Bullitt Central FFA busy as national convention nears

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 FFA is at it again, whether it’s spotlighting outstanding members, giving speeches, teaching kids proper safety skills, enjoying the great outdoors, or planning future fun memories. It’s safe to say that we have been busy having great times and breaking out of our comfort zone.

      First off the officer spotlight is on Derricka Ison, the FFA secretary. We couldn’t have asked for a better person for an officer, she is very hardworking, nice, and a key part to our officer team. Derricka has a very rich agriculture background in showing horses and in 4H. She brings her values that she has learned in agriculture programs to our FFA to help make it a better club, we don’t know what we would do without her! Our member of the month went to C. J Phillips. He has quickly worked his way up in the FFA and is a very deserving of member of the month. C. J. grilled hot dogs to sell earlier in the year and is also very active in his agriculture classes. He is just one of the great members that make our FFA a success!

      During the month of September FFA has continued to stay active! Three of the FFA officers went to the county AG extension office for Agriculture Safety Day. During this time the officers spoke to the kids about tractor and lawnmower safety. The officers spoke to fifth graders about necessary skills on how to be cautious when dealing with equipment and how to use it properly. The FFA also made a stop to the AG extension office on September 21 where Bullitt Central’s FFA brought six participants to give a speech for the Kentucky Farm Bureau Outstanding Youth Speaking Competition. Megan Terry came in first and Alex Skidmore came in second for the girls division. Derricka Ison, Kaitlyn Kennedy, and Kenzie Branham also gave excellent speeches. In the boys division, Matthew Terry came in first. Both Matthew and Megan Terry will be going to compete at districts. Matthew Terry also won an award for Public Relations in Ag.

       FFA’s first forty members ventured to Salato Nature Preserve outside of Frankfort. At Salato, members fished, learned about animals, and hiked. On that day FFA also had its annual cookout where we played games, grilled hot dogs and, most importantly, enjoyed each other’s company. Additionally, the FFA took great pride in their homecoming float this year. You may have seen the float in the parade, with its front porch theme, proud marching members, and our tractors. We couldn’t be more proud of the work put into our FFA float this year and we won “Best use of Theme” for the parade.

      Don’t begin to think the pace of FFA will slow down because it keeps rocking on! Our FFA chapter is very excited about the committees that they have this year. Committees are a way to get members more involved in the club, to help them grow in FFA and also make a contribution to the chapter. Committees are also a way to help members have more say in what the club does and increases member involvement. The chapter is also excited because this year Bullitt East got an agriculture department and now has an FFA. So the recreational committee has planned an event to co-mingle our FFAs. Both chapters are getting together to have an ice cream party and play flag football, later this month. Also the FFA has two fundraisers going on, we are selling beef jerky sticks and poinsettias that will arrive on November 15, so if you know a kid in the FFA and you are interested in buying a poinsettia just ask them.

      As we accumulate memories and awards one can really see what great pride members have in their club. Now we may have officer and member spotlights but the FFA would like to spotlight another key contributor to our chapter, Mr. Darold Akridge, for taking great photos, telling funny jokes, and supporting our members in all that they do!

      For the month of October FFA had a cookout, organized a tractor calendar with the help of Darold Akridge, held its monthly meeting and spoke at a Kentucky Farm Bureau meeting. The FFA plans to stay busy with flag football night, FFA National Convention, and a FFA winter dance with Bullitt East’s FFA.

Starting the month of October the FFA will start having two members of the month, a boy and girl. Our girl member of the month is Heather Crowe. For people that don’t know Heather, she is a very involved FFA member, perfect attendance to all events actually; she is a very nice girl, and a perfect addition to our FFA. Heather also participated in drive your tractor to school day where she drove the slick John Deere in the parade. The boy member of the month is Quinten Basil; if anyone saw the FFA float you saw the unforgettable truck that was pulling it! Quinten supplied it. If you don’t know him he is a very great person to get to know, he always jumps into help the FFA, and he is very active in his AG classes.

Past events in the FFA are a cookout hosted at the Terry’s residents, tractor pictures with Darold Akridge, and a Kentucky Farm Bureau meeting. On October 7th, a handful of FFA kids met at the Terry’s residents after having their tractor pictures taken. Alongside these students were Darold Akridge and advisor, Mr. Peake. During this time we got together, socialized and enjoyed our time together. The FFA is currently putting a calendar of a select few FFA members and their tractors. We would like to give Darold Akridge a big thank you for taking the pictures for the calendar! The calendar will be supplied to members of the FFA that would like a calendar in the near future. Megan Terry and I went to the KFB Office on October 15th to sit in on a meeting of the board of directors and give a report on what our FFA has been doing.

Bullitt Central and Bullitt East FFA members will play flag football and have banana splits! This is just one of the many fun activities both the chapters will be doing together! The Bullitt Central FFA will be attending the National Convention at the end of this month. They will see what all convention has to offer and meet up with Bullitt East’s FFA. The Bullitt Central FFA is also planning a winter dance with Bullitt East’s FFA. Dates will be released later; it is still in progress.

FFA has two fundraisers going on right now. The first is poinsettias which we are selling for $10 each. There is also a fruit fundraiser (prices vary on the fruit) but if you know a kid in the FFA just ask them about it because all the funds go back to our club.

The FFA just never stops going, but the members aren’t complaining because we have a good time! If you didn’t notice Bullitt Central and Bullitt East came together a lot.  It really goes to show you how good FFA really is. Thank you for reading and supporting our club.

By: Matthew Terry-FFA Reporter

      This month our officer spotlight is on our 2013-2014 Reporter, Mr. Matthew Terry. Matthew Terry is only a sophomore at Bullitt Central but he has taken a lead role in the chapter. Matthew writes frequent articles to the newspaper to help keep the community updated. I’ve seen few students who show more FFA pride than Matthew. As a freshmen, Matthew won the Star Freshmen Award, for being the most active and outstanding freshmen. Also, Matthew, with his partner Cody Akridge, won in their division of the Kentucky FFA Agriscience Fair. Additionally, Matthew participated in the Kentucky Farm Bureau’s Outstanding Youth Contest, where he won the crowd over and placed first in the boys division. On that same night, Matthew won an award from Kentucky Farm Bureau for Public Relations in Agriculture. Matthew lives on a farm where they raise Black Angus beef cattle and he is the younger brother of the Chapter President, Megan Terry. Matthew is a very respectful and hardworking young man and we are just excited about his future in agriculture.