goats, pigs, chickens, calves, rabbits, and others.
On Friday, the 18th, we are having tractor day. On this day FFA members are allowed to drive their tractors to school.
As an added bonus to vocational week the FFA, FCCLA, and FBLA members are going on a movie and bowling trip on February 27th. The members of the three clubs will be going to the Barry Woods movie theatre and then to the Gladstone Bowling Alley.
To conclude the vocational week activities, on Monday, March 7th, the FFA members will be serving a free appreciation meal to the teachers and all FFA supporters. The meal will be served from 11:30-1:30pm at the High School and will consist of hamburgers, hotdogs, fries, bake beans, and cheesecake. The meal will be served by all of the Lathrop FFA members. FFA week is always a fun filled week for the Lathrop FFA members and we enjoy all of the activities.
Above - (L to R) State FFA Degree candidates: Kaley Tredway, Kaitlin Ray, Tia Davis and Jake Heimsoth, along with the 1st Place FFA Proficiency Award winners: Jake Heimsoth, Jake Glidewell and Carl Brunner. Andi Minor not pictured.
Students apply for State Degree, profeciency awards
Lathrop Chapter FFA members have been busy filling out State FFA Degree applications as well as FFA Proficiency Award applications. Tia Davis, Jake Heimsoth, Kaitlin Ray and Kaley Tredway have all submitted their applications for the State FFA Degree. These applications are based on their supervised agriculture experience (SAE) program, as well as their FFA leadership activities. They have all passed local and area level requirements, and will be screened at the state level later in February.
Several FFA members have also filled out FFA Proficiency Award applications. These applications are also based on their individual SAE program and were judged at the area level on Wednesday, February 9, in St. Joseph (results can be found in box) First place winners Carl Brunner, Jake Glidewell, Jake Heimsoth and Andi Minor will now compete at the State FFA Convention, which will be held in April in Columbia.
Agriculture…Makes my Day!
By Diane Olson
The alarm rings in the beginning of another day! Tossing aside the warm cotton bedding, it is off to the shower armed with soap, shampoo, conditioner, wash cloth and towel.
Things kick into high gear as teeth are brushed, body lotion applied, make-up in place and…the final touch, creating what will hopefully be a good hair day. A warm wool sweater, slacks, coat and gloves will fortify me against the cold winter air.
Bacon, muffin and fruit activate the digestive juices. Oh, yes, note to self…pack a quick lunch! It is nearing grocery shopping day, so the choices are limited…take it or leave it. A peanut butter sandwich, apple, yogurt and pretzels it is. Hastily thrown into a thermal bag, it is off to the car, stopping only to grab the last few swigs of coffee.
One turn of the key and then the gear shift is slipped into reverse. The vehicle moves from the garage into the driveway and onto the street. It is off to face the world.
Another day is underway! But wait, where did we get all the things we used in this morning ritual? The answer is…agriculture. Crops such as cotton, corn, soybeans and wheat, along with animal products, provide us with everything from bedding to food to clothing to fuel.
Farmers are on duty 24/7 working to provide us with the raw products needed to enhance our life. Thanks to their efforts, we enjoy a safe, abundant and affordable food supply. Additionally they provide products and co-products that are key components in our clothing, homes, toiletries, automobiles, recreation, and so much more.
Missouri Farm Bureau and county Farm Bureaus across the state are declaring February 6-12 ‘Thank A Farmer Week.’ Activities focusing attention on the important role of agriculture and the farmer will be visible throughout the weeklong promotion. These include in-store and restaurant promotions, classroom activities, meal events, office celebrations, proclamation signings and presentations to elected officials.
Our nation is proudly rooted in agriculture. While less than 2 percent of the population is engaged in production agriculture, all are reliant on agriculture in some way every day. Today’s farmer is a businessperson producing enough food and fiber for 155 people.
Agriculture as an industry provides jobs for more than 21 million workers. These are the individuals who produce, process, and sell the nation’s food and fiber.
Please join us as we pause to say ‘thanks’ to the farmers who work tirelessly to provide so much for all to enjoy.
Diane Olson, of Jefferson City, Mo., is the director of promotion & education for the Missouri Farm Bureau, the state’s largest farm organization.
30 Years Ago - As published in the February 21, 1991 Leader
The members of the East Buchanan FFA Show Team attended the Missouri State Fair and showed a variety of livestock. The show team also put up a display this year and have won the Missouri State Fair Beef Herdsmanship Award for three years also the Chapter has won the Beef Sweepstakes for the past two years. The members of the team are Bryan Williams, Ron Bass, Ace Webb, Lee Rhoad, Kris West, Tom Rhoad, Kent West, Dennis Campbell (advisor) Doug Walkup, Jeff Kellam, Cheryl Berry, Scott Brown, Chad Kellam an Jon Rhoad.
Back row left to right: Lee Hanks, Ryan Spragg, Brian McCauley, Jon Rhoad, Bryan Williams and Matt Holland and Mr. Dennis Campbell (FFA Advisor). The front row consists of members of the National Officer Team. Identification of the members was unavailable.
Greebhand moticational conference
The East Buchanan Chapter of the FFA sent six freshmen members to the Greenland Motivational Conference. The conference was held at Missouri Western State College on Jan. 11. Lee Hanks, Ryan Spragg, Brian McCauley, Hon Rhoad, Bryan WIlliams, and Matt Holland and Mr. Dennis Campbell (FFA Advisor) participated int he activities which included a presentation and workshops presented by National FFA Officers. Good luck in the future guys.
FFA PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS
Members of the East Buchanan FFA Chapter were chosen to participate in a series of public service announcements for the National FFA Organization by Malcy Pearlstein Inc. from Overland Park, KS. Part of the oublic Service Announcements was filmed at Rapp Farm oustide of Easton, the other part was filmed int he high school biology room. The tractor was donated by Wells Implement, Maysville and the sprayer was doanted by H.H. Halferty and Son, Smithville. The PSA will start airing during FFA Week and will continue throughout the year. We would like to thank everyone who helped make this possible.
LATHROP FFA MEMBERS - First row, left to right: Brian Pope, Parliamentarian/Chaplain, Sean McGall, treasurer, Dick Meyer, sentinel, Ryan Mydland, vice president, Troy Callaway, president, Bill Johnson, reporter, Jeremy Ingraham, reporter Stacy Simmons, secretary, Don Kabel, advisor. Second row, Stephanie Glover, Catherine Collier, Teddy Neill, Aaron Simmons, Jim Lindaman, Aaron Smith, Greg Schwery, Tim Turner, Chris Goodman, Scott Boswell, Leon Jeffries. Third row, Jamey Tarwaters, Brad Pratt, Jamie Jones, Robert Ware, Steven Tate, Jamie Martin, Brent Mydland, Tim Jordan, Scott McGinnis, Matthew Pritchett, Joshua Colvin, Blake Breckenridge. Fourth row, Tom Jordan, Jet Turpin, Jason Simons, Kyle Beane, Michael Bryant, Brent Thomas, Joe Kush, Bill Meppelink, Jason Wierzbicki, Bryan Marks, David MacEwen, Matt Holstead. Fifth row, Heather Hobbs, Stephanie Graham, Karen Harris, Danny Willaims, Clay Morgan, Bill DeFries, Paul Downey, Jamie Martin, Angela Green, Sylvia Gouge. Submitted photo.
Ag Consturction Projects
This past year there have been many things done in Ag Constructions. Some of the projects that have been completed are: Wood racks, truck ramps, deer stands, feed bunks, shelving units, weight stands, and a basketball goal.
There are also many projects that are under construction. Some of these projects are: a grooming chute, a sheep sorting chute, at tandem wheel trailer, and we are working on a tracor doing repairs and repainting.
We have bought some new equipment also. We bought a plasma cutter and a couple of grinders. The plasma cutter is like a cutting torch, but it cuts by using hot air.
Not only have we been doing projects, but we have also been learning skills that can be used later in case something breaks down.
By Troy Callaway, President
Monday, February 11, 1991, the Lathrop Chapter of the FFA held a meeting 7th hour during school. Opening ceremonies were held followed by the Secretary and Treasurer reports. Then the chapter approved the 1990-1991 POA as revised officers. Ather that they heard a committee report on FFA Week. There will be students and teacher activities, a display in the Vo-Ag builing and a bowling and pizza party with the 8th grade. This year there will be special news articles in the Clinton County newspaper and Cameron Shopper. There will also be radio interviews on KMRN and KMZU 100.7 FM. Donation tickets for the Lathrop FFA's tractor will start being sold this week, you get one ticket for each one dollar donation. Closing ceremonies were held and the meeting was adjouned. Last weeks question was, "What was the most recent National Convention's Theme?" The answer is Leadership is for a growing planet. This weeks questions is, "What student this year in Lathrop has applied for the State FFA degree." The answer next week.
Reporter Bill Johnson
PLATTSBURG FFA MEMBERS... Back Row: Jeremy Hilton, Mike O'Connor, Jeff McDonald, John Dray, Gretchen Talley, John Crowder, Justin Curl, Lawrence Dray, Tony Lenzini, Michelle Scott, Chad O'Connor.
Fourth Row: Dave Lucas, Mike Marrant, Allen Dray, Matt Mitchell, Camile, Bearden, Brian Bennet, Jason Roberts, Troy Attebury, Cindy Burke, Chris Barnhill, Matt Smith.
Third Row: Josh Smith, Sarah Butler, Mike Reavey, Ryan Arn, Heather Hobbs, Gretchen Hill, Jason Utz, Scott Perry, Karl Dack, Barbara Stocklas.
Second Row: Travis Buffington, Billy Hanks, Lisa Streeter, Sylvia Gouge, J.W. Lile, Matt Hoover, Wendy Estes, Clint Collins, Travis Alfrey, Jason DeFreece, Vance Vanderwerkin.
Frist Row: Luke Carter (Sential), Jess Vanerau (Treasurer), Beverly Stocklas (Vice-President), Scott Marsh (President), Scott Baker (Reporter), Scott Sloan (Secretary).
3. What way does the community become a better community by the help of the FFA?
Ron Smith - "Cooperation on projects, service in building and painting, by adult classes, and by involvement on both parties. "
Gretchen Talley - "FFA members are learing ways to improve the appearance of our community, and we are puttign these ideas to work."
4. What are three words that best describe the FFA?
Connie Collins - "Civic-minded, responsible, leadership"
Ron Smith - "Unified, industrious, proud"
5. Why do you think the FFA was stared in 1928?
Kari Dack - "To teach the younger generation about agriculture and to teach them how to be more productive in their farming operation."
Pam Castor - "To assist those involved in and those who want to be in agriculture, to give them a network of people with similar interests, and to solve problems they are confronted with."
FFA PROCLAMATION SIGNED BY MAYOR... Plattsburg Mayor Don Smith, center signs a proclamaiton honoring the first week in our nation. Watching the mayor are two members of the local chapter, left to right: Scott March and Scott Baker.
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