Portland High School Future Farmers of America will be celebrating National FFA Week February 17-22. FFA Week is an opportunity for local FFA members to bring awareness to the important role agriculture plays in our lives.
The PHS FFA program has accomplished many things during the past year. Their plant sale in the spring was a huge success and raised money for various projects the chapter is involved in during the school year. Hay Day has become a special event in the fall, which involves many of the FFA members.
PHS Agriculture Teacher/FFA Advisor Elizabeth Reed said, “Agriculture and FFA students at Portland High work hard each year to reach their goals. It is always exciting to see what all the students accomplish and to be able to help them achieve their goals. Being an agriculture teacher and FFA advisor is truly a rewarding career.”
Many of the members have advanced onto state levels. Eleven have received state degrees, six have received American FFA Degrees, and FFA President Will Brewer is running for Middle Tennessee Star Farmer.
The PHS chapter has been successful in competitions. The Livestock Team placed second in the state, several students were district winners in Job Interview, and Prepared Public Speaking to name a few. Twelve students attended the National FFA Convention.
PHS Agriculture Teacher/FFA Advisor Brad Kirkham said, “This year has been a year of growth for the Portland FFA. With the addition of the livestock lab we are now better able to serve the animal science students that we have. We would like to thank the community for the support in ensuring the livestock lab came together as well as it did.
We are currently designing a sign that will recognize all of those sponsors for the money and time they put into making this vision come true. I believe we are truly making a difference in the lives of students through Agriculture Education here at PHS. I hope and pray that we are doing the 91-year-old program justice, and that it will be here and growing for many years to come.”