District Speech Competition at Marysville
On January 16th, 2019, the Holton FFA Chapter took a bus load of members to the District Speech Competition at Marysville High School! Members gave speeches over a huge variety of topics, from microbial seed coatings & certified angus beef labels to aphid infestations & vertical farming. Our freshman creed speakers did a great job, with Amariah Allen leading the way, placing third. For the A-Team freshman speakers, Amariah Allen also lead the way taking first, with Katina Bartel in eighth, and Hannah Newell in tenth. In the Sophomore division, Grace Utz placed eighth, with Carter Watkins placing fourteenth. Bridget Kucan placed sixth in the Junior division, with Alexys Campbell close behind taking eighth. For the Senior division, Kortnee VanDonge leading the group by placing fifth, Cailin Parks close behind in seventh, and Savannah Phillips in ninth. Kortnee VanDonge really blew the judges way in Extemporaneous speaking, by taking first place! Paige Crouch took first in the Extra upper division, with Hope Kebert in seventh, Olivia McAsey in eighth, and Chris Roush in ninth. The Freshman extras also did a fantastic job! Ahnna Mellenbruch took second, with Corwin right behind her in third, Haley Mendez in sixth, and Conner Collins in tenth. All in all it was a very successful day in Marysville, with the chapter placing second behind Jackson Heights.
KSU Ag Ed Speech Day
On February 2nd, 2019, the FFA chapter took two vans full of speakers to the KSU Ag Ed Speech day. The event was held on campus at the Bluemont Hall. Overall the chapter placed 3rd, which is really good considering the tough competition at the event. We had three of our members that went make it to the finals. Junior Alexys Campbell placed 4th in Junior Prepared Speaking and 3rd in Extemporaneous Speaking. Junior Cailin Parks placed 4th in Senior Prepared Speaking. Senior Kortnee VanDonge placed 4th in Extemporaneous Speaking. We finished the day with a trip to our favorite spot in Manhattan, Vista Burger.
District Meats Judging at Easton
On February 4th, 2019 the Holton FFA Chapter attended District meats judging in Easton, Kansas. It was an overall great day with lots of newcomers giving it a try. With the help of Mr. Koehlmoos being on a state meats judging team he helped people to gain a lot more knowledge. The Holton A Team placed 3rd overall with Alexys Campbell 5th, and Hope Kepert 9th. B Team placed 2nd overall at the meats CDE with Amariah Allen 8th, Conner Collins 9th and Ahnna Mellenbruch 3rd. Thank you to everybody who gave this a shot and put in the effort to do well!
At the Jackson County Livestock Association Banquet Holton, Jackson Heights and Royal Valley FFA members got together to serve a delicious meal to the association members. Jackson Heights members served the meal to start the night and Holton and Royal Valley students got participants water and helped them to their seats as well as picked up finished plates and refilled drinks. After dinner, the meeting began and we FFA members cleaned the kitchen and tables that we could to not interrupt the meeting. At the conclusion of the meeting, everybody helped to get the building ready to have some fun. The dance began and so did the fun, after some hard work it was nice to relax, talk and dance with our fellow FFA members. Overall this was a very fun event to attend and be apart of.
National FFA Week
To better plan around the high school schedule, the chapter pushed back FFA Week to February 22nd - March 1st. The chapter members participated in different activities throughout the week to show their support for FFA. On Friday the 22nd, members attended the Western Farm Show in Kansas City to kickoff FFA Week. Attending members also donated canned food items while at the expo. While attending the Western Farm Show, members were able to meet with different industry workers, post-secondary schools, and were even able to listen to remakes from Erica Baier, 2017-2018 National FFA Secretary. The days of FFA Week continued on the 25th, when FFA members posted pictures of their SAE projects and used the hashtag #SAESelfie. Then, on the 26th members worn FFA shirts and attire to school to show their support. The rest of the week included a chapter breakfast at Your Place or Mine and agriculture trivia in the ag room. FFA Week was a fun way to show support for the national organization and grow as a chapter.
This year the Holton FFA Chapter had five individuals turn in their Proficiency Applications for their SAE’s. Senior Kortnee VanDonge took 1st in Vet Science, Junior Bridget Kucan took 1st in Beef Placement, Junior Cailin Parks was 1st in Diversified Livestock, Junior Chris Roush was 2nd in Goat Production, and Sophomore Sarah Grafton also competed in Diversified Agriculture. The three winning proficiency applications will be revised and sent onto the State Judging. There were also six members who applied for their State FFA Degree. Seniors, Danni Klahr, Quinn Kennedy, Savannah Phillips and Kortnee VanDonge, and Juniors Alexys Campbell and Cailin Parks were the six members who are well on their way to receive their degree.