MHS chapter celebrates FFA week
By Jared Schmeltzer
Feb. 18-22, the Merrill High School FFA chapter took part in National FFA week. National FFA week is a time for FFA members to host activities that raise awareness about the role FFA plays, in the development of agriculture’s future leaders, and the importance of agricultural education.
The National FFA was established in 1928 and Merrill has had a chapter since Dec. 29, 1947. National FFA week was first established in 1948 and is the week surrounding George Washington’s birthday, Feb. 22nd.
Each year an appointed officer team on the MHS chapter, works to decide on what activities will be offered as part of FFA week. According to MHS Ag Teacher and FFA advisor Michelle Heeg, the Merrill FFA did something special each day of the five days to celebrate, including Career Day on Feb. 19, where students dressed up in career apparel such as cowboys, veterinarians, farmers and nurses. Student FFA members also hosted a corn hole tournament on Tuesday, with the winners receiving corn based prizes.
At an officer retreat, the officer team had the opportunity to collaborate with other officers from across the state and brought back the idea to do something special to thank our local farmers. On Friday, Feb 22, the Merrill officers including: Eve Gruetzmacher, DeLaurie Sukow, Maddie Sturm, Claire Drew, Brandon Stolz and Nyomie Strand, delivered goody bags to 75 farmers around the Merrill area.
The Merrill FFA has enjoy a record year for membership, totaling 72 members, up about 20 from previous years. Anyone in grades 9-12 with an interest in agriculture or where their food comes from, are welcome to become members. FFA members participate in activities such as leadership workshops, speaking contests, leadership training and lead many community service events in the area. They also host two blood drives and work in conjunction with the FFA Alumni and Farm Bureau, to host the Lincoln County Dairy Breakfast.