To end our summer, Springville FFA invited other area FFA chapters to join them for local Agriculture tours and a little friendly, competitive softball tournament. We were excited to host Payson, Spanish Fork, as well as North and South Summit chapters.
After a short drive, we enjoyed a tour of the Elberta Farm. Participants were very interested in the various activities and all seemed to enjoy the time there. One part of the tour took us near the tractors. Some of the tractors had wheels taller than most everyone. Some members also took a tour of the dairy to see the equipment and how the dairy operation works. While only a small sample, it was very interesting to experience, a little of what farm life is like.
Upon returning to Springville High, the intense softball action began. Game after game brought out both friendship and competition in each individual. Perhaps the highlight of the day for some was the tasty lunch cooked by Jeff Wimmer. Hot dogs and hamburgers never looked and tasted so good. Softball games resumed after our lunch was devoured. Springville FFA ended up the ultimate victors, claiming the championship for the home team. We thank all our guests for coming and the volunteers for helping us run our tournament. We hope this event grows in the coming years with more FFA chapters joining in the fun.
On the morning of September 11, Springville FFA Members, ages ranging from 14-18, attended the Utah State Fair. At the State Fair, there are many agriculture learning opportunities; such as: Dairy cattle show, beef cattle show, and many farm animals to learn about.
While in attendance at the state fair, students had the opportunity to participate in several hours of service through Barnyard Friends and Little Hands on The Farm. At Barnyard Friends, members showed animals to elementary students and taught them about the various animals present. At Little Hands on The Farm, members taught elementary students about the comings and goings of a farm and some fun facts about farm living.
On October 10, members from the Springville FFA participated at Snow College for judging competitions. Members of the FFA chapter participated in the following competitions: Agronomy, Floriculture, Horse, Dairy Cattle, Veterinary Science. and Livestock.
There is copious amounts of memorizing, logic, and test taking skills involved in these competitions. These competitions help and encourage members to gain a deeper understanding of agriculture and the different career opportunities available in agriculture. These competitions are extremely beneficial to the agricultural experience.
FFA members are grateful for all the time and effort our SHS advisors invest into preparing students to participate at this Snow College competition. A big thank you to the Snow College staff that made this event possible.
The Drama Guild recently hosted a concert to raise money for hurricane relief. Foreign Figures headlined with support from Festive People. They raised about $500 for charity. The money will be donated to the Red Cross and Save the Children; two organizations who are helping with disaster relief in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico.
Springville High student, Monet Jorgenson (a Junior), will soon have another literary work published. Her latest publish piece is titled "Girl" and it's a dictionary poem. Dictionary poems follow the format of stating a word (the title of the piece) and then giving two or three "definitions", which act as the main body of the poem.
“I don't quite know what inspired me, but the message I was trying to get across was that girls have power. They are forces of nature, not to be messed with,” said Jorgenson.
Her poem will appear in the 2018 Spring Issue #3 of THAT Literary Review, an online literary magazine.
“I intend, in the future, to keep writing. I don't have any specific plans, but I hope to continue writing until the day I die,” said Jorgenson.
Jorgenson said, “I'd give others the advice to never stop writing. Your work will get rejected, people will fail to see your genius, but you have to keep writing until you find a publisher who sees your work for what it is--Art.”