The months of May and June have been very busy for the Centralia FFA Chapter. Members took several different trips and several tours of different businesses. Summer activities started off the week that school got out. Members took a bus over to the Audrain County Fairgrounds and helped set up for the Centralia FFA Alumni Jackpot show. After the cleanup was finished, Scott Stone took all of the people who attended to Dairy Queen for free ice cream. The next event was the Alumni Jackpot Show. This is a market sheep and hog show that draws interest from people from all over the state of Missouri and several other states as well. It took place on a Sunday, and many members worked different shifts during the course of the day. Brooke Schnarre and Schuyler Angell both exhibited their pigs in the show.
The next FFA event that took place was the annual officer retreat. This year, the twelve officers and three advisors went to Venture Out in Columbia and participated in team-building activities. These included a rope swing activity and a climbing tower. After that, the bus stopped at Andy’s Frozen Custard and got ice cream, and then continued on to Lake of the Ozarks, where they checked into Tan-Tar-A Resort. The next day, officers worked together to put together the annual calendar of activities and divided up work responsibilities for the new school year. Once the calendar was completed they went to a Go-Kart course. The next week was the FFA rewards trip. This was for any FFA member who had lettered the previous year. In order to letter, FFA members had to reach 250 points, be on a contest team, and attend an area activity. This year, 14 members went on the rewards trip. We went back to the Lake of the Ozarks and went back to the Go Kart course. We rode on the Go-Karts and bumper boats. When we finished at the Go-Kart place, members enjoyed 9 holes at a putt-putt golf course. The bus got back home the same night.
After that, there was a week off until the next FFA event, which was the SAE tour. The tour gives members opportunities to learn about what types of projects their peers have developed through the FFA. This year, the tour included Jacob Fashing’s vineyard, Shane Rhoades’ sheep production operation, and Brooke Schnarre’s tractor restoration project. We ended the night with swimming in Brooke’s pool and having a barbeque.
Another event that took place in June was HYMAX Academy. Hymax Academy is a program that is held at the Lake of the Ozarks at Camp Rising Sun. It is for the top 100 incoming sophomores from the state of Missouri to develop leadership skills and learn about opportunities for agriculture advocacy. Our chapter had two members attend this year. They were Schuyler Angell and Kylee Walters. To round out the month of June, we also helped put up the Avenue of Flags at the cemetery and helped take it back down after the Anchor Fest. During the Anchor Fest, three FFA members helped work the Young Farmers food stand as part of the requirements for the Young Farmers Scholarship. After the Anchor Fest, FFA members have been working on their SAE projects and preparing for their county fairs.