Mansfield celebrates FFA Week

Winners of the Ag Olympics from Mansfield School’s ninth grade class are, from left, Braydon Murison, Katelyn Donaglia, Charleah Munson and Yovanni Baltazar. (Provided photo/Jamey Jo Steele)

 

By Adrienne Douke
Empire Press Correspondent

Mansfield School celebrated National FFA Week Feb. 19-22. FFA Week is observed by chapters nationwide each year during the week of George Washington’s birthday in February. Mansfield’s FFA commemorated the week by organizing dress up days related to agriculture and the FFA.

Tuesday was Farmer Day, Wednesday was Camo Day, Thursday was Ag Career Day and Friday was FFA Colors Day.

The colors of blue and gold stand for unity in the organization. National blue represents the nation’s flag, and corn-gold signifies fields of ripened corn.

There were other activities during the week.

A members-only potluck lunch was held Wednesday. A staff and school board appreciation breakfast took place Friday. At the breakfast, the students made waffles, bacon and sausage for the teachers, staff and school board members.

“This is the fifth year we have held this breakfast,” agriculture-FFA instructor Jamey Jo Steele said. “It’s become a very popular and fun event.”

On Friday afternoon an Ag Olympics was held. This involved competition between grades 7-12 in activities related to farming and ranching.

The competition included stick horse races, baby calf bottle chugging, a roping contest, and a needle in a haystack search. The class with the fastest overall time earned the Ag Olympics trophy for the school year.

The winner this year was the ninth grade class of Braydon Murison, Katelyn Donaglia, Charleah Munson and Yovanni Baltazar.

“My kids have dressed up every day this week,” said Thera Moore, mother of eighth grade student and FFA member Trevor Moore.

“I enjoy the FFA program because I am gaining knowledge in agriculture,” Trevor Moore said. “I also enjoy all the team building strategies we learn.”

FFA is the premier youth organization that prepares its members for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture, according to its website. The FFA program develops future chemists, veterinarians, government officials, bankers, international business leaders, teachers and other professionals.

“I always look forward to FFA Week and celebrating the largest national youth organization that offers so many opportunities for students and represents the greatest industry in the world: agriculture,” Steele said.