Middletown- Shenandoah FFA’s chapter officers had the opportunity to attend another FFA leadership camp held at the Indiana FFA Leadership Center in Trafalgar, IN during February 2-3. LDW #2 (Leadership Development Workshops) is a camp designed to enhance or encourage great leadership skills and values. FFA members also attended this camp along with 230 other FFA members from around the state. Closer to home, fifteen members from the chapter attended the 2013 Farmer’s Breakfast at Smith Auditorium on February 15. FFA members assisted with the logistics of the event including serving food, clean up, and hospitality. Members were also treated to an excellent keynote address from Mr. Yager, a local agriculturalist, about the upcoming decisions on the United States Farm Bill. The chapter has most recently celebrated National FFA Week February 16‐23, 2013. This year’s theme was GROW, and this theme celebrates more than 80 years of FFA traditions and what members are eagerly anticipating the organization’s future. More than 550,000 members nationwide will participate in National FFA Week activities at local, state and national levels. Shenandoah participated in these activities with several dress up days and Minute to win it! Style games during the middle and high school lunches. Shenandoah FFA members educated students during the week about the FFA organization and agriculture. Shenandoah FFA also partnered with the Shenandoah National Honor Society to conduct the annual Pennies for Patients program. The Pennies for Patients program is a national program the collects monetary donations in the form of change for the National Leukemia Society. These two organizations had huge success with these events and thanks students and the community for their support. Shenandoah FFA has been very busy lately and is looking forward to District IX Contest and Convention on March 8th and the district level proficiency contest or better known as SAE (Supervised Agricultural Experience) on February 28th.
Middletown- District IX convention and contest, district and state qualifier proficiency judging, and district chapter meeting contests are just a few events in which FFA members have been taking apart in during the months of March, April, and May. Taking place first for members was the District Convention and CDE (Career Development Event) contests which took place on March 8, 2013. Shenandoah had an excellent year this year with four district champions, six district runner-ups, and three teams placing third in their events. Shenandoah overall had over forty-three members competing at the District IX Convention and contest. The District Chapter Meeting contest took place two weeks after District IX Convention. The results of these teams were outstanding; the novice and senior teams both came out as district champions. Following shortly after District IX convention was the state qualifying proficiency contest which took place last week. Shenandoah students had the opportunity to submit their SAE (Supervised Agricultural Experience) programs to a contest in which these SAEs are judged. Students winning state last year competed and students qualifying from the District level proficiency contest. All of the results from these events and contests are listed below. Shenandoah had another excellent year with contest and plans to have a great year at the state contest which will take place during June. In our program of activities for the next couple weeks are is as follows: Henry Country Agricultural Education Day at the Henry County Fairgrounds on Friday, April 12; Section Parliamentary procedure contest on April 16; and the annual Snug Harbor Prom on April 27, 2013.