Elections were held last evening for the 2017- 2018 Coopersville FFA Chapter Officer team. Thirty Eight voting members and 6 guests were in attendance. The election results came out as follows:
Arden Bouchard – President; Andrea Serba, Karla Willcome and Ben Trosper as Vice Presidents; Clayton DeVos – Secretary; Tyler Rozema – Treasurer; Daisy Kober – Reporter; Trevor Dietrich – Sentinel; Tyler Davis – Student Advisor; Audrey Schoenborn – Historian; Brittany Kamstra – Chaplin.
You can see the group of officers for next year below with a picture of the election night meeting. Our retiring Senior officers evaluated the applications and slated the officer candidates as they saw fitting based on applications and past experiences. The newly elected officers will be installed at the Annual Chapter Banquet on April 25th in the HS Cafeteria and Auditorium. They will then attend Regional Leadership camp the following day in Juggville at “The Shack” where they will begin to plan their year of service. Congrats to all and Good luck with the coming year.
State Leadership contests saw our Middle school students with a good deal of Success. In Public Speaking, Jack Kluting received a Gold Award with a 5th place finish in the State. The two Conduct of Meetings Teams also competed with the “B team ” competing on Wednesday in the semi finals and the “A team” competing on Thursday morning in the finals. The A team placed 3rd in the State with a Gold award, while the B team placed 9th with a Silver award. Congrats to all for your accomplishments!
Six members of our chapter attended the Celebrate Coopersville dinner on Thursday, March 9th as the guests of Representative Roger Victory. Members were able to enjoy the recognition of many of our community members and volunteers for their numerous contributions to our town and school district. This gives them a good insight to the fact that community service doesn’t end after graduation and that what they are learning from FFA is more than just academics and contests. Representative Victory has a strong commitment to Agriculture and the students that are served by Coopersville and other schools. Thank you Representative Victory!
Our chapter along with the cooperation of our local Family Fare store collected over 400 non-perishable items to donate to Coopersville Cares Food Pantry. Our FFA members approached local community members with a short list of high need items for Coopersville Cares Food Pantry asking them to provide one item if possible. Over 6 hours we were able to collect 16 large boxes of items thanks to the kind donations of our community members. The donations were handed over to Coopersville Cares Director Leann Rosel the following week and made an immediate impact on the Food Pantry. Thank you to the community for your support once again in this annual event that is usually organized around the week of National FFA Week (last full week of February).
The following results were received by our High school members at State Convention last week. Congratulations to all:
Academic awards were given to Andrea Serba, Macinze Knuth, Jessica Zahm, Beka McDonald and Darren Kulicamp.
Outstanding Junior awards were received by Karla Willcome, Arden Bouchard and Reese Watson.
State FFA Degrees recipients were Macinze Knuth, Beka McDonald, Jessica Zahm, Darren Kulicamp and Heather Johnson.
The Parliamentary Procedure team was State Runner up with a Gold award from judges. This is the highest award in the history of Coopersville in this contest. Team members were Beka McDonald (chair), Macinze Knuth (secretary), Jessica Zahm, Darren Kulicamp and Ben Trosper with Reese Watson as alternate. Thank you to coach Christina Hehl .
Thanks go out to Andrea Serba and Trevor Dietrich for serving as delegates. Also Congratulations to Brittany Kamstra and Daisy Kober for participating in the State FFA Chorus. The chapter was recognized for the Tons of Tabs program as well as receiving an award from Syngenta Corporation for our community garden efforts. A big thank you going out to the Coopersville FFA Alumni for sponsoring our lunch on Wednesday at Brody Hall Cafeteria. It was great as always.
Our chapter is collecting Pop can tabs for the Ronald McDonald house of Greater Lansing as part of the “Tons of Tabs” competition that is being conducted statewide by Michigan FFA. Both our Middle school and High school members have been collecting tabs this year and the chapter that collects the most tabs will be awarded an Ice Cream party from the State FFA Officers. The tabs will be handed in at State Convention on March 8th. This is an annual contest that we participate in , so start collecting those tabs for next year. Thanks to all who have supported, especially this year the Bouchard family!
We collected and delivered over 137 pounds of tabs to the Michigan FFA Association and were recognized as a top 5 chapter for those efforts. Thanks to all who helped out!
We had a great group of HIgh School and Middle School students that competed on February 15th at Lowell High School. The Parliamentary Procedure team received Gold and placed first. The Conduct of Meetings team from the High School received Gold and finished third. The 2 Middle school Conduct of Meetings teams received Gold awards and placed first and second. They will both, along with the Parli Pro team compete at State Contests on March 8 and 9th in East Lansing. Also competing at State will be Middle School speaker Jack Kluting, who received Gold and placed first at Regionals. Braden Johnson from the Middle School received a Silver award and placed fourth at Regionals. Congratulations to all who competed.
Members recently held a recreational event at Ravenna Bowl to get a break from the winter Doldrums and preparational rigors of Leadership contests. Members enjoyed an afternoon of Pizza, bowling and a chance to relax. While no one was able to brag about their 300 game, a fun time was still held by all.
Pictured above are a number of those who were able to attend. Thanks to Ravenna Bowl for hosting us and providing us with such a good event.
Members recently processed the new piglets that we had last week by clipping tails, giving Iron shots, Spraying iodine to navels and notching their ears. Shown here are members Amiya Twork, Reese Watson, Tyler Rozema, Andrea Serba and Darren Kulicamp. A follow up dose of Iron will be administered. The litters are doing well with all 30 that were born being active and showing signs of good growth.
This year the chapter invested in 2 Bred Sows from the Michigan State University Swine Research Farm. The first litter born on January 4th was from a cross of a Yorkshire Sow and a Hampshire Boar. She delivered 18 live with one that was unable to thrive (and was lost). The second litter was born on January 5th with the help of a few students, she successfully delivered 14 live babies. Many of these 30+ piglets will hopefully be shown this summer at the Berlin Fair by members of our chapter and other 4H Clubs. The Zoology classes and select members will be responsible for the care of these piglets until they are weaned and possibly beyond for a short time.