The Somonauk Agriculture Department is pleased to announce that we are the recipient of the $10,000 Monsanto Growing Rural Education Grant! The funds will be used to purchase Google Chrome Books and Science equipment for use in the classroom. Thank you everyone who nominated!!
Photo: Front, Left to Right: Dr. Green, Cordell Wiesbrook, Monsanto Representative, Stephen Riskedal, Ms. Saso
Back, Left To Right: Monsanto Representative, Mr. Snider, Melanie Bennett, Cody Wrobel, Ethan Plote, Glen Larson
Today's workday was a success for the cooperative. FFA members removed weeds from the patch and moved the pumpkin vines back into their rows. Weeds where removed from the aisles and pulled near plants. So far our pumpkins are growing great! With the weeds out of the way for this week, its prime time for the pumpkins to soak up some water and rays to grow and be ready for harvest this fall! The bees are also doing great. They are adapting to their new home very nicely. We are starting to see signs of honey in the hives. Its still early to tell if we will have honey this year available for sale. Overall, the cooperative this year is on the right track! We are appreciative to all members helping during our Motivated Mondays. The work is made short thanks to the great number of members in attendance at Motivated Mondays. Check out some of the pictures below from today!
Written By: Cody Wrobel
The Somonauk-Leland-Sandwich FFA Chapter has had a busy last two months. They have been filled with award applications, and competing at multiple Career Development events.
The chapter is proud to say, they had advanced to district in the Parliamentary Procedure CDE. Making up the team was Brody Zmolek, Cassie Rogers (Secretary) , Carli Erickson, Cody Wrobel, Ethan Plote, Josh Toft (Chairmen), Valerie Johnson, and Joe Warhurst....
Written By: Lindsey Pfortmiller
The Somonauk-Leland-Sandwich FFA Chapter attended Ag Legislative Day in Springfield March 13. 14 Members of the chapter attended. While in Springfield, members got to have a personal meeting with state representative Bob Pritchard and Governor Pat Quinn. The chapter assembled 6 baskets that where delivered to state legislators. Wrapping up the day, the chapter participated in the group picture. The group picture featured more than 800 members from all across the state of Illinois. Overall, day was a great success to the chapter, and the agricultural community.
Written By: Cody Wrobel
The Somonauk-Leland-Sandwich FFA chapter celebrated National FFA Week February 16‐23, 2013. This year’s theme is Grow, and it celebrates more than 80 years of FFA traditions while eagerly anticipating the organization’s future. More than 550,000 members nationwide will participate in National FFA Week activities at local,state and national levels. These members come from rural,suburban and urban environments and are interested in the diversity of careers within agriculture. FFA members are the innovators and leaders of tomorrow.....
Today students wore Camouflage & Chapter T-Shrits.
Starting off the school day was an all school announcement that read:
Did you know that...The FFA is the largest youth organization with a membership comprised of more than 550,000 student members in grades 7 through 12 who belong to one of 7,500 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands? Support Agriculture and the National FFA Organization by participating in the dress up days this week. Wear your craziest tie tomorrow, and wear Blue & Gold, the colors of the FFA, on Friday in support of AG awareness and student leadership.
Today the chapter hosted its annual petting zoo. Elementary students came on over to meet & greet with a wide variety of animals. Before the students headed out to the petting area, they where given animal fact sheets and needed to go on a "scavenger hunt" of sorts. The students enjoyed petting the animals, as well as learning about them. After students visited the petting zoo, they where brought over to the tractor safety section. At the safety section, students learned the dangers of equipment and most importantly, how they can be safe around it. Overall the day was a huge success for the chapter! Students learned about various animals, the agriculture industry, and how to be safe around farm machinery. The day was full of nothing but smiles and enjoyment!
Be sure to view the pictures from the petting zoo! Click here to view the Petting Zoo pictures and days events!
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Today students wore plaid and concert T-Shirts.
Starting off the school day was an all school announcement that read:
This week is National FFA Week. The FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of the members by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Today’s FFA members are tomorrow’s leaders of America’s number-one industry, agriculture. Help celebrate this week by participating in the fun and crazy dress up days. Wednesday is Camouflage, Thursday is insane crazy tie day, and Friday are the colors of the FFA. National Blue, and Corn Gold. Did you also know that an acre of land is roughly the size of a football field? On that one acre, a farmer can produce 24,000 heads of lettuce, 45,000 pounds of strawberries, 36,000 pounds of potatoes,14,000 pounds of sweetcorn, and 1,239 pounds of cotton? Thank a farmer!
Also held today was an all school assembly for Somonauk High school during their advisory period. The assembly consisted of multipal videos about agriculture, and FFA legacies. There was also a video shown show casing CDE results in the past year. Austin Granby, Section 7 President, gave a keynote about the importance of taking the opportunites you get. Don't let them slide on by, take them on and grow their potential. Soon after, students and teachers where invited to come on down to the gym floor and participate in various games and activities. Overall the assembly was a huge success to the chapter. Agricultural and FFA Awareness was spread, and it seemed that everyone took away a better understanding for the Agricultural Industry, and the National FFA Organization.
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This week is National FFA Week. The FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of the members by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Today’s FFA members are tomorrow’s leaders of America’s number-one industry, agriculture. Help celebrate next week by participating in the fun and crazy dress up days. Tuesday is Plaid and concert t-shirt, Wednesday is Camouflage (FFA: Chapter T-Shirt), Thursday is insane crazy tie day (FFA: Official Dress), and Friday are the colors of the FFA. National Blue, and Corn Gold. Kicking off the week,members will be skiing on Monday, and than on Tuesday, will host an assembly during advisory at Somonauk High School. The petting zoo will be held Wednesday this year, with the community breakfast and party taking place Thursday. Stay up-to-date with the chapter and FFA Events by "liking" the chapter on facebook! #GrowingLegacies!
Cody Wrobel, Chapter Reporter
Lindsey Pfortmiller, Green Hand Reporter
Over 55,000 blue and gold jackets converged in Indianapolis Indiana for the 84th National FFA Convention, October 23-27. The Somonauk-Leland-Sandwich FFA chapter was able to send 14 members this year. Those being Shannon Haff, Delyn Marshall, Tori Bennett, Josh Toft, Jalyne Herren, Jenna Baker, Dylan Marshall, Brody Zmolek, Cody Wrobel, Melanie Bennett, Cordell Wisebrook, Cassie Rogers, Stephen Riskedal, and Joe Warhurst. During the 5 day convention members attend various sessions, workshops, and visited the career expo....
Illinois Leadership Camp has arrived and gone. The chapter was able to send four members, Delyn Marshall, Jalyne Herren, Sara Glab, and Cody Wrobel to the four day camp. The purpose of the camp was to focus on what a leader is, and the qualities that go with it. “We came as strangers. We leave as one”...
Day marked the arrival into camp. Upon arriving, members settled into their cabin, and then went out to find their groups. No SLS member was in the same group or cabin. This meant members had to settle in a group of complete strangers. Once members found their groups, they had about two hours to talk and introduce themselves, as they waited for other group members to show up. After the short time of introducing and talking, groups where put to the test of trust, communication, and basic leadership. They where being taken out to the camps “Challenge Course”. At the course, each group was assigned a station for 30mins, then rotated. One of the stations consisted of climbing a vertical wall of 15ft. To do this, group members on the ground lifted the climber as high as they could. At the top of this wall was another member who pulled up the climber once in range. Once the climber was pulled over, that climber became the “puller”. This cycle repeated over until the whole group was over the wall. Other activities included a 5ft trust fall into the groups arms, members getting in order of middle name silently on a service pole, roping across an area, and lifting members through a spiderweb of bungie cords. After group bonding on the course, groups headed back to the main camp area and enjoyed some group time. During this time, groups talked about the course, and who they are. Dinner was served after. Following dinner was a camp meeting. Clayton Carley presented a keynote about camp, and how its new beginnings. He explained how we all come as strangers, and leave as friends. With Clayton giving his motivational speech kicking off camp, camp members headed off to do reflections. During reflections, camp staff talked about the days activities, opportunities, and what leaders possess. After, campers headed back to their cabins for the night.
Days 2, 3, And 4 Coming Soon!