The National FFA Organization has been around since 1928, and since it’s founding, it has been notorious for changing the lives of its members. The members of the Hermann FFA chapter are of no exception to this. Advised by Doug Ridder and Tracy Vedder, Hermann FFA alumni themselves, the Hermann FFA chapter is involved in many activities throughout the year, allowing its members to take part in various activities, such as public speaking, contest teams, and leadership positions.
Fall Public Speaking takes place in the beginning of the school year, with the participants having to write a speech for various different agricultural organizations, such as Missouri Young Farmers and Young Farm Wives or Missouri Sheep Producers. This year, two of the speeches advanced to state: Maddie Bader (11), Missouri Pork Producers, and Austin Gerleman(12), Missouri Farm Bureau. Gerleman participated and Bader received third place.
Students also take part in different contest teams. Teams such as Floriculture, Livestock Judging, Agricultural Mechanics, Entomology, and many more, allow students to get hands on experience in various different agricultural careers. This year, the club has several different teams and individuals preparing speeches to compete with. The teams go to different practice contests on weekends all around the state to prepare for the contests that advance them to State, and hopefully Nationals.
“Contest teams have made me more confident and more of a people person,” Abby Krueger (10), the chapter’s Assistant Historian said.
The chapter has also had the honor of having two area officers for the past three years, and for the 2016-2017 school year, Austin Gerleman and Dana Hart had the opportunity to serve this higher position. With this position, they are able to take part in decision making and planning that affects not only the Hermann chapter, but the entire area of surrounding chapters.
“I have made more friends and opportunities and memories to last a lifetime in FFA,” Krueger added. “It’s made my high school experience.”