Future Farmers of America [FFA] week, Feb 19-22, aims to raise awareness for an organization that helps the development of agriculture’s leaders.

“FFA week is something I look forward to every year because I get the opportunity to share some of my favorite aspects of the FFA to the student body as a whole,” Sunny Hills agriculture teacher Jeremy Cates said.

This year, Cates decided to use the 5-Star Students app to choose the winner of Friday’s culminating quad activity, the “Kiss the Cow” event. Using the app, the whole student body can vote from a list of 10 Sunny Hills teachers who are willing to kiss a real cow brought out from the farm during break.

“I feel excited and passionate when it comes to FFA week,” junior Alan Flores said, who has been in FFA for three years. “Getting to come out and show others the fun things about the Ag program and giving the students fun activities to be apart of makes me feel happy and proud to be apart of the program.”

Animals brought into the quad this week included goat triplets that were born last month and their mother, Cates said. Two baby lambs born on the farm in December were also brought to the campus during break.

Besides giving students a preview of what’s on the farm, student FFA representatives were on hand Wednesday during break to demonstrate how to use a lasso.

“I am proud when I see my students talk to others about their passion,” Cates said. “That is why I got into teaching in the first place, to pass along and share my passions with others.”

FFA members also set up dress up days similar to school spirit week and a bunch of games such as ring tosses, horseshoes and beanbag toss.

“Our main objective when deciding on themes for our dress up days was provide a fun overview of the different opportunities provided to our students within our FFA program here at Sunny Hills,” Cates said.

The ultimate goal of National FFA week was for FFA members to emphasize the importance of agricultural education.

“FFA provides the next generation of leaders with a path to achievement in premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agriculture education,” Cates said. “These leaders will change the world.”

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