By: Lilly Sayre
Ripley FFA competes in many competitions over the year, including Career Development Events in both the spring and fall. Scores for different events add up over time for the entire chapter to determine a sweepstakes winner in June. It has been over 10 years since the team's last took home first place in the state sweepstakes competition in 2003. In 2017 the FFA chapter took second place, jumping a total of seven places from the previous year.
Chapter President Pheobe Rawson says “Getting a taste of placing at sweepstakes again has just drove us to work harder and longer. I’m super excited for this years competitions because I think we can finally bring home some first place prizes!”
The chapter is taking multiple steps in order to claim first place in 2018. With the help of teacher Trevor Cummings and volunteers from past members along the boosters they are able to add more teams to the chapter such as poultry, floriculture, and a first-time forestry team coached by Canterbury himself.
FFA member Sara Hughart says “being on a team is one of the best things about FFA. I have enjoyed every team that I have participated with. The advisors are great and we hope that the teams place highly this year.”
They have set goals such as each team placing a spot higher than the previous year. For example, the Farm Business team hopes to claim first place after receiving second the previous season.
The team’s practice for roughly three formal hours a week, but Canterbury says, “It’s what happens between practices that counts. Competitions are not won off of three hours of practice a week.”
This years floriculture team is gearing for competition. This past weekend they spent time together at a member's household studying to insure they are prepared and full of flower knowledge.
Along with that the chapter is setting up a reward committee in order to give back to the chapter for all the hard work they have and will be putting into the FFA during this year. The hope to set up a trip for the members who participate the most by the end of this school year. The Chapters officer team has set up a suggestion box to gather ideas on where they will be taking this trip later on in the year.