From a member’s perspective, FFA is a chance to get out and meet new people, make all kinds of new friends from everywhere, go to different places around the state as well as occasionally go to nationals in Indianapolis. It´s a chance to compete in all kinds of different competitions that range anywhere from learning leadership skills, public speaking, to judging livestock. It opens new possibilities that most kids don’t get such as learning what ranching and farming is really like as well as other jobs that in the agriculture community other than those main two. It´s a chance to have fun and enjoy yourself while also learning about new things.
Being the president of the Quincy FFA chapter has taught me new responsibilities. It has taught me when to come forward and when no one else is willing to do the job that is needed as well as coming forward and leading when it is needed. This year has been very different since COVID hit last year. We have not had any meetings in person or as many competitions as well as many community service events. Doing all those things gives us a chance to connect with one another and make friendships within our chapter. Not only that it gives us a chance to help our community and local businesses.
This last weekend there were eight of us that showed our spring pigs at the junior livestock show at the Moses Lake fairgrounds. From the start we were always around each other creating friendships and helping one another out when it was needed. When we were at the fairgrounds, we were around each other all weekend cheering everyone on when they were going to show. Since we were around each other all weekend it gave us all a chance to know one another and become closer friends. We also got a chance to talk with other people that we were around. Going to the Grant County Fair is the same way, you are with each other for a week helping each other out when it was needed and when you have down time you are hanging out walking around doing whatever. FFA is a lot more than just some kids looking at livestock and showing livestock. It´s about creating skills that are needed in the real world, learning leadership skills and how to use them. It´s about creating friendships that last forever, it´s a community.
Ryann Harrington is a junior at Quincy High School and is the 2020-2021 FFA President.