With a degree in Forestry, Nicole Robinson, FFA director, worked for the US Forest Service for many years, performing many different jobs. Once she had her two sons, things changed, and she decided to stay home with them. After a couple years she took a job working at Mountain Heritage high school. She soon was promoted to the position of FFA director and Agriculture professor. She says she wanted to go into business but when this opportunity she presented itself, she took the job.
FFA has 72 active members, which is the largest it has been in a long time. They now do a lot of hands on activities such as their school greenhouse and also the 3 plots they have at Bowditch. They do everything from pest identification to math in the field.
All of the produce that they grow is sold through TRACTOR. The FFA officers voted to have the majority of the money made to a scholarship for graduating seniors.
While there we also spoke with two FFA officers about what they love about the organization. Hannah, 16, is the Student Ambassador, and Bethany 15, is the Vice President. They both joined FFA because they had older sisters in the organization. It was also a great excuse for them to get outside and get their hands dirty. Hannah said that one of the best parts about being in FFA is everyone is like a family. They all hang out together and have fun outside of the organization as well. Bethany said that since being in FFA her public speaking skills have improved greatly. She now loves the rush of competing in annual competitions. Bethany said that her skills working in a group have improved since joining the organization. She knows that this skill will be extremely helpful for her bright future.