Poultry Judging trip

Our members as pictured here, attended the State Broiler contest in Fowlerville last Friday afternoon. 3 entries from the Middle school and 5 from the High School were included. Results will be posted early in the week. Our members birds were judged on their Size, Uniformity, Defects and overall health. These birds will be sold to famlies and friends by word of mouth. They will be picked up from processors during the week of November 17th. If you would like to purchase some contact a member or call 997-3534.20151106_160209

November monthly Chapter meeting

Come one, come all, We will be having our monthly FFA meeting on November 9th in the Ag Room at 7:30 pm. New members are always invited. We will have the usual agenda items and will be discussing a holiday recreation event, Citrus sale fundraiser, animal declarations for next summers fair and much more. Refreshments will be served ( We meet, we EAT!) at the end of the meeting.

Livestock Team competes at National Convention

Congratulations to the Livestock Evaluation Team as they earned a Silver Award last week at the National CDE for Livestock judging in Louisville, Kentucky. Members included Cassie Perrin, Claire Zahm, Darren Kulicamp, James Brown and Chase Bos (alt.). The members evaluated classes of Beef, Sheep, Hogs and Goats. They had to work through some keep vs cull classes and examined data to select the stock as well. The toughest part of the contest involved answering question and giving sets of Oral Reasons to judges. These reasons classes were some of the toughest classes that the members saw all day. Cassie Perrin received a Gold rating, James and Claire received a Silver rating and Darren received a Bronze award. As a team they finished 23rd in the nation out of 42 teams that competed.  Team members are shown here along with Advisor, Kent Bollinger and Coach Hannah Bollinger. A Big Thank You to Hannah for all her time that she invested!   FullSizeRender (2)

Pumpkin Harvest and sale

FFA Members harvested the pink and traditional colored pumpkins last evening and will be selling them by donation this weekend at TSC store in Coopersville. Stop out and grab a couple to add some color to harvest themed displays and decorations. The pumpkins were raised at the Eastmanville Farm garden. The colored pumpkins raised were part of the Pink Pumpkin Project that assists local FFA Chapters in raising both funds and awareness in the campaign to fight cancer. Contact the chapter if you are interested in some of these for holiday decorations through the Thanksgiving season! 102_5632pumpkin harvest 2

Michigan State Announcement

FFA flyer 1 (2)Michigan State University recently announced that recipients of the State FFA Degree would be eligible for up to 6 credits toward a Bachelors degree. It is the result of an articulation agreement that was created with local FFA chapters to recognize the value of a 4 year career in High School Agricultural Science classes. This year Chase Bos, a 2015 graduate was a recipient of these 6 credits for his work throughout his time at CHS.  Contact a High School counselor for more information.

Garden production drawing to a close

We had 6 members and multiple volunteers help with the sweet corn harvest last evening to Feeding America. They gleaned 4,188 pounds which equates to 3,270 meals for the greater West Michigan area. Thanks to all who participated throughout the year. While the harvest is merely the reward of many hours of hard work, we need to also recognize all the planters, tillers, weed pullers, waterers and others behind the scenes. We also need to thank Mr Matt Hehl and the Eastmanville Farm Park for their continued support of this worthy cause.

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Kent Bollinger with FFA Students

Jessica, Karla and Kayleigh pause from their work to show off some of the sweet corn to Mr Bollinger. Smile for the camera.

 

Next Alumni Meeting

For anyone interested in becoming more involved in the Coopersville FFA High School or Middle School chapters, the Alumni is a great option. You do not need to be a past FFA member or have a child in either chapter to be a part of this group. We would love to have you join us for our next meeting, which will be on Monday, October 12th, 2015 at approximately 8:00pm. We will be meeting in room B117 of the high school. Hope to see you there!

Christina Hehl
Alumni Secretary

First Chapter meeting

The first Chapter FFA meeting of the year is being held tonight at 7:30 pm in B117 of the High School. Our monthly meetings are usually the second Monday evening of the month and last approximately one hour. Agenda items tonight will include reports on the Garden Project, Tractor Restoration, Fair project reports, upcoming recreation, Broiler contest, National Convention plans and much more. All are welcome. Watch for an update after the meeting. Hope to see you tonight.

Livestock Team to compete at Nationals

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livestock team 2015Congratulations go out to our Livestock Judging team for taking home the State title yesterday from Michigan State University Pavillion. Members edged out the Branch Area Career Center team and 13 other schools at the State level and have earned the right to compete in October at the National FFA Livestock Judging contests in Louisville Kentucky. Members who competed included James Brown, Cassie Perrin, Claire Zahm, Chase Bos, Darren Kulicamp, Kyle Schoenborn and Karla Willcome. James and Cassie finished tied for 9th place Individual overall while Chase finished 13th overall and Claire finished 14th overall. Nearly cracking the top 20 Individual standings also were Kyle and Darren at 21st and 23rd respectively. Many thanks go out to Hannah Bollinger for her time to help the team sharpen their skills. As Advisor, Kent Bollinger is truly hoping that this group seizes this opportunity and continues to craft their abilities so as to make their best run at a National Gold Award and title. Our coaches are extremely proud of this group and team! Great Work!!