In October of 2012, four FFA officers went to the FFA's National Convention in Indianapolis: Kaden Milstein, Tyler Simpson, Brendon Beck and Kaleb Bayles. The chapter had a lot of fun tours, such as: the Kroger Bakery and Dairy, where they make ice cream and bottle milk.
During National Convention, Tyler Dutton, a former Hotchkiss student, received his American FFA degree, which is the highest degree awarded in FFA. American degrees are presented to students who have shown enormous dedication to FFA, independent agricultural projects, community service and personal growth.
Hotchkiss FFA members hosted a Halloween party for North Fork area kids, where we had games and prizes for them.
Several freshmen and sophomores attended Made for Excellence (MFE), an FFA leadership conference in Denver. MFE is a conference reserved only for freshmen and sophomores in high school. At the conference students learned about leadership skills and developing outstanding qualities.
In November, the FFA chapter held its first annual Harvest Dinner. A dinner of locally raised veggies and meat was provided for all that bought a ticket, and the diners also had the option to participate in an auction. Items that were auctioned off were donated by local businesses. The dinner was a huge success; over 260 people attended and the FFA chapter raised a lot of money. Thanks for the support!
In December, the John Deere tractor dealership in Montrose had a tractor open house that Hotchkiss FFA and many other local chapters helped with. Hotchkiss FFA also hosted the district speaking competitions, where freshmen from many other chapters came to participate in creed speaking. There were also competitions on prepared public and extemporaneous speaking.
This January, agricultural mechanic students competed in the district Junkyard Wars in Fruita. The object of the junkyard wars competition was to build a fruit catapult out of a pile of scrap metal, which was provided by the Fruita FFA chapter. The Hotchkiss chapter won first place with a very impressive orange launcher.
Also in January, 10 FFA students attended the National Western Stock Show in Denver. Freshmen Kayla Milstein was one of a select few students in Colorado chosen to receive a grant for purchasing a bull. While in Denver, the chapter watched a rodeo, draft horse showing and a dog agility show while at the Stock Show itself. The chapter visited many fun places, such as the Celestial Seasonings tea factory, which is in Boulder, and ate a lovely meal at the Cheesecake Factory.
On March 8, the Hotchkiss FFA alumni association will be hosting their annual bull fry and chicken tender dinner. The dinner will be at Hotchkiss High School starting at 6 p.m. Also at the dinner will be the annual workday auction, where you can bid on a single (or pair) of student(s) to work for you for an eight-hour day. Please come and continue to support the Hotchkiss FFA. We greatly appreciate all your support.blog comments powered by Disqus