Students in official Memorial High School FFA jackets welcomed proud parents as they walked into the cafeteria, excitedly chatting about the official chartering ceremony.
Taylor McAlister, FFA advisor, had been guiding them through the process from being a temporary charter to a full-fledged charter over the past school year.
“There were a number of steps students had to go through in order to reach this goal, which is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” McAlister said. “I could not have asked for a more outstanding group of young adults to complete this process with. They took time out of their busy schedules to make this happen and I am proud of their accomplishment.”
Memorial FFA president Sydney Gowan shows market goats and explained that FFA is not just about showing animals, it is also about camaraderie and supporting each other.
“It is a lot of hard work throughout the school year, but we also get to have a lot of fun,” Gowan said. “I have known since middle school that I wanted to be in FFA and I am honored to be part of the history of Memorial FFA by officially chartering this chapter.”
In order to receive a permanent charter, chapters must meet all requirements established by the Texas FFA Association.
There were 15 major steps including ensuring that all agriculture students at Memorial had a supervised agriculture experience. Students took what they were learning in class and applied it outside of school in order for them to see how agriculture affects their daily lives. Students participated in everything from showing an animal or shadowing a veterinarian, to taking care of the landscaping around their homes.
The 2018-19 MHS FFA temporary charter also presented leadership and career opportunities offered through the MHS FFA chapter. Students also shared their plans to stay consistent from year to year to ensure longitudinal success.
Austin Large, the executive director of the Texas FFA, performed an official site visit at Memorial High School prior to recommending the MHS FFA as an official charter to the state.
At the 91st Texas State FFA Convention in Fort Worth this summer, FFA president Sydney Gowan and vice president Madison Schmidt proudly walked across the stage to accept the MHS FFA official charter.
“I look forward to seeing how we keep the original MHS FFA legacy going,” Schmidt said. “I was inspired by the showmanship of FFA members before me and now we have a chance to be role models for others.”
Congratulations to these Memorial High School FFA Charter students who have set the path for generations of FFA students.