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Highway Clean Up

On November 7th, the Armstrong Township High School Horticulture class put on their reflective vests, grabbed trash bags and headed out to the highway that was adopted by the Armstrong FFA! There, they worked together to clean up litter that covered the ditches. We are thankful to be able to give back to a community that benefits our FFA Chapter so much.


Homecoming Court 2017

Congratulations to the following students

who have been elected to the 2017 Homecoming Court: 

Queen Candidates

Dalacie Singh

Tessa Van Ostrand

Ellie Masengale

Makayla Stewart

King Candidates

Kyle Reitmeier

Adam Paz

Shawn Reardon

Zack Hannagan

Junior Attendants

Julia Mulvaney

Nick Cannon

Sophomore Attendants

Mogan Pecchenino

Gabriel Learned

Fresman Attendants

Emma Jameson

 Austin Rosenberger



Dodgeball Tournament

Last Thursday, November 16th, the Armstrong FFA hosted a Dodgeball Tournament here at the High School. Kansas brought two teams of their own and Hoopeston brought three students that joined in one of the Armstrong teams. Overall we had six teams compete in the tournament, with one of the Armstrong teams coming in first place and a Kansas team coming in second. Before the tournament, the students enjoyed Papa John’s pizza and homemade cookies that were baked by one of Armstrong’s officers, Natalie Schluter! The idea of the dodgeball tournament came from one of our Vice Presidents, Zach Birge. The Armstrong FFA would like to make this event a tradition from here on out. Thank you to all who came out and supported the Armstrong FFA and the teams who competed in the tournament!

FFA Alumni meeting

Tonight in the Ag Shop at 7 there will be an alumni meeting. Hope to see you there! Let me know if you have any questions!

Ag Sales CDE / Grain Fair

On Thursday, November 9th, Mr. Harlan and I took 4 students (Aidan Cunningham, Zach Birge, Cheyenne Cade and Jerid Myler) to Paris High School to compete in the Ag Sales CDE (Career Development Event). There, as a team, the students had to come up with a presentation to sell a Kabota RTV to a panel of judges, answer any questions about the product, and take a test involving ag sales questions. The students all did very well and learned a lot!

We also had students competing in the Grain Fair. The students had to complete a record book and bring in samples of their crop. We had 8 students enter in their crops, they were: Caleb Elliott, Johnathan Lyons, Ty Mabry, Carla Gann, Noah Mockbee, Hope Hambleton, Aidan Cunningham and Dylan Knight. The students will receive compensation for their hard work!

STAND Club and Red Ribbon Week

Members of the STAND Club feel they had a great Red Ribbon Week.  Most students participated in the “Dress Up” days, and more than 3/4 of the students in the school signed pledge cards to remian “Drug Free”.  The first ever Door Decorating Contest was a great success with 6 doors (Mr. Dunlavey, Mrs. Ashcraft, Ms. Schleet, Mrs Young, Mrs. Heidrick and Mr. Loschen)  encouraging students to remain drug free.  The students look forward to an even better Red Ribbon Week next year and are ready to start planning Post Prom activities!  If you have any questions about STAND or Red Ribbon Week, please call me at mashcraft@aths225.org or call 217-569-2122.

Student Council chooses Winter Wonderland as Homecoming theme

The school cafeteria will be transformed into a Winter Wonderland on Saturday, December 2, 2017, after Student Council members decorate for the Homecoming Dance.

Christmas trees, white lights, and snowy scenes will provide the back drop for the dance that begins at 7:00 pm.  Coronation will be held at 8:00.

Student Council is looking for artificial Christmas trees and white Christmas lights to borrow.  Trees and lights should be marked with the lender’s name and dropped off at the school after November 27th. Students can pick up local trees if necessary.  Please call Mrs. Ashcraft at 217-569-2122 or email at mashcraft@aths225.org if you have any questions. Borrowed trees can be picked up on Sunday, December 3rd during cleanup, or during the week of December 4th – 8th  during school hours.

Door Decorating for Red Ribbon Week 2017

Safety Day with Carle

Last Monday, Oct. 23rd, a representative visited from Carle Hospital to talk with two of the classes about grain bin safety. They went over the importance of following the safety rules, and what to do in an emergency. For fun, the students got to see how much weight they could pull out of a grain bin, which made it more realistic of how impossible it is to save people from an entrapment.

National Convention

Last Wednesday – Friday, Oct. 25-27th, the Armstrong FFA took 12 students to the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana for the 90th Annual National FFA Convention. While there, the students attended three different sessions where they got to hear from inspirational speakers and learn about the other chapters that have won national awards. In between the sessions the students had the chance to walk around the Expo portion of the convention. There, they talked with different agriculture companies, colleges, and the National FFA Organization. The first night the chapter attended the Rascal Flatts concert and the second night they went to the Headless Horseman Festival, where they conquered the corn maze and rode the spooky hayrack ride!  Overall, everyone learned a lot and had a great time!