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A year in review for Clear Creek Amana FFA

Back Row: Shelby Cochran, Ainsley Schrock, Brevin Mehmen, Kyle Pitlick, Wes Quinlan, Arron Feinburg, Grant Haman, Stirlen Roberson; second row: Alex Cox, Madison Frame, Lillie Haman, Delaney Wildman, Gracie Downs, Bryce Mougin, Tyler Steines, Olivia Miller, Grace Siems; front row: Cooper Hoffman, Kayla Jiras, Brennan Robbins, Carter Hebl, Ethan Pegump, Laney Jiras and Katie Anderson. (contributed photo)

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter has been busy since last year’s National FFA week. When highlighting the activities that took place within the chapter, we can’t help but thank the community for all the support and encouragement.
MARCH: March of 2019 was spent preparing for FFA contest and attending District FFA Contest in Lone Tree. The chapter participated in several events. The Secretaries Book received silver and Maddie Anderson earned silver in Job Interview. Several Clear Creek Amana FFA members participated in the greenhand test and served as chapter delegates.
APRIL: During April, students prepared for the State FFA Convention. Several Clear Creek Amana FFA students competed in career development events at the state convention. The Ag Sales Team earned silver at state, the Clear Creek Amana Poultry Team received silver and one member participating in the State Greenhand test and earned a gold rating.
MAY and JUNE: May was a busy month for the Clear Creek Amana FFA Chapter. The students held the annual banquet where parents, members and guests were recognized for accomplishments throughout the year. The remaining parts of May and June, students spent time at home working on the supervised agricultural experience (SAE) and preparing for livestock shows. In June, the chapter officers attended District Chapter Officer Leadership Training where they found ways to improve the chapter. Also in June, the Clear Creek Amana FFA team of Katie Anderson, Kayla Jiras and Arron Feinberg competed in the State Horse Judging Career Development Event. Kyle Pitlick and Jackson Tandy also attended Washington Leadership Conference in Washington D.C.
JULY: July is the month where most of the Clear Creek Amana FFA chapter exhibits projects at the Iowa County Fair or the Johnson County Fair. This year, several FFA members showed sheep, cattle and photography at the fair. Several of the FFA members learned lifelong lessons exhibiting their projects and building friendships to last a lifetime. Brevin Mehmen, Wes Quinlan, Katie Anderson and Kayla Jiras also participated in the livestock judging contest at the Johnson County Fair.
AUGUST: I’m sure you’re all aware once August rolls around summer is winding down and the first day of school is approaching quickly, but not until the Iowa State Fair comes to an end. This year, we did not have any students show at the Iowa State Fair for the Clear Creek Amana FFA Chapter, but we look forward to students participating in livestock, farm crops, floriculture, horticulture and Ag Mechanics during the 2020 Iowa State Fair. Just before school started, two Clear Creek Amana FFA members participated in State Livestock Judging at Iowa State University. Those students were Grant Haman and Kayla Jiras, since there were only two students, they did not receive a team score. In August, school started and the Clear Creek Amana FFA Chapter welcomed a new group of ninth graders into the Clear Creek Amana FFA Chapter. During the first week of school, the Clear Creek Amana FFA hosted its first annual ice cream social to educate FFA members and parents about upcoming opportunities.
SEPTEMBER: September was just as busy as August with the start of the soil judging Career Development Event. Clear Creek Amana FFA members participated in the Quad County Soil Judging competition. The Clear Creek Amana FFA Soils Team of Alex Cox, Gracie Downes, Ainsley Schrock, Tyler Steines and Olivia Miller earned a gold and second place at the Quad County Soils Contest in the Junior Division. The students attended the District Soils Contest and earned silver. The Clear Creek Amana FFA Soils Team is already excited for the 2020 season. The chapter also created an awesome float for the homecoming parade. Thanks to Duston Anderson for providing the semi and tractors for the Clear Creek Amana FFA Homecoming Float.
OCTOBER: October is the start of new adventures for the Clear Creek Amana FFA Chapter. Clear Creek Amana hosted one of the largest FFA events in the Southeast District, Greenhand Fire Up. There were over 600 FFA members and advisors at the annual Greenhand Fire Up. The chapter’s freshmen attended Greenhand Fire Up where students learned more about the FFA Organization and the opportunities available within the organization. This year, the Clear Creek Amana FFA Chapter has five greenhand members, and looks forward to the memories to be built with these students.
National FFA Convention is always a busy time for an FFA Chapter but this year was extremely busy for the Clear Creek Amana FFA Chapter. Six students from the Clear Creek Amana FFA Chapter attended National FFA Convention. While at National FFA Convention, the students attended sessions, leadership workshops and attended several educational tours.
NOVEMBER: During the month of November, several Clear Creek Amana FFA members attended the monthly meeting and community service letter writing event for veterans for Veterans Day. The FFA Chapter also prepared for its annual Soup Supper held during a home basketball game.
DECEMBER: During the month of December, the FFA chapter reached out to the community and hosted the annual Clear Creek Amana Soup Supper. At the soup supper, FFA members served the community chicken noodle soup, chili, rolls and a cookie. It was a free will donation event and all proceeds went towards the FFA Chapter to fund and pay for entries to several judging competitions, conventions and leadership events. The FFA members also started to prepare for the upcoming contest season. Four FFA members attended the Amplify Leadership conference in Ankeny.
JANUARY: January started off with the preparation of Supervised Agricultural Experience Records books and FFA Degree Applications. During the month of January, the students were practicing for contest on Feb. 18. The students also started to work planning for the spring’s State Convention. The students worked on the chapter display.
FEBUARY: Clear Creek Amana FFA members reached out to the community selling meat, cheese and fruit. This year, the students each set a goal of selling $500 to earn money for the FFA Chapter to do various events throughout the year. This year’s top salespeople were Grace Siems, Ainsley Schrock and Tyler Steines. The FFA chapter wishes to personally thank everyone who supported the chapter during the 2020 FFA Fruit Sales.
February was great for the Clear Creek Amana FFA Chapter. The students continued to practice for Career Development Events. Several of the members will compete on March 14 at the District Contest at Louisa Muscatine High School. During National FFA Week, Feb. 24-28, the FFA chapter handed out Ag Industry Swag each day, hosted a faculty appreciation breakfast, and student dress up days during FFA week. We greatly enjoy your support towards our chapter and its members.