Learning. This term can mean so many things, but in the Morgan FFA we strive to learn all we can in every possible way. Over the course of the last several weeks, FFA teams have been practicing all across Northern Utah to compete at the renowned Snow College Competition. Competitions here focus on real life agriculture with areas of study such as agronomy, dairy cattle, horses, range, floriculture, soils and more. Your very own students here at Morgan High School have been learning more and more about each of these individual subjects through the Morgan FFA all in the end goal of competing at Snow College. “The FFA trip to Snow College was a worthwhile experience. The participating team members participated in a challenging and educational experience. Additionally, we were able to meet new people and have a good time,” says Daxton Rowser, Morgan FFA member, when asked about the competition. Also, the Morgan FFA chapter would like to thank every person who has ever coached one of our teams; you’re guiding hands have taught us a great amount.
Doing. “You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind.” – Author Unknown. The FFA requires students to have a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE), this being a project of the student’s involving agriculture. Morgan FFA President, Bryan Chappell, raises mink to make a living; getting his hands dirty and working hard is exactly what the FFA teaches all of its members.
Living. Life is not about the quantity of years but rather the quality of the years you live. The FFA encourages students to take every chance given to them to live. On Oct. 30, the Morgan FFA chapter held a Halloween party where there was dancing and games along with a costume contest.
Serving. Giving back to the community is one of the most essential parts of society. Several weeks ago, the Morgan FFA teamed up with other FFA chapters and 4-H members to serve as volunteers at the Utah Food Bank. On average, one in 10 Utahns, and one in eight Utah children, lives in poverty and one in seven Utah children are at risk of hunger. Utah is also ranked fourth in the nation for the highest rate of very low food security.
In 2011, the Utah Food Bank distributed over 33.3 million pounds of food statewide (providing over 26,015,600 meals), and volunteers there provided over 105,360 hours of service. The Morgan FFA, alongside the afore-mentioned groups, sorted packaged meat to be sent out to be documented then sent out to families. Joining us were some of our Utah State officers: Maddison Walker, state treasurer; Travis Cann, state sentinel; and Whyatt Garn, state vice president. When speaking of the service she provided, Morgan FFA Vice President, Katie Spens said, “People just don’t realize what they’ve got until they see what other people need.” So go out and do something for a neighbor, a friend, or even a stranger because everybody needs something, even if it’s just a hug.