By Melody Gerver
For the Leonid
Future Farmers of America, otherwise known as FFA, was established in 1928 in Virginia. Today, students are enrolled in all fifty states. The Red Lion chapter has over forty members.
Members are enrolled in agricultural classes like Animal Science, Agricultural Products and Wildlife Management. FFA students participate in contests and attend leadership conferences. FFA is a fun way for students to build their future in agriculture and to make lasting friends for the future.
FFA kicks off every year with a bang in September with York Fair contests like Livestock Judging, where junior Caitlin Cullum placed first senior division. In the junior livestock judging division, sophomore Ethan Cullum placed first.
Students also compete in a Dairy Management contest where Caitlin Cullum received second place in the senior division. In the junior division sophomore Stephanie Gerver placed first.
FFA students travel to the Pennsylvania Farm show building in Harrisburg where they participate in nationwide Dairy Judging contests. This year the top student was junior Alicen Sylvia in eleventh place out of one hundred and forty five participants.
Students attend the Adams, Franklin and York county leadership conference where they learn how to be efficient and successful FFA officers and participate in a FFA history quiz against other chapters. Red Lion’s FFA team won for the third time in the last four years.