September proved to be a busy month for the Halifax County High School FFA Chapter with new members, leadership training and participation in the State Fair of Virginia.

Members held their first all-member meeting since returning to in-person learning on Sept. 24.

The meeting welcomed 29 members participating in various games and team activities. The chapter has seen double the members during the current 2021-2022 school year as compared to last year.

On Sept. 22, the HCHS FFA Officer team travelled to Dinwiddie High School to participate in Southeast Area Chapter Officer Leadership Training (COLT). The purpose of this training was for the officers to gain a better understanding of chapter operations and pick up useful tools on how to run an effective chapter. The team participated in workshops led by state officers and interacted with other FFA members from across the Southeastern region of Virginia.

FFA members prepared to compete in several career development events (CDEs) at the State Fair of Virginia.

Several teams travelled to Doswell to compete in the following contests: Junior Foresters, Horse Hippology, Agriscience Demonstration and Agriscience Research Poster.

Kayleigh Freeman and Katrina Hill both brought home ribbons for Halifax High FFA in the Agriscience Research Poster contest.

Freeman received first place with her poster on “Which is a Rabbit’s Favorite? Fruits or Vegetables?”

She conducted experiments with her own pet rabbit, Buddy, to determine if he enjoyed fruits or vegetables as a snack more.

Freeman also was awarded a $50 scholarship for first place.

Hill received seventh place with her poster on “If You Don’t Talk to Your Cat About Catnip, Who Will?” She conducted experiments with catnip using her pet kittens to determine if they preferred catnip in different settings.