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9th Grade Scavenger Hunt

9th Grade Class – FFA Race!

Instructions – For the week of September 8th – 11th, information and clues will be posted each day. Updated at 8:00 a.m. each morning, use this material to complete your assignment for the week!

8th Grade Scavenger Hunt – Day #2

Leaderboard!

1st Place - Ryne Crosthwait

2nd Place - Saxon Shepard

3rd Place - Caeli Schaefer

4th Place - Karson Twyman

5th Place - Kaleb Timmons

 

 

We have prizes at the end of the week for those who place at the top. Lets see how competitive that you are!

Thursday – September 10th

Today’s focus is going to be about CDE Contests or Career Development Events. These are contest in FFA that you can compete in to win awards/money, learn skills for future jobs, and have a ton of fun going to events around the state and country.

In the fall months, the one contest that is currently avaiable is Opening Ceremonies. This consists of a team of 6, 8th & 9th Graders who each have an officer position and recite the FFA Opening Ceremonies. This is an awesome introduction to public speaking. We are starting this contest THIS THURSDAY with 2 try out slots at the AG Building (10 a.m. and 4 p.m.). I would very much encourage you to come try out and learn some public speaking skills.

 

In the spring months, we offer an insane number of contests. Check out this link for more information on each contest area. Decide which one sounds the most intersting to you – https://www.stillwaterffa.com/30864_1

Friday – September 11th

Things that ALL FFA Members Should Know

  • ​The official FFA Colors are – National Blue and Corn Gold
  • The FFA Motto is these four lines:
    • ​Learning to Do
    • Doing to Learn
    • Earning to Live
    • Living to Serve
      • ​To Build on this Motto – Your semester final will be the $5 Project. Start Planning that Idea out today!
  • ​​The Official FFA Magazine is the “FFA New Horizons” and is sent out four times per year (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer editions). As FFA members, you will all recieve one of these in the mail. Check out the latest edition (https://en.calameo.com/read/005107524be7f6ee01849) and make a note of the something interesting that you learned from an article. You will share that on today’s quiz
  • Each Summer, FFA hosts a summer camp called the FFA Alumni Leadership Camp. This is an amazing leadership camp that involves a ropes course, water olympics, team building sessions, motivational speakers, and much more. This is Mr. Branscum’s single favorite FFA activity!
  • 2 Opporunities that relate to SAE’s since you picked out your topic last week

Wednesday – September 9th

FFA is led by a group of 6 officers and the advisor(s). Lets look at their positions and symbols

  1. President – Stationed by the Rising Sun – The president is the face of the chapter and represents us at all major functions. They appoint committees, oversee the meeting, and lead the opening ceremonies. 
  2. Vice President – is stationed by Plow – The vice president is the second in command and takes over if the president is gone. While the prez appoints the committees, the VP oversees them and makes sure that they get the job done 
  3. Secretary – Stationed by the Ear of Corn – The secretary is the organized one. They post the meeting’s agenda and take minutes during the meeting. They keep attendance records to see who all is active in FFA. 
  4. Treasurer – Stationed by the Emblem on Washington – The Treasurer is in charge of keeping all the money and financial records for the organization. 
  5. Reporter – The Reporter is Stationed by the Flag – The reporter is in charge of getting the word out about FFA. They are tasked with serving as the photographer, maintaining our social media pages, and sending in FFA news articles to the newspaper 
  6. Sentinel – The Sentinel is Stated by the Shield of Friendship which is by the door. The sentinel is tasked with keeping the room in order and making sure everyone is in line and behaving. But they are also the greeters who welcomes everyone in as they arrive 
  7. Advisor – This is the FFA Advisors or Ag Teachers – “Being older than the rest of you, we are asked to advise you from time to time as the need arrises”
  8. Additional offices that we also have – The Parliamentarian, Chaplain, Historian

In FFA, you are eligible for the following FFA Degrees:

  • Discovery FFA Degree – This pin is given to 8th Grade FFA Members who have finished their first year of Ag Class
  • Greenhand FFA Degree – This pin is given to First Year High School FFA Members (Usually freshman) who have finished their freshman AG Class and have learned and memorized the FFA Creed
  • Chapter FFA Degree – This is the highest degree that we can give out on the local level
  • State FFA Degree – This is given to seniors by Oklahoma FFA. This is the highest degree that you can recieve on the state level and is based on having a strong SAE project. In Stillwater, we present $1,000 scholarships to all seniors who earn this degree
  • American FFA Degree – The highest FFA degree that a member could receive. This is given while members are in college. They are then recognized at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, IN.

3 Biggest Events that We Have in FFA Each Year:

  • Chapter FFA Banquet – Held at the Fairgrounds in town at the End of the Year. This is an awesome dinner (yes we feed you BBQ) and provide you with your degree for that year, as well as any awards. For example – the top Freshman AG Student will receive the Star Greenhand Award
  • State FFA Convention – Held in Bricktown, OKC during the end of April. This is a reward trip to our top 40 FFA members based on involvement throughout the year. We listen to amazing FFA speakers, attend a baseball game, country music concert, and work at the Oklahoma Food Bank
  • National FFA Convnention – Held in Indianapolis, IN around Halloween. This is an awesome event for all of our members that win state and advance to the national contests.

Tuesday (September 8th) – Leg #1

What is FFA? And How does it Tie in with Class?

Your AG Experience is made up of 3 Key Components:

  1. Classroom Instruction – This is the part where your Ag Teacher works with you in class to teach you various Agricultural Lessons. Usually this takes place in the classroom or in a lab setting such as the barn or greenhouse. This year that is looking a little difference through distance learning
  2. SAE (Supervised Agricultural Experience) – This is the hands-on project that you will keep working with throughout the year and keeping records on it. We will resume covering this in a few weeks
  3. FFA – The student led organization. This is the leadership part of the model where students are able to grow as leaders, compete in numerous contests, and have a blast!

To get the full experience – you need to be a part of all 3 circles in the model!

A Little History on How FFA Came to Be:

  • In 1917, the Smith-Hughes Act started high school AG classes across the United States. At the time, we called them “vocational agriculture” classes as the goal was to prepare students for careers working as a farmer or other agricultural job. At the time, there were only Ag classes and NOT FFA
  • In 1928, 33 farm boys from 18 states got together in Kansas City, Missouri during a livestock show to found the Future Farmers of America. This was the first National FFA Convention as this was when FFA was founded. Today, the National FFA Convention has grown from 33 to 67,000!
  • In 1930, FFA adopted the colors that we use today: National Blue and Corn Gold. These colors are fitting as they line up with Stillwater Pioneer Colors!
  • As we began to diversity, Future Farmers of America changed their name from Future Farmers of America to the National FFA Organziation in 1988. This name changed because FFA is far more than just farming today! It involves leadership, public speaking, science, welding, and so so much more!

The FFA Emblem, seen on most FFA material, has 6 primary components that highlight important aspects of FFA

  1. Owl – The owl is a symbol of wisdom. We all have people, such as teachers or parents, that we look to for wisdom as they provide us guidance from their past experiences.
  2. Eagle – The eagle is a symbol of freedom. 2020 might be rough, but we all should be grateful to live in a country that provides us the freedoms that we enjoy today
  3. Plow – The plow is a symbol of labor and tillage. Back in 1928, when FFA was founded, many people would look at those hand plows and sigh when thinking about all the hard work that comes with using that machinery. Today, that has been replaced with tractors, but the American dream is still alive – we know that hard work can help us to achieve anything that we set out to!
  4. Rising Sun – The rising sun is a symbol of progress! Each day that the sun rises, is a new day and a new opportunity to be better than the day before. My mom always said, “today is the first day of the rest of your life.” This applies here with the rising sun
  5. Ear of Corn – The outside of the emblem is made up of an ear of corn cut down the middle (look at the kernals on the outside and the cob in the middle). The ear of corn is a symbol of unity as corn is grown in all 50 states. This is one thing that unites American farmers from all walks of life
  6. The words “Agricultural Education and FFA” – These stand for the Leadership (FFA) and Learning (Agricultural Education) that comes from this program