By Abbie Medved
Throughout the school year, Pueblo County High School provides a wide variety of activities for students to participate in. One of the many opportunities that PCHS provides is the chance to participate in Future Farmers of America or FFA. FFA is an organization dedicated to helping students prepare for a career and educating them about agriculture. FFA’s mission statement is to “make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.”
There are a couple of different pathways for agriculture here at PCHS. Becoming enrolled in one of these pathways will automatically enroll students in FFA. Taking advantage of these unique classes will give students opportunities that only those in FFA have.
Some specific activities that FFA members participate in include working in the FFA Barnyard at the State Fair and the chance to attend the National Convention. When asked how participating in FFA impacted her, Ms. Abbigail Johnson said, “I was in FFA in high school, here at PCHS. FFA, specifically attending National Convention, changed my life! I got to know various state officers who positively influenced me and motivated me in the agricultural environment. Now getting to work with Ag Education classes and FFA, I see the same qualities in the students.” Johnson is the Agriculture teacher here at PCHS and she constantly tells her students just how much participating in FFA changed her life.
Johnson always emphasizes the importance of agriculture education for all students. Even those who are not directly involved in ag are influenced by it. Food, resources and other everyday items all come from those who work in an agricultural field. FFA is a great way to join other students in learning exactly how they are connected to agriculture.
PCHS’ FFA Chapter President, Morgan Johnson, feels the same way, “I think that something special about PCHS FFA is that even though we are a small chapter and have been through some ups and downs we have a dedicated officer team as well as dedicated staff here at County, who are putting their all into making the program better and better every year.” There is something special about not only FFA as a whole but also our PCHS FFA chapter.
Becoming an FFA member has changed the lives of numerous students just like Johnson and Morgan Johnson. Leadership and social skills are things that can never be replaced and FFA offers education in both.
FFA meetings are once a month on Wednesdays. Please consider attending.