FFA returns to Warrior Run after 50 years | Opinion

A group of 22 students at Warrior Run High School accomplished something very special this year with the help of their faculty advisor.

They have revived a chapter of the FFA organization that has been inactive for 50 years. A framed charter document recognizing affiliation with Pennsylvania and the National FFA Organization was presented to the charter members and their advisor, Warrior Run agriculture instructor Chloe Whitmoyer, during the recent Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.

Warrior Run students join more than half a million students across the country and more than 13,000 in Pennsylvania who are members of the FFA, which offers a wide range of agricultural education activities that lead to hundreds of career opportunities in agronomy, nutrition and… , fiber and raw materials industry.

“Student success remains the primary mission of the FFA,” the Pennsylvania FFA Association writes on its website. The motto is: “Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve”.

“It’s great to have it back,” said Whitmoyer, a 2017 Warrior Run graduate and agriculture teacher. “I’m a graduate. This was something I wanted when I was in school but didn’t have it. I may have missed it, but these kids will get it,” she said.

Officers include President, Senior Landree Fraley, 17, of Muncy; Vice President, Junior Connor Parker, 16, of Turbotville; Secretaries, Junior Aurora Atkinson, 17, from Watsontown, and Ava Derr, 16, from Exchange sophomore; treasurer, freshman Mackenzie Heyler, 14, of Watsontown; Reporter, Junior Cole Shupp, 17, of Exchange; Sentinel, freshman Noah Johnson, 14, from Watsontown; and Chaplain, Junior Shea Lundy, 16, of Muncy.

FFA members are enrolled in agricultural education at their schools. They are encouraged to participate in career and leadership development programs that allow them to participate in chapter, regional, state, and national events.

Pennsylvania FFA chapters are located in one of four regions. Warrior Run is located in the Northern Region, which includes all of Montour, Northumberland, Union and Snyder counties.

FFA was founded in 1928 as Future Farmers of America. The name was changed to the National FFA Organization in 1988 to reflect the growing diversity of agriculture.

Congratulations to all members of the new Warrior Run FFA and best wishes for future success.

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