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Ava FFA Chapter Will Observe National FFA Week Feb. 17-23

As the Ava High School FFA Chapter prepares to celebrate National FFA Week next week, members have prepared a report of the past year’s activities.

This week’s Douglas County Herald also contains pictures from the past year as well as information about the chapter and its officers.

The Ava chapter is under the supervision of advisors Brent Lakey and Tiffany Kauffman.

Ava FFA – A Year in Review

Written by FFA officers: Ivie Macy (Historian), Becca Neal (Reporter), and Ashton Davis (Secretary)

Ava FFA – a year in review from March 2012 to February 2013.

In March, we are busy working on Contest teams. Team competing last year, we had floriculture (Nikki Dougherty, Becca Neal, Hannah Phinney, and Ashley Riggs), job interview (Colton Hall), livestock (James Elijah, Taylor McDonald, Victor Wood, and Kendra Schuster), FFA knowledge (McKenna Hunsaker, Katelyn Jenkins, Brandy Johnson, Ivie Macy, and Tailer Stofer), Division 1 Speaker (Tori Reagan), FFA Scrapbook (Ashtin Stillings and Ashton Davis), Advanced Public Speaking (James Elijah), Dairy Cattle (Tyler Dooms, Lloyd Rideeoutte, and Trevor Murrah), Ag Mechanics (Cody Bellman-Hart, Sam Roberson, Payton Stewart, and Tyler Young), Forestry (Amanda Greene, Ashley Reiken, Christina Shortt, and Nathan Weathersbee), and Recordbooks (Colton Hall, Ciara Fossett, Ashlyn Verhage, and Tristan Haltom).

The Area FFA Banquet was held on April 10, 2012 at 6 p.m. in Branson at College of the Ozarks.

At Area Banquet, James Elijah was recognized for winning Star in Area Placement and our area degrees awarded: Katie Hicks, Melissa Coonts, Julia Spurlock, Abby Cooper, Alicia Morpeth, Ashton Davis, Becca Neal, Kendra Schuster, Taylor McDonald, Katy Russell, Colton Hall, Cody Bellman-Hart, Deana Cathcart, Derick Downs, Hannah Phinney, Kendra McCleary, and Kayla Dougherty.

Taylor McDonald was also elected as an Area FFA officer.

April also meant FFA trash pickup along Y Highway. Thirty-three bags of trash were collected.

The first spring labor auction was held at the Douglas County Livestock Auction with an increase of buyers and support from the community. We greatly enjoyed using the sale ring and the support the Douglas County Livestock Auction.

State Convention was held on April 18 through 20, 2012, in Columbia. James Elijah and Abby Dean received their State FFA Degrees. James Elijah and Colton Hall received their proficiency awards. James Elijah, Taylor McDonald, Victor Wood and Kendra Schuster competed on the Livestock team, receiving a Group 1.

The Scrapbook was on display at State and received a Group 1 medal. James Elijah also competed in Star State Placement. As a chapter, members served at Convention in the Courtesy Corp. and Ashley Lewis performed during State FFA Talent.

As a chapter, we host six blood drives throughout the year – April, June, August, October, December, and February. Each blood drive is held in the PAC Building from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Each donation saves hundreds of lives and we are thankful for all our donors. Each donor receives a free t-shirt and snacks. We work in conjunction with the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks. Last year we collected over 400 units.

In May, was our chapter banquet. In addition to electing new officers and acknowledging contests, we also recognize other awards.

Tailer Stofer won Star Greenhand; Kendra Schuster – Star Chapter Farmer, Colton Hall- Star Placement; and 24 chapter proficiencies were handed out.

Winning Chapter leadership awards were Lakota Blakey, Deevala Rawlings, Colton Hall, and Augusta Rideeoutte. Chapter Scholarship pins went to Tori Reagan, Victor Wood, Taylor McDonald, and James Elijah.

Kent Stamper and Elijah Farms received the Honorary FFA Degree. Numerous other supporters were recognized with a certificate of appreciation.

Receiving scholarships were Clinkingbeard Family Scholarship – Nikki Dougherty; Diamondback Cattle Company – James Elijah; Norman and Goldene Hart Memorial Scholarship – Augusta Rideeoutte; Claude Piland Scholarship – Nikki Dougherty; and the Ironwood Award – Katie Hicks.

James Elijah won the DeKalb Award for Outstanding Senior and the Midwest Dairy Award. Four-year FFA members received FFA sashes.

In the summer, we worked at Missouri Foxtrotters cleaning stalls and selling shavings. We sold over 80 stall cleanings that we cleaned throughout the summer. Members also held regular meetings through the summer and worked on the display for the Ozark Empire Fair, which placed first at OEF.

Also, Mr. Lakey and Mrs. Kauffman visited members’ SAE projects. In addition, member exhibited livestock, ag mechanic projects, and horticulture items at various fairs.

As school got back in session, officers and the advisors hosted a new member and parent night for all new FFA members. Over 50 people were in attendance.

The UMC Field Day was held on Sept. 13, 2012 in Mt. Vernon. We listened to speakers speak on agriculture products and technology. Members also got to feel the inside of the rumen of a dairy cow, which is done for research.

We started Fruit and Meat Sales on Sept. 14, 2012. All FFA members were able to sell fruit, meat, cookie dough, and beef jerky to earn money for our chapter activities.

Food for America was held on Sept. 25. Officers taught elementary school children about the parts of a cheeseburger and where their food comes from. Also, members brought animals and had a petting zoo, as well.

Ag Olympics was held on Sept. 29 in Fordland where they participated in Ag/farm games.

Farm Fest was held on Oct. 5. The top 40 members based on participation points got to attend. They were able to view animals, equipment, and new technology as well as bring home souvenirs.

National FFA Convention was held in Indianapolis, Ind. for the last time (in a while) from Oct. 24-27. Fourteen Ava FFA members traveled along with Cabool, Mtn. Grove, and Plato to Indy. While there, they attended the career show, opening session, a concert, rodeo, and toured Monsanto in St. Louis. Also, they also received the 3-Star National Chapter Award, which is the highest award chapters can receive.

In November, Ava hosted the Area FFA Speech Contest. Competing from Ava were Taylor McDonald and Ivie Macy; both got second and advanced to districts. They competed at districts a week later at MSU.

Area Barnwarming was held in Branson and 45 Ava members attended. Seth Shots and Molly Henderson were crowned Area Barnwarming King and Queen.

During Greenhand Initiation, greenhands or first year members dyed their hands green or wore feed sacks to show their pride in being in Ag.

Ava FFA also hosted a Mock Election for AHS which enabled every high schooler and faculty to vote for President, Governor, and Senate.

Chapter Barnwarming was held in the shop where members danced, participated in games, ate snacks, and elected a king and queen – Taylor McDonald and George Creson Jr.

In December, we unloaded and sorted our fundraising items and delivered our items to our customers. Members also built a float for the Christmas Parade and threw candy to the public and kids. Members rode on haybales on a flatbed trailer.

During the Christmas Party, members participated in a gift exchange, ate chili, and played Christmas-type games. Members also attended a MSU basketball game, Ag games, and BBQ which was sponsored by Missouri Farm Bureau.

In January, members attended the District Greenhand Conference at MSU. Greenhands saw a skit by State FFA officers and participated in breakout sessions to learn about benefits of being an FFA member.

Members are now working on their State FFA Degrees, Area FFA Degrees; and Proficiencies were due the last week of January and the first week of February.

Members are also submitting State FFA Choir and Talent applications. The chapter also hosts an FFA meeting every month to conduct business.

Plans are under way for FFA Week and Contest Teams to start the year all over again.

We would like to thank the community, teachers, and our parents for all of the support they give us throughout the year. Without them, we could not be