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Canton FFA Celebrates 75 Years    
Wednesday, December 1, 2010 | Author: Kelly Mabe, Canton FFA Advisor

On November 1, 2010 the Canton FFA Chapter celebrated 75 years as a Texas FFA Chapter.  The National FFA, formerly known as Future Farmers of America, was established in 1928.  The FFA underwent a name change in 1988, from Future Farmers of America to National FFA Organization, to better reflect the expanded agricultural opportunities, encompassing science, business and technology, in addition to production farming.

The Canton FFA Chapter was chartered on November 1, 1935 as the 249th chapter in Texas FFA Association. Texas today has well over 1,000 active FFA chapters. For the past 75 years, Canton has produced students who leave high school prepared to become productive citizens in our Texas communities.  The National FFA Organization is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.  To accomplish its mission, FFA:

•Develops competent and assertive agricultural leadership.
•Increases awareness of the global and technological importance of agriculture and its contribution to our well-being.
•Strengthens the confidence of agriculture students in themselves and their work.
•Promotes the intelligent choice and establishment of an agricultural career.
•Encourages achievement in supervised agricultural experience programs.
•Encourages wise management of economic, environmental and human resources of the community.
•Develops interpersonal skills in teamwork, communications, human relations and social interaction.
•Builds character and promotes citizenship, volunteerism and patriotism.
•Promotes cooperation and cooperative attitudes among all people.
•Promotes healthy lifestyles.
•Encourages excellence in scholarship

On November 1, 2010 the Canton FFA Chapter hosted a 75th Anniversary Celebration. Chapter and Greenhand officers, as well as members, worked hard to paint signs and decorate the high school for the FFA Anniversary Celebration.

First on the list of important guests was the Texas FFA Travel Team, consisting of Mason Parish, Texas FFA President, as well as Daylon Koster, Texas FFA First Vice President, and Tanner Smith, the Texas FFA Area VI State Vice President.  These guys travel thousands of miles across the state of Texas in their FFA Ford F-150, visiting the Texas FFA chapters. 

                      Left to right, Daylon Koster, Tanner Smith, and Mason Parish.

Canton FFA Chapter President, Cheyenne Pool, began the celebration at 8 a.m. with a chapter and state officer presentation before the Canton high school student body, celebrating 75 years as a chapter.

Mason Parish, Texas FFA President and Cheyenne Pool, Canton FFA President.

Texas FFA President, Mason Parish, leading a 75 year celebration chant with the Canton student body.

After the 75th Celebration Assembly, the state officer travel team spoke with all the Agriculture Science students at Canton High School.  The state officers encouraged and motivated students to keep a positive attitude.  They taught students about the importance of attitude and just how contagious an attitude can be. 

    State President, Mason Parish encouraging Canton High School students.

Canton FFA members enjoying the state officer presentation. Left to right, Kaysie Hatley, Canton FFA Chapter Vice President; Emily Brewer, Canton FFA Greenhand Vice President; and Ashlynn Parker, Canton FFA Chapter Treasurer.

State First Vice President, Daylon Koster, providing a good laugh and entertainment during the presentations.

Following the two presentations at the high school, the Canton FFA Radio team as well as the State officer travel team went to the local radio station for a live broadcast on the 75th Anniversary of Canton FFA.

Ready to Radio, Front Row Left to right, Cooper Wyatt Canton FFA Chapter Reporter, Kaysie Hatley Canton FFA Chapter Vice President, and Cheyenne Pool, Canton FFA Chapter Presdient.  Back Row: Tanner Smith Area VI State Vice President, Daylon Koster, State First Vice President, and Mason Parish, State FFA President.

                                                Live on the radio!

State officers with the Canton FFA Radio team and advisor.  Tanner Smith, Cooper Wyatt, Cheyenne Pool, Mason Parish, Kaysie Hatley, Daylon Koster, and Mrs. Kelly Mabe, Canton FFA Advisor.

The Canton FFA Chapter concluded their November 1st celebration at their regular monthly meeting.  FFA members celebrated with a 75th Anniversary cake and ice cream party.  We also invited our FFA booster club for the cake celebration.  The cake and ice cream was followed by a leadership scavenger hunt around the Ag building and facilities.

           Canton FFA officers and members celebrating 75 years of FFA.





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