The East Clinton FFA and FCCLA recently hosted their annual Veterans Day program. Every year, the FFA and FCCLA officers work together to plan a program that honors our local veterans and their families, as well as preparing refreshments for the attendees. The band and choir also work hard to prepare special pieces of music related to Veterans Day. This year, they chose to play and sing The Star Spangled Banner, The Pacific, Who are the Brave? and Taps.
FFA Vice President Samantha Bronson and FCCLA member Kayla Hall conducted the Introduction of Veterans. They asked veterans to stand when their branch of service was called, and remain standing until all branches had been called. Emma Mathews, the FFA reporter, informed the guests about the history of Veterans Day, and the transition from “Armistice Day” to “Veterans Day.” FFA Secretary Hannah Pickering recited a poem about the history and background of our flag titled The United States Flag.
Three FFA officers — Sentinel Peyton Vest, Student Advisor Zach Bernard and Assistant Advisor Mark Stewart folded the flag as assistant FFA officers Veronica Brewer and Samantha Louk explained to the audience why the flag is folded 13 times, and what each fold means.
FCCLA Vice President Alexa Burkitt and FCCLA member Cole Jenkins presented the table setting while fellow FCCLA members set the table as they spoke for the audience to see. Emma Mathews also prepared a slide show titled “Honoring Our Veterans” to honor our local veterans who attended the ceremony. Students were asked to submit photos, the branch, years of service, and additional info of veterans that they knew, and they were placed on a slide show to honor the veterans that attended the ceremony, as well as those who were unable to attend.
Clinton County Commissioner Kerry Steed served as the guest speaker. He attended Wilmington High School and graduated from Wright State University. Throughout his endeavors, he has led approximately 1,800 people to greater opportunities within our community.
Before the conclusion of the ceremony, a moment of silence was held. On behalf of the FFA and FCCLA, we would like to thank everyone for attending the ceremony, and for serving our country.
Mathews makes State, other members place well
The East Clinton FFA recently competed in the career development event of job interview. In the job interview competition, participants choose a job out of the FFA packet. In addition, they create a resume and references that highlight their previous employment, community service events, awards, and achievements. They also type a cover letter to the specific job that they have chose. And, they fill out an application, go through an actual interview, and then write a follow-up letter to their interviewer.
In the sophomore division, Veronica Brewer placed second by one point, and tied for the highest interview score. In the junior division, Hannah Pickering placed 10th but also tied for the highest interview score. Finally, in the senior division, Emma Mathews placed first. Emma will be competing at the state competition on Dec. 5.