Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

FFA in Middle School

Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

FFA in Middle School

Article excerpt

Middle School students are extremely indecisive creatures. We hop from one club to the next, testing each one to see if it is right for us. We try Newspaper Club, Soccer, Bowling, Yearbook, Volleyball, Drama Club, Football, Track, Baseball, Cooking Club, Gymnastics and, of course, High Honor Rock and Roll Band. Most people eventually find their niche, but for some, the best thing to be doing after school isn't baking brownies or rolling a ball at some pins. Some lucky students find their place in an FFA Chapter.

So what exactly do we do during FFA? Well, my chapter is pretty similar to the high school FFA chapter, except we aren't as actively involved in the community. We spend most of our time doing things to prepare for State Convention.

My fellow chapter members get very excited about their Career Development Events (CDEs), spending a lot of time practicing and preparing. The boys (and some girls) get animated about tool identification. I don't understand the joy in handling a screwdriver, but they don't understand why my friends and I love to write our speeches. I suppose if we didn't have people who liked to do different things, then there wouldn't be so many CDEs.

When we aren't getting ready for our competitions, we are usually discussing different issues in agriculture. …

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