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Cedaredge FFA Chapter

With spring around the corner, Cedaredge FFA members would like to reflect on the busy activities that took place throughout the fall and winter seasons. The chapter has provided opportunities for students to attend shows, conventions and community service projects.

At National Convention eight members had the time of their lives. They listened to keynote speakers, toured a hog and dairy farm, an Amish farm, a whiskey distillery, Keeneland racetrack and the Indy 500 speedway. The members did everything from meeting a humble Amish family, to driving on the Indy 500 racetrack. Highlights of the convention included listening to former NFL player Jason Brown and legendary swimmer Diana Nyad who swam from Cuba to the U.S. when she was 60 years old. The convention wrapped up with our own Ryan Latta being awarded the American FFA Degree, which is given to less than one half of one percent of FFA members.

November was packed full of exciting events.Every greenhand member was presented with their corduroy jacket and a greenhand pin. After the ceremony they all went out for traditional greenhand celebrations.

The month of December brought holiday cheer upon the chapter. Cedaredge FFA adopted a needy family. Members chose gifts for the family and helped make the holiday season special for a family in our community. This year the chapter also created a military box program. Fourteen military boxes were sent abroad. The boxes included games, basic personal hygiene products and other necessities, as well as personal letters to the troops.

The winter was also filled various competitions for the members. Chapter speaking night was also held in November. Prepared speaking and Creed speaking were the two events taking place. Kennedy Godwin, Clarity Call, Peyton Williams and Christa Brown went on to compete at districts; there Kennedy placed in the gold category. The Parli Pro team competed at districts in December as well. They were awarded first place and will be competing at state. The success continued as our Quiz Bowl team took top honors as well and are headed to state in June.

The new year rang in and sent the top fruit salesmen to experience the National Western Stock Show. In addition to witnessing the super bowl of livestock shows, the students also participated in industry tours. One day was spent visiting Colorado State University, touring the equine rehabilitation facility, the veterinary medicine teaching hospital and the biomedical/ veterinary anatomy lab. The trip concluded with a visit to Colorado Serum Company where students learned how vaccinations are produced.

With spring around the corner, the chapter is eagerly planning various activities for National FFA Week. Look for an article coming soon outlining the week's festivities. We invite everyone to attend our annual member auction and Rocky Mountain oyster fry which will take place March 1.

Ryan Latta (center) was awarded the American FFA Degree at the national convention.
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