Like most rural high schools, Hermann High School’s FFA chapter is the largest club in the school. With over 100 members, the largest week of the year for them is FFA week. Taking place at the end of February, the chapter starts with different contests and events, making it the perfect time to showcase their member’s accomplishments.
The students started out the week on Monday with the annual Cherry Pie Day. The tradition of bringing pies on the Monday of FFA week goes back to when the parents of today’s FFA members did the same. Members brought in pies and delivered them to different teachers and staff throughout the school, thanking them for all they do for the chapter.
On Tuesday, members brought their tractors to school for Bring Your Tractor to School Day.The tractors were parked outside the Central Office throughout the day, showcasing them for all who drove past. The spectacle was the source of a debate of which color tractor was the best for students throughout the agriculture department.
Wednesday and Thursday were days full of food where students ate pork steaks, baked beans, and chips on Wednesday and community supporters of FFA ate sandwiches, chips, chili, and pie on Thursday..
With Friday closing the week, the last event of the week was the Super Farmer Contest- a different type of relay race, including stacking straw bales, milking a cow, driving a post into the ground, finding coins in corn, and an egg toss. Seven two-person teams participated. The students that participated competed to the best of their ability, but the youngest team of them all, Megan Schneider (9) and Trent Anderson (9), took first place.
“I think the week went very well,” FFA assistant treasurer Michael Vedder said. “I think the whole school liked it as well.”