Abilene FFA Chapter

This will be the official site of Abilene FFA Information. We will keep this page updated with our latest events, fundraisers and news.

Abilene FFA Chapter

[04/05/19]   Congratulations to the FFA members that competed at Cloud County Aggie Days today!

Our Veterinary Science team placed 1st out of 32 teams and had 4 out of the top ten students - J. Schwarz won first place over all out of 146 contestants, E. Schwarz was 6th place, W. Stroda was 7th place and A. Leidig was 8th place.

Food Science placed 4th out of 15 teams and had two kids in the top 10 - S. Cooper was 4th out of 57 contestants and J. Sleichter was 6th place.

The Agronomy team placed 3rd overall and had one student in the top ten - A. Wuthnow placed 7th out of 31 contestants.

The Livestock team placed 7th overall and had one student in the top ten - W. Stroda placed 9th out of 65 contestants.

The Entomology team placed 5th overall and had one student in the top ten - G. Heintz placed 9th.

A lot of work went into preparing for these contests and we are proud of you all for your efforts!


New Side Dish

PLEASE VOTE! We need to get our tickets printed a.s.a.p.. SHARE this poll as much as possible, please - we want to make this opinion based off as many community member votes as possible. Thank you.


docs.google.com We are replacing the baked beans with a new side dish at AHS FFA BBQ this year. Please select the new option you would like to see made. Thank you!

So excited for tomorrow’s FFA spirit day!! #SupportYourFavoriteStateWrestler #LoveAllFiveOfMine

Mrs. Amanda West always showing her PRIDE!!!! Supporting her FFA students. Made with love by Mrs. James

[02/19/19]   FFA Appreciation Breakfast has been rescheduled to Thursday, February 28th. Members still arrive at 5:30am. Guests come eat from 6:30-8:00am. Stay safe & warm in the morning!

How are they seniors already?! 😢 So proud of this bunch.

Have I ever told you how much I love these kids?! Missing 5 of our seniors tonight and still took up half the court at senior recognition. ❤️❤️ I cannot wait to see the adults they become. #FFASeniors #ClassOf2019

Our officer team (minus three) had the pleasure of celebrating Mrs. Sweeney’s life today with her family and friends. I’m proud of these kids for representing one of her favorite organizations so well. Some of these kids are in FFA jackets because of our “Pat Sweeney Blue Jacket Program”. They wear them proudly, Mrs. Sweeney! Thank you for all you did for our organization. We promise to keep making you proud! ❤️

[01/30/19]   Tomorrow's FFA contest has been cancelled. A reschedule date will be shared as soon as we get it. School is still on (as of right now :) )

[01/06/19]   Our next meeting is Tuesday during seminar! We’ll cover upcoming events & contests and then meet with just the seniors to discuss scholarship applications!

[12/11/18]   FFA 2nd Quarter fun night is TONIGHT, from 630 - 830 pm at the Abilene Bowling Alley. Anyone that met fruit & meat quota bowls for free, everyone else needs to bring $3. All FFA members welcome!

[12/03/18]   FFA Members & Parents - IMPORTANT upcoming dates & info!!

- Meeting during seminar to fill out buyer thank you cards - If you sold any fruit/meat items, this is MANDATORY. Please check-in with your seminar teacher and then come directly to the ag building. We have thank you cards counted out & ready for you to start writing. What you don’t get done during seminar must be completed at home prior to delivery of items. These cards are worth participation points, so please show them to Mrs. West or Mr. Cooper when you’re done so we can give you credit.

- Fruit & Meat Items will be delivered today!! Pick-up times are from 1:45pm - 5:00pm at the Ag Building. All items should be delivered to buyers on Wednesday if at all possible. If you cannot deliver items in a timely fashion, please let Mrs. West know a.s.a.p.. There will be a pink information sheet along with all your order forms in an envelope ready for you when you pick up your items. The information sheet will provide storage instructions in case you need to store items overnight.

- Members that have practice after school - please plan pick up accordingly. We do not advise you to miss sports practice to deliver items. Parents may pick items up for you if they are available. If the times listed do not work for you or your parent(s), please have them call/text me to schedule a different time. 785.200.4108

- Your thank you cards should be given to buyers with their items during delivery. Please personally thank them as well.

- 2nd Quarter Fun Night - Abilene Bowling Alley - 6:30-8:30pm
- All Members Welcome!!
- If you met quota for fruit & meat sales, you bowl for free - you will be responsible for buying your own food/drinks if you want to order anything.
- If you did not meet quota, you will need to pay Mrs. West $3 to bowl that night. Please bring it with you to the bowling alley.

Please let me know if you have any questions!

Abilene High School Athletics/Activities

It was Mathletes vsAthletes for today’s spirit day.

[10/07/18]   I have had several people text/call me today asking if they can still come to wiffle ball even if they didn’t send in an rsvp. YES!! Please join us even if you didn’t! We just needed a number so we could order enough meat. I’m sure there will be plenty of food for everyone! Grab a side dish/dessert & meet us at 4:00 for some family fun! All FFA members & their families are welcome.

See you soon!

Congrats to our FFA Member, B. Riffel, on her nomination for Homecoming Queen Candidate!! Way to go, B!! 👸 👑

Congrats to our girl Rylie Volkman on her nomination for Homecoming Queen Candidate. We love you, Rylie James! ❤️ 👸 👑

We are selling our extra FFA t-shirts if anyone would like one (or 5!) 🤗 100% Cotton, Brand New, Navy Blue, $10 each. Let me know.

Wiffle Ball Tournament Reminder!!!
Sunday, in Gym B at the high school. 4-7pm!
Parents & Alumni Members VS FFA Members & siblings. Bring your A Game. ;)

[10/02/18]   Fruit & Meat Fundraiser Info:

- our convention goers received their packets a week & a half early, because they have to raise $900 to go to convention, so we like to give them a head start. Plus, their packets are due back earlier.

- other seniors & juniors will receive packets on Monday, Oct 8th during seminar

- other sophomores and all freshmen will receive their packets on Tuesday, Oct 9th during seminar

- Non-Convention goers: quota is 25 items to be considered for incentives

- Convention-Goers: packets are due back by Oct 22

- All other packets are due back by Oct 31 @ 3:30pm. Late packets will not be considered for incentives

Please let me know if you have any questions!

Thank you,
Mrs. West

[09/11/18]   First Quarter Fun Night
Tuesday, Sept 11
6:30-8:30 at the Ag Building
Supper Provided!
All members welcome

Our officer team after feeding the USD 435 Staff & their families during the back to school BBQ!

Starting the year off volunteering in the community! ❤️ Chisholm Trail Days 2018

[08/29/18]   FFA Parents/Members - here is an update on our dues. Finally got them set this afternoon.

$25 due by September 4th at our next meeting, please. Checks need to be made out to USD 435. Cash is also accepted. Let Mr. Cooper or myself know if you need help paying!

T-shirt Cost: $7.75 + Shipping = $10
State/National Dues: $15
**** If you do not want a t-shirt, please just bring the $15 for dues ******

Also - don’t forget to sign up to volunteer at Chisholm Trail Days. Points & community service hours will be awarded. You can find the link to the sign up sheet on our FFA Canvas homepage.

Mrs. West

Thank you, Mr. Gruen, for the swim party! We had a blast!!

Have I ever told you how proud of these hard-working kids I am?? 😍💪 Almost two full semi-loads completely spread, one foot deep, throughout the playground in 2.5 hours. Zach Cooper

[07/19/18]   We are helping spread mulch on Monday, July 23rd, at Eisenhower Elementary. Starting at 8am and finishing whenever we’re done. The more people we have, the faster it will go. Any FFA Members or FFA parents are welcome to join us. Participation points & community service hours will be awarded. Mr. Gruen has graciously rented out the Abilene Swimming Pool on that Monday evening from 8-10pm for any FFA members that want to go, as a thanks for our volunteer work. If you plan to help on Monday, please let me know: 785-200-4108 Bring rakes & shovels with you if you can. ❤️, Mrs. West

Started our 2018-2019 community service off at Eisenhower Elementary yesterday. These kids worked HARD and got a huge start on the school’s playground equipment. Proud of you all for taking time out of your summer break to serve your community! “Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve.” Ethan Gruen

2018 State FFA Convention

2018 Graduation! (minus the kids playing in the band 😪 )

Trinity Lutheran Church recognized the hard-working FFA members from their congregation today. Miss Jardine & I were honored to be there with them!

[05/07/18]   $21,311.97 in chapter & alumni scholarships, 12 Greenhand Degrees, 8 Chapter Degrees, 2 Star Greenhand Awards, 2 Star Farmer Awards, 2 Blue Jacket Awards, 5 Honorary Degree Awards, 18 Lettermen Awards, 23 Top Seller Awards/Acknowledgements, $2,000 in National Scholarships, 5 Volunteer Service Awards, and some goodbye to Miss Jardine tears later, we are DONE with the 2018 AHS FFA Banquet. Thank you everyone for another wonderful year!

2018 Wiffle Ball

Abilene FFA Chapter

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2018 FFA Alumni Work Auction

[03/05/18]   Sunday, March 11: FFA Alumni WORK AUCTION @ Abilene MIDDLE School

Time: Members arrive at 5:00pm to set up | Chili Feed at 6:00pm | Auction starts promptly at 6:30pm

Dress Code: Members - this year’s FFA t-shirt & jeans | Officers - polos & jeans

9-12 Grades: If you bring 1 dozen cinnamon rolls, you will receive an extra 5 participation points (do not have to be homemade)

Officers: bring 1 dozen cinnamon rolls - mandatory (do not have to be homemade)

** FFA Members MUST BE PRESENT to be auctioned off. Members must participate in the work auction each year that they are a member to be qualified for the scholarship their senior year. This will be our 5th year for the work auction! The past 4 auctions have raised $46,400 for FFA Senior Scholarships!!!!

[03/05/18]   Wednesday, March 7: BREAKFAST

Dress Code: this year’s FFA t-shirt, jeans or school appropriate shorts, closed toe shoes, long hair tied back

Freshmen: come at 7:30 for clean up, unless you want extra points - you may come early

Sophomores: meet at 5:30am - bring electric skillets & spatulas. Please mark with your name somehow.

Juniors: meet at 5:30am - bring electric skillets & spatulas. Please mark with your name somehow.

Seniors: come enjoy your last FFA breakfast with your parents, or come early for extra points (don’t forget scholarships are coming up. :) )

We will serve breakfast to invited community members from 6:30am-8:00am. Group picture at 8 and then eating as a chapter.

[02/27/18]   This week's announcements.

We will have our work auction meeting this MONDAY during seminar to get everyone signed up. Please bring your iPads with you, as the form is online this year. We will also be mailing out our invitations so bring THREE NAMES & ADDRESSES of people you’re inviting to buy you at the auction. Reminder - you must participate in the work auction every year that you’re a member to be eligible for the scholarship when you’re a senior.

Our FFA breakfast has been rescheduled for next Wednesday, March 7th. Sophomores & Juniors, come at 5:30am and bring your spatulas & electric skillets. Freshmen come at 7:30 or earlier if you want extra points. Seniors - come & go as you please. We will serve food from 6:30 - 8:00am and then take our annual group picture. After the group picture, we will eat together as a chapter and clean up. Make sure you’re communicating this with your first block brown day teachers.

If you need community service hours or FFA participation points (or both!) sign up to cut firewood with us this Saturday, March 3rd. We are meeting at the ag building at 8 and carpooling to Carlton. We will cut until 12 or 1, transport the wood back to the ag building, and then go to lunch together. We should be done by 3:00. Pick up a parent permission form from Mrs. West or Miss Jardine if you plan to attend. Please bring a chainsaw if you can.

FFA Alumni Work Auction is SUNDAY, MARCH 11 AT THE MIDDLE SCHOOL! Officers - bring 1 dozen cinnamon rolls.


After talking with some concerned parents & administration, we have decided to cancel the FFA Appreciation Breakfast. We will be choosing a new date for sometime in March and sending out new invitations. Sorry for any inconveniences, but we do not want kids driving on icy roads at 5am. The rest of the week’s weather forecast doesn’t look like it will get much better.

Thank you for your understanding.

[02/20/18]   Due to poor road conditions, our FFA Breakfast has been postponed until Wednesday (tomorrow). If you are someone this affects, see you tomorrow instead! Thank you!

As of right now, we have a 40-45% chance of freezing rain throughout the night. {IF} road conditions become dangerous, causing a school delay or cancellation, the FFA Breakfast will also be cancelled. This will only apply if the school district calls a cancellation or delay. If the weather does not affect normal school hours, breakfast will occur!

In the case of breakfast cancelling, it will be rescheduled for Wednesday, February 21st from 6:30am - 8:00am. The general format of breakfast will remain the same. Please pass this along to whomever it may concern. Thank you for your help!

Last Wednesday Abilene FFA members participated in the North Central District Poultry and Milk Quality CDEs. The senior poultry team placed 2nd of 19 teams. J. Schwarz placed 1st overall (out of 163!) and R. Volkman placed 3rd overall. The senior milk quality team placed 5th overall. Congratulations to all members who participated!

2018 FFA Seniors

Back: Advisor Theresa Jardine, E. Brown, R. Kuntz, E. Bathurst, T. Ditto, E. Jones, Advisor Amanda West.

Middle: B. Ebersole, C. Hendrix, M. Ehrich, M. Gose

Front: P. Lukerson, I. Cardwell

Not Pictured: H. Henry, N. Lara, J. Macoubrie

2018 FFA Senior Recognition

[01/30/18]   FFA Seniors & Parents - please don't forget that Thursday is FFA Senior Recognition night. Seniors will be presented before the wrestling dual. Meet in Mrs. West's Classroom at 6:00pm for instructions. Wear this year's FFA t-shirt & a nice pair of jeans. Please have at least one parent accompany you as they will be introduced with you, too. We will take a big group photo after recognition, so please plan on being there from 6-7pm. Thank you!!

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