FFA Week Plants Ag-related Issues into Students’ Lives


Two dozen Warren Hills FFA students listen to guest speaker Jackie Nix, author and animal nutritionist, during an internet hookup in the school library about agriculture-related education and work opportunities. (Photo by Alana Padilla)

Alana Padilla, Staff Reporter

The FFA Week at Warren Hills Feb. 19-25 featured a variety of activities ranging from an Agriculture Olympics to a book author’s presentation to a school wide “blue day” in which all students were encouraged to dress in blue.

The purpose of the annual week was to broadcast FFA involvement in the school and local community.

“We as an FFA world work very hard together to make this week a success for our school,” said senior Emily Fisco, president of Warren Hills’ local FFA club.

FFA is a national organization where schools all over the world come together and work together on making schools and our planet a better place, Fisco said.

Founded nearly 100 years ago as Future Farmers of America (FFA), the organization in 1988 changed its official name to The National FFA Organization to emphasize science and technology elements of FFA that go beyond farming.

The first date of FFA Week was Sunday, Feb. 19, which the FFA called its Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) Sunday. SAE is a work-based learning opportunity that usually takes place in a setting outside of regular school hours.

As part of SAE Sunday, Warren Hills FFA members learned about their classmates’ SAE projects. For example, one FFA member discussed and submitted a report on a project dealing with hydroponics, which is a way of growing plants in a nutrient solution instead of in soil.

The next day, Monday, was National Day of Service, as FFA celebrated the countless hours of service that FFA members put into their agriculture-related work.

Wednesday was FFA Alumni Day, where current FFA members gave shout-outs to alumni through phone calls and emails.

Thursday was Ag Teacher Appreciation Day, where Warren Hills Agricultural Sciences teachers Patty Smith and Allison White were honored for their contributions to the FFA. In addition, book author and animal nutritionist Jackie Nix talked to FFA members via an internet hookup about her experiences during her lifetime journey in agricultural work.

“There are a lot of different aspects of FFA, and I was really happy that photography was an option in the future for Ag,” said junior Clara Woodruff, who serves as reporter of Warren Hills’ FFA.

Friday was National Wear Blue Day, which happened to be on the same day as the weekly school spirit day in which all students and staff are encouraged to wear Blue Streak blue and white.

The end of FFA Week came on Saturday, when FFA members closed it all out by taking part in a chapter sports bonding activity at a bowling alley.

Many FFA members said that they thought the best part of FFA Week was showing their classmates at the school’s pep rally on Friday who they are and what they do.

”Friday was probably one of my favorite days of FFA Week,” said junior Hana Puzycki, parliamentarian of Warren Hills’ FFA. “It was a lot of fun to see all the students participating in our Ag Olympics.”

Added junior Sarah Serrao, FFA senior vice president, “I am very happy on how the FFA Chapter pulled together an awesome FFA Week, and we can’t wait until next year.”