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FFA concludes a busy summer 


By Chloe Boomgaard

Summer has gone especially fast for the Cedar Springs FFA this summer. It all began when the High school FFA officer team had the chance to attend the State Leadership Conference for Chapter Officers (SLCCO) in Lansing on July 9 and 10. The eight members of the officer team attending include Dylan McConnon, Olivia Martinek, Chloe Boomgaard, Carly Dunham, Angel Shears, Trevor Marsman, Jared Smith,and Mr.Reyburn. These students had the opportunity while at the conference to attend three different sessions that were themed with different points of leadership: how to set goals, how to work as a team to achieve goals, and communication skills that will help the officers step up to the plate and become the best leaders possible.

Just days after returning from SLCCO, a group of FFA members returned to the MSU campus. The group included Alyssa Marshall, Dylan McConnon, Alyssa Roelofs, Axel Anderson and Trevor Marsman, and coaches Brent Willett and Cade Hall. They had the chance to participate in a Livestock Judging competition on July 12. They spent many countless hours practicing and going to fairs to practice judging livestock being shown by other people. The team put all they had into the competition and placed 11 out of 27 different teams. Great job team! 

The land lab work began with Wayne and Trevor Marsman planting the corn in the field by the high school and Dylan McConnon spreading the fertilizer on the field. Dave Dunaven and Steve Smitz helped the FFA by tilling and planting the soybeans and making sure that everything was set in order to have a great crop this season. Jerad Smith and Dylan McConnon applied herbicides to both of the fields. Along with this great group of people we had Jake Gebhardt, who helped both groups of people to prepare the field for planting. 

Dylan McConnon and Tyler Schoen represented the FFA and Cedar Springs well in the state tractor driving contest. Dylan finished in first place,and Tyler followed behind in fifth place. Many of the chapters members participated in the showing of live stock at the Kent County Youth Fair while other officers worked a booth selling meat sticks, maple syrup, and work gloves along with running the Agricultural Adventure barn to help younger kids learn about the many areas of agriculture. The barn was not only run by the Cedar Springs chapter but the Lowell and Caledonia chapters as well. All student entering the High school and returning high schoolers keep a lookout for the FFA at orientation with some games for everyone to enjoy. 

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FFA Community Gardens


By Olivia Martinek

As the snow disappears, the registration for our community garden plots opens! April showers bring May flowers for most, but in our case, it brings the community together to produce wonderful crops. For over 70-plus years, the Cedar Springs FFA has been focusing on serving others and developing its member’s community involvement and leadership skills.

The Cedar Springs FFA members, and students in Agriscience classes, are learning about how to prepare and how to plant a garden in Michigan. There are many who want to have a garden to produce fresh produce, but do not have the necessary resources or land. If that is you, the community gardens are a great option! 

The plots for the community gardens are provided near the high school. The water for the gardens is donated by the generous local fire departments, who fill the tank so members will have local access to water. The FFA provides tools and prepares the plots before the members of the community take on their individual plot. The seedlings are grown and provided by the High School Plant Science class, FFA members, and other Agriscience classes. If you choose to join, you can plant your own seed, or transplant some of the seedlings free of cost. Once you take on the garden plot, it is for you to maintain and to reap the benefits. 

If you are interested in having a plot in the Community Gardens, you can contact Larry Reyburn (the FFA Advisor) at 616-696-1200 extension 6331 or email him at larry.reyburn@csredhawks.org. 

The Cedar Springs FFA is looking forward to another great spring of helping others have easy access to fresh, plentiful fruits and vegetables.  

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Winter activities keep FFA busy 


 

By Olivia Martinek

The Cedar Springs FFA has been very busy in these past months, and the FFA has a packed full winter! Now that they are well into the school year, events have really gotten going.

Some of their members, Heather Beverwyk, Cecelia Brandt, Alyssa Marshall, Olivia Martinek, Dylan McConnon, Evan Young, Zack Cardinal and Jared Smith had the amazing opportunity to attend the National FFA Convention held in Indianapolis, IN. Also, a special thank you to the chaperones, Mr. and Mrs. Babbitt, Mrs. Brandt and Mr. Reyburn the FFA advisor. The National FFA Convention is an event where FFA members and advisors from all over the country attend sessions, competitions, a expo,  workshops, and many other activities. Members stayed at a campground near the Convention Center from October 24-27. The FFA also had the opportunity to see country singer Rascal Flatts in concert, attend the World’s Toughest Rodeo, and, as an extra, visit the Indianapolis Zoo. National Convention is always a great, educational, exciting event to be a part of.  

The PALS kickoff is coming up soon. Although an official date has not been set, all of the members are ready to meet their 2nd grade pals and are excited to help them work towards success. PALS is a branch of the FFA where high school students mentor 2nd graders. Members are very eager to get the program rolling! Members include: Heather Beverwyk (chairperson), Chloe Boomgaard (co-chairperson), Ayline Zavala, Adrian Zavala, Josh Canfield, Grace Anderson, Angel Shears, and Shiyong Zheng (a Chinese exchange student).

They have recently started up a middle school FFA to help boost interest. Mrs. Catherine Smith has been a huge help to the launch of that, volunteering as the advisor. The middle school FFA meets every Tuesday in the small group room of the middle school. This a phenomenal opportunity for the middle school students, and we are ecstatic to work with them together as an FFA chapter!

The high school FFA has started something new this year as well. With Christmas approaching, they are doing a secret santa activity. Each person participating filled out a survey about themselves, put it in an envelope, and then randomly chose an envelope. Participants then have to buy a gift ($30 limit) for the person that they drew. No one is supposed to know who each person has, this makes it mysterious and exciting! Participants are exchanging gifts on December 18th after our last regular FFA meeting of 2017.  

The FFA has really been getting into the Christmas spirit lately! Along with secret santa, the group has picked a place and date for the annual Christmas party. The Christmas party planning committee was made up of Tyler Schoen (Chairperson), Taryn Troupe, Carly Dunham, Alyssa Roelofs, Melody Hughes and Dylan McConnon. The Christmas party will be held at Craig’s Cruisers in Wyoming on Wednesday December 20th for wristband Wednesday which includes many activities and even the pizza buffet. All Cedar Springs FFA members, including the middle school, are welcome to attend. Members will be meeting at the high school at 4 p.m. to carpool. 

Keeping up the Christmas spirit, the Cedar Springs FFA is also helping out Second Chance Schools with selling Christmas trees as their community service project. Second Chance schools is located on 17 Mile Rd. and Olin Lakes. They are beginning a new school for kids who have struggled with staying in school and are referred by the court system. They are selling Christmas trees as a fundraiser for their new school. So, if you are still in need of a beautiful Christmas tree, stop into Second Chance and  purchase one. The trees range anywhere from $35-$75 and are sold every Thursday-Sunday until December 17. 

The club also started selecting a member of the month again. This month our member of the month is a 10th grader, Angel Shears. She is in Animal Science class, and she wishes to become a veterinarian. She loves everything thing about FFA, including the people, the activities, and learning about the future. She attends all of the meetings she is able to, volunteered to coordinate Harvest Day, and is participating in PALS.

Lastly, members are conducting a fundraiser. They are selling soybean candles for $14, the FFA receives 50 percent per candle sold ($7 each). The candles burn for 60 hours and are totally biodegradable. Members have vials of sample smells, and if you’re interested feel free to contact Mr Reyburn at 616-696-1200 Extension 6331. Orders need to be in by December 20! Although you will not receive your candles until after Christmas (sometime in early January they will be delivered), they would make a wonderful Christmas gift.

The FFA membership would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 

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