Five members of the Thompson FFA Chapter attended the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame banquet in Denver last week. Hosted by the Colorado FFA Foundation, the banquet is held yearly to induct members into the Agriculture Hall of Fame who have significantly contributed to Colorado’s second largest industry. The banquet is held in conjunction with the Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture and serves as an opportunity to learn about issues facing agriculture in Colorado. Both the forum and the banquet are attended by industry and political leaders as well as family farmers and ranchers who lead and support the agriculture industry and its future.
Accompanied by their FFA advisors and Thompson School District Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Stan Scheer, the students spent the evening in the Renaissance Hotel ballroom where they were introduced to multiple industry professionals, enjoyed a splendid meal and witnessed the Colorado agriculture community coming together to honor individuals who have impacted our state.
“Participating in this event with our FFA students in their Blue & Gold coats with Thompson on their backs sitting in a room of 600 plus celebrating the induction ceremony of one of our own, Bill Markham, truly was a one of a kind experience. I cannot even begin to imagine the importance or be able to measure the value of this experience for our students and staff members who were there to observe not only the recognition but also the important symbolism associated with the Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame as well as the fact that Thompson is now a part of this quality organization,” stated Dr. Scheer.
The members in attendance were freshmen and sophomore students in their first year of agriculture education. Thompson Valley sophomore, Dillon Saenz-Lucero, said, “I learned a lot about FFA at the banquet and I got to meet supporters of the FFA, which was an honor.”
The agriculture education program in Thompson School District currently serves over 100 students, where Jessica Brown and Lyndee Lum serve as the instructors and FFA advisors. All students enrolled in an agriscience class have the opportunity to participate as active members in the Thompson FFA Chapter, a student organization that promotes premier leadership, personal growth and career success.
“When I came to the school district five years ago this kind of experience was not available to our students,” noted Dr. Scheer, “I am very proud of our students and staff who represented the Thompson School District with this new beginning.”