Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve.
That's the motto for FFA programs across the country.
Closer to home, Jennifer Kleen tells us how Stanley FFA members are putting the motto into motion.
60,000 people with ideas from all over the country gathered in Louisville, Kentucky.
That was the stage for the Stanley FFA chapter when the group brought home 11th place in the national livestock judging contest --- and 3rd in the marketing division.
(Dylan Enger, Stanley FFA Chapter President, Junior) "A lot of people congratulated us for being such a small town and competing on a national level like that."
That was last fall.
Today the team is wearing their pride at home for National FFA Week.
(Haley Goodall, Stanley FFA Chapter Vice President, Junior) "When we go out places and wear our blue corduroy jackets, we definitely have older people walk up to us and say that they remember when they wore theirs when they were younger."
Whether your style is 'downtown' or 'down on the farm,'
(Haley Goodall, Stanley FFA Chapter Vice President, Junior) "It's not just for the farm kids anymore."
the Stanley FFA members have each found a niche.
(Tyrel Johnson, Stanley FFA Chapter Treasurer, Junior) "It will really help me out when I'm going around I can see what type of seeds are which."
(Paige Aadnes, Stanley FFA Chapter Secretary, Junior) "There's other things like horticulture, we design flowers. I got into that."
(Payton Erie, Stanley FFA Chapter, Junior) "There's crops, ag sales, and livestock judging."
(Shawn Johnson, Stanley FFA Chapter, Junior) "I learned how to change spark plugs and take off oil filters and I know how to take off a transmission too."
(Ashton Smith, Stanley FFA Chapter, Sophomore) "I like carrying things over to real life. I know a lady who plans on getting sheep soon and I can help her with sheep now."
And the real life skills are deeper than hands on.
(Haley Goodall, Stanley FFA Chapter Vice President, Junior) "A lot of communication skills. You learn a lot about agriculture skills, it's not just farming, agriculture is a lot of technology, people wouldn't really think it's technology but it's a lot of technology."
(Paige Aadnes, Stanley FFA Chapter Secretary, Junior) "Definitely communication skills and leadership skills."
(Dylan Enger, Stanley FFA Chapter President, Junior) "It helps me be a leader. Get involved with different agricultural experiences. It opens your eyes to different things that you didn't know existed."
Awards line the Stanley FFA chapter classroom, but they're preparing to compete on the stage of a lifetime.
In Stanley, Jennifer Kleen, KX News.
The Stanley Chapter has been touring the elementary school with hands on projects for kids.