Local Coal Country Chapter Celebrates FFA Week

'Chicken Bingo' was a fun event where people could bet on a square and win half of the pot wherever the chicken pooped first. (Photo: Kristi Holum)
'Chicken Bingo' was a fun event where people could bet on a square and win half of the pot wherever the chicken pooped first. (Photo: Kristi Holum)

Chicken poop and all

The National FFA Organization plays an integral role in providing youth with opportunities in career and leadership growth, said local chapter advisor Kristi Holum via Facebook messenger Friday.

“FFA gives students so many tools to be successful in their futures, agriculture is just the vehicle we use to teach those skills. I have yet to have a student who was involved in four years of FFA and Agriculture Education that didn’t leave high school with all the skills they needed to conquer the world,” Holum said.

In 1988, FFA changed its name to the National FFA Organization from Future Farmers of America to reflect the growing diversity in agriculture, and the organization realized that FFA was a tool to drive students to be good consumers and citizens, not just good producers, hence the name change, Holum noted.

In the Coal Country FFA chapter at Thunder Basin High School, there are 43 active members, she said.

Holum said several different activities took place this week to recognize the annual event.

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For starters, students decorated the front doors of the school.

Maria Geis tapes the letters 'FFA' to be painted on the front doors of Thunder Basin High School. (Photo: Kristi Holum)
Maria Geis tapes the letters ‘FFA’ to be painted on the front doors of Thunder Basin High School. (Photo: Kristi Holum)

Other events throughout the week included teaching non-members and peers how to rope before school on Tuesday morning.

Emily Teigan shows another TBHS student the proper way to release a rope to catch the dummy steer. (Photo: Kristi Holum)
Emily Teigan shows another TBHS student the proper way to release a rope to catch the dummy steer. (Photo: Kristi Holum)

On Thursday, four members competed in a speech competition, with two going on to compete in districts on Tuesday, Holum said.

Cena Carlson and Autumn Clark will represent Coal Country FFA at the District Speech Contest on March 2 at Tongue River High School. (Photo: Kristi Holum)

And on Friday, money was raised for the local chapter by playing ‘Chicken Bingo.’

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How does one play Chicken Bingo?

“An indoor enclosure was set up with numbered squares on the floor. People bet on their favorite numbers,” she said. “And the chickens do the rest!”

Chickens are placed inside the enclosure and whichever number is pooped on first, wins. In the end, a total of $480 was raised with 50% of the pot going to the Coal Country FFA Chapter. The other $240 was split between teacher Bree Arzy-Mitchell and student Sydney Solem.

'Chicken Bingo' was a fun event where people could bet on a square and win half of the pot wherever the chicken pooped first. (Photo: Kristi Holum)
‘Chicken Bingo’ was a fun event where people could bet on a square and win half of the pot wherever the chicken pooped first. (Photo: Kristi Holum)

Students who had the highest fruit sales over the summer also got a pizza party, donated by Pizza Carello, Friday night.

“They’re great kids,” Holum said. “Smart. Kind. Hard working. They deserve all of it.”