Recent Hiland FFA Activities

By Cheryl Yoder

Hiland FFA Reporter


The first week of March was Hiland FFA Week. The FFA week was filled with activities, dress-up days, and petting zoo. National FFA Week is February 18-25, 2017. The first FFA week was to celebrate George Washington’s birthday as his legacy of a agriculturist and a farmer in 1948.


Members participated during FFA Week. Members dress-up, visited business booths, and went to the petting zoo to see the animals


Today, we celebrate FFA week for the accomplishments we achieved. Monday was dress like future occupation day, build the tallest tower for the activity during lunch, and a horse was in the petting zoo. Tuesday students wore their clothes inside-out day, the activity was spoons, and a donkey was in the petting zoo. Wednesday was colorful day, coloring the FFA emblem, a prize of a giant chocolate bar, and in the petting zoo was rabbits and chickens. Thursday it was sports day, and the Hiland annual sponsor luncheon was held.


The luncheon was a chance for the sponsors and supporters to interact with Hiland FFA member. The sponsors received a bottle of BBQ sauce along with a meal made, prepared, and served by FFA students/parents. Friday was camo/hat day, and there was a longhorn in the petting zoo. Throughout the FFA week and the following week, the Hiland FFA Chapter collected items for the military care packages. These items included shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, books, small hand held games, etc.


The community service project was open to the school district. Through the collection of items, the chapter was able to make 10 military care packages. Everybody who participated in FFA week had a wonderful time, dressing up, playing games, and seeing animals at the petting zoo.


(Left to Right:) Seirra Hershberger, Cheryl Yoder, and Lexi Raber participated at invitationals and went to state in April.


Lexi Raber and Kyle Huprich went to District 8 Ag Power Diagnosis contest which is known to many as Tractor Trouble Shooting Contest. The students learn skills to apply for agricultural and industrial technicians. The contest is where the contestants find what is wrong with farm equipment and repair it.


(Left to Right:) Lexi Raber, and Kyle Huprich went to state from placing 1st at district.


The contest was held at the Ohio Ag Equipment in Millersburg. The team placed first and moved onto State Ag Power Diagnosis. The State contest was hosted by the University of Northwestern. Hiland FFA team placed 14th.


The Hiland FFA Equine Team went to the  Marysville invitational. While at Marysville, the team judged three different classes of horses and a class of hay. The classes consisted of Gelding Halter, Mare Halter, Western Pleasure, and a class of hay. The contestants were given a written test and had to identify tack, which includes bits, horseshoeing equipment, driving equipment, and Western and English tack.


The team placed 40 out of 83 teams. Sierra Hershberger placed 244, and Cheryl Yoder placed 151, Lexi Raber placed 18 out of 265 contestants. At State Equine, Lexi Raber placed 56 out of 432 contestants and placed 99 out of 124 teams. The equine team had wonderful time judging horses.