Wednesday, 26 September 2012 11:54

Summer is a Busy Time for Pioneer FFA Members


Yorkshire, NY
- FFA activities don't end when the school year comes to a close, and this year was no exception!  It was a fun-filled summer with leadership activities and competitions that challenged the FFA members and their knowledge of agriculture.

The chapter's first activity included a trip to Camp Oswegatchie. Pioneer sent its largest group yet, with 32 members.  Members spent five days at the FFA camp located in the Adirondack Mountains.  High ropes and low ropes, canoeing, horseback riding, and swimming were just a few of the activities that filled the participant's schedules.  A highlight of the trip was taking part in the leadership classes.  Members put their teamwork and communication skills to the test each day.

The 14th Annual Steve M. Smith Memorial Golf Tournament was held on August 4th.  Forty golfers participated, raising over $1000 to be used for leadership development.  A special thank you to all the sponsors and people that attended!

State competitions kicked off with Empire Farm Days located in Seneca Falls, NY.  Members participated in Tractor Driving and Welding.  Xavier Almeter took first and Dakota Pingrey took third in the senior division for Tractor Driving, and Ryan Merlau took third in the junior division. Bradley Fontaine placed first individual in welding with Ryan Schwab and Brandon Plewa placing first in the team division.

The Wyoming County Fair, held during the week of August 17th, was a busy time for the FFA.  Pioneer placed second in the Dairy Judging competition.  The Tool Identification team took first place with Xavier Almeter placing first, Dakota Pingrey placing second, and Bradley Fontaine placing third individually.  The Agronomy team also took first place with Allison Herrick and Kelsey O'Hare taking first and second place individual, respectively.  In the Stockman's contest, Pioneer received first place with Allison Herrick, Ryan Merlau and Denille Pingrey taking the top spots individually.  Bradley Fontaine and Dakota Pingrey participated in the Small Engines contest placing first as a team and first and second individually. Xavier Almeter and Dakota Pingrey placed first and second in Electrical Wiring.  Allison Herrick and Kim Merlau took first and second place in Tree Identification.  For Dairy Leadsman, Allison Herrick placed first individually. Kelsey O'Hare and Kim Merlau placed first and second in Vegetable Crops Identification with Allison Herrick placing first in the Small Animal contest.  Thank you to all the people that took the time to help the teams and to the many sponsors that made this possible.

The summer came to a close with the New York State Fair held in Syracuse.  The Electrical team took second place with team members Xavier and Zach Almeter, Xavier also placed first individually. Diesel Troubleshooting took first place with team members Zach Almeter and Brad Fontaine, and Zach also placed first individually. The Meats team, consisting of Allison Herrick, Kelsey O'Hare, Zach Almeter, and Xavier Almeter, place second overall.

Congratulations to Pioneer FFA on a successful summer!