by Brynn Novotny
Photos by Nichole Harris and Hannah Knigge
The annual Ag Olympics were held in the high school gymnasium on Thursday, February 21. The entire student body and all staff attended a series of games and activities based around a central theme of farming and agriculture.
The convocation was led by FHS’s own FFA. Members Kennedy DeBoer ’20 and Taylor Runge ’20 acted as student leaders for the event. Their work during the Ag Olympics was only part of what had to be done to achieve success.
“It was a very stressful day because we had the teacher breakfast and Ag Olympics together,” DeBoer said. “Mr. [Thomas] Dux and I met a ton over the past week just trying to plan what we were going to all do. We had to get people to let us borrow all the materials we used, I had to boil 7 dozen eggs, we had to line up the sheep, and then put the tarp [down] and get the gym set up.”
Teacher representatives and students from every grade competed against one another in the various games and activities. This interactive aspect remains a favorite for many students.
“I had lots of fun doing something I’ve never done before,” Beckett Chappell ’23 said. “They picked great teams. That made it even better!”
Teams of FFA members worked to set up every event during small intermission periods. Each individual was assigned a task in order to function as a cohesive group and prevent long waiting periods. Runge was personally pleased at the organization’s output.
“I would say it was a success overall,” Runge said. “We were able to keep things moving in an efficient manner and hardly had any time between games.”