Hornet Happenings – The FFA

Janessa Davis & Principal Krick present the FFA program at WHS


by Janessa Davis - March 13, 2015

In today’s feature Janessa Davis interviews a few FFA members and AgriScience Teacher, Melanie Berndtson at the Wellsboro Area High School.

Co-President of the Wellsboro Grand Canyon FFA Chapter, Tim Kaltenbach, tells us about the National FFA Organization that promotes leadership and agriculture nationwide. This chapter has 42 members, and they are all recognized on the last week of February for “National FFA Week”.

Russel Avery, Co-President of the Wellsboro Grand Canyon FFA Chapter, informs us that “FFA” is the older term for “Future Farmers of America”. However, in the year of 1988, it was recognized with a much shorter title that it is now referred to still today. “FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premiere leadership, personal growth, and career success through agriculture education.” This statement projects the FFA mission of all members. Something you may hear from any member would be the FFA motto, “Learning to do, doing to learn, earning to live, and living to serve.”

“FFA was started in 1928 in a small town in Virginia,” says Wellsboro’s vice president, Tabby Brooks, of the Grand Canyon FFA chapter. Over the years, FFA’s membership criteria has evolved. In the year of 1965, FFA allowed membership admittance of African-Americans and allowed women in the year of 1969. Tabby truly informs us that anyone with an interest in agriculture can join FFA.

An “SAE” (Supervised Agricultural Experience) project is a requirement for every student in any agricultural class, taking place outside of the classroom. There are so many options of SAE’s! Entrepreneurship, placement, research, and even exploratory are examples of the categories for the endless SAE options.


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