Ash Grove FFA hosts ice cream social

Steve Chapman

 In the middle front, Nathan Isakson, FFA advisor and ag instructor, shows the FFA members how to line dance to Steve Earle’s “Copperhead Road.”(Photo by Steve Chapman)

The Ash Grove FFA and the Ash Grove FFA Supporters and Alumni Association kicked off the school year with an ice cream social on Thursday, Sept. 3, at the Ash Grove High School Ag Building.
Ash Grove High School Ag Instructor and FFA Advisor Nathan Isakson said the event was a good way for FFA members and members of the Supporters and Alumni Association to mingle.
“Generally, we love to have a joint event with our FFA Chapter and the alumni,” he said, “because that supporters group is who supports our group throughout the year, ...
 and it’s a great way for my students to be able to have connections with adults in the community, because a lot of our alumni members are former FFA members themselves.”
The evening began with a brief business meeting, during which Isakson and the others discussed events from the past year, and a new slate of officers for the association was named: Mike Blaine, Jodi Long, Matthew Hancock and Shelley Elliot. The officers met after the social to determine who would fill which leadership role.
A special presentation was also made during the meeting. Emma Hancock, a recent Ash Grove High School graduate, was presented with the Midwest Dairy Association plaque in recognition of her accomplishments as a dairy student.
The FFA officers ended the business portion of the meeting by telling the inspirational story of Jerry Litton, a former U.S. representative and FFA member from Missouri. Each officer took turns telling parts of Litton’s story.
Michael Blaine, Ash Grove FFA Chapter president, said Litton’s story was chosen because of his accomplishments in the FFA.
“We chose him because he was a great, great icon for FFA,” Blaine said. “As his chapter president, he was a state representative and a national representative. We wanted to choose him because he had that small-town kind of life that he lived, and then he went on big time to be in the National FFA organization.”
After the business portion of the meeting concluded, the FFA and Association members went to the Ag Building’s shop area, where they enjoyed Culver’s custard and line dancing.
Kadee Sontheimer, 14, a new FFA member, said she found the organization to be very accepting towards new members.
“I feel very welcomed,” she said.


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