From Left to Right: Jennifer Benitez Pasadena FFA chapter vice president, Lois W. Kolkhorst, district 18 Texas senator, Matthew Tak, Pasadena FFA chapter president and Johnna Mikolajchak, Pasadena agriculture instructor and FFA advisor at National FFA Week at the Texas capitol.
Pasadena sophomore Samantha Ramos gives a good luck kiss to her heifer at the Fort Worth Livestock Show.
Pasadena ISD FFA members join with more than one million others cross the country in celebrating National FFA Week this week.
During the week, the district's 191 FFA members at Dobie, Memorial, Rayburn and Pasadena will participate in a variety of activities to raise awareness about the role the National FFA Organization plays in the development of agriculture’s future leaders and the importance of agricultural education.
“We just returned from National FFA Day at the capitol in Austin,” said Johnna Mikolajchak, Pasadena agricultural instructor. “The whole concept of Ag. is to extend learning beyond the classroom and give these kids unique experiences. We see kids gain confidence and grow in our program and that’s what it’s all about.”
National FFA Week began in 1948, designated by the National FFA Board of Directors in recognition of George Washington's legacy as an agriculturist and farmer. Founded in 1928, FFA is designed to prepare future generations for the challenges of feeding a growing population.
Founding members of the organization taught generations that agriculture is more than planting and harvesting — it involves science, business and more.
Today, FFA continues to help the next generation rise up to meet new agricultural challenges by helping members develop their own unique talents and explore their interests in a broad range of career pathways.
Members progress to enjoy careers as biologists, chemists, veterinarians, engineers and entrepreneurs.
FFA chapters use this week to help share the message of agriculture with their fellow students as well as with their community. It's an opportunity to give back to their community through service projects and is also a perfect time for members to recruit students to become FFA members.
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 629,367 student members who belong to one of 7,757 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.