Quapaw FFA celebrated National FFA Week with a series of events followed by competing at the NEO A&M Science and Engineering Fair where they secured several spots at the upcoming State competition.

QUAPAW - The Quapaw FFA celebrated National FFA Week Feb. 18-25 hosting a variety of activities throughout the week.

On Tuesday, Feb. 20, FFA members served an appreciation breakfast to all of the teachers and staff at Quapaw Elementary and lunch to all of the Middle School, High School, and Administrative teachers and staff on

FFA members expressed that providing a meal for all of the school’s teachers and staff helps them to feel appreciated and like they matter to the students in the Quapaw chapter. Their hope is that the meals helped to boost morale within the schools.

On Wednesday, Feb. 21, 36 FFA members attended the State Archery Contest held in Tulsa at the Tulsa State Fair Grounds. The Oklahoma Wildlife Department Archery in Schools Education Division sponsors the contest.

Quapaw students are able to participate in this contest because Jason Couch, Agriculture Educator, chose to insert Archery in the school's program into his curriculum. Couch said he feels that it is important to give students a well-rounded education.

Wrapping up National FFA Week, the Quapaw chapter hosted a petting zoo on Friday, Feb. 25, which allowed Quapaw Elementary students to come to the Agriculture building and see animals up close that they may not have had the opportunity to see before. Quapaw Elementary students look forward to the petting zoo each year.

The FFA chapter also hosted a Dirtiest Vehicle contest, dress up days, and a coloring contest throughout the week. Students from all of the Quapaw Schools were able to participate.

The following week, Quapaw FFA participated in the NEO A&M Science and Engineering Fair on Feb. 28 in the NEO ballroom. Quapaw FFA members competed in the Science and Engineering Fair with projects they created and tested in their Agricultural Education classes. The students who participated were: Ethan Mate, Racen Smith, Kaylene Montgomery, Jacy Crowe, Savannah Glerup, Taylor Welch, Emily Steele, Shelby Lewis, and Justus Turner.

Mate and Smith’s project was titled “Pipe It Up” and they received 2nd place in the Environmental category and qualified for State.

Montgomery and Crowe’s project was titled “Egg-cellent Shapes” and they received 2nd place in the Zoology. category.

Glerup’s project was titled “Keeping it Green” and she received 3rd in the Botany category and qualified for state.

Welch and Steele’s project was titled “Spoiler Alert” and they received 1st place in Microbiology and qualified for state.

Lewis and Turner’s project was titled “Bridging the Gap” and they received 3rd in Engineering and qualified for state. The State Science and Engineering Fair will be held in Ada April 5-6.