Who We Are
"FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education." - FFA Mission Statement
The Rushville High School FFA Chapter was founded on November 2, 1939 by Valmore Green along with 53 members. After WWII, grants became available to build the agriculture shop in an effort to re-educate the boys coming home from the war. In 1969, girls were officially allowed to become involved in FFA. By 1985, a demand for more variety of classes was met with the introduction of Agriculture Science and the 8th grade class. Within the early 90's the greenhouse was built to provide more opportunities to gain hands on experience. Additionally, the "Fish Room" was built in 1992. With the consolidation of the Industry High School in 2006, the Rushville FFA chapter was renamed the Rushville-Industry FFA Chapter. As a result of the consolidation, the membership skyrocketed to 150 members. Today, the Rushville-Industry FFA has a total of 102 active members. (2016)
Agriculture Educators Through the Years
Valmore Green (1939-1970)
Dale Law (1970-1973)
Bill McGrew (1973-1974)
Morris McClelland (1974-2011)
Tara Lafollette (2011-2012)
Wyatt McGrew (2012-2015)
Morris McClelland (8. 2015- 12. 2015)
Grace Foster (2016-current)
President- Collin Shelts
Collin Shelts is a senior and is serving as the President. He maintains a record book project on his rabbits that he raises and his small animal business of breeding and selling German Shepherds. Collin plans to pursue a career as a veterinarian.
Vice President- Alec Wenger
Alec Wenger is a Junior and is serving as the Vice President. Alec maintains a record book project on his beef cattle entrepreneurship that he raises for production and to show at fairs. Alec plans to pursue a career in building the family business at Wenger Ag Solutions.
Secretary- Rachel Hood
Rachel Hood is a sophomore and is serving as the Secretary. Rachel maintains a record book project on her beef cattle entrepreneurship that she raises for production and showing at fairs. Rachel plans to pursue a career as a lobbyist for the beef industry.
Treasurer- Zoey Rhoades
Zoey Rhoades is a junior and is serving as the Treasurer. Zoey maintains a record book on general companion animal maintenance with her great dane. Zoey plans to pursue a career in either cosmetology or nursing.
Reporter- Kinze Haywood
Kinze Haywood is a sophomore and is serving as the Reporter. Kinze maintains a beef production entrepreneurship where she raises, markets, and sells grass fed beef. Kinze plans to pursue a career as a veterinarian.
Sentinel- Tannar Irwin
Tannar Irwin is a sophomore and is serving as the Sentinel. Tannar maintains a record book on her family's maple syrup production business. Tannar plans to pursue a career as an airline mechanic in the Air Force.
Parliamentarian- Abby Wright
Abby Wright is a sophomore and is serving as the Parliamentarian. Abby maintains a poultry production record book where she sells eggs locally and a beef entrepreneurship project. Abby plans to pursue a career as a nurse practitioner.
What is FFA All About?
"Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve"