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FFA celebrates busy winter

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By FFA Reporter Riley Ross

When most people think of farming and agriculture in winter, they envision downtime and “mending your harness.” But for members of the Cedar Springs FFA, winter is a busy time.  Leadership is a focus in the Cedar Springs FFA and the future belongs to those who prepare for it.

Each fall kicks off with a Big Buck contest. Everyone in the high school is invited to enter. Trophies are given, and this year’s winners are John Shaw and Zack Cardinal. Congratulations!

After the first of the year, Nate Schoen organized and led the FFA fishing tournament. Members gathered at Bass Lake and fished all day. Winners were determined by dividing fish weight by length. This year’s winners were Kevin Galloway and Dylan Tanis.

N-FFA2-kids-on-stairs-webSeveral members showed their leadership skills by earning honors and participating in Leadership Contests. There are levels of competition that have to be achieved to advance. First level is Districts, then Regions, then on to the State level.

Cedar hosted six schools in their districts and Nicole Kaupa and Justin Davis competed in the Job Interview contest. Kaupa earned the Silver Award. Justin Davis earned the right to compete at Regionals with a Gold Award. Also polishing their leadership skills were Adam Parker and Ian Savickas who competed in the Demonstration Contest. Parker and Savickas earned gold at the regional event in Lowell competing against the winners from the 3 districts.  The pair went all the way to the State finals to compete against the 11 other winners from around the state earning a silver award. Congratulations to all of our FFA members for a job well done.

Leadership is not just leading a group of followers. It is helping your fellow classmates to learn how to make a difference in our world—by giving direction, a helping hand, and learning with others how to be the leaders of tomorrow. The FFA motto is “Learning to do, doing to learn, earning to live, and living to serve.”

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