Mrs. Trish Stokes
Ms. Liz Russell
Ms. Liz Russell
The Meridian, Idaho, FFA chapter has recently participated in several district competitions, completed many service projects and held a unique chapter meeting. From selling produce, to bringing home a district award, the chapter has held many successes in the recent months.
On Nov. 29, 10 chapter members attended Boise Valley District (BVD) Career Development Events (CDEs) at Vallivue High School. Members Rene Coddens (1st high individual Electricity & 1st high individual Arc/MIG Welding), Brian Regner (1st high individual Small Gas Engines & 1st high individual Tool ID), Brett Osborne (1st high individual Oxy/TIG Welding), and Cody Duff (2nd high individual Metal ID & Tool Sharpening) competed in the Agricultural Mechanics CDE, placing 1st as a team. This difficult and practical contest requires a thorough knowledge of welding, tools and engines.
Freshmen members Amy Heikkila (8th individual), Nani McKague, (17th individual), Grace Haws (20th individual), Natalie Vennell (27th individual), and Connor Medema (29th individual) attended to compete in the Greenhand Knowledge test. These eager freshmen have already received their Greenhand FFA Degrees, and studied valuable FFA knowledge to compete in this CDE.
Finally, Ellie Higgins attended to compete in the Employment Skills Leadership Development Event (LDE). This contest centers around the real world skills of applying for a job effectively. Completing a resume, cover letter, job application, personal interview, and follow up letter are the vital portions of this contest. Ellie placed 1st, and will be continuing on to represent the Meridian FFA Chapter at State Leadership Conference in April. Thank you to Miss Liz Russell, 2017-2018 BVD Advisor, for putting on this event, to the BVD Officers for assisting with the competitions, and to Mr. Alan Heikkila for driving the school bus.
The Meridian FFA annual Produce Sale took place from December 6th through the 14th in the Meridian Career Technical Center (CTC). Chapter members began selling produce to family, friends and local businesses even weeks before the sale took place. High quality apples, grapefruit, oranges, potatoes, and onions were grown, both from out of state and from local producers. The Meridian chapter raised a profit of approximately $10,400, which will be used to fund chapter activities, and assist members in paying for jackets, conference costs, and travel expenses. In addition, 66 donation variety boxes were sold and then donated to needy families in the Meridian area.
Finally, on Dec. 14, the Meridian FFA Chapter Christmas meeting was held at the Meridian CTC. Chapter members attended to give back to their community, and celebrate the holidays with fellow members. Making holiday cards for veterans in our area allowed attending members to show their support of our country and our veterans, while packaging the 66 holiday donation boxes gave them a chance to give back to families in need. These service projects, along with the baking contest and games at the Christmas meeting provided members with a unique and fun chance to participate in FFA.
Overall, the Meridian FFA Chapter has completed many amazing projects. With the season of giving in full swing, Meridian FFA has fully embodied that spirit. Giving back to others is incredibly important to the member of the Meridian FFA Chapter, as it allows them to express their gratitude to others who support the FFA. Thank you to everyone who bought from and helped plan the Produce Sale, and those who planned and attended the Christmas meeting, and everyone that donated their time to make these events possible. It really was a wonderful winter for the Meridian FFA Chapter!