By Rachelle Dennis Posted April 23, 2009
On March 17 through 21 of 2009, 26 Lowry students attended the FFA state conference in Reno.
The FFA was founded in 1928; the FFA organization represents a large diversity of over 300 careers in the food, fiber and natural resources industry. FFA is an integral part of a school system.
More than 7,000 FFA chapters are currently in existence; their programs are managed on a local, state and national level. Each chapter’s Program of Activities is designed with the needs of the students in mind. Activities vary greatly from school to school but are based on a well-integrated curriculum. Chapter activities and FFA programs concentrate on three areas of their mission: premier leadership, personal growth and career success. The organization is expanding the nation’s view of “traditional” agriculture and finding new ways to infuse agriculture into the classroom.
At state, FFA participates in different events called Career Development Events. They compete in skills that they use in the classroom, such as public speaking, agriculture sales, dairy food products and poultry.
While at state the students went roller skating, received a campus tour, and attended a dance. It wasn’t all just fun and games though. The students had to work hard to win their events.
Sophomore Shane Bell placed 1st in Public Speaking.
Bell explained “I enjoy the people and how I relate to them. I enjoy the competitions too.”