BY DAWSON HUNT AND DAVID KING STAFFWRITERS
Founded in 1928, the Future Farmers of America brought together students, teachers and agribusiness to solidify support for agricultural education. In Kansas City's Baltimore Hotel, 33 young farm boys charted a course for the future. They could not have foreseen how the organization would grow and thrive.
Since 1928, millions of agriculture students - no one knows exactly how many - have donned the official FFA jacket and championed the FFA creed. FFA has opened its doors and its arms to minorities and women, ensuring that all students could reap the benefits of agricultural education.
Today, the National FFA Organization remains committed to the individual student, providing a path to achievement in premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Now, the organization is expanding the nation's view of "traditional" agriculture and finding new ways to infuse agriculture into the classroom.
West Side Story would just like to thank the Future Farmers of America (FFA) community for all that they do. Some of FFA’s accomplishments/activities include Showing animals, Land Evaluation, Speaking Contests, Job Interviews, Ag. Mechanics Contest, Corn Maze Trips, Participate in Smoky Mt and TVA Exhibits, Horticulture Contest, May Banquet, Attend State FFA Convention in Gatlinburg, earning awards and degrees in FFA, and gaining real world experience. All of these things can help teach high school students important life skills for the world of Agriculture.
Mr. Tripucka also shared, “We grow plants in the greenhouse that we sell for funds toward FFA.”
Credit for the information to the School Website. (http://mhhsw.hcboe.net)