The Dayton FFA program is and has always been a formidable force. FFA or Future Farmers of America is a nationwide organization that involves students and their passions. Whether it be raising a market animal for the county fair or learning to speak publicly, students gain lifelong lessons that not only help them grow in their careers but also in life itself.
Agricultural teacher Mitch Coleman has been teaching at the high school for 27 years and has helped students bring many achievements to our FFA program. Before Coleman started teaching at the high school, the program had only won a total of 3 banners in a 5 year period. Last year alone, the Dayton FFA chapter won over 60 banners in a variety of different areas.
This year, Coleman brought three teams of students with him to Indianapolis, Indiana to compete at the national level. They proved to be a force to reckon with as they brought home a gold, silver, and bronze plaque in Agricultural sales, Food Science and Technology and Nursery Landscape, respectively.
Coleman makes the trip about more than just competing for the students. Every year his students are provided with lots of learning opportunities.“Teaching is about providing opportunities to students. We are successful because we have more fun than everyone else. We believe we can so therefore we can,” Coleman said.
An example of the opportunities they experienced was visiting a horse rehabilitation center. All of Coleman’s students took a tour of the grounds and learned about the different processes that veterinarians use to treat the horses.
Overall, Coleman has helped provide students with new education experiences. Not only does his students learn valuable skills in his classes and competing in FFA, but they also have a lot of fun along the way.
“Competing in FFA at the national level has given so much to me, no matter if it’s the actual competition or the people that we meet while we are over there,” said Sunny Forness, a student at Dayton High School.
Marcos Romero is a senior at Dayton High School. He is currently serving as the 2017-18 FFA Chapter President. After high school he plans to attend Chemeketa Community College and major in business and marketing. Marcos loves showing his livestock animals at the Yamhill County Fair. Some of Marcos’ hobbies include photography and reading.