Monett FFA pursues summer activities

Friday, June 30, 2017
Monett and Pierce City FFA members pose for a picture by a turbine from the Pensicola Dam on the summer trip to Oklahoma. Contributed photo

Contests, trips keep teens engaged out of school

The Monett FFA has been busy since school has been out, pursuing contests and both individual and group activities.

On May 30, six officers went to a leadership conference at Crowder College in Neosho. Sam Masri, Blake Wright, Gunnar Bradley, Chet Butterworth, Fernando Salas, and Clayton Dean attended a LEAD conference that taught them how to be leaders. The team discussed possible new activities for the upcoming year and how they expect an officer should behave.

Sam Masri, Grace Wormington, Blake and Lora Wright, Dakota Hamm, Colbe Stephenson, Trevor Prewitt, Taya Ellis, and Fernando Salas sitting on the dugout after the Springfield Cardinals lost to the Tulsa Drillers at Oneok Field in Oklahoma. Contributed photo

Several participated in the Lawrence County Youth Fair held in Freistatt. Monett FFA members painted small pens to house the sheep, goats, and hogs during the fair, then helped set them up. On June 1, Colbe Stephenson, Dakota Hamm, Logan Mills, Cassidy and Kristen Abramovitz, McKayla and Brayden Miller exhibited their chickens. Dakota, Cassidy, Kristen, and McKayla all earned spots in the premium sale on June 3. Two of the students earned over $300 while the other two earned over $200.

McKayla Miller also received Grand Champion with her fancy chickens. Blake Wright exhibited his dairy cattle and received Supreme Heifer with his Holstein heifer.

The club's end-of-year trip followed. Students earn their way by gathering points throughout the year by selling fruit, attending activities, selling in the labor auction, attending community activities and the year-end banquet. This year nine students wanted to go to Oklahoma. They joined the Pierce City FFA on a bus and headed for Tulsa. At the Pensicola Dam in Langley, they learned how electricity was generated and received a tour of the dam. At the Port of Catoosa, students saw the advantages of shipping goods by water. They also attended a baseball game between the Tulsa Drillers and the Springfield Cardinals.

Blake Wright from the Monett FFA and Doneille Brottlund from the Pierce City FFA faced a busy schedule at the HYMAX Academy held at Lake of the Ozarks. Contributed photo

The group also visited the Tulsa Zoo and the Budweiser Clydesdales, which were housed at the race track. The Will Rogers Museum on the return trip provided insight into the Oklahoma sage.

Blake Wright and Donielle Brottlund attended for the HYMAX Academy at the Lake of the Ozarks on June 16. He met the State FFA officers and 99 other sophomores across the state who learned how to advocate for agriculture, write speeches, as well as learned some leadership skills. They also were able to tour businesses around the Lake of the Ozarks.