The Tarkio FFA Chapter has been very busy this spring. As the school year came to an end, there were many events that took place. Since our last article we have had members take part in the Missouri Farm Bureau Youth Leadership Day, Missouri State FFA Convention, flower sales, shop projects, and our chapter banquet.
On April 14, 2016, three members of our chapter, Karlly Eyman, Ethan Riley, and Kris Riley, attended the MFB Youth Leadership Day in Jefferson City, Missouri. We began the day at the MFB headquarters. We then went to the capitol where we could tour and speak with our senators and representatives. We were able to meet with our Representative Allen Andrews and he allowed us to go with him into their meeting chamber where we were able to see how they approve laws that are put into effect. After touring the capitol, we went back to the MFB headquarters and enjoyed a delicious lunch and listened to guest speakers inform us about what the MFB does for the farmers of Missouri and also spoke to us about the importance of agriculture fields in today’s economy and businesses. We would like to thank the Atchison County Farm Bureau for making this possible for our members to attend.
On April 20-22, 2016, seven members of the Tarkio FFA Chapter attended the Missouri State FFA Convention in Columbia, Missouri. The members who attended were Karlly Eyman, Haley Hall, Alissa Hurst, Bella Hurst, Ethan Riley, Colin Joesting, and Troy Wennihan. The Missouri State FFA Convention takes place on the University of Missouri campus, the Hearnes Center, and The Hampton Inn by the Hearnes Center. On Thursday, five members worked at the Hampton Inn as workers to help with the leadership seminars that were going on for FFA members to become better leaders. While we were working, our two State FFA Choir members, Colin Joesting and Troy Wennihan, spent the day practicing for their concerts on Friday. Thursday afternoon, we attended the opening session to watch guest speakers and watch Missouri FFA members receive awards for their accomplishments from the year. On Friday at the convention, we went to the Career Fair which took place in the Hearnes Center. At the afternoon session, we were able to watch Colin and Troy perform as part of the State FFA Choir. We were also able to watch Ethan receive his Missouri State Fair Youth in Agriculture Scholarship. In the evening session, we watched Colin and Troy perform again as part of the choir, watched Dr. Rick Rigsby give his inspiring message as the keynote speaker, and finally we were able to watch Ethan Riley receive his State FFA Degree. This is something Ethan has been working on for four years and we are proud to have watched him be able to receive this honor. As a chapter, we were able to see what other chapters around the state do for activities and projects and were able to bring some ideas back to our chapter.
Throughout the spring, we have had many projects going on. Through our ag education courses and the FFA, we have shop projects that are produced. This year, members made raised garden boxes, hope chests, bird houses, sandboxes, tool holders, flower pots, and shelves. We also had students in the greenhouse class and FFA members producing flowers in our greenhouse. We produced enough flowers to make our greenhouse overflow with good looking flowers and plants. We sold two stock trailer loads of flowers to Earl May of Shenandoah and a load of plants to Fareway in Shenandoah. We also had a public sale on April 30th in which we had customers from all across Atchison County as well as Iowa and Nebraska come purchase flowers. We successfully sold out of flowers this year and are already planning what new plants to grow next year. Our welding classes have been re-working the ground pipes for our new greenhouse and they are almost ready to start putting them in the ground. Later this summer we can assemble the new greenhouse to allow for more space when we are growing plants in the future. On May 5, we also completed our Highway Clean-up on Highway 59 between Torrey Pines and the T south of Tarkio.
On May 16, we had our Annual Tarkio FFA Banquet. During this event, we award our students for the accomplishments they have received through coursework, the FFA, and their SAE projects. We began the night with our opening ceremonies and a dinner. We ate our meal and then presented awards. We began with the Greenhand Degree. Members receiving the Greenhand Degree were Megan Lee, Madison Lesher, Emily Hunt, McKenzie Hines, Lily Graves, Garett Meyer, Gage McAdams, Troy Wennihan, Zach Sapp and Alex Driskell. The Star Greenhand Award, which goes to the Greenhand who is involved in the most activities and has a satisfactory SAE, was awarded to Megan Lee. We then awarded our Chapter FFA Degree to Bella Hurst, Melissa Lang, Colin Joesting, Dayton Murry, and Shae DeRosier. We also honored our following contest individuals and teams: Soil and Water Conservation speaking – Alissa Hurst, received 2nd at Area, 3rd at Districts; Pork Producers speaking – Ethan Riley, received 1st at Area, 3rd at Districts; Creed Speaking – Madison Lesher, 4th at Area; Division II Speaking – Melissa Lang, 4th at Area; Job Interview – Shae DeRosier, 4th at Area; Floriculture – Alissa Hurst, Bella Hurst, Gage McAdams, and Melissa Lang; Livestock Judging – Ethan Riley, Colin Joesting, Kris Riley, and Dayton Murry; FFA Knowledge – Megan Lee, Garrett Meyer, McKenzie Hines, and Zach Sapp; and Meats Judging – Karlly Eyman, Haley Hall, Dawson Joesting, and Alex Driskell. We honored our chapter Proficiency winners as follows: Swine Production Ownership – Ethan Riley; Swine Production Placement – Colin Joesting; Diversified Livestock Ownership – Megan Lee; Beef Production Ownership – Colin Joesting; Diversified Crop Production Placement – Dayton Murry; and Nursery Operations Placement – Alissa Hurst. We then awarded Ethan Riley with the Chapter Star Farmer award because of his outstanding SAE project of raising pigs and cattle. We awarded four members with Scholarship Awards, which goes to the member in each grade with the highest agriculture education grade and who also maintain a 3.0 GPA through other school coursework outside of agriculture education. The members receiving this award were Megan Lee, Shae DeRosier, Karlly Eyman, and Ethan Riley. The Joesting Family Awarded the David Joesting Memorial Scholarship to Ethan Riley. We also recognized Ethan Riley for earning his State FFA Degree and Cavin Joesting for earning his American FFA Degree. We honored our trap shooters for their good season and announced their season score totals as follows: Shae DeRosier – 241 out of 350; Kris Riley – 209 out of 350; McKenzie Hines – 209 out of 350; Bella Hurst – 196 out of 350; Alissa Hurst – 196 out of 350; Colin Joesting – 180 out of 250; Dayton Murry – 153 out of 250. Finally, we honored our outgoing officer team of Alissa, Ethan, Karlly, Haley, Dawson, and Kris. We installed our new officer team as follows: President – Haley Hall; Co-Vice-Presidents – Karlly Eyman and Colin Joesting; Secretary – Melissa Lang; Treasurer – Shae DeRosier; Co-Reporters – Bella Hurst and Dayton Murry; Sentinel – Megan Lee; and Historian – Emily Vance. To close out the night we honored our graduating seniors with the retirement of their jackets. We would like to wish Ethan Riley and Alissa Hurst good luck with