Matt Eddy

The Power of Blue

Blog Post created by Matt Eddy on Feb 24, 2011

Happy National FFA week.


Our State Wrestling finals were recently moved forward one week, so FFA week doesn't get shadowed by that any longer.  So my perspective on National FFA week is slowly changing, now that we get a full week to celebrate.  (To say wrestling is big in Iowa is an understatement -- Mt. Everest is a slight hill type of thing).


We had some of the typical things this week and my students were pretty excited.  Our breakfast for the staff was probably the biggest deal and I am now glad that's over.  Biscuits and Gravy -- a perennial favorite at this school, and we had a nice turn out.

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Several National FFA week revelations:

  • My school resource officers (police-folks stationed at school) were in FFA or from small town next to my hometown.  Crazy.

  • Kids always come hungry to school -- or maybe their just growing.  My extra biscuits and gravy were gone very quickly.  Students were still asking about it the hour before lunch....

  • Horticulture Labs conducted the day of our faculty breakfast are not always the best idea.

  • Some Sub-District FFA contests advanced to Districts making some freshman very excited; some didn't, making some seniors disappointed.

  • I channeled 'IRV' for the first time in my life while scoring a CDE contest.  Is it old age that makes me cranky or just a disturbance in the FFA Force?

  • When I want to go to school early, my (personal) kids decide they are sleepy instead of waking meup.  Waking up staring eye-to-eye with an excited 4 year old on Saturday morning at 5 am is a love/hate relationship.  But THURSDAY morning sleep-in's the day of the faculty breakfast are just as annoying.

  • Had several former students/members stop me the last couple weeks to say how much they enjoyed reading about our program.  Kinda makes you feel good about all the time spent in the trenches.


Enjoy the week and I hope the power of Big Blue becomes evident in your dealings; this week or any other.