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National FFA Week: Riverton

Feb 18, 2013 - By Emma Herbst, Riverton FFA Chapter

The Riverton FFA started the new year in early May 2012 with the election of the 2012-13 officers. The officers include: Dallin Cooper (president), Haylee Lavoie (vice president), Wyatt Griffin (second vice president), Jamie Walker (secretary), Katie Thayer (treasurer), Emma Herbst (reporter), Tenikah Dolbow (sentinel) and Shaylee Cunningham (parliamentarian). The chapter is led by Casey Styvar and Linda Griffin. The officer team kicked off the year with an officer retreat to Thermopolis where they participated in team building activities

In August, Fremont County Fair became home for many of the FFA members. There was a wide variety of animals and projects with great success. Then two weeks later the champions packed up their bags and headed to Douglas for the state fair, to compete with other people who won at their county fairs. Some of the members in January went to the Denver Stock Show where many of them did great alongside tough competition.

September marked the start of a new school year and Riverton FFA chapter actives, starting with the ice cream social. The ice cream social provides time for new members to get to know the older members of the chapter. Between musical chairs and apple bobbing, it was no doubt a great bonding exercise for the FFA members. The ice cream social sets up the rest of a great year for Riverton FFA.

The annual homecoming barbecue takes place a couple of weeks after the ice cream social. It takes the whole week to prepare for the barbecue dinner by setting up furniture and cooking the food. The members sell tickets ahead of time, so business takes off quickly. The barbecue runs for several hours, serving more than 380 people with all of the money going toward the members' trips that they take throughout the year.

Last year the officer team started a program called Partner in Active Learning Support, which lets the FFA members teach fourth-grade students about agriculture. The FFA members visit the fourth-grade students once a month with a new subject to teach, including different animals in the community and health safety with different foods.

In the coming months, the members will be competing in Career Development Events such as horse judging, livestock judging, ag mechanics and many more. The members have been working hard preparing for the competitions in Powell, Laramie, Wheatland, Casper and the Wyoming State Convention in Cheyenne. The teams have done very well in the past and are striving to do better this year.

The Riverton FFA would like to give many thanks to everyone who has been a part of our success. Thank you to the community for giving us feedback on our community service projects, as well at the wonderful compliments we've received. Also, thank you to Fremont County School District 25 for allowing us to pursue our agricultural education. We wouldn't have all the great opportunities that we have if we weren't backed by such a strong support system. From everyone in FFA, thank you.

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