The FFA was founded in 1928 in Kansas City, Kansas with the intention of “promoting leadership, cooperation, and citizenship among high school agricultural education stu¬dents,” according to a press release. Kentucky has 145 chapters and the nation has approximately 460,000 members. The Trigg County chapter has 78 members. Samantha Ladd is the president and is the first junior president elected in Trigg County. John David Fourqurean is the vice president, Tiffiny Walker is the president, Ronnie Weeks is the treasurer, Ethan Jones and Elizabeth Rogers are the reporters, and Tony Finley is the sentinel. Jodie P’Pool and Karen Nolcox are the FFA advisors.
From Feb. 17 to Feb. 24, students celebrated National FFA Week. On that Monday morning, some of the students went on the radio. Tuseday was FFA T-shirt day.
“My closet is full of FFA T-shirts,” Ladd said.
On Wednesday, students wore their official blue and gold corduroy jackets and distributed donuts for Teacher Appreciation Day. Thursday was simply blue and gold day, where students wore anything at all with the official FFA colors.
Perhaps most interesting was that Friday, which was Ride Your Tractor to School Day. Twelve Carhartt-clad students, including Ladd, met at Hancock’s Neighborhood Market and drove about half an hour to get to school. School Resource Officer Tim Allen acted as their police escort. There were even a few who didn’t have tractors but rode in a wagon instead, Nolcox said.
Nolcox remembers her days as an FFA student well. When she was a senior, she realized she had an interest in agriculture and took up landscaping. She once took part in a McCracken County soil-judging contest. She now teaches plant and land science, agricultural biology, landscaping and greenhouse technology.
One of her recent landscaping projects uses a lot of cutting edge technology. Students used pictures of a real house to design the landscape around it. They first drew a rough base plan on a proportional drawing of the house. Then they drew some more detailed sketches and drew their plants in their beds. Finally, they had to insert their plans into a computer program. The program actually allows them to insert the imaginary plants into a photograph of the house.
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