National FFA Week Feb. 15-22

February 14, 2014 

Harrisonville Mayor Kevin Wood hands FFA members from the Cass Career Center a proclamation from the City of Harrisonville proclaiming Feb. 15-22 as National FFA Week. FFA members are, from left, Jack McCleave, Dustin Wallen, Jessie Poisal and Kaitlin Fifer.

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Cass Career Center FFA will celebrate National FFA Week Feb. 15-22. “Ignite” is this year’s theme, as members we should strive to spark the spirit and passion for FFA and agriculture. More than half a million members around the nation will participate in National FFA Week activities at the local and state levels by having spirit days and community service projects.

The focus of National FFA Week is to inform communities around the country about the unique opportunities created through the FFA. From its beginning in 1928 as the Future Farmers of America, the National FFA Organization extends to all 50 states, including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. FFA is committed to developing character and leadership skills, as well as preparing members for a lifetime of civic leadership and career success.

As a part of National FFA Week, Cass Career Center FFA members are planning the following special events:

• Friday, Feb. 14 – Ski Trip at Snow Creek in Weston

• Tuesday, Feb. 18 – FFA Meeting and Pizza Party

• Wednesday, Feb. 19 – High School/Career Center Teacher Appreciation Day and FFA Spirit Day

• Thursday, Feb. 20 – FFA Early Morning Breakfast and Dress like a Farmer Day

• Friday, Feb. 21 – Drive Your Tractor to School and Western Farm Show Field Trip

Cass Career Center FFA members are the leaders of tomorrow and are dedicated to community service activities like Food for America, volunteering for the Burnt District Festival, and donating fruit to the local food pantry.

The Cass Career Center FFA is one of over three hundred chapters that are in the state of Missouri.

The Cass Career Center Agriculture program has 145 students enrolled in one of the four agricultural career paths offered at the Cass Career Center. Of the 145 students, 128 are members of the National FFA Organization. Students are able to choose their intended career path from Ag. Mechanics, Animal Science, Plant Science, or Natural Resources/Conservation.

Three schools attend the Agriculture Programs offered at the Cass Career Center: Lee’s Summit, Ray-Pec, and Harrisonville High School.

When high school students enroll in an agriculture class, they are encouraged to become a member of the FFA organization, which can lead to a future of premiere leadership, personal growth, and career success. Agricultural education, a supervised agricultural experience and FFA form a solid foundation for students to develop leadership skills, global agricultural knowledge, and practical experience needed to succeed in their careers and everyday life. FFA allows classroom knowledge to come alive through hands-on experience and provides many opportunities for members to develop self-confidence, leadership skills and positive values.

As a part of FFA, students have the ability to develop leadership skills as officers. This year’s Chapter FFA Officers are: President – Jack McCleave, Vice President – Kaitlin Fifer, Reporter – Kaylea Eddy, Secretary – Sydney Hoffman, Treasurer – Blake Moreland, Parliamentarian – Jordan Bostic, Historian – Jessie Poisal, Chaplin – Dustin Wallen, and Sentinel – Austin Moreland. In addition Greenhands, or first year members, elect their own officers. This year’s Greenhand Officers are: President – Melanie Riggs, Vice President – Amanda Rushly, Secretary – Delaynie Getty, Treasurer – Madi Phillips, Parliamentarian – Alexis Taylor, Reporter – Elizabeth Cowan, Historian – Tiffany Hartzler, Chaplin – Zach Bolinger, and Sentinel – Hannah Gibler.

The highlight of the FFA year will be Friday, May 9, when the Chapter has its annual banquet. The chapter will recognize students’ success throughout the year as well as honoring those in the community who have supported us.

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