Heather Apenhorst
Heather Apenhorst
FFA:  Ag in the family.

“My sister was in FFA, and I saw the activities that she was in, like horse judging and going to the state FFA convention, and I wanted to experience the same things,” said Spring Valley-Wykoff FFA member and Kingsland junior Heather Apenhorst, who joined FFA in seventh grade. She is co-treasurer for the chapter this year.

“Agriculture is my future, so FFA fits right in with what I want to learn about and am interested in for my future goals,” she said. “And, when I go to regional and state events, I get to see my friends from other schools and compete against them.”

Apenhorst appreciates that FFA has allowed her to travel to various destinations and experience new things.  She was able to attend the national FFA convention last fall in Louisville, Kentucky, which she said was a great experience.  While in Louisville, the local FFA members got to tour Churchill Downs and the Louisville Sluggers Museum.  Also, during the summer ag program, they visited a dairy farm with robotic milkers.

She enjoys being a part of FFA because she feels she can make a difference in the effort to educate others about the very important role agriculture plays in everyday life, be it through the annual FFA Week activities or through the chapter’s Urban Ag projects, taking ag activities to city schools.  She is planning the barnyard area for FFA Week and also working on Urban Ag at a Rochester school this spring. 

“FFA Week is fun, and I help with the pancake breakfast and the barnyard, and I like bringing my donkey for the children to pet,” she said.

Apenhorst is also a Bloomfield Cloverleaves 4-H Club member, so her rural education is well-rounded.  Each membership complements the other – what she might not learn as a lifelong 4-Her, she’ll definitely venture into in FFA. 

“FFA is a great organization to be a part of because you can learn about things you really care about,” she concluded.