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 Welcome to the
    Midway FFA Chapter
                                   est. 2009

2015-2016 Executive Officer Team
President - Megan Yahnig
Vice President - Gina Smith
Secretary - Shelby Drake
Treasurer - Avalon Howard
Reporter - Alyssa Bayard
Sentinel - Maggie Riggs
Historian - Mackenzie Bauerle
Chaplain - Emma Dowell
Parliamentarian - Natalie Owens
Advisor - Austin Gray


Midway Aquaponics Lab

By Chandler Stephens

    The Midway Agriculture department has built a aquaponics fish tank to teach classes about recycling resources.  The tank holds tilapia fish that will produce solid waste, which will then be pumped out of the tank and into a holding tank.  There the waste will produce healthy bacteria to be used as fertilizer for plants in the aquaponics lab.  The runoff from the plants will go back into the original fish tank.

     The project is all about recycling so the tanks are built out of recycled materials minus the pumps and radiators.  This project started about a month ago and will continue on until at least graduation where the fish will be big enough to eat.  This project will hopefully become self-sufficient and will continue to grow forever unless it is shut down.   This project is a new type of project for the Midway Agriculture department, but it is certainly liked by all of the participants.

Midway FFA Officers Attend Farm Bureau Banquet

by Natalie Owens

The Midway FFA chapter sent four officers to the annual Farm Bureau banquet on August 25 at the Harrisonville Community Center. The four officers who went were Natalie Owens, Emma Dowell, Avalon Howard and Gina Smith. Dowell and Howard gave a short two-minute speech telling the Farm Bureau and guests about last year’s chapter activities and plans for this year. Midway FFA advisor is Austin Gray.

2015 Veteran's Day Assembly
by Cabriah Hillman

On November 11, the Midway FFA Chapter hosted the fourth annual Veterans Day Assembly at the school.  Students, staff, over 60 veterans and their families all attended the ceremony.  

The National Anthem was sung by the Midway High School Choir, directed by Mr. Brad Meredith.  The guest speaker was Midway alumni and Army and Air Force veteran, Mr. Butch Page, who is also the commander of the Harrisonville VFW post. The elementary TrebleMakers, Midway Jr. and Sr. high school choirs also performed “Song for the Unsung Hero.”  

The Midway High School Band played “Recognition of Veterans,” and the brass section played “Taps,” directed by Mr. Tracy Smith with drum majors Gina Smith and Hunter Oakes.  

Ms. Nikki McDonald also spoke at the assembly about Quilts of Valor, an organization that provides quilts for all veterans.  Each veteran in attendance went home with one of these handmade quilts. 

 FFA State Convention

By Bethany Sutcliffe

Midway Students Attend FFA State Convention

Megan Yahnig receives State FFA Degree

Earlier in the spring Midway FFA students competed at Career Development Events where two teams placed well enough to go to state: the Poultry team and the Meats team. The Poultry Team is made up of Thomas Endecott, Maddie Yahnig, Shelly O’Brien, and Shelby Minks. The Meats Team is made up by Alyssa Bayard, Megan Yahnig, Maddie Driggs, and Emely Hastie. Both teams, as well as Wes Clark and Bethany Sutcliffe, attended the Missouri FFA 88th Annual State Convention in Columbia, MO, on April 21-22.

The poultry team competed on April 21 and placed 41 out of 48. The Meats team placed 38 out of 47. Megan Yahnig and Wes Clark  received their state proficiency awards. Yahnig’s was for Ag Communications and Clark’’s was for Swine Production. Yahnig also received her State FFA Degree, which is the highest award given in the State FFA. Yahnig stated that, “It was a great honor to receive my State Degree and very nerve-wracking going up on the stage in front of 9,000 plus people. I owe a big thanks to Mr. Gray for pushing me to get my degree and helping me for countless hours on my application.”

During the convention students attended a workshop where they learned how to better manage their time. They learned that the sooner a project is started the easier it will be in the end. Bethany Sutcliffe attended the TeachAg workshop where she learned about some of the obstacles every teacher faces and the joys of seeing students achieve the goal they set. The students also attended the Career Show, where they were able to learn about careers that are centered around agriculture and talk to college representatives on how to get the education needed for the careers. They also attended three of the four sessions where they heard speakers talk about being an inspiration and influence on the ones around you. Some of the speakers included Rick Rigsby, the author of “Lessons of a Third Grade Dropout,” and McKensie Garber, Miss Missouri 2015.

Mr. Gray said, “My favorite part of State Convention was seeing two of my own students walk across stage to receive their awards.”