Future Farmers of America


“Learning to do, doing to learn, learning to live, and living to serve.” This is the motto of the FFA Pirate Ship. Future Farmers of America, to the members of the FFA, means learning leadership skills and making the world a better place.
At Matanzas, the FFA Club, also called a chapter, strives to maintain a strong leadership, helps build the environment, and pursues learning how the agriculture industry works. This gives them the opportunity to prepare themselves for situations outside of school. This chapter competes in various CDE’s, also called Career Development Events. These events include Floriculture, Landscape and Nursery, Environmental Science, Tractor Operations, Extemporary Public Speaking, Prepared Public Speaking, Aquaculture, and Ornamental Horticulture Demonstrations. Throughout the year, there are also individual SAE’s (Supervised Agricultural Experience) that are carried out. To maintain leadership, the club attends COLT (chapter officer leadership training) conferences to learn new ways to make their team the best it can be. Over the past few years, the MHS FFA Club has won awards, competed in competitions, and has been actively involved in the community by completing volunteer hours and service.
The FFA isn’t just for farming; the FFA also involves learning work, and building career skills, including leadership and cooperation. To be a part of the community this year, the club has been planning to help with the community garden in Bunnell, which provides food to the food banks in Flagler. They’re also planning another restoration project with Sea Oats, propagated in their AG Biotechnology class, and are working with several agencies, including the University of Florida.
In FFA officers, with the help of their advisor Wendy Vidor, make the organization become a whole. With the help of President Haley McQueen and Vice President Briana Evans, the team is able to make sure that they are all able to move forward towards goals they have set. The Secretary, Nikol Fedotova, makes sure the clubs have their agenda for each meeting, and that they can view their goals each meeting. The Reporter, Mia Gomez, is the eyes and ears of the organization that makes sure that they have a face in the community. The Treasurer, Mitchell Dispersio, is the one who records, receives, and deposits all the funds. Gina Hall, the Sentinel, assists Haley in maintaining order and greets the member’s walk in. The Chaplin, Francesca Balkom, presents the invocation at banquets and other functions such as the Coordinate FFA participation at local area churches during National FFA Week, and conduct reflection services at summer camps and conferences. The Parliamentarian, Thomas Rocco, is there to ensure that they are all proficient with parliamentary procedure. Finally, the Student Advisor is to assist the Advisor with anything that they may need. The club couldn’t do it alone, and needs strong team as members to keep the FFA club going.
The Pirate Nation has done well with putting together a great club. The FFA Club has grown to be a part of the events that happen in our community. Without this club, where would the community be?

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