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Published February 17, 2012, 12:00 AM

Students prepare for FFA Week in western North Dakota: Special dress-up days planned

National FFA week kicks off next Monday for many area students, and program advisors aim to honor the event by engaging in unique activities. Belfield students involved in Future Farmers of America will have something fun to do every school day next week.

By: Dain Sullivan, The Dickinson Press

National FFA week kicks off next Monday for many area students, and program advisors aim to honor the event by engaging in unique activities.

Belfield students involved in Future Farmers of America will have something fun to do every school day next week.

“We have special dress-up days,” said Alan Geiger, FFA advisor for Belfield Public School.

Geiger said Tuesday is FFA T-shirt day, and the school’s 53 FFA students are encouraged to sport their FFA apparel. Wednesday is team jersey day, where kids can throw on a jersey in support of their favorite sports team. Geiger added that kids can sweep their closets for an ugly sweater to wear Thursday, and FFAers will wear their official clothing Friday.

Belfield teens have a number of contests coming up, where they can take part in showing livestock, presenting crops and ag sales.

Students from Mott/Regent are also getting into the spirit of FFA Week. The 65 members will test their knowledge with trivia contests during the week, FFA advisor and Superintendent Myron Schweitzer said. The school will also have a cherry pie day, he said, where students will serve pie to the teaching staff.

Mott/Regent FFA members are “big into high tech” this year, Schweitzer said.

He added that his students are part of the Core Discovery High Tech Group, which includes 17 different schools. The program has provided participating schools with approximately $500,000 in equipment, he added.

He also said FFA kids going to school at Mott/Regent can work with anything from plasma cutters to laser engravers, thanks to Core Discovery.

While Mott/Regent students are reaching for technology, Hebron FFA students can get their hands on a dodge ball during FFA week. The school is hosting a tournament Wednesday.

“The kids talk about (the tournament) and look forward to it every year,” FFA advisor Riston Zielke said.

Hebron has more than 50 students in FFA, he added.

On Saturday, Hebron students will head up to Beulah for crops judging.

Zielke said he loves “seeing the students succeed.” He has also seen more kids join FFA since he started advising four years ago.

Approximately 85 percent of the Hebron student population is involved in FFA, he said.

Mary Fischer, FFA advisor in Bowman, said 33 of the school’s students are keeping things “low key” next week and will enjoy a barbecue picnic during lunch time Wednesday.

FFA members in Bowman will be honored in a special way, Fischer said.

“We’ve got a big display up in the Ag room of all the kids that have earned FFA jackets through the Blue Jackets, Bright Futures campaign,” she added.

Also, employees and former FFA members can wear their jackets to school and display them for the kids.

Dickinson High School’s FFA advisor, Richard Jambor, is planning on taking kids to Beulah on Saturday for a crop and livestock competition in Beulah. He will be meeting with his students during the evening Monday through Thursday next week to practice judging.

Advisors like Fischer agree that FFA Week is all about the students and history of the program.

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