On July 17, 2016 Presque Isle Chapter of the FFA received word that their two grant applications to Maine Agriculture in the Classroom were approved, giving them $1,000.00 to help defray the cost of going to the Big E and $1,000.00 to build agriculture displays to use with elementary students.
Several FFA students attended the Northern Maine Fair over the summer. On July 28, Kaleb Cyr entered a potato display from the school farm and earned a first place prize. Ellie Goheen and Laura McKenna presented a themed exhibit at the Northern Maine Fair and won third place, earning $400.00 for their FFA chapter. On August 2, Mrs. McCurry, Mrs. Gross, Kaleb Cyr, Adam Burns, Kailey McKenney, Alex Jordan, Maxx Langille, Ellie Goheen, Laura McKenna and Ian Hoyt-Franz spent the day (FFA Day) at the Northern Maine Fair. Ian, Kaleb, Maxx, Adam and Alex participated in the Tractor Derby, operating a tractor towing a manure spreader and a skid steer and won $105.00 for the chapter. Kailey, Adam and Ian participated in the judging contests.
Before harvest break started, eleven FFA members were able to compete and experience the thrill of attending the Big E Agricultural Fair in Springfield, Massachusetts. In order to compete at Big E, students had to win for their respective category at the State FFA Convention held at UMaine campus last May. Sydney Craig competed in the individual Extemporaneous Speaking competition that was held in downtown Springfield. She did fantastic and learned a lot from the experience. The Natural Resources team comprised of Adam Burns, Kaleb Stitham, Ian Hoyt-Franz, and Maxx Langille also competed on the grounds of the Fair. Like Sydney, they did well and came away with lots of advice to offer for teams that may compete in future years. During the down time, students were able to tour the state houses and demonstration buildings, witness various 4H, FFA, and horse riding competitions, as well a experience some live music and shows. Mrs. Gross, Mrs. McCurry, and Mr. Espling were all pleased with the bonding that occurred between the participating students and hope that the connections formed help to further the progress of the PIRCTC chapter.
On October 1, FFA held the annual Fall Fun Day at the MSAD #1 School Farm. Twelve FFA students volunteered to set up the event, man the exhibits and help with clean up afterwards. Attendance was excellent and the chapter grossed over $1000.00 as a result of this event. In addition, students were able to share their knowledge of agriculture with younger students in a fun environment.