November 14, 2018
On Monday, November 5, Johnson County FFA competed in two leadership contests at the district level at Daniel Boone High School. The freshman Conduct of Chapter Meeting contest included team members Leann Crosswhite, Andrew Woerner, Emma Hodges, Shea Duperry, Montana Pugh, Maddie Furches, and Alondra Hernandez. This team placed first in the Watauga District. Additionally, the upperclassman Parliamentary Procedure contest included team members Andrew Dugger, Colton Long, Omar Hernandez, Harlen Savory, Haeleigh Thompson, Keith Rice and Brett Ward. The team also placed first in Watauga District. They advance to the regional contest on November 15.
FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. To accomplish its mission, FFA:
•Develops competent and assertive agricultural leadership.
•Increases awareness of the global and technological importance of agriculture and its contribution to our well-being.
•Strengthens the confidence of agriculture students in themselves and their work.
•Promotes the intelligent choice and establishment of an agricultural career.
•Encourages achievement in supervised agricultural experience programs.
•Encourages wise management of economic, environmental and human resources of the community.
•Develops interpersonal skills in teamwork, communications, human relations and social interaction.
•Builds character and promotes citizenship, volunteerism and patriotism.
•Promotes cooperation and cooperative attitudes among all people.
•Promotes healthy lifestyles.
•Encourages excellence in scholarship.
The agriculture education program is built on the three core areas of classroom/ laboratory instruction, supervised agriculture experience programs, and FFA student organization activities/opportunities. The program is designed for delivery through these three components as follows: Classroom/Laboratory Instruction – quality instruction in and about agriculture that utilizes a “learning by doing” philosophy. Supervised Agriculture Experience Programs – all students are expected to have an agriculturally related work-based learning experience while enrolled in agriculture education courses.
FFA Student Organization activities/opportunities– FFA activities are in integral part of the agricultural
education program that all agricultural education students should participate are to fully benefit from their enrollment in the program. The FFA motto gives members twelve short words to live by as they experience the opportunities in the organization.
Founded in 1942, the FFA Chapter has enjoyed both state and national recognition in various competitions. The innovative agriculture department at the Johnson County CTE is taking agriculture well into the future. The program has generated national attention and has brought thousands of visitors to tour the state-of-the-art facilities built in 1997. Students are experimenting with growing plants and fish using hydroponics and aquaponics technology.
FFA’s local, state and national programs and activities help members develop public speaking skills, conduct and participate in meetings, manage financial matters, strengthen problem solving abilities and assume civic responsibility. Degrees earned at local, state and national levels recognize members’ increasing accomplishments.
Competitive events and award programs in areas such as public speaking, commodity marketing and agriscience recognize students’ achievements, encourage them to excel beyond the classroom and develop career skills. Community service programs help students contribute to society.