On Wednesday, October 18th, I took 19 students to Danville Area Community College for Leadership Training School (LTS) that was ran by Section 18 Officers and the Illinois FFA State Vice President. There, the students got the chance to meet students from surrounding schools in Section 18, hear from Industry Professionals, and learn how to be a better leader of tomorrow. The Officers broke the students into groups to do different activities that encouraged them to be more outgoing and assertive.
On Wednesday, October 18th, three Section 18 FFA Officers and our Illinois FFA State Vice President traveled to Armstrong High School to do chapter visits. They attended two of the classes (Ag Science & Intro to Ag) where they had the students participate in a lockbox challenge. A lockbox challenge is a team challenge where they must answer clues in order to figure out the combinations for each lock. The students seemed to really enjoy this activity and the competition of beating the other teams! Every student worked hard and well with one another. After they had completed the challenge, the officers talked about having goals in life, sharing some of their own, as well as the different types of goals (short-term, mid-term and long term). They had the students write down one goal for each type, getting them to reflect on their lives now and what they would like their lives to become.
Big thanks to Illinois FFA for providing such fun activities!
This past weekend, October 13th-14th, the Armstrong FFA had 2 events! The first one was the FFA Bonfire on Friday night. A good amount of members attended a bonfire at the Hannagan’s, roasted hotdogs and enjoyed each others company. On Saturday morning, the students who will be attending National Convention next week did a fundraiser at the Casey’s in Gifford. They asked all of the customers if they could pump their gas or clean their windshield, informing them they were trying to raise money to go to National Convention. They raised a good amount of money that decreases their fee to attend the convention!
Last night, Armstrong held their first alumni meeting in hopes of starting a chapter. We discussed why an alumni chapter would be beneficial for the Armstrong FFA, what steps needed to be taken and how to get more people involved. We need at least 10 individuals who would like to be members of the Armstrong FFA Alumni in order to charter our chapter. Anyone who one has graduated high school can be a member of the alumni, even if you didn’t graduate from Armstrong High School. As an alumni chapter, they are there to help support the Armstrong FFA Chapter.
If you are interested in joining this organization our next meeting will be on November 14th @ 7pm in the high school Ag Shop. If you have any questions at all, email Miss Foran at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope to see you at the next meeting!
This past Friday and Saturday seven Armstrong FFA members attended a Leadership Conference in Decatur, IL. During this conference the students learned about what it truly meant to be a leader by doing activities that strengthened and developed their leadership skills. While the students were learning how to be a leader of tomorrow, Miss Foran had the privilege of touring The Good Samaritan Inn. This is a soup kitchen that has utilized empty grass lots to create gardens to help provide healthier meals for their guests. The FFA members and Miss Foran learned a lot at these conferences and are excited to take what information and skills they learned back to the Armstrong FFA!
Last night, Tuesday, September 26th, four students: Logan Porter, Caleb Elliott, Kayden Turner, and Katelyn Luecke, attended a tour at the McLane Distribution Facility in Danville, IL. There, they learned about the inner workings of the company and how widespread their business reaches. The Vermillion County Farm Bureau generously set up this tour and took all of the students and the advisors out for Monical’s Pizza! Big thank you to the McLane Distribution Facility and the Vermillion County Farm Bureau for hosting such a fun night!
This past Saturday, September 23rd the Armstrong FFA participated in the parade with the float they decorated. The theme for the float was FFA colors and farming with the extra touch of an old steam engine tractor that was built by past Armstrong FFA members. The students who represented the Armstrong FFA included: Noah Mockbee, John Mockbee, Gabi Hudson, Morgan Pecchenino, Emily Rogers, Makayla Learned, Sarah Edenburn, Logan Porter, Cheyenne Cade, and Katelyn Luecke. Riding his horse, Thunder, behind the FFA float was Adian Cunningham. We all had a great time passing out candy and seeing all of the other parade entries!
The Armstrong FFA started a new trend this year, we hosted a beginning of the year Family Cookout! We invited friends and family of the Armstrong FFA to come out to the Gann’s and enjoy burgers, hotdogs, baked beans, and dessert. Before the meal was ready, the students enjoyed 9-square out in the yard and the new Agriculture teacher, Miss Foran, had a chance to meet some of the parents. The officer team and Miss Foran introduced themselves and went over some of the activities and trips that would be going on for the year within the FFA. The biggest success of the cookout was the interest in starting an Alumni Chapter here at Armstrong! Everyone had a great time and hope to make it an annual event!
On Wednesday, September 13th four Armstrong FFA members, Noah Mockbee, Zane Wright, Dylan Knight, and Austin Keen, participated in the Tractor Safety CDE at Chrisman High School. At this competition, students are suppose to back up a selection of wagons/trailers and answer safety questions. Armstrong placed second with Zane Wright with the highest score of all the students. Great job boys!