FFA members plan for the future

Submitted photoBHS FFA members (front row from left) Ryan Schwab, Sarah Ronnebaum, Caroline Meer and Hope Flaspohler celebrate their third place showing in the state livestock judging contest with adviser Cassie Wallpe (standing).

Batesville High School FFA chapter members assembled for their final meeting of the year May 13 to discuss their plans for the summer, according to reporter Shalee Harrington. President Caroline Meer discussed ongoing events, such as next year’s Career Development Events, state convention and summer volunteer opportunities.

This summer members are planning on volunteering at the state fair set-up day and its rib-eye booth as well as the Farm Bureau ice cream booth during the Ripley County 4-H Fair.

Members commended the livestock judging team for their job well done at the state 4-H and FFA contest. The team of Meer, Sarah Ronnebaum, Hope Flaspohler and Ryan Schwab earned a solid third place finish, securing a national trip this coming fall. Meer and Ronnebaum earned all-state honors being 13th and 14th individuals overall. Flaspohler talked her way to a fourth place reasons position and ended fourth in the hog division.

Members also discussed the May plant sale outcome and thanked all who supported and worked at it. Without the support of the community and dedicated members, the fundraiser wouldn’t be as successful. Members also signed up to participate in summer Supervised Agricultural Experiences. These allow students to demonstrate their skills in an agricultural setting, while also gaining work experience. The chapter will reconvene in August when the next school year begins.