/Logan County Fair: FFA advisors help mold the future of agriculture

Logan County Fair: FFA advisors help mold the future of agriculture

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    Todd Thomas, Caliche Highschool FFA advisor, currents an award to an FFA member at a previous awards ceremony held by his chapter.

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    Todd Everhart, Merino Highschool FFA advisor, is pictured with a clock that was made and launched to him by former scholar and FFA state president Gus Gill. Everhart was named the John E. Knaub Ag Teacher of the Yr On the Colorado FFA State Convention.

  • Kelly Schmidt, FFA advisor at Fleming Highschool, shows Definitely one of many T-shirts the membership was promoting at Sterling’s Meat-In event earlier this year as a fundraiser.

  • Kassandra Anderson, FFA advisor at Sterling Highschool from 2013-2021.

  • Ron Gentry, FFA advisor at Peetz Highschool.

For Logan County scholars Eager to discover The sector of agriculture, They’re fortunate to have some fantastic FFA advisors to information them.

This year the exhausting work Of these people is being acknowledged as previous and current FFA advisors have been invited to Carry out parade marshals for the 2021 Logan County Truthful Parade on Aug. 7.

A Sort of advisors is Todd Thomas, who has been an ag teacher/FFA advisor at Caliche Highschool for 20 years.

“The rationale I turned an ag teacher was To assist youthfulsters The biggest method that I used to be assisted as A toddler. I additionally am A strong advocate for agriculture and what greater Method to advocate than To level out youthfulsters ThOn There is a future in agriculture,” he said.

Requested what It is about FFA that makes him Want To maintain involved with it Thomas said he respects that it’s An group focused on youthfulsters and he enjoys Attending to see them develop as people and discover Their very personal method.

A pair of of his spotlights as an FFA advisor embrace seeing his scholars get acknowledged For his or her exhausting work. Two notably significant experiences have been seeing his oldest daughter Find your self to be the State FFA President and his youthfulest daughter go to the Nationwide FFA Rivals in extemporaneous talking.

Collectively with being an FFA advisor, Thomas has additionally served as supervisor of the Logan County Truthful for 11 years now. For constructive, the fair holds a particular place in his coronary heart and he has made An excellent deal of reminiscences there By way of the years.

Definitely one of his favourite reminiscences is the year there was Tons raInside The world and space round it flooded. Whereas it might have been a disaster, It is memorable As a Outcome of of what occurred after the rain stopped.

“The complete group acquired here together to draInside the water amethod, work The world and make it so we might nonetheless have our events and The general public Might benematch from the fair,” he said.

All through his 20 years as an ag teacher and FFA advisor Thomas has served as Area II Vice chairman for the Nationwide Affiliation of Agricultural Educators and he was voted Best School Teacher Inside the Journal-Advocate’s 2013 Reader’s Selection Awards.

Ancompletely different longtime FFA advisor in Logan County is Todd Everhart. He simply accomplished his Twenty fifth year educating agriculture, spending one year in Idalia, two in Kersey and 22 in Merino, and he said being an FFA advisor Is Amongst The numerous biggest parts about it.

Everhart’s father, Dennis, was an ag teacher for 26 years, so he grew up round it. However he didn’t assume he needed to Adjust to in his father’s footsteps till he almost accomplished A diploma in finance and decided that wasn’t actually what he needed to do.

“I made A choice to Adjust to The suggestion of my dad and completely differents who suggested I might be A great match Inside the agriculture education area,” Everhart said.
When asked what It is about FFA that makes him Want To maintain involved with it, he said FFA’s mission says All of it: “The Nationwide FFA Organization Is Devoted to Making a constructive distinction Inside the lives of youthful people by creating their potential for premier management, private progress and profession success through agricultural education.”

“My father On A daily basis defined agriculture education as A 3-layer cake with The underside layer for The inspiration being SAE or Supervised Agricultural Expertise, which is our Work Based mostly Studying factor and is exemplified by The road in our motto which says Studying to Do, Doing to Study, Incomes to Stay and Dwelling to Serve. The subsequent two layers are Classroom and Laboratory/Store experiences. FFA is the icing on the cake that holds every thing together and permits scholars To fulfill the mission assertion by making use of whOn They’ve found in pretty a few settings,” Everhart said.

After 25 years Inside the profession, he says he has Method too many reminiscences To spotlight, but his favourite half is seeing previous scholars and FFA members thrive in our group and the nation.

“A pair of of them share Method An extreme quantity of of the credit rating For his or her success with their advisor,” a humble Everhart said.

The ag teacher has made An enduring influence on Lots of his scholars and it reveals, in 2019 the Nationwide Affiliation of Agricultural Educators acknowledged him with the Teacher Mentor Award and in 2018 he was honored with the John E. Knaub Ag Teacher of the Yr Award On the Colorado FFA State Convention.

As an FFA advisor and ag teacher, Everhart has spent numerous hours On the Logan County Truthful and has On A daily basis loved going.

“There are A lot of reminiscences, but I truly watching my scholars Inside the livestock reveals, On the rodeo, and in all completely different parts of the fair. I respect that Regardless of the place they place Inside their exercise/event There’s On A daily basis a lesson to be found,” he said.

Other current FFA advisors embrace Ron Gentry, who started at Peetz Highschool final fall, changing Mike Forster who moved into the principal position and Kelly Blake, who has been at Fleming Highschool since 2016. Sterling Highschool is welcoming A mannequin new FFA advisor this fall, Whitney Hatch, as Kasey Anderson, who has been at SHS since 2013, strikes Proper into a science teacher place.