The agricultural education program was a very strong part of Hettinger Public School’s educational system in the 1960s and 1970s. The program has seen its ups and downs.
Three years ago, Mrs. Ronda Schauer stepped into the program as teacher and FFA advisor. Her, the students and several local people have spent much time and energy bringing the classroom and equipment up to date. Mrs. Schauer brings in local contractors to help give hands-on experience to students in plumbing, carpentry, concrete, electrical, woodworking, welding, along with agronomy and livestock. The FFA meetings are run with the use of Parliamentary Procedure; therefore FFA members learn the valuable knowledge of Parliamentary Procedure by which most businesses and organizations run their meetings. The organization has presented proper Parliamentary Procedure to HPS school boards and would be willing to do this for others. The opportunity of hands-on is invaluable to some students as not everyone will attend college.
The program is growing as is shown in the number of students Mrs. Schauer has each year. More and more students are competing in FFA contests throughout the year including Range Judging, District Leadership Development Events, Winter Career Development Events, State FFA Convention, and the North Dakota State Fair. These students have the ability to run for state and national offices through the FFA portion of this program – giving them opportunities they may not otherwise have. It is a great thing our local school provides students with a wide variety of experiences for the academically, as well as the vocationally, minded.
To promote and grow the Hettinger agriculture education program with financial and leadership support. This is the mission statement of the recently formed Hettinger FFA Booster Club which was formed the spring of 2017. The group’s intent is to help students financially to attend state and national conventions if need be and help the classroom purchase tools, equipment or textbooks when the need arises. They do not have membership fees – just people seeing a need to educate our youth of Adams County’s number one industry – agriculture.
With that said, the group held a raffle for 2 rifles the end of 2018. With some of these funds, the FFA Booster Club purchased a Jet 16-speed woodworking drill press for the vocational agricultural shop. We would like to thank everyone that purchased raffle tickets as you are the reason this was possible.