Autumn at Agriscience

Kathryn Wilkinson ‘20
EE Science-Technology and News Editor

Trumbull Regional FFA’s chapter members have an exciting year ahead of them. The new officer team, which was announced at the May FFA meeting, was hard at work over the summer before the start of school planning events and preparing for the months ahead. Their goal is to host events that are not only fun for chapter members, but adhere to the core values of the National FFA Organization.

Before school had even begun, the annual Freshman Mixer had taken place on August 28th. This event welcomed the class of 2023 to Agriscience with games, tours, and the opportunity for new students to speak with the officer team. The officer team hoped to ease the nerves of new students before the first day of school.

Freshman Julia Wilkinson said, “The Freshman Mixer was a great event. I was happy to meet the officer team and connect with fellow students who were just as nervous I was to start high school and make new friends.”

Just recently, on September 20th, all of Agriscience took their annual trip the Eastern States Exposition in Massachusetts. The fun trip, enjoyed by all, allowed students to delve further into agriculture. The huge event, dubbed “New England’s Great State Fair”, featured exhibitions for every agricultural interest. From livestock, to giant pumpkins, and even a 600-pound butter sculpture, students from Agriscience had the day to explore. Of course, students also loved exploring the state buildings and filling up on the infamous Maine baked potatoes and New Hampshire macaroni and cheese.

Junior John Novak remarked, “I had a blast at the Big E! It was great spending the day walking around with my friends and seeing all of the interesting things the fair had to offer, especially the food. The Big E is the best place to get some good eats!”

This year, the officer team is also emphasizing community service, and why it is important for chapter members to get involved. Senior Erik Bielski, who is also this year’s chapter Reporter, understands how rewarding it is to serve the community. In a partnership with Save the Sound, Erik personally planned and organized a beach clean up at Marnick’s Beach in Stratford. Over forty volunteers, including six students from Agriscience, turned out to the event on September 22nd to remove trash from the beach.

As autumn approaches, there are several more great events on the horizon. The officer team is working to execute two community service projects in the future. One is a non-perishable food drive to benefit the Trumbull Food Pantry, which will be going on in November. The other is a toy drive, which will take place as the holiday season approaches, to benefit the Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital. For the students, the annual movie night is in the works, as well as a CDE (Career Development Event) fair, for students to learn about the various competitions that they can potentially participate in.

The officer team and teachers are encouraging students at Agriscience to stay tuned for events, and most importantly, get involved!

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