The FFA Chapter had an activity-filled FFA week
Katie Morrison smiles after being awarded Chapter Sweetheart.
Katie Morrison smiles after being awarded Chapter Sweetheart.
Heather Morrison

76 years ago, the directors of the National FFA Foundation started the tradition of FFA week. Here at Powell High School, this is a tradition that students still embrace.

FFA week is celebrated every third week of February to introduce FFA to the public and to have a fun environment for all FFA members, especially the freshmen, who are being initiated. 

“It was great to see everyone have fun,” senior Brooke Bessler said. “I think that it is the coolest when you are able to see a freshman walking around with their plaques and dyed hands.”

The tradition of freshmen dying their hands has been ongoing. It is just one of the many activities that happen during FFA week. The one with the most community involvement, however, is the works auction. The works auction is the biggest fundraiser for FFA, but, unfortunately, it did not do as well as expected.

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“The works auction wasn’t as successful as it has been in the past,” junior Katie Morrison said. “But with the crowd we did bring in, I think it was a great night.”

Another tradition of the auction of the work is to elect a Chapter Sweetheart. The Chapter Sweetheart is chosen by an application process, followed by an interview.

“The Chapter Sweetheart is a girl that represents the chapter well,” senior Victoria Beaudry said. “She goes out of her way to welcome everyone and tries to always have a smile on her face.”

Last year, Beaudry was the Chapter Sweetheart. This year, the person who was chosen was Morrison. It seems that the chapter’s approval of her is unanimous.

“Katie Morrison organized the entire [works auction] by herself,” Bessler said. “She really is a sweetheart.”

Morrison’s duties are not done. The Chapter Sweetheart runs the Thank You Committee for the FFA chapter, but, showing why she is the perfect winner for the award, Morrison plans to do more.

“I’m going to put my face out there,” said Morrison. “I really want to promote FFA and agriculture and make it a fun organization.”

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