West Carroll FFA Celebrates National FFA Week
The West Carroll JV officer team organized and recently completed activities celebrating FFA week. The officer team consists of Cameron Ehlers, Bailey Durward, Tessa Ehlers, Racheal Dykstra, Cassie Johnson, Brianna Kampmeier, and Ashley Hunt. National FFA week was celebrated during February 18-22 at the West Carroll High School.
Tuesday, February 18th, FFA members dressed in their West Carroll Chapter T-shirts. Greenhand FFA members dyed one of their hands green to signify obtaining the FFA Greenhand degree. FFA members then competing in a corn curling contest during their ag class. Dylan Williams and Shawna Lot each took 1st for that competition. During lunch there was a jar full of corn kernels where FFA members had to guess the number of kernels in the jar. Cassidy Rice was the closest with her guess. The jar contained 2,553 kernels of corn. Each winner in all FFA week competitions received $10 gift cards to the FFA milk machine.
Wednesday, February 19th FFA members dressed in Farmer attire. Six tractors were driven to school that day. Pork chops were served to all FFA members who have paid their dues at lunch. Also during lunch a bags tournament was held.
Thursday, February 20th was “National Blue and Corn Gold’ day as members dressed in the traditional FFA colors. A milk chugging contest was held at lunch where FFA members had to chug a carton of milk as fast as they could. Tom Watson took first for boys and Sabrina Seidemann-Buckwalter took first for the girls. Also during lunch there was a tug of war competition.
Friday, February 21st FFA members wore their official dress. That morning the chapter served a staff-FFA member breakfast consisting of biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, hash browns, and bacon.
Saturday 22nd to end off FFA week members met at the Church of God in Mt. Carroll to go sledding.The FFA Organization is the largest youth organization in the world with over 500,000 members. The FFA Mission Statement is to promote premier leadership, personal growth and career success among its members through agriculture education. ( Submitted by Cassie Johnson)
West Carroll High School
West Carroll High School has a student population of approximately 400 students from the communities of Savanna, Mt. Carroll and Thomson, Illinois. Students have the opportunity to take a wide variety of classes to facilitate their learning styles and academic goals for the future. AP and Dual Credit classes are part of the diverse curriculum at West Carroll. Currently students have the opportunity to graduate from West Carroll and pick up a maximum of thirty five college credits. In addition the high school offers the opportunity to send students to the AVC center in Elizabeth to sharpen a particular vocational interest. In 2013-14 approximately 50 students took advantage of that opportunity. Pupils have the options of choosing from well over 100 classes in their four years of schooling. Typically 75- 80% of graduates continue their post secondary education either at a junior college or four year university.
In addition to curricular offerings the high school is able to offer students a vast number of extra curricular events. The Thunder quickly developed a reputation for athletic success on the playing field and we hope that continues. Curricular clubs have also had much success with outstanding participation. A State Sweepstake Music trophy has been secured every year of existence for the high school including consecutive state championships the past three years. The West Carroll FFA program is highly esteemed throughout the state and is recognized yearly for its excellence!
We highly encourage all of our students to become involved in the many fun aspects of our West Carroll atmosphere to create lifetime memories.