Richland FFA Seniors Receive Star Awards

To be recognized as an Area FFA Star is one of the highest awards that an FFA student can achieve at the Area level. Only through hard work, persistence, and dedication will this be accomplished. Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAEs) are the students’ year round projects or enterprises where they apply agriculture skills and knowledge learned from the classroom. These can range from working for local agriculture businesses, owning their own livestock, running their own small agriculture business, or taking part in agriculture scientific research. These SAE’s are separated into four categories; Agribusiness, Agriscience, Placement, and Ownership. Throughout the 21 schools that make up the Missouri FFA: Area 13, more than 35 highly qualified students sent in applications, hoping to be recognized as the Area Star in one of those four categories. Richland seniors Jacob Black, Katie Ledbetter, and Devyn Poynter were 3 of those applicants. After evaluating their applications and completing an extensive interview process, Richland FFA seniors rose to the top and were named Area Stars. Jacob Black was named Area 13 Star Farmer, Katie Ledbetter was named Area 13 Star in Placement, and Devyn Poynter was named Area 13 Star in Agribusiness. Not only was Katie named Star in Placement she also took first place in her proficiency area; Diversified Crop Production-Placement. All of these honors will qualify these students to interview at the state level at this years FFA State Convention, in hopes of being named State Stars.

The RHS Academic Team won first place at the Waynesville High School Academic Tournament January 10, 2015. They were also victorious at the Frisco League Academic Tournament January 17, 2015. They have also received the honor of being ranked #5 in the National Small School Rankings. Pictured (L to R): Adam Huber, Trent Homan, Trevor Scaringello, Tyler Profest

Congratulations to (L to R) 8th Graders Kenny Roach & Josiah Dixon, 7th Graders Preston Brown & Amira Brown for being selected to the Central District Junior High Honor Band. The students were part of two bands, one for 7th grade students and one for 8th grade students that rehearsed all day on Saturday January 10th at Waynesville High School and then presented a concert at 5 p.m. The students were selected by the band directors in the Central District from 27 different schools. The 7th and 8th grade bands each had around 90 students.

The Richland FFA Greenhands recently attended a motivational conference at Waynesville Career Center, where they had the opportunity to learn about being positive role models, getting involved, making sound choices, becoming active team members, and making a positive difference in their lives, school, and community. Through interactive workshops and skits the State FFA Officers (Pictured above with Richland FFA Greenhands) encouraged first-year FFA members to explore and reach outside their comfort zone for the opportunities provided through FFA membership. They helped the new agriculture students set goals for their education, careers, and FFA experience.

Congratulations to Jacob Blank for placing in the top 5 in the Missouri State Farm Bureau public speaking contest. The Missouri Farm Bureau Federation FFA Public Speaking Contest is designed to highlight the opportunities in agriculture and the need for farmers to be organized. Its purpose is to develop rural and agricultural leadership through FFA participation in agricultural public speaking activities and to stimulate interest in community leadership and citizenship. Jacob placed 3rd in the area competition, and 1st in the district competition to advance to the state competition.

The Richland REACH-Bots competed in their first FLL (First Lego League) Competition held at Camdenton HS on Saturday. Competing with 23 other teams, the REACH-Bots brought home the Project Award - Research for their S.M.I.L.E. Box (Sensory - Motor Interactive Learning Experience) which they created to assist early childhood students with developing critical motor skills. REACH-Bots team members are in Richland's gifted education program (REACH) and are (from left to right): Back row: Logan Sasseen, Sarah Pickney, and REACH teacher and coach Mrs. Carolyn Tyre; Middle Row: Katy Myers, Dana Long, Belle Harley, Arainana Jones, and Allie Belshe; Front Row: Alice Thompson, Conner Smith and Taylor Schmeid.

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