Trimble chapter celebrates National FFA Week

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By John-Michael Sachleben
Trimble County FFA Reporter
Once a year in February, the week of George Washington’s Birthday, is set aside to celebrate the National FFA Organization across the country. This week is known as National FFA Week.
National FFA week is a time to celebrate Agriculture and the FFA organization. Local chapters decide what they want to do during that week to celebrate.  Some things they do are… dress up days, have meetings, hold a banquet, conduct contests during the week, etc.
At TCHS we set dress up days for each day. Monday being camouflage day, Tuesday was wear Official Dress day, Wednesday was farm animal dress up day, Thursday was dress like a farmer day (to help honor our super heroes of Agriculture), and Friday was extreme blue and gold day.
Tuesday night we also held our Greenhand and Chapter Degree Ceremonies. We were fortunate to have State FFA Treasurer Jenna Harrod to share her experience as a greenhand. Members receiving their Greenhand degree were Olivia Boaz, Drew Burkhardt, Harley Coursey, Brandy Decker, Isaac Durand, Allen Enos, LeAnna Fillingim, Nathan Gibson, Carrie Hornback, Aaron Kelley, Will Kunselman, Heather Liter, Jessica Liter, Emilee Matthews, Ryker Matthews, Mark Mullins III, Gavin Murray, Desiree Nutgrass, Colby O’Conner, Hayley Snelling, Hannah Truman, Lucas Webster, Reece Webster, Weston Wentworth, and Dawson Whitaker. Those receiving their Chapter Degree were Nate Clifford, Nevada Devine, Sarah Green, Darian Fraley, Sara Harrell, Todd Herald, Carrie Hornback, Haley Howard, Brooke Huff, Donovan Liter, Isaac Schwarz, Hannah Stallard, and Lucas Webster.
Thursday morning the officer team came to school early and cooked breakfast for the teachers and staff. As a chapter we wanted to show our appreciation for the teachers and staff, thanking them for all that they do for us.
Friday morning was drive your tractor to school day and we also had a muddy vehicle contest. The Top 3 finishers for the tractor contest were Cole Wallace, Ian Reams, and Mark Mullins III in that order. Andrea Nalley finished 1st in the muddy vehicle contest, and Drew Burkhardt won the award for most FFA spirit. We wrapped up the morning by raising 1,066 cans from our canned food drive.  Those were donated to local churches’ food pantry.
For the past two years on the Friday of FFA week we have had a series of games we call the Ag Olympics. This year we brought back hay stacking by popular request and we had a new game that involved passing golf balls with a toilet plunger. For the grand finale we had a kiss the goat contest, where three teachers and three students were selected to kiss a goat.
We wrapped up National FFA Week with our chapter hosting a Chapter Leadership Conference.  The purpose of this event was to encourage our members to become leaders within our homes, schools, and community. Alumni, State FFA Officers, and Regional FFA Officers all hosted a session for our members.
The students at TCHS had a great time participating in the week’s events and we all cannot wait for FFA Week to roll around next year.