The Pettisville FFA chapter has been very active this year.
In January, six members worked hard to complete state degree, proficiency, and star applications. These members spent countless hours completing their applications which is a good way for members learn about themselves. They will get their results in early March, after state evaluation.
Five members competed in the Fulton County public speaking contest on Jan. 25. Jacob Dennis placed first in the Extemporaneous category, Gretchen Lee placed first in the Advanced Prepared category, Kayla Wyse placed third in the Beginning Prepared category, and Matthew Rupp placed fourth, while Kaitlyn Wiemken placed second in the FFA Creed contest.
Four of the members moved on to the District FFA 1 contest. Jacob Dennis placed second, Gretchen Lee placed fourth, Kayla Wyse placed sixth, and Kaitlyn Wiemkin placed eighth. Jacob Dennis will compete in the state contest on March 4.
Jacob Dennis, Kendal Pursel, and Jordan Skates all completed officer books. Jacob received a silver rating on his scrapbook, Kendal Pursel received a gold rating on her treasure’s book, and Jordan Skates also received a gold rating on her secretary’s book. They will be recognized for their gold ratings on stage at the state convention in May. Both placed first in District 1.
The chapter held the Greenhand and Chapter Degree ceremony at the Feb. 18 meeting. Sixteen members received Greenhand degrees and 16 members received chapter degrees. The Greenhand degree is given to first-year FFA members. The Chapter Degree is the highest degree that a chapter can bestow on its members.
February 19-25 was National FFA week. On Wednesday, the chapter held a pancake breakfast for Pettisville staff, alumni members, and parents to show their appreciation for them. On Thurday, the chapter held Food for America Day, with a theme of ‘Healthy Foods.” FFA members researched particular foods and made posters about that food. They then shared this information with grades 4-8.
The purpose of Food for America Day was to inform others about the nutritional benefits of different foods, and how the agriculture industry works to produce food to feed America.