Member Profiles

FFA member and volunteer firefighter, Joseph A. Wesolowski

FFA Ignites Leadership

Joseph A. Wesolowski doesn’t just use the strong work ethic and leadership skills learned in FFA for his various SAEs. In addition to his market swine project, Joe spends his time responding to barn fires, house fires, brush fires and medical assistance calls with the Rawlinsville Volunteer Fire Company. The blue corduroy jacket has given... Read more »... Read more »
National Officers

National Officer Q&A Winter 2015-16

What is the strangest gift you’ve ever received? ANDY: For Christmas one time I got a coin collecting book, which was really neat, except I don’t really collect coins. VICTORIA: A golden toilet plunger – long story. RUTH ANN: Gag gifts are a big tradition in my family, and one year I received a pair... Read more »... Read more »
Anastasia Sturgis works with endangered birds for her FFA supervised agricultural experience program.

This Job’s for the Birds

Anastasia Sturgis of the Orlando-Colonial FFA Chapter in Florida has an unusual weekend hobby. Instead of hitting the mall or the beach like many teenage girls, Anastasia spends her Saturdays caring for rescued parrots, macaws and cockatoos at the Seminole County Parrot Rescue & Sanctuary in Geneva, Fla. Anastasia, a 2015 graduate from Colonial High... Read more »... Read more »
National Officers

National FFA Officer Q&A Fall 2015

How did you first learn about FFA? ANDY: I started showing pigs in the first grade, so it was a natural thing to hear about from family, friends, billboards, etc. VICTORIA: My dad and siblings were all in FFA. I attended my first state convention when I was 4 years old wearing a shirt that... Read more »... Read more »
Jillian Young Memorial Scholarship hog sale

Going Whole Hog

Nathan Stone, an FFA member at Elsberry High School in Missouri, wanted to honor the memory of his friend, Jillian Young, by donating the proceeds of his market hog at the Lincoln County Fair to a memorial scholarship in her honor. In total, 32 buyers contributed $1 per pound each to Stone’s hog, bringing the... Read more »... Read more »
Annah Dobson, WI Hereford Princess

Hear, Hear, Hereford Princess

Annah Dobson is no ordinary beauty queen. As a third-year Wisconsin Hereford Princess, her royalty comes not from her ability to smile and wave, but her dedication to promoting the Hereford cattle industry. Annah’s duties as princess include attending various cattle shows, handing out ribbons and trophies, attending livestock sales and banquets, and representing the... Read more »... Read more »
Farm Facts About Eggs

Vetted for the Future

Pioneer FFA members are preparing for the future by enrolling in a veterinary science class and working with animals on the school farm. The farm has sheep, goats, chickens, miniature horses and other animals. The school raises 30 laying hens and sells the eggs to pay students to come in on the weekends and during... Read more »... Read more »
Alligator farm

Gator Girl

Most people are surprised when they learn what 20-year-old Chelsea Brooks of Christmas, Fla., does for a living. The quiet blonde who graduated from East River High School in 2013 raises alligators at Brooks Brothers Alligator Farm, a third-generation family business located near Orlando. Chelsea’s grandfather, Herman Brooks, started the alligator farm in 1969, and... Read more »... Read more »
Southern Wayne FFA members Hunter Taylor and J.D. Blackman work for local swine farms. Swine production is a major industry in North Carolina.

Mighty Fine Swine

Hunter Taylor and J.D. Blackman of the Southern Wayne FFA Chapter in North Carolina are living proof that you don’t have to grow up on a farm to have a successful career in agriculture. Both Hunter, 17, and J.D., 20, work on Wayne County, N.C., hog farms, where they raise hogs for Maxwell Foods, a... Read more »... Read more »
National Officers

Get to Know Your National FFA Officers Summer 2015

What was your favorite vacation ever? ANDY: We went to Disney World the summer after my junior year. How can being in the most magical place in the world not be your favorite? VICTORIA: My favorite vacation was actually a student ambassador trip to Australia the summer after seventh grade. It was my first international... Read more »... Read more »
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