Coon Rapids Bayard FFA Members completes a busy Summer
The Coon Rapids-Bayard FFA Judging Team competed in several area county livestock evaluation competitions over the course of the summer. We competed at the Carroll County Fair in July and the team placed third. The team consisting of Alex McClellan, Marissa Donahue, Jon Wiskus, and Reuben Albright placed 2nd at the Woodbury County Fair in Moville, and won the Southwest District FFA Livestock Judging in Denison. Senior Alex McClellan placed first individually and was able to take home some hardware for his efforts. The team competed again on Saturday August 24th at the Iowa FFA Livestock Evaluation Competition in Ames at Iowa State University and placed 15th out of 60 teams. Alex McClellan placed 17th out of 236 FFA competitors to lead the team with Jon Wiskus finishing 60th out of 236. Students used scenarios, DNA tests, and EPD’s to place cattle, sheep, and swine in breeding and marketing classes. They also completed a general livestock production and knowledge exam. State Vice President, Logan Kelly of the CRB FFA, announced and handed out the team results in the Iowa Farm Bureau Livestock Pavilion. The team will compete Thursday August 29th at the Guthrie County Fair.
Nine Coon Rapids-Bayard FFA members participated in competitions at the Iowa State Fair. Logan Kelly, Iowa FFA State Officer assisted with all FFA shows, activities, and appearances during the 10 day program. Alex McClellan exhibited his swine SAE (Supervised Agriculture Experience) project and earned 2 purple ribbons standing in the top five in two separate classes and earning a blue ribbon with his third pig. Jon Wiskus and Marissa Donahue traveled to Des Moines with their swine and sheep projects also earning blue ribbons. Jon Wiskus also exhibited the outdoor picnic table he constructed as a woodworking project in his Introduction to Agriculture class. Bailey Esslinger, Bryce Daggit, Jorrie Esslinger, Ally Schultes, and Jon Wiskus entered their photography projects in various classes in the FFA Division. Ally Schultes answered questions in the Iowa FFA Association display booth in the Agriculture Building and represented the Southwest District Officer Team. One of the highlights for Mr. Heithoff, our FFA advisor, was having Logan Kelly handing out ribbons at the swine show to Alex McClellan and escorting Guthrie County Fair Queen, Emily Seidl on the Bill Riley stage. “We, the Coon Rapids-Bayard School District, were very well represented at the 2013 Iowa State Fair” commented president Ally Schultes. The FFA Officer Team held its brain storming and planning session in an overnight stay and then volunteered to work the following two days for the Iowa FFA Association. “We set our goals and began planning our annual Program of Activities. We were fortunate to have all but one officer attend our teams brainstorming/planning session” commented CRB Advisor Jim Heithoff.
Marissa Donahue was selected to serve as the lead grandstand usher for the young ladies at the state fair, volunteering for the fourth consecutive year. Bryce Dagit also served the Iowa Association for the 12 days serving as a Grandstand Usher. Bryce Dagit and Ally Schultes are members of the current officer team and also spent a week in Washington DC. for leadership training earlier in the summer back in June. “These are experiences that I will never forget” commented Bryce Dagit.
I believe in the future of agriculture, with a faith born not of words but of deeds - achievements won by the present and past generations of agriculturists; in the promise of better days through better ways, even as the better things we now enjoy have come to us from the struggles of former years.
I believe that to live and work on a good farm, or to be engaged in other agricultural pursuits, is pleasant as well as challenging; for I know the joys and discomforts of agricultural life and hold an inborn fondness for those associations which, even in hours of discouragement, I cannot deny.
I believe in leadership from ourselves and respect from others. I believe in my own ability to work efficiently and think clearly, with such knowledge and skill as I can secure, and in the ability of progressive agriculturists to serve our own and the public interest in producing and marketing the product of our toil.
I believe in less dependence on begging and more power in bargaining; in the life abundant and enough honest wealth to help make it so--for others as well as myself; in less need for charity and more of it when needed; in being happy myself and playing square with those whose happiness depends upon me.
I believe that American agriculture can and will hold true to the best traditions of our national life and that I can exert an influence in my home and community which will stand solid for my part in that inspiring task.
The creed was written by E. M. Tiffany, and adopted at the 3rd National Convention of the FFA. It was revised at the 38th Convention and the 63rd Convention.