The week of President George Washington’s birthday was designated as National FFA Week in 1947 at a National FFA board of directors meeting. Each year, National FFA Week gives FFA members a chance to raise public awareness about FFA and agricultural education and share the importance of American agriculture in general. Vantage FFA Week kicked off on Tuesday as Vantage FFA Vice-President Nick Dealey (Crestview) joined Crestview FFA President Adam Schumm and Lincolnview FFA President Macy Ashbaugh at the Van Wert County Commissioners’ office. The commissioners signed a proclamation declaring this week FFA Week in Van Wert County. Even though it’s a shortened week due to the President’s Day holiday, Vantage FFA members will be holding several FFA activities, including a Hat Day, Jeans & T-shirt Day, a Truck and Tractor show with a student/staff “drop in.” They will be treating Vantage staff members to donuts on Friday morning, too.
Vantage FFA members voted that all money raised from activities was to be split between the Dealey Family Fund and the First United Methodist Food Pantry. On Feb. 15, the Vantage Ag and Industrial Power Technology program hosted the District 4 Agricultural and Industrial Diagnostics CDE (Tractor Troubleshooting) Contest. This career-development event is an educational activity designed as a practical method for teaching students to recognize malfunctions of gasoline or diesel engines and to eliminate problems. The skills that agriculture education students learn in tractor troubleshooting make them better tractor and equipment operators and technicians by giving them practical experience in identifying and correcting engine malfunctions. The seven participating schools were Corey-Rawson, Sentinel, Clyde, Van Buren, Vantage, Riverdale and Spencerville. The Spencerville team took first place in the competition, while the Vantage team placed fifth.