Green Horizons

More FFA support brings new opportunities for club

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Photo by Sara Havel

Students listen to agriculture teacher Kim Spaulding as she explains to students what FFA is and what they do.

Story by Brady Greathouse, Staff Writer

There are many clubs here at Texas High School. One of them that hasn’t gotten much spotlight in past years is Future Farmers of America (FFA). This organization strives to educate students about agriculture. 

“First off, it’s not all corn and cows. FFA is a leadership organization for students that is nationwide,” sponsor Kim Spaulding said. “It’s a tight knit group that brings together people from different generations, cultures and socio-economic backgrounds. FFA is a club that lasts forever and that feeds our country while growing future leaders.” 

Not only does Spaulding have a huge passion for FFA, but so do members of this club. They see this club as a window to many opportunities. 

“FFA means a lot. I love how many amazing people I have gotten to meet and the many things we get to experience,” junior Gabi Lancaster said. “This organization means community, family and opportunities to me.” 

This year the club is receiving much more attention from the district than in past years, and it’s planning on having students attend events for the first time after a long time. 

This organization means community, family and opportunities to me.”

— Gabi Lancaster

“This is the first time in my nine years of teaching that the district is actively interested in encouraging and supporting our FFA,” Spaulding said. “It is our hope that the upcoming bond election passes, which might mean new agricultural science facilities here at THS.”

Students in FFA believe that the support from the district will get them more involved in the community and help them better get the full experience of what it’s like to be a student in FFA.

“I am most excited for the competitions and events we get to go to later in the year,” Lancaster said. “This year we have a lot of support from the community and staff, and this will help us to get more involved in the community and our program.” 

The excitement for the future is abundant for those who are a part of FFA this year. Many new opportunities and possible facilities mean many new opportunities and things to come for students here at THS. 

“It’s going to keep getting bigger and better,” Spaulding said. “Years ago, THS was known far and wide for their FFA show teams, and even though we have a long way to go, this is just the start of us beginning to leave our mark again.”