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.

Loading Feeding America Truck

Loading Feeding America Truck

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.

 

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!!

Year in review

A whole year of the 2013-2014 Coopersville FFA chapter’s activities fitting into one page is near impossible. This year we have been more successful and involved than ever. After a fun and educational time at officer camp, everyone jumped right into summer volunteer activities. We had a group go out to Wilbur Ellis and assist with parking cars. Afterwords we went on the tour of their fields and learned many things about crops. There were also a group who went to participate in Breakfast On The Farm over at Walt’s Dairy. They enjoyed the delicious breakfast and a fun day in the sun helping educate people about how a farm operates.

Chase Bos showed the FFA hog this year at the Berlin Fair. We had many members show various other animals and did very well during the hot week of July.

Our homecoming float was decorated very well and looked great! We had a great time handing out candy and celebrating with our community. Our chapter representatives for the float were Chase Bos and Emma Vandongen.

Next came our annual Broiler Contests. After having rooms and barns full of chickens we sent 11 entries to Fowlerville for evaluation. Members put a lot of hard work into raising their chickens and it definitely paid off. Two Gold Awards were received by Noah Schoenborn and Claire and Jessica Zahm. Amanda Crouch and Kayla Emelander received a Silver Award. After being processed, all the contestants got their delicious chickens back to sell to friends and family.

October came around and it was time for our National Convention! This year we went to Louisville, Kentucky making a few stops on the way down. We stopped at DeBrand chocolate factory and then visited Marengo Cave National Park and took a tour of a cave. At the convention we were able to talk to people from many colleges and businesses and meet people from various other states. Claiborne Farms was another place we visited in Louisville. This was the home of the famous racehorse Secretariat and many others. Everyone had a great time and enjoyed the convention, although James was sick for our last day or so. We would also like to give a big thanks to Mrs. Brown for chaperoning!

This year for the Christmas Parade our chapter had a great float to ride on. We would like to give a huge thank you to Mr. Perrin for decorating a float for our chapter at last minute. We had a great stereo system blasting, of course, the FFA ignite song on replay.

After months of late night practices, hours of studying, and a few panic attacks, January finally came around and teams were doing their final touches on their Leadership Contests. Districts were at Montague High School, Regional contest was held at Lowell High School, and state contest was held at Michigan State University. All the members participating did an excellent job. The Parliamentary Procedure team: Chase Bos, Noah Schoenborn, Maddie Rosel, Brendan Knauf, Justin Beckman, and Cassie Perrin, made it to state and received a Silver Award. James Brown got a Silver Award at state in the Job Interview Competition. Our chapter also had a Greenhand Conduct of Meetings team that received a Silver Award at state. Claire Zahm also competed in Extemporaneous Public Speaking at districts, placing third. We also had several members compete in Greenhand Public Speaking at the district contest.

FFA week is a time for the members to get more students curious and involved in FFA. Our chapter planned dress up days and lunch time games for each day of the week.. These were a great success and everyone had a blast! To show our chapter’s appreciation of the continuous support of the Coopersville staff, our 2013-2014 officer team made and served them a warm, gourmet breakfast. (Thank you to all the moms.)

We had two seniors receive their State Degrees at State Convention held on the MSU campus. Congratulations to Noah Schoenborn and Joey Bell! Seven juniors received the Outstanding Junior Award. Congratulations to Madison Rosel, Claire Zahm, Chase Bos, Brenden Knauf, James Brown, Connor Maki, and Jordan Peltier. Keep up the hard work and strive for the State Degrees next year!

On April 15th, members competed in Ag Skills at Michigan State University. The areas our teams consisted of Vet Sciences, Forestry, and Floriculture. Everyone did a great job and learned many things while having fun along the way.

On behalf of the Coopersville FFA we would like to thank everyone who has supported us through this year and all the previous years of this organization. None of these activities could have been possible without the help of our wonderful parents, family members, teachers, and friends.

Good luck to our 2014-2015 officers and members. Make it the best year yet!

 

Madison Rosel

2013-2014 Chapter Reporter