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Celebrating National FFA Week

Housatonic Valley FFA
A Year in Review

This has been a great year for the Housatonic Valley FFA and we would like to thank the entire community for all your support.

Since last February’s National FFA Week, we have held and helped sponsor a Food Checkout, Rabies Clinic, Juniper’s Jamboree and Relay for Life.

This past summer our students attended the Washington Leadership Conference, which is a five day event held in Washington, D.C., that teaches students to be better leaders.

We conducted our annual Housatonic Valley FFA exchange trip to Pueblo, Colo.

This was followed by the annual FFA alumni summer picnic held at Laurelbrook Farm in East Canaan.

The Envirothon team traveled to New Brunswick, Canada, and placed fifth in the North American competition out of 53 teams.

Our FFA officer team traveled to the Connecticut Officer Leadership Conference to kick off the school year. This helps the officer team to prepare and support the chapter by teaching team-building and problem-solving skills.

On Labor Day weekend, the Housatonic Valley FFA and Wamogo FFA Chapter hosted more than 20,000 fair participants in the Goshen Fair petting zoo.

In October, the Agricultural Olympics were hosted at Housatonic and featured the FFA chapters of Woodbury, Northwestern and Wamogo in a little friendly competition.

Our chapter sent 16 students to the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, where members participated in the National Days of Service, National Chapter Award Dinner, Natural Resources Career Development Event, career tours and the American Degree Award Ceremony. The Housatonic Valley FFA Chapter was recognized as a two-star chapter out of a possible three. Josh Allyn and William Russ received the American FFA Degree (the highest student achievement in the FFA) and the Housatonic Valley FFA Natural Resources CDE team achieved fifth place in the nation, with Emily Studer placing second individually.

At the state level, the Housatonic Valley FFA Chapter sent four Career Development Event teams to the University of Connecticut to compete in forestry, equine judging, floriculture and nursery/landscape, with three teams placing in the top three in the state.

In November, the Housatonic Valley FFA held its 73rd banquet to celebrate the accomplishments of the past year and to recognize the community for their support.

We ended the year with the Housatonic Valley FFA holiday sale. This fundraiser teaches students production, management  and salesmanship skills.

And now we are celebrating National FFA Week. FFA week includes a faculty and legislative breakfast on Feb. 23, a Hunger Banquet held in the high school cafeteria on Feb. 22 and an FFA alumni dinner at the Grove in Lakeville on Feb. 25.

In addition, we welcome all community members to our Prepared Public Speaking Career Development Event on Monday, Feb. 27, from 8 to 11 a.m.

— Brian Saccardi, Reporter, Housatonic Valley FFA

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