Clinton Central Earns Honors at National Meats CDE
Clinton Central FFA represented Indiana at the National Western Meats Judging contest in Denver, Colorado this past weekend. Team members were Reserve National Champion in Meat Evaluation and 7th overall. Teams from Florida to Texas to Washington competed in this event.
“I would like to commend these students for their work and dedication. Hours of practice took place after school and during Christmas Break to prepare for this event. Denver is a very special contest to me and I am very thankful to have students represent our state as well”, adds coach Roger Carr.
Students develop skills for careers in the meat animal industry as they complete a written exam; evaluate beef carcasses for quality and yield grade; identify various meat cuts, place beef, lamb and pork carcasses, and place wholesale and/or retail cuts.
“This competition helps FFA members develop the ability to evaluate meat products and better understand how to better meet customer needs optimize economic returns on livestock,” says Roger Carr, Agriculture Teacher at Clinton Central . “Learning how to identify cuts of beef, pork or lamb and evaluate what they are seeing makes these students not only better agriculturalists, but also better consumers. “
The National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 523,309 student members-as part of 7,487 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands. The National FFA Organization changed to its present name in 1988, in recognition of the growth and diversity of agriculture and agriculture education. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.
The National FFA Organization is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
Clinton Central Agriculture Teacher Selected for Professional Development Scholarship
LAS VEGAS – Megan McGrady, agricultural educator at Clinton Central High School in Michigantown, Indiana, is one of a select group of agriculture teachers nationwide who received the 2016 Teachers Turn the Key professional development scholarship from the National Association of Agricultural Educators. As a scholarship recipient, McGrady attended the NAAE annual convention in Las Vegas, November 29 – December 3.
The Teachers Turn the Kay scholarship brings together agricultural educators with four or fewer years of experience and immerses them in three days of professional development that addresses issues specific to the early years of teaching agriculture. Participants also have the opportunity to become involved in NAAE leadership and network with other NAAE convention attendees. TTTK awardees come away from the experience with a long-lasting peer cohort and tools that will help them have successful careers as agricultural educators.
AP Art Field Trip to the University of Indianapolis
The AP Art Class went to the University of Indianapolis for a Printmaking Workshop.
Clinton Central FFA Earns National Award
Clinton Central FFA was one of four chapters in the State of Indiana to earn a 3-Star ranking at the National level and will be recognized at this year’s National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The National Chapter Award recognizes FFA chapters who exemplify chapter excellence by creating a balanced Program of Activities and provide opportunities for members to grow as individuals. The application must have nine activities with goals, ways and means to accomplish the goals and results. The nine activities that Clinton Central FFA submitted were:
· Clinton Central Meats and Livestock Skillathon CDE—the only state wide invitationals in the state of Indiana.
· Cash for Corduroy- FFA scholarship program for Clinton Central FFA members. Over $40,000 has been distributed to Central members.
· FFA Open House- program for 7th, 8th, and freshman students and parents to show the wide variety of opportunities in Agriculture Education.
· Animal Research facility- students fed out nine lambs purchased at the State Fair and fed them for the Stockman Livestock Judging contest and practices for college teams.
· Crossbred Classic- we help host and facilitate the largest grossing swine show in the US.
· Stockman Livestock Judging contest- our chapter along with Clinton Prairie FFA host a livestock judging contest that involved teams from twenty-five states.
· Wildcat Creek cleanup- our chapter helps clean wildcat creek each September.
· Feeding homeless people at Wheeler Mission- last year we helped twice
· Adopt a Family—our chapter allocated $500 and purchased Christmas gifts for a Clinton County family.
This award is designed to recognize FFA chapters that have excelled during the current year in the areas of community, student, and chapter development. Chapters must submit an extensive application outlining their program of activities, chapter goals, means to accomplish those goals as well as the actual program outcomes. “We are honored and humbled for this honor. Fewer FFA chapters nationwide earned the 3-Star ranking and we are honored to be one of those. This is something that is important to the community and alumni of Clinton Central FFA. We look forward to being recognized on stage at the National FFA Convention”, adds FFA Advisor, Roger K. Carr.
The National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, changed its name in 1988 to reflect the growth and diversity of agriculture. There are more than 600,000 FFA members nationwide. The FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success, through agricultural education.
Clinton Central Wall of Honor. Congratulations!