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Michael Riggs, member of GAHS Battlefield FFA under the direction of his teacher, Laura Kennedy, just won first place in a contest sponsored by the National Future Farmer’s Association. This level of competition was held during the Eastern States Exhibition in Connecticut, where each state sends one student representative for each category of competition.
Michael’s love of agriculture was spawned during his childhood of “growing up with cows.” He continues, “When I first got into 9th grade, I met a lady named Mrs. Kennedy. . . . She taught me all about FFA and the amazing opportunities.” It was through this teacher/student connection that Michael began the world of public speaking.
Michael already has his sights on the next competition: a Junior prepared speech, which is a written speech to be memorized and then presented in the spring. He will journey through a series of presentations, hopefully landing him another first place.
Michael presented the FFA creed for his winning first place competition, seen in the picture below.
Today you may notice the arrival of clothing collection bins on our campuses. The Gettysburg Area School District has agreed to partner with CommunityAid, a non-profit organization with a mission to help those most vulnerable in our local communities. All proceeds earned from the bins on our campuses will be earmarked for the Ruth's Harvest and Franklin Friends weekend meals programs in the District. The District will receive a monthly donation, based on the amount of clothing items collected in the bins. Additionally, our needy students will be eligible to receive clothing care cards to shop at their Hanover or Mechanicsburg stores.
Please consider making a clothing donation! (If you have more donations than will fit in the bin - we can make special arrangements with the CommunityAid organization so the District receives the financial credit.