Greenhouse Sales


Note: You can click the image to get a better view of the flyer.

It’s that time of year again. Time to support your local FFA chapter and help us earn money to help support our students. Come on down this Tuesday at the time listed above at Marion High School and visit our grand opening of the 2013-2014 greenhouse. You can see some behind the scenes work here.

Chapter Officer Elections

After having a great time at SIU with Livestock/Dairy judging today we held officer elections.  We would let to congratulate the follow on their positions:

President – Brody King

Vice President – Jake Dunaway

Reporter – Riley Blandford

Treasurer – Kaley Jones

Secretary – Raven Stone

Sentinel – Zach Smith

It’s interesting how it’s going to be half juniors and half seniors next year.   I hope all 6 of you are ready for officer meetings next year!

Protip from Jonathan:  Someone make it their job to bring donuts and/or drinks to each meeting. No one likes being at a meeting with an empty stomach.





Today these students went out to the envirothon event. The students included:

Brody King
Haleigh Sever
Jake Dunaway
Jennifer Blankenship
Joseph Gilley
Justin Baltzell
Kaley Jones
Misty Hopper
Raven Stone
Sammy Raines

Both Jonathan Jennings and Riley Blandford also came out to help take the photographs you see. You can check out the album here for the rest of the photos taken throughout the day.

The Events of February and Early March

February 2014 has been a very busy month for the Marion FFA Chapter. Students have participated in events such as public speaking, parliamentary procedure, receiving proficiency awards, and receiving state degrees. As mentioned in a previous post, In the public speaking competition Austin Fishback won first place in the category of Prepared Public speaking for his presentation about the ways in which agriculture can affect over population problems. Lily Nicolaides won second place in the category of Creed Speaking at the public speaking competition.  The Marion FFA Chapter was the 2nd place team in the Section 24 parliamentary procedure contest, Shane Vaughn was 1st place chairman, Haley Easton was 3rd place secretary, and Alexis Baugher was 4th place floor member. In the district parliamentary procedure competition Shane Vaughn was 3rd place chairman, and Alexis Baugher was 6th place floor member.

In early March three members of the Marion FFA Chapter were 1st place proficiency award winners, Zach Smith for Diversified Ag. Production, Thomas Billingsley for Ag. Mechanics, and Ashley Walker for Equine Science-Placement. Lastly, two members of the Marion FFA Chapter, Jennifer Blankenship and Maria Ramirez, are receiving their state degrees. Both have been recommended for approval and awarding in June 2014 during the 86th Illinois State FFA Convention.

Spring Break & Social Media

I hope that all of you had a great spring break and enjoyed the amazing weather we had last week.  Some would like to say it was winter break part 2 with the snow we had once or twice throughout the week.

Now that everyone is back from break I would like to remind you that we currently have two social media pages and I am planning to expand us to even more throughout the rest of this school year.  Our current pages are:

Facebook –

Twitter – @MarionFFA

We also have a Facebook group for our chapter.  If you have a friend that is in it you can ask them to invite you to the group.

Note:  I will have the direct link to the group added ASAP.

  • Jonathan J.

CDE Results

Last week was the week of many CDE from Public Speaking to Parli Pro and more.  Our chapter had a great placing in all the events we participated in.

We would like to congratulate the follow in public speaking for the amazing quality of the speeches:

Austin Fishback – 1st – Prepared Speaking

Lily Nicolaides – 2nd – Creed Speaking

We would also like to congratulate our Parliamentary Procedure team for placing second overall and these students for each position:

Chairmen – Shane Vaugn – 1st

Secretary – Haley Easton – 3rd

Floor Members – Alexis Baugher – 3rd


I hope everyone has been having an amazing time during the events of the 3rd quarter including FFA week and the 5k Run/Walk & Pancake Breakfast.  We would like to remind everyone that events such as Ag Awareness Night and our annual banquet are coming up very soon.  Make sure to keep an eye on our events page to keep up to the date with the latest events in our chapter.

- Jonathan J.