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FFA Name Change Suits Purpose

FFA Name Change Suits Purpose

Popular program expands to include all three high schools




The popular FFA program no longer belongs to just one WFISD school, and it recently changed its name to reflect the expansion.


The Rider FFA program is now the Wichita Falls FFA. Student FFA members voted to change the organization’s name to embrace all three high schools.


The group still operates out of Rider High School, where its agriculture track career classes are located. But starting with the 2016-2017 school year, upper-level agriculture classes opened up to students from all three campuses, and so did FFA.


“Our chapter has grown from 90 student members in 2012 to more than 300 student members in 2016,” said Amber West, Wichita Falls FFA advisor. “With the chapter growing by two schools, our Ag backer group – the booster club – has also grown to welcome in the parents from all three schools.”


FFA stands for Future Farmers of America. Today, the National FFA Organization serves more students than simply those who want to be production farmers. FFA welcomes members who will pursue careers as teachers, doctors, scientists and business owners, and many more occupations that reflect today’s diversity in agriculture.


For this year only, the District is providing transportation to bring interested students from Hirschi High School and Wichita Falls High School to the Rider campus Ag building, where this particular career program is housed. Next year, the classes associated with the Agriculture track in the Business and Industry Endorsement program will move to the Career Education Center.


The first FFA meeting of the year was a fish/calf fry on Sept. 13 at the Ag Farm. The second event is a sporting clay shoot at Northwest Field and Stream on Sept. 17 at 11 a.m. The event is a fundraiser to support the chapter.


“We are very excited as a chapter to keep seeing our progress in the organization,” said Ms. West.