FFA seeks to create dynamic and strong leaders in America's youth

Friday, February 22, 2008
The Fort Scott High School FFA officer team poses at the State Convention in June in Manhattan. The officers, from top to bottom, left to right: Sentinel Cody Meech, Historian Blake Tucker, Parliamentarian Jared Snyder, President Sabrina Minor, Treasurer Elizabeth Meech, Secretary Courtney Bohlken, Reporter Holly Schnichels, Alternate Austin Schofield, and Vice President Cody Combs. Submitted photo

One local high school organization makes a difference in the lives of the students who participate in its program.

According to information provided by the local high school chapter, FFA is a dynamic youth organization within agricultural education that changes lives.

It makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education. FFA was created in 1928 as the Future Farmers of America and the name as changed in 1988 to the National FFA Organization to represent the growing diversity of agriculture.

Fort Scot High School FFA members gather to pick up trash on Highway 54 west of Fort Scott. The group participates in the Adopt-A-Highway program about three times a year. Some work activities in which the group participates in a couple times throughout the year include Recycle Trailer and Stadium Cleanup. Submitted photo

According to the National FFA Organization Web site, FFA strives to be useful in helping to develop responsibility in the FFA members.

"The National FFA Organization is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education," the Web site said.

The information provided by the high school said that the local program is having a positive effect on its members. Fort Scott FFA was chartered in 1945 and currently has 72 members. They have been busy throughout the year completing various activities.

The members always strive to show leadership and achieve success. The group has an officer team consisting of Sabrina Minor, president; Cody Combs, vice president; Courtney Bohlken, secretary; Elizabeth Meech, treasurer; Holly Schnichels, reporter; Cody Meech, sentinel; Jared Snyder, parliamentarian; Blake Tucker, historian; and Austin Schofield, alternate. The officer team has been to the State Convention in Manhattan, Kan., and the National Convention in Indianapolis, Ind.

"We are always trying to help serve and better our community. Some work activities in which we participate in a couple times throughout the year include Recycle Trailer, Stadium Cleanup, Adopt-A-Highway, and many others. We are all about work, but still know how to have fun. We always have many fun activities which consist of going to Worlds of Fun, playing dodge ball, having a Trail Ride, and many, many more. National FFA Week is February 18-22. We celebrate this by having many fun activities planned throughout the week," a statement from Minor said.

During FFA Week the local FFA members will be going bowling in Pittsburg, going to the movies, having a get together at the Keyhole and eating deli, going to see Rick Rigsby speak in Uniontown on Thursday morning and having pizza at lunch. They will also be going to the Western Farm Show on Friday.

According to information provided by the local organization, Kansas FFA was the 16th state chartered in 1929. Last year there were 156 chapters and 7,133 members in the state of Kansas.