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New Hampton FFA numbers double in less than three years

NEW HAMPTON, Iowa - New Hampton High School Principal Sarah Updegraff said New Hampton's FFA chapter is one of the largest in northeast Iowa.

New Hampton FFA numbers double in less than three years
New Hampton FFA members Lucas Heying, Shawn Kuehn, Dillon Tindell and Matthew Holschlag, and FFA alumni president James Frantzen stand by the tractors that members drove to school for FFA week.

NEW HAMPTON, Iowa - New Hampton High School Principal Sarah Updegraff said New Hampton's FFA chapter is one of the largest in northeast Iowa.

Her goal is for it to be the largest.

Since agriculture education instructor Jim Russ started teaching at New Hampton nearly three years ago, the chapter has grown from 32 to more than 70 members.

"Jim has done an outstanding job," said James Frantzen, a former FFA member and president of the New Hampton FFA Alumni.

"Mr. Russ is a great teacher," said chapter president Megan Meissen. "He inspires us to do a lot. He made a lot of people come out of their comfort zone."

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FFA has been an important part of Meissen's high school career. Russ encouraged her to apply for the Washington Leadership Conference when she was a sophomore, and she received a scholarship to help pay for the trip.

She has participated in several career development events, and for her supervised agricultural experience she is raising a steer and a sheep. She will show them at the county and state fairs. She also finishes organic pigs for James Frantzen. She received her Iowa FFA Degree last year and is working on her American FFA Degree. Meissen plans to attend college and work in an agricultural field as an ag loan officer or in ag sales.

New Hampton FFA had special activities daily last week for National FFA Week, Meissen said.

Monday was Blue and Gold Day and FFA members gave teachers a fruit, meat and cheese platter to show their appreciation.

Tuesday was Belt Buckle Day.

Wednesday was Tractor Driving Day with members driving tractors, skid loaders and even a lawn mower to school. The farm machinery was parked in front of the school. FFA

Also on Wednesday, Aaron Putze, director of external relations with the Iowa Soybean Association and a former FFA member, talked to all high school students about the importance of Iowa agriculture. He challenged students to give four hours over the next 30 days to improve their community.

Thursday was official dress day and also subdistrict contest at Calmar. Students competed in creed speaking, extemporaneous speaking, public speaking, ag sales, job interview and ag broadcasting.

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Friday the FFA organized cow pie bingo as a fundraiser for its greenhouse project. During lunch last week, the FFA hosted a bean bag tournament.

Freshmen Shawn Kuehn, Matthew Holschlag and Lucas Heying were among FFA members who drove tractors to school. Kuehn drove a 3294 Case and freshman Dillon Tindell rode along.

Holschlag drove a John Deere 4230. It was the first tractor his father, Paul, bought for his farming operation, and he drove the tractor to school for FFA Week when he was a senior.

Heying drove an AGCO Allis DT275.

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