FFA kicks off their year

After school on Sept. 18 kicked off the first meeting of the John B. Kendrick’s FFA chapter at Sheridan High School. This introductory meeting followed the FFA Picnic and BBQ, that has started the new school year and has welcomed new members for the past few years.

During the pre-meeting meal, the FFA officers received $1,000 from Sheridan Media for the organization’s help with promoting the Sheridan County Fair this summer. As well as $1,700 from Shipton’s Big R as proceeds from their sale of animal health products through a project headed by the National FFA organization.

During the meeting, topics such as this month’s activity, concession stand help, and the National FFA convention were covered.

For October, the group activity is pumpkin carving, which will take place during the next meeting on Oct. 16. The pumpkins are provided to the FFA chapter by Koltiska’s Pumpkin Patch.

FFA members are welcome to sign up to help with the football concession stands at any home game in Nick Siddle or Ward Cotton’s rooms.

Finally, several FFA members are heading to the National FFA convention in Indianapolis, Indiana to meet new people, see the events, and cheer on Sheridan’s own Chaney Peterson as she competes in the Creed Speaking competition. The convention is from Oct. 23-27.

“This is the most members we’ve seen in a long time,” said FFA advisor Siddle, “I hope to get them all involved this year and to have competitive CDE [Career Development Events] teams when they get started later on.”

“And besides the regular CDEs, we also have a wide range of activities for everyone. There’s options for any member to get involved with, from service activities to personal development.” Cotton added.

The next FFA meeting will be held on Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. in Siddle’s classroom.