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Telling ag’s story

Washington chapter celebrates National FFA Week
By David Hotle, The Journal | Feb 19, 2013
Washington FFA is celebrating National FFA Week all this week. Today is western day. Advisor Duane van Winkle, chapter vice president Tanner Knupp, McKenna Brinning, Joceline Spenner, Tehya Holmes, Emma Stout and Libby Schnicker, all FFA members, wore western gear in honor of the special week. The FFA flag flies next to the American flag in the background.

This coming Friday, Washington High School freshman McKenna Brinning is planning for the first time to ride to school in a tractor.

While she has been in 4-H for many years, this year is the first opportunity Brinning, daughter of Shane and Kathleen Brinning, has had to join the Washington FFA chapter. As the traditional end of National FFA week, which is being held this week, members of the FFA drive tractors to school. Again this year, there will be a face-off between the green tractors and red tractors to see which will have the most turnouts.

“I’m excited,” she said, of her first FFA week as a member. “It is going to be really fun with the Ag Olympics and staff appreciation. I’m looking forward to the tractor ride. I think it is good for the school to see all the people who are involved in agriculture and all the hard work we do.”

Brinning said that she plans to study agriculture in college with the goal of one day becoming a veterinarian. She said that FFA is a premier club to learn about animals. A longtime contestant at the Washington County and the Iowa State fairs, Brinning said she joined FFA to learn leadership skills, to be a team member, and to learn agricultural skills and communication skills.

Washington FFA vice president Tanner Knupp, son of Zeus and Jackie Knupp, said that the week recognizes the FFA and the work the chapters do throughout the year. He said that Monday was camouflage day. Today, he said as he sported a flannel shirt, is Western wear day. Additionally the Ag Olympics will be held this afternoon and will feature such events as tractor races, nail driving, hay bale throwing, nut and bolt find, bucket of feed races, and saw cutting.

On Wednesday, FFA members will wear their chapter shirts and a farm hat to school. Thursday will begin with a teacher appreciation breakfast beginning at 7 a.m. in the Washington High School auxiliary gym. It is also Lumberjack Day. In addition to Tractor Day, Friday will also include the Red vs. Green challenge and is chore clothes day.

“We try to get the name of the Washington FFA chapter out to the public and the school that we are more than just another club in the school,” Knupp said. “We have fun. We have a week of the year dedicated to our club and we always try to show leadership and positive things to everyone and we also have fun with Ag Olympics.”

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