By STEPHENEE STOOTS
& OLIVIA HEAD
From showing cattle to cleaning up the stretch of adopted highway in front of Daniel Boone, Daniel Boone’s FFA Chapter has had an active fall.
Daniel Boone’s FFA beef cattle show team went to roughly 10 local shows and ended the season with six grand champions, eight reserve champions, and several first and second places.
The season ended with a trip to the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky. The trip was a valuable experience and all of the members came back with more knowledge than they left with. Makenzye Stoots, Daniel Boone Senior, went to NAILE.
When asked how the national show impacted her she said, “It made me more determined to take pride in what I do. I had never been to the show, so it was really cool to gain new friends across the country and be encouraged by all the great competition there.”
The chapter volunteered at the annual Farm Days at the Appalachian Fairgrounds, which allows kindergarten and second graders to enhance their knowledge of agriculture and see various farm animals that they might have not had the accessibility to view before.
“Farm Days encourages youth to pursue a career in the agricultural industry, educates younger citizens on the importance of agriculture, and brought into my view that not all children know the importance of agriculture,”
Preston Kellner, Chapter Vice-President, said. Farm Days extends beyond the education of citizens and into benefits for the community as a whole.
If you pass through Gray there is a good chance you could have seen the stretch of highway in front of Daniel Boone and noticed the “Adopt-A-Highway” sign advertising for Daniel Boone FFA.
The chapter cleans the adopted highway four times a year. Makayla Phipps, senior member and Chapter President participates in the clean up service every opportunity she gets.
She believes that members greatly benefit from the community service hours and the knowledge of understanding the responsibility and impacts of human actions on the environment.
“The greatest lesson I have acquired from participating in this event is the importance of protecting our environment,” Phipps said.
Not only does the chapter work hard to better clean the highway, the chapter attended national FFA convention in October.
Haiden Ferguson, chapter member, attended the convention in October 2018. Haiden was asked about the impact of attending possibly her last National Convention as a chapter member.
“As my last National Convention as a high school FFA member it could probably not have been more enriching for me. In addition to display and interactive agricultural activities, we were also blessed by the presence of our United States Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, and our president, Donald Trump.
“I actually had the opportunity to speak to Secretary DeVos. I was able to share some of the career-oriented tools available through National FFA. She was impressed that an agricultural organization was so technologically advanced. It was an overall great experience that I will never forget.”
While at National FFA Convention, two former Daniel Boone members, Elizabeth and Rebecca Arwood, received their American FFA Degree. The American FFA Degree is the highest award given to FFA members, with less than one percent of all members receiving this award.