Collins-Maxwell year-end review

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Collins-Maxwell FFA members work together to cook breakfast. Submitted photo
Front row (l to r): Mr. Waddingham, Toni Spencer, Nina Morris, Nathan Wright, Jacob Stratton, Bailey Holgate, Sean Deakins, Stephanie Twohey; second row: Bryce Bacon, Dalton Birchmier, Kathleen Baldwin, Trever Coughenour, Chasity Moody, Cheyenne Randles, Jena Barrett, Chantel Maxwell, Frank Sposeto IV; third row: Carter Fricke, Colton Smith, Tyler Kennedy, Garrett Husske, Abby Husske, Makenze Smith, Katherine Hodge, Whitney Spencer; fourth row: Brock Burton, Max Van Maanen, William Spencer, Jared Warne, Jacob Skinner, Nash Kennedy, Reace Morris, Saylor Wattonville, Abbigal Ericson; back row: Kyle Coughenour, Brock Staudt. Not pictured: Mariah Norton, Haley Lantz, Charles Robertson, Bradley Hofer, Jared Hudson, Kennedy Vassey, Tucker Maxwell and Nick Leonard. Submitted photo
The 2014 Collins-Maxwell FFA officers include: front row - Nina Morris, vice president; Jacob Stratton, president; Nathan Wright, vice president; second row: - Toni Spencer, treasurer; Bailey Holgate, reporter; Sean Deakins, vice president; Stephanie Twohey, reporter; third row: Advisor Mr. Waddingham. Not pictured: Mariah Norton, secretary and Kennedy Vasey, sentinel. Submitted photo

The Collins-Maxwell Agriculture Department and FFA were established in 1997. There has been a continued increase in activities since the first year. We have 43 FFA members in the chapter this year. FFA members are becoming more involved and are looking to try new activities. The chapter participates in sub-district, district, and state FFA CDE’s (Career Development Events). Some of these Leadership events include Public Speaking, Chapter Quiz, Ag Sales, Program of Activities, and Ag Issues and Perceptions. Agriculture Skills events include Livestock Evaluation, Meats Evaluation, Horse Evaluation and Agronomy. The FFA is also involved in many other fun and exciting activities. New activities include chapter-fishing tournament, Ag in the Classroom Plot, hosted a blood drive, helping at the Story County Cattlemen’s Banquet, and have been planning a student Career Expo. Attending the National FFA Convention is among the most exciting activity of them all.

FFA members have many opportunities to learn in the classroom, working with their Supervised Agricultural Experience projects, and participating in FFA activities. FFA members and agricultural students learn about job getting skills, job keeping skills, occupational skills, and numerous leadership skills. The skills that they learn will be used the rest of their lives.

FFA Week is a time to celebrate and promote this great organization. FFA week activities include elementary coloring contest, Ag Appreciation Breakfast, daily school trivia questions, tractor day (depends on weather), and dress-up days. We encourage all middle school and high school students to participate in these activities.

The Collins-Maxwell FFA would like to thank the Collins and Maxwell communities, Collins-Maxwell school administration, and Collins-Maxwell school board for all of the support. We want to continue making the Collins-Maxwell FFA and Agriculture programs the best they can be.

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