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Highland FFA kicks off year with fair rodeo

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Highland FFA Reporter

This year's FFA program got kicked off with the usual trip to the Arkansas State Fair and Rodeo. On the way down the bus driver and the students were serenaded by the chapter's senior boys sing everyone's favorite country songs.

This year the FFA is planning a mentoring program known to the FFA as PALS. This is where a high school FFA member takes on the opportunity of mentoring a special needs elementary student. This kind of program teaches the FFA member responsibility and other positive characteristics.

On Oct. 19 the community and friends of the FFA had the opportunity to attend the Show Barn Detection Ceremony. There were many people present for this honor night but there is not an official count of the numbers of guests present. The evening was dedicated to Talena Anna Armstead whose tragic death stunned the community in December 2002.

Armstead was an active FFA and 4-H member and was often a mentor for younger members of theses programs. She left an impression on those people and they will use what they learned from her to teach others.

The evening's highlight was a heart warming speech by Samantha Brink, who told of her memories of Armstead. There was a plaque presented to the Armstead family by Brink and Tiffany Redwine.

There were a few other people honored and given honorary Chapter FFA degrees. Jamie L. Alford gave an account of her summer showing the FFA show calf and spoke of the things she learned. The evening included a dinner of barbecue chicken strips and burgers. The Highland FFA Chapter thanks everyone who attended the ceremony and those who donated many things to help make this wonderful night possible.

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