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Bruins compete for office in next year’s FFA program

Your new FFA leadership hopefuls. Photo by Margaret Ralston

Bear Rivers’ FFA Program will be selecting new chapter officers for next year’s program. Twelve students will be competing to get a chance of getting one of seven positions. 

The FFA (Future Farmers of America) Program is a student-led program that allows participants to learn important skills they will need later in life.

“You are getting the leadership skills you’ll need in the real world,” explained Mrs. Neves, the current advisor. “At the end of the day, leadership is not about the title you hold, but rather the actions you proceed with.” 

Students can choose a yearly project to build on their knowledge and responsibility skills. Some may choose to start with small projects, such as selling plants, while others may raise animals for the fair. 

“There are different scales of SAE projects, some of them have giant projects that they work on outside of school, and are kind of running their own businesses,” Mrs. Neves said.

 The Bear River FFA program is required to choose new officers every year because it is a part of the bylaws. 

“We are also trying to bring in new students for more involvement,” said Mrs. Neves. “Hopefully we are electing the best officers possible and we’ll have the best program following, near and in regards to organizing activities, and motivating young classmen to get involved.”

“With so much competition, no one has a secured spot,” said freshman Viviana Velazquez, a student running for an officer role.

Velazquez is running for a secretary position.

“If given this position, I know I will have a lot of work which will challenge me into growing and becoming a better person,” Velazquez said.

Velazquez has been working extremely hard in hopes to be elected for her position as an officer. She has competed in many competitions during her freshman year.

“I have participated in Spanish Creed, Opening and Closing, Chair in Parliamentary Procedure, and Best Informed Greenhand,” she articulated.

Velazquez has been perfecting the art of competing, helping her and her team make it to semi-finals. She has been dedicated to the Bear Rivers AG program, working through thick and thin, to help make herself recognized in the FFA program. Even as a freshman, she competed to become Bear Rivers first Spanish Speaker for Creed. 

“This year the applications have been very competitive, because there are a lot of people running,” Viviana stated.

Even though the competition is strong, Velazquez hopes her hard work and dedication will help her get the officer position she dreams of. 

Like Viviana, others hope that they can get the position they think would best suit them.

Sophomore Wyatt Thompson is another student running for an officer position. Thompson is hoping to be elected for the treasurer position.

“I have lots of experience with dealing with bank accounts and management stuff, and I am really good at math,” Thompson said.

Wyatt is hoping to start his AG journey now, hoping to use this year’s accomplishments as stepping stones towards a brighter future for him. 

“Having that knowledge and prior experience of knowing how all works would really help me improve for the following years,” he said. “I would love to serve for multiple terms.”

All twelve students have been working hard to get to the position they are at today. 

Regardless of which seven of these twelve get it, I know that they’re going to be doing a really great job,” Mrs. Neves said.

All Students are required to give a speech on why they think they are the right person for their position. Speeches are given May 2 in D-102 to have a chance to vote for next year’s chapter officers.

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Margaret Ralston
Margaret Ralston, Social Media Editor
Margaret Ralston is the Social Media Editor for the BRCurrent. This is her second year in Online Multimedia. She plays golf for Bear River and hopes to be the captain by her junior year. Margaret loves to paint and care for all of her plants (there are 25 to be exact). She loves going to the river with friends and shredding it up on the slopes!
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