National FFA Week Activities (PHOTOS)

National FFA Week was celebrated at Hettinger Public School the week of Feb. 20.

Mack Buckmier teaching and quizzing kids about animals. (Photo by Frank Perea/For the Record)

Student FFA Reporter

National FFA Week was celebrated at Hettinger Public School the week of Feb. 20. Chapters from across the United States celebrated the FFA Organization; we put our own spin on it.

Starting Monday morning, Agriculture related quizzes were taken by grades K-12 students. We chose two winners in each category; K-3, 4-6, and 7-12. Our K-3 winners were Micah Kilzer and Brody Sott. In fourth through sixth grade, our winners were Luke Holzkamm and Cade Michaels. And winning the seventh through 12 division were Jordon Hill and Tate Nash. Each winner received a prize FFA t-shirt or FFA drawstring bag.

On Tuesday we had “Hyah Hyah Day” where students dressed up like farmers. The top dressers participants were Miami Pekas and Savanna Hibberd. These two looked fantastic in their flannels and overalls.

The Wednesday activities was in the gym with sheep sheared by Dr. Chris Schauer and wool spinning by Mrs. Melana Howe. Students were able to see firsthand how wool is spun directly from the fluff which is sheared off a sheep into strands of yarn. Melana had different died wool yarn along with finished sweaters and rugs for all to see.

On Thursday students brought nonperishable food items to donate, in order to wear a hat during school. The items was then donated to the Food Pantry.

On Friday, livestock were brought into the school shop, metalwork was demonstrated, along with cheese tasting and ice cream making in the FACS room. Animals included goats was exhibited  by Rebecca Knutson and Sidra Sadowsky, sheep was exhibited by Kaden Schauer and Tatum Fitch, hogs were explained by Madelyn Larson and Beth Lein, dairy cattle was talked about by Zach Rickertson and Tucker Ellingson, and mass production meat cattle was shown by Mack Buckmier and Jade Wolf. Caleb Urie and Jarad Mattis shared their knowledge on metalwork.  Hydroponics and Greenhouse were exhibited by Justice Anderson. In the FACS room was Cheese and Icecream making. Cheese tasting was demonstrated  by Michelle Witt and Katlin Yahner.  Ice-cream was made using liquid nitrogen was done by Reanne Cornelious and Megan Lein. Taking pictures and reporting for the whole week was Assistant Reporter, Miama Pekas. The guides for the elementary students were FFA members in grades 8-12.

A huge thank you to those who donated much needed items to our National FFA Week Celebration!! Cedar Flo Angus (Jeremy and Jen Fordahl) supplied us a cow calf pair. Larson supplied 10-day old piglets. Schauer Sheep Company supplied a ewe and twin lambs.  Two Reds Goat Company supplied a nanny goat and her twin kids.  Liquid nitrogen for the ice-cream was donated by Nordby’s AI Services. Ice-cream supplies were donated by Kennedys Fresh Foods and Ted Uecker.Sawdust and an ice-cream tub were donated by Runnings Farm and Fleet. Thank you for all you support to the Hettinger FFA Chapter,Ag Department and our community.