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!
2013-2014 Chapter Reporter