Fairview's FFA Chapter Gains New Advisor


Top row from left to right: Vanessa Pooch (FFA Advisor) Grace Dragseth, Alexis Griggs, Ally Young and Alex Young. Bottom Row: Becca Deming, Lexie Selting, Anna Dragseth and Jaycie Rau.

Fairview's Future Farmers of America (FFA) Chapter has started off the new year with a new advisor, Vanessa Pooch. On Monday, January 23, Fairview's FFA members attended a competition in Medicine Lake where they participated in Agriculture Sales and Farm Business Management.

Pooch is originally from Glenwood, Minnesota where she was a part of the FFA program and served as the 2005- 2006 Region lll FFA President. She has a lot of experience with FFA and when she was asked to take on the job she couldn't say no. Pooch said, " I want all the students to have the same opportunity that I did. I enjoy teaching and showing others about agriculture. I also learned some very important life skills through FFA, such as effective interview skills, creating resumes, and learning how to fill out applications. I believe all students need to learn these very basic skills before leaving high school and I hope to teach and strengthen those skills."

In Pooch's past FFA experiences, she has partaken in public speaking (state), extemporaneous speaking, farm business management, livestock evaluation (state), parliamentary procedure, state chorus member, state courtesy corps member, home and community development and proficiency (state and national), and agricultural education proficiency.

Pooch's future goals for the club are to get Fairview's FFA chapter back on the map and competing in many competitions including Big Muddy District contests and the Montana State FFA contest. Pooch said, " This includes creating a program of activities awarding Greenhand and Chapter degrees and celebrating members' accomplishments with a spring banquet. I personally would like to see an FFA chapter that thrives on classroom development."

Fairview's FFA members are very excited about having the Fairview FFA back up and running again. Grace Dragseth, Fairview's FFA President, said, " Vanessa is a great teacher and very knowledgeable. All the kids, including me, are so excited that Fairview's FFA Chapter is finally back!"


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