Rolling out a Little Fun

 

Twenty members of the Chapter showed up at Ravenna Bowl to show off their skills on February 17th. With Regional contests behind them and State on the horizon it was a good chance for members to blow off a little steam and spend some quality time with each other in a less stressful environment. While the scores were not going to get anyone on the professional circuit, the competition was fun, the pizza was hot and the pop was cold.

Thanks to all who were involved!

 

Regional Contests Go Well

Congratulations to Coopersville FFA members who competed at Regional contests on February 14th at Lowell High School.

First and second place winners will go on to compete in the State Leadership contests at Michigan State University on March 7 and 8 as part of State Convention activities. Results include the following:

Greenhand Conduct of Meetings Team – First Place Gold

Nicole Kulicamp, Kathleen Zahm, Mae Knudson, Kelley Chase, Taitum Brown, Kortney Kleyn and Anna Rolfe.

Creed Speaking – Second Place – Gold   Natalie Perrin

Parliamentary Procedure – Second Place – Gold

Andrea Serba, Jossilyn Maycroft, Megan Sny, Amiya Twork, Ben Trosper and Tyler Rozema

Ag Issues Team – Third Place – Gold

Karla Willcome, Brittany Kamstra, Audrey Schoenborn, Trevor Dietrich and Arden Bouchard

Michael Wolgamott (tech support).

Middle school members of the Conduct of meetings contest placed Second with a gold award

Rebecca Horling , Saige Hecksel, Caleb Bouchard, Evan Hecksel, Katy Phelps, Danny DeBoer and Michelle Zahm

A BIG Thank You to parents, supporters, Alumni and especially Christina Hehl for their help in prepping and feeding the crew.

 

 

Ag Issues team presents

Our Agriculture Issues team presented on the morning Wednesday February 7th to the Ottawa County Farm Bureau Board members. Their topic of Debunking Myths in Agriculture careers and opportunities focuses on 4 main issues of finding qualified workers in the future for Agriculture. The members fielded questions from the board and worked on honing their speaking skills. We will be having a practice on Tuesday February 13th in front of Alumni as well. The team will go on to compete the next day at Regional contests in the  afternoon at Lowell High School in order to try to qualify for State contests in March. The state contest will be held as always in conjunction with State FFA Convention. Team members are Brittany Kamstra, Karla Willcome, Audrey Schoenborn, Trevor Dietrich and Arden Bouchard.

District Leadership Contests

Congratulations go out to all of our members that competed at Montague High School on January 31st. We had a total of 40 students that prepared and competed that afternoon with 28 of them qualifying to compete at Regional contests on February 14th at Lowell High School. The results were:

Junior High Conduct of Meetings – First place Gold   &  Creed Speaker Jack Kluting Silver

High School:

Ag Issues: Second place – Gold

Conduct of Meetings – First Place Gold

Creed Speaker Natalie Perrin – Second Place Gold

Parliamentary Procedure Team – First Place Gold

Demonstration Team – 9th Place – Silver

Job Interview – Daisy Kober 6th Place Silver & Clayton Devos 7th place Silver

Greenhand Public Speaker – Mallory Rozema 5th Place Silver

Thank you To our Alumni for providing a meal and Tons of Support!

 

Land Lab Meeting

On January 23rd there was a student meeting for the planning and progress of this years Land Laboratory at school. There was a guest speaker from Wilbur-Ellis to discuss the soil sampling, fertilizing and other processes that are involved. Students were encouraged to ask and answer questions with prizes awarded to those who did. A Big thank you to our Land Lab committee that continues to steer the process of the 54 acre production project. If you have an interest in becoming involved, please contact either Trevor Clayton or Herb Zahm. Other members of the committee are Kevin Schoenborn, Cal Lindberg and Advisor Kent Bollinger.

 

Land lab Harvest

The land lab harvest is being completed today thanks to Langeland farms (shown below) with the corn running 197 bushels/acre according to early reports. The Soybean crop was harvested a week ago by A and J Farms and ran 969 total bushels off the 20 acre parcel.

Each year the crops are produced as an extension of the classroom and FFA Chapter as a teaching/learning method, a true outdoor classroom. Profits from this project are shared back with the Ag Program and FFA Chapter. It is the intent of the Advisory Committee to bring rewards and incentives to students and show them the merits of pursuing a career in Agriculture. If you have any interests in assisting with the Land Lab or have questions please contact members including Trevor Clayton, Kevin Schoenborn, Herb Zahm and Calvin Lindberg. Student members on the committee include Arden Bouchard and Matt Horling with FFA Advisor, Kent Bollinger also involved. The crops will be sold or marketed as a project in conjunction with our Independent Study Ag Marketing students.

Thanks again for all of this years sponsors and donors!!!!!

 

State Officers visit November meeting

We were very happy to welcome two State Officers to our November 13th Chapter meeting. Channon Turrell (Lapeer Vo tech) and Jake Bushey (Lakers) were in attendance at our meeting and brought a couple games to our meeting to give members a chance to show off their Rapping skills and to set a personal goal or two. Monthly meetings are always held the second Monday of the month and start at 7:30 pm. New members are always welcome, whether you have an Ag related class or not. Refreshments also are served ” We meet, we Eat”. Below are 10 of our Chapter officers for this year with our 2 guests.

 

Garden Year end Update

The Community garden project has come to a close again this year with a production of over 6,400 pounds of produce being donated to local food pantries. A new wrinkle added this year was the addition of a deer and pest deterring fence around the perimeter of the sweet corn crop (pictured below). It worked like a charm and we harvested 1,200 pounds of sweet corn in 2 pickings. Thanks to the committee members Tyler Rozema, Clayton DeVos and Trevor Dietrich for a job well done again this year.

 

Syngenta Wilbur Ellis Blue Jacket Award

At the October 9th meeting the chapter recognized member Anna Rolfe with a new Jacket as donated by Syngenta Corporation. In addition to the member jacket, a check in the sum of $750.00 is also donated to the chapter for program costs this year. It is very likely that the chapter will apply that to the costs for State Convention and the purchase of a new Tablet. We would like to say Thank You to Mr Clayton Trevor and Mr Kevin Schoenborn for representing the companies mentioned above.The photo below shows our members who attended and said a big “Thank You” to both of our guests.

Pumpkin Carving

Our chapter recreation activity for October was a hot dog roast/bonfire/pumpkin carving night at Mr Bollingers house. We had 12 teams design and carve their best entry for this event. Seen below are a few of the expert carvers. The peoples choice winner was carved by Reese Watson with many others created by an energetic crew.