Thursday, June 20, 2024

Chelan FFA

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Advisors for Chelan FFA are Amanda Mattingly, in in her first year at Chelan and Breanne Baker, in her fifth year.
Chelan FFA was one of the first nine chartered FFA chapters in Washington state the first year that Washington chartered with National FFA. There are currently 175 chapters in Washington.
They are an affiliate chapter which means all students in Ag courses are FFA members. This enables all students to participate and benefit from FFA without having to pay a fee. This encourages them to try new things. They have about 60 active members consistently participating in Career Development Events (contests) and about 20 consistently volunteering together. So far 14 students have competed in a WA State FFA contest with the bulk of their State contests in the spring.
All students enrolled in Ag courses at Chelan High School are FFA members and officers are: Tiernan Davis, President; Mallory Shumway, Vice-president. Luke Hefley, Secretary, Abby Ludwig, Treasurer; Joslyn Bobadilla Chavarria, Reporter; and Oscar Cardenas, Sentinel
During FFA week, Feb. 18-25 the officers planned activities for their members, school, and community. They had a chapter meeting including a celebration of students' work so far this year and ending with a movie. They had a spirit week of dress up days ending with a Blue & Gold Day for the school and have an appreciation gift for all their teachers. They also held a school wide drive to collect items for the Chelan Food Bank. They are excited to grow their traditions.
Chelan FFA participates in both the North Central Washington Fair in Waterville and the Chelan County Fair in Cashmere. This coming fair season, Chelan FFA will have 26 students at fairs with a total of 54 animals. Students also consistently participate in Ag Mechanics, Floriculture, and Trapshoot contests throughout the year of which the Washington State contests will be in March and April. Chelan FFA students are also practicing after school for many contests including: Soils/Land Evaluation, Apple Evaluation, Ag Communications, Poultry Products and Evaluation, Environment & Natural Resources (ENR), Ag Sales, Milk Quality Products & Evaluation, Farm Business Management, Livestock Judging, Horse Evaluation, English Creed, and Spanish Creed. On Friday, ENR students went on a trip to the Chelan Falls Fish Hatchery to learn about wildlife and water quality.
 A highlight for Chelan FFA this year would be the addition of their Harvest Festival they hosted in October. The festival had fresh pressed cider, pumpkin bowling, face painting (done by the CHS Art club) and much more. The event was a success and the officers look forward to hosting this event again each year.

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