FFA is Family

A quick letter to the members of the Amanda-Clearcreek FFA:

Dear Family,

I hope you all know that you mean the world to me and that if I didn’t have you backing me along with my other family I could not do half of the things that I am doing. Truly you all are the best and I wouldn’t trade any of you for the world. So thank you for being my family and also being my backbone. I love all of you guys. If you had not been there for me for the past few years I would not be who I am today. You all push me to be better than I am. I know have positives and negatives but you are helping me to get rid of these negatives in my life. You really are my family away from my family. Our bond is something that I hope to keep with all of you for as long as I can. This family is absolutely incredible, we can spend so much time laughing that we end up crying and someone usually has snacked on our trips. So here is to you guys for making me realize that you are the best family I could ask for.

Now that the letter to my chapter is finished I want to talk about how your FFA chapter becomes your family in the short time that you are a member and how you will never lose this family even after you graduate.

There comes a time in every FFA members career when they realize that their chapter has, really become their family. This moment came to me on the day that I got my State FFA Degree. My chapter and I were on the bus eating dinner when I tried to make a call. In the process of this the call it was very hard to hear so I stepped off of the bus to finish it. By the time I got back on the bus I was stressing out and had started to cry.

Everyone saw that I was crying and asked me what was wrong to which I replied I’m just really stressed about who all from my family was going to be here. I knew who was coming and how many there were going to be so I was literally upset over nothing. One of the seniors, Billy,  who I look up to looked me in the eye and said it doesn’t matter because ”We are your family”. As this was said to me it finally sank in that my chapter was my family. Our president came up and hugged me and told me that I was going to be alright. Billy also hugged me and made sure that I was actually okay. Multiple other people in my chapter also started to hug me and tell me that I was going to be fine and that they were all there for me and were going to be cheering me on.

Since my freshman year of high school, there have been times that I haven’t felt like I was on the inside of my chapter.I would be though, I would be in the back of the bus singing and laughing with the rest of the group on the trip. I just never saw it as us being a huge family, that is until the end of last year and all of this year. Everyone in the Amanda-Clearcreek chapter in my heart is family and they were there for me through it all at the convention this year.

I want to let it be known that when it comes to the Ohio State FFA Convention or anywhere else where we can be loud and proud of everyone in our chapter, we take the cake. In the convention hall, we are the loudest group there. This year at a convention I had the honor of being recognized as an individual in the top four for Organic Production. With this category I placed first in the state, I was so excited, but I was more excited by the fact that I could hear everyone in my chapter screaming, clapping, and blowing air horns for me. When I got down off of the stage and back to where my chapter was sitting I was congratulated by so many of the people in my chapter that it was a little overwhelming to myself.  Later in the convention, six people in my chapter were awarded our State FFA Degrees, as each of us walked onto the stage and received our degrees, we had the same response from the chapter.

My chapter over the last few years has become my family. It doesn’t matter that I am from a smaller school, I could be from one of the biggest schools in Ohio and it would still be the same for me. But there is nothing in the world that would make me give up my extended family. I am so glad that they are backing me with everything I do. It doesn’t matter if it is a CDE or even simply speaking in front of the class they are there with full support. Amanda-Clearcreek FFA holds a special place in my heart and I will never let them go no matter where I am at.

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Breanna VilesFFA, Sarah