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A Busy spring for FFA members

By Chloe Boomgaard 

On Monday February 11th the Cedar Springs FFA Officer team and other contestants participated in different competitions at the district level in Chippewa Hills. The  Parliamentary Procedure team consisted of Dylan McConnon, Chloe Boomgaard, Olivia Martinek, Carly Dunham, Garret Migoski, Zack Cardinel, Luke Millilus, and Coach Stacy Sevey. The Demonstration team was made up of Trevor Marsman, Alyssa Roelofs, and Taryn Troupe. The chapters Greenhand public speaker was Gideon McConnon, and this year’s job interviewer was Angel Shears. Along with these students, the FFA brought four  judges Bill and Heidi Brandt, and Rick Sevey. The members that took part in these contests put in countless hours of practice, came in on snow days to work, and helped one another get prepared for the contests. 

After many hours of waiting for results the demonstration team took third place with a gold rating with their horse presentation, the parliamentary procedure took second with a gold rating, public speaker Gideon McConnon took second with a gold, and job interviewer Angel Shears took sixth with a gold rating. The parliamentary procedure team and Gideon moved on to regional contests that took place on Thursday, February 14, in Lowell. At the regional level the parliamentary procedure team took fifth with a silver rating and Gideon also received a fifth place with a silver rating. Congratulation to all of the students that participated in the leadership contests. 

After the many hours spent on leadership contest, FFA members Autumn Adkison and Chloe Boomgaard put together some activities for National FFA Week. These members prepared a coloring contest for the 4th grade students in Cedar View Elementary which emphasised the field of agriculture. Four classes participated in the contest and there were twelve winners. While the elementary students were coloring away, the high schoolers had an FFA member lunch in Mr.Reyburns classroom, where the FFA provided all of the fixin’s needed to have a great home cooked lunch. Thank you for all of the hard work put in by all members that made FFA week possible. 

In March, FFA sent seven students to Michigan FFA State Convention. Those members included Gideon McConnon, Chloe Boomgaard, Carly Dunham, Autumn Adkison, Zack Cardinal, Olivia Martinek, Emily Brown, along withChaperone Marcie Boomgaard, and Mr.Reyburn. While at Michigan State University, the students were able to attend many different sessions lead by the Michigan state FFA officer team. Along with these sessions several members received awards and degrees. Dylan McConnon received the Outstanding Junior award and the Academic Excellence award. Zack Cardinal and Chloe Boomgaard both received the State FFA degree. All of the students that received awards and degrees put in many hours of hard work and dedication to their FFA chapters. Congratulations to all of the students that were able to receive awards and attend State convention. 

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Activities keep the FFA Busy

By Chloe Boomgaard 

The Cedar Springs FFA chapter has had a very busy start to a new year with many events happening. Now that the school year is in full swing so are many of FFA events. 

The FFA kicked off October with our second grade harvest day on the 16th. The FFA had 26 members help lead 10 different classes of students through a FFA designed corn maze and many members brought different livestock animals to give the kids a small barnyard with cows, pigs, chickens, goats, sheep, and a draft horse. Each child got the opportunity to ride on a wagon pulled by one of the two tractors with high school drivers Dylan McConnon and Garret Migoski. These wagons brought the students to the middle school where the students were split into smaller groups with one high school student leader. After the students completed the corn maze, they were able to interact with the animals and get an apple, a drink of milk, and a coloring book made by FFA members. The second grade students, their teachers, and parent helpers had a great time exploring the corn maze and animals.

 On October 24th through the 26th a group of FFA members took a trip to Indianapolis for the 91st national Convention and Expo. Those members included Chloe Boomgaard, Dylan McConnon, Autumn Adkison, Gideon McConnon, Carly Dunham, Garret Migoski, Olivia Martinek, Trevor Marsman, Emily Brown, Zack Cardinal, and a great group of chaperones including Amy Marsman, Marcie Boomgaard, Bill Brandt and Mr. Reyburn. The National FFA Convention is an event where FFA members and advisors from all over the country attend sessions, competitions, an expo, workshops, and many other activities. The National Convention drew over 62,000 members from across the nation. The attendees also had the opportunity to see the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Bass pro shop, a Garth Brooks concert, The World’s Toughest Rodeo, and the chance to see the National FFA Officers. National Convention is always an awesome learning opportunity, and an exciting event to be a part of. One of the highlights was the election of Michigan member Adrian Schunk elected to National FFA Eastern Region Vice President. On Saturday, President Trump addressed the convention, but the Cedar group had to return home as several members were scheduled to work Saturday.

After students returned from National convention, the PALS program kick off took place on November first. PALS is a branch of the FFA where high school students mentor 2nd graders. Members are very eager to get the program rolling. Members of this program include: Chloe Boomgaard (chairperson), Morgan Singleton, Ricky Wood, Aubriana Smith-Russell,and Ryan Matteson Jr. These students are very excited to begin changing the lives of a few students in the elementary schools. Along with PALS beginning, the students in Mr. Reyburn’s Agriculture and Natural resources classes and Animal Science class had the opportunity to have a class period run by two of the Michigan State Officers, Secretary Raegan Gembarski and Region I State Vice President Abigail Puskala. The Officer Team would like to give a big thank you to the State Officers for taking time to come to our high school to meet with our members.   

The FFA is beginning to plan many other activities including the Big Buck Contest with Gideon McConnon chairing the contest.  All of the rules and regulations are up on the Cedar Springs FFA official Facebook page, and a Christmas party with Emily Brown planning the activities for the party. Keep a look out for more updates to come. 



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FFA invests in leadership and community

The Cedar Springs Future Farmers of America (FFA) was established in 1946, and has consistently invested in the leadership of its members as an integral part of the Agriscience program at the High School. As part of its mission statement the FFA seeks to develop premier leadership in its members.

Many activities also encourage members to become involved in the community.  This year the club has participated in leadership development through several conferences, fund raising activities, and participation in school and community events. One of the premier events this year saw the club hosting a farm day on the Land Laboratory, where all second grade children were escorted to a corn maze, and small animal exhibit on school property, and presented with several gifts. The event also included a hay ride around the school property. Another character building activity has a group of members acting as mentors to elementary students in need of assistance in school. The mentor-members meet weekly after school with their charges to help with their education and to provide and role model.

If you would like to learn more about the Cedar Springs Future Farms of America, please contact Larry Reyburn via email  Larry.Reyburn@csredhawks.org.

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