Gothenburg High School boasts an outstanding FFA Chapter, winning numerous awards every year.
It is a legacy that was built three decades ago and continues with a new generation of students.
Throughout the school year we will be spotlighting a member of the local FFA Chapter each week. This week we will meet one of the chapter's Vice Presidents, Arissa Ackerman.
1)How many years have you been in FFA?
I've been in FFA since my eighth grade year, so this will be my fifth year. Our junior high chapter was started when I was in eighth grade.
2)Why did you become involved in FFA?
I became involved in FFA mainly because of my older sister. I didn't really know what it was, but I knew that she competed in Parliamentary Procedure and liked it so I thought I would try it out as well and competed in Conduct of Chapter Meetings (CCM) my first year.
3)What do you enjoy most about your involvement in the chapter?
The thing I enjoy most about being in the chapter is the connections I have made with other members through the competitions we have participated in or the opportunities that it has given me to grow in different areas of life.
4)What has been the highlight of your FFA years so far?
One of the biggest highlights of my FFA years is the state convention that I actually got to attend in Lincoln my freshman year. Since then, we haven't been able to go to an in-person state convention due to COVID. I am very proud of my floriculture team as we were team state champions in 2020 and team state runner-up this past year, in 2021.
5)Please share any thoughts about being elected vice president of the chapter this year.
I never saw myself as an FFA officer when I joined the organization back in eighth grade, but I am so glad that it is something I pursued. Being an officer is challenging; however, I am very grateful for the time management, responsibility, and leadership skills I know are being developed through my experiences. It put me in a very active role in the chapter and I am happy to be this involved.
6)What are you most looking forward to in FFA this school year?
This year, I am really looking forward to my CDE competitions and the new projects we have planned. I really love doing floriculture and might be coaching the teams for the event this year. As for new projects, the officer team has been brainstorming new ideas that I think will be really fun and beneficial to the community as well.
7)What are your plans after high school?
I don't know what I want to do after high school, but I do know that I will most likely be attending a four-year college somewhere.