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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
Don’t forget about our next meeting, November 14th at 7pm in the High School Ag Shop!
Below is an attached letter that will be sent our to some former Ag students
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!