This famous last line of horse racing is an appropriate way to sum up the end of the school year. We are in the home stretch with only 2 weeks to go until summer vacation. FFA activities for the year are pretty much finished as State Convention is behind us and our first FFA Banquet was a success. We took our final field trip this week, the amount of plants in the greenhouse is growing less and less each day, and the only major class assignment left is the final exam. The plant sale was a raging success and one of the local towns purchased their plants for city hall from the program. This year flew by and as things start to wind down, the time to reflect has arrived. However, I'll save that for the next blog post. I'd like to use this one to show what we've been up to lately.
Planting flowers for one of the local towns to put outside their city hall.
We visited "The Rainbow on the Hill" aka Presby Memorial Iris Gardens and home to the world's largest private collection of irises for our final field trip.
We'll start with State Convention. Held last week at Rutgers, we had 7 members in attendance (our most ever) and they had a BLAST! They looked and acted professional, and represented our school and chapter with pride. 4 members received their FFA jackets through the Blue Jackets, Bright Futures Program and we also received the 3rd place FFA Week Award! One of our chapter delegates served as her committee's chair and the chapter received an H.O. Sampson silver rating for involvement in state level FFA activities. However, the award we were most excited about was our Superior Chapter Award with a silver ranking through the National Superior Chapter Award Program. Last year was the first year we participated in the program, and we received a bronze ranking. To improve up a level in one year is a huge testament to how hard the chapter has worked to improve and grow. I am immensely proud of their accomplishments!
Superior Chapter Award
Representing our chapter with pride!
We held our first FFA Banquet yesterday. Having never been to an FFA Banquet before, I was flying blind when planning it out, but got some great help from another FFA advisor (thanks Robin!) who sent me her script and other materials to use as references. The script topped out at a whopping 36 pages, and we conducted Discovery, Greenhand, Chapter, and Honorary Chapter Degree ceremonies. We also thanked community members, honored FFA members for achievements, recapped CDEs and chapter activities, and had guest speakers. Members stepped up to the plate and brought in lots of delicious food (including our homemade FFA themed ice cream!), made the table decorations, and set up the cafeteria for the banquet in less than 15 minutes. The officers did a fantastic job, and conducted themselves like true pros. For many of them, it was their first time speaking in front of more than just our chapter members, and they were awesome! We also had support from our school and community with administrators, parents, our county executive, our state ag education leader, and representatives from the county board of ag, 4H, and SAE placement sites present. It was a wonderful event and I am so proud of my FFA chapter for pulling it off!
Great job FFA officers!
Discovery Degree Candidates
And so, we are in the final furlongs of the school year. Before we know it, school will be out and the lazy (or crazy), hot, and hazy days of summer will be here. It's been a wild ride this year, but boy, was it fun! Hope everyone has a successful conclusion to their school year and look for s'Morey once things slow down a bit.