In December our FFA Chapter sold Poinsettias to raise money for National and State conventions and other chapter activities. On January 11th members competed in Leadership Skills Events at the Aurora Leadership Center. Katie Stuhr took second in Cooperative Speaking and qualified for the state competition in March. On January 13th we held our annual Labor Auction at Centennial High School. FFA members were auctioned off to work an eight hour day for the bidder that bought them. The money raised went to supporting the Centennial FFA Chapter. For a fun-filled evening the chapter went laser tagging in Lincoln on January 24th. Thirty members attended and had a blast! Afterwards the chapter ate at CiCi’s pizza.
The week of February 20th–24th was National FFA week! On Monday there was a relay at lunch. On Tuesday the chapter held a teacher appreciation breakfast. On Wednesday we had former state officer McKenna Thiem visit. She held workshops for every Ag class during the day. Thursday we had our annual petting zoo. Students came to look and learn about the animals that were here. On Friday the senior class voted for Ms. Went to kiss a baby goat! Money raised from “kiss the goat” went to breast cancer research. On February 24th, a group of members went to the Made for Excellence conference in Kearney. At Career Development Events on March 6th, many members qualified for state in their events.
In March, the chapter attended and competed in the 84th Annual State Convention in Lincoln. Sessions were held at the Cornhusker Hotel and Pershing Center. Some guest speakers were Governor Dave Heineman and Greg Ibach, the Director of the Nebraska Department of Agriculture. Our chapter received one of fifteen Governor Excellence Awards given to chapters throughout the state. This award is a NIFA grant that will be used for new technologies in the classroom. Katie Stuhr competed in Cooperative Speaking and was awarded a silver medal. Many members received ribbons in their events. During the month of April our chapter will be holding a plant sale and end of the year banquet.