The Moab chapter of Future Farmers of America (FFA) at Grand County High School is already planning activities, and club organizers say they hope more students will join the group.
The Moab club, an affiliate of the national FFA, is beginning its third year at GCHS, under the guidance of adviser Ashley Violett.
“[FFA] is what I went to college to do,” said Violett. “It had such a positive impact on my life and it helps grow your experiences, that when I had the opportunity to offer that experience to high schoolers at GCHS, I couldn’t pass it up.”
Violett said FFA presents an outlet for a wider variety of students at school, and provides them with more opportunities.
“It gives a lot of opportunities to students that you don’t get in the classroom or on an athletic team...,” she said. “Last year, we sent three students to a leadership conference in Washington D.C., and to Richfield for another conference... We’ve gone to the state fair and done volunteer work... We’ve also participated in livestock judging, and been a part of a land judging team, where we’re looking at soil quality at area and state level contests. We’ve also competed in the Envirothon in the spring.”
The club has greatly expanded its level of student involvement since it began, although Violett said she hopes for more participants this year.
“For this year, we expect growth, of course, but we’d like more membership than we have,” she said. “... We’re looking for more volunteering jobs and are trying to set up lunch once a week at the senior center. We’re also trying to do more education and outreach.”
Currently, FFA, which was founded in 1928, is the largest student-run organization in the country.
The Moab FFA chapter’s student officers are junior Brooke Sowell, president, junior Matthew Dunham, vice-president, sophomore Cody Thurlo, secretary, and junior Amber Harris, treasurer. Seniors Trenton White and James Martin are the group’s recorder and sentinel.
Students interested in joining the group are encouraged to speak to any of the officers or to contact Violett through Grand County High School.