The RIHS FFA chapter attended Six Flags in St. Louis, Missouri to wrap up a successful school year. Multiple FFA members attended free of charge as a perk for outstanding participation in FFA activities throughout the year. Overall, approximately 40 members enjoyed the beautiful weather and rides at Six Flags!
The Agriculture Business class was visited by COUNTRY Financial Representative, Ciara Isley, to discuss the various types of insurance available. The students have recently covered an insurance unit as a part of the Dave Ramsey Financial Literacy Curriculum. This opportunity allowed the students to have insurance policies explained by a local expert. Ciara explained Auto, Homeowners, Renters, Farmowners, Commercial, Life, and Health Insurance to the students through scenarios and sharing experiences from her career. This experience was intended to provide students with the knowledge to successfully navigate the world of insurance after high school. Thanks Ciara!
2 RIHS FFA members, Jordan Ray and Madison Love, attended the annual FBYC hosted by the Schuyler County Farm Bureau. The conference was held in Peoria, IL and included leadership workshops, a career fair, and great speakers. The goal of the conference was to maximize their abilities and to bring their newfound strengths back to their home communities.
On March 30th, 9 RIHS FFA members attended Agriculture Legislative Day at the State Capitol in Springfield, IL. There, they met with legislators and thanked them for their commitment to our communities and for their continued support of agriculture education. After some opposition, the Agriculture Education Line Item was approved to continue providing Illinois agricultural education the resources it needs to thrive. Some of the current programs funded by the Ag Ed Line Item are: Incentive Funding Grant Applications, Growing Agriculture Science Teachers Grants, Facilitating Coordination in Agriculture Education, Curriculum and Instructional Resources, Teacher Professional Development, Agriculture Literacy County Coalition Grants, and Improving Agricultural Education Programs Mini-Grants. Please contact your local legislator to express your support of continued ag ed funding for the 2018 Fiscal Year Budget.
On March 10th 9 RIHS FFA members attended the Women Changing the Face of Agriculture Conference in Champaign Illinois at the University of Illinois Campus. There, they listened to a keynote speaker, visited numerous career booths and spoke with women working within the agriculture industry, and then attended breakout sessions where they were able to listen to speakers discuss topics on leadership, career preparation, college readiness, and much more!
On March 6th, 5 students attended the Section Food Science contest in Bushnell, IL. At the contest, they designed and marketed a snack pack based on nutrition values and allergy concerns. They also identified multiple different aromas using sight and smell. The contest included a written test covering many different food safety topics and a team problem solving scenario. The contest provided students with a real world application of food science issues facing agriculturalists today.
14 RIHS students attended and participated in the 89th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis from Oct 19-22. The 14 were selected based on grades and FFA participation. At convention, students heard from motivational speakers, attended agricultural tours, and spoke with agriculture career vendors. The students were able to meet and make new friends from across the nation. Attendees said, "National Convention was a lot of fun. It was enjoyable and educational. We learned a lot about leadership."
On September 20th, approximately 26 kids competed in the Section 11 Forestry and Horse Judging Contests. The day began with the Forestry contest hosted at WIU's Horn Field Lodge. There, students were able to practice timber cruising, compass reading, tree identification, and map reading. From there students traveled to Diamond D Ranch in Colchester, IL to judge 6 classes of horses. The students looked for muscling, structure, conformation, and judged them on their performances throughout the ring. Out of the 11 RIHS competitors, Dylan Miller placed first. Congratulations Dylan and all RIHS FFA members for your efforts in training for these contests!
On September 15th, approximately 50 people came out to the RIHS FFA Test Plot to check out the different seed varieties, enjoy a warm meal, and converse with others in the field of agriculture. Attendees also participated in a "Guess the Yield" contest. The person with the closest guess will be contacted after harvest to redeem their $50 prize! Thank you to all of our generous seed donors and the Sullivans for sharing their land and this opportunity with the FFA!
6 members attended the WIU Ag Football Game on September 10th, 2016. The students were recognized for their participation in FFA by walking out on the football field during half-time.