Northwestern High School’s agricultural studies program will be recognized Monday, Oct. 10, as one of the top in the state by the Pennsylvania Association of Agriculture Educators in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.
Northwestern’s Albion Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter is one of three chapters statewide selected to hold an Agriculture Program Showcase, an event for community members and leaders highlighting what the program has to offer students and families of the district.
“Agriculture is everything,” Albion FFA President and Northwestern senior Taylor Ryan said. “It’s our food. It’s really everything – and it’s everywhere.”
Governor Tom Wolfe will make a proclamation from Harrisburg that Oct. 9-15 is Agriculture Foods and Natural Resources Careers Week in Pennsylvania.
Monday’s program will kick off at 9:30 a.m. with coffee and cookies made by food science classes, now a part of the ag studies program, in the high school lobby.
The opening session starts at 10 a.m. in the high school auditorium.
Keynote speakers include Sen. Sean Wiley; Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper; Sen. Michele Brooks, Rep. Parke Wentling, President of the Erie County Farm Bureau Nick Mobilia; Gary Bilek, the Northwestern School Board president and owner of Cranesville-based ag business, Triple Creek Maple; and Anthony Honeycutt, Northwestern’s ag teacher and FFA adviser.
Attendees will then take a tour of the ag department where students will have their supervised agricultural experience projects on display.
“We want to highlight what our chapter does and promote careers in agriculture,” Ryan said. “We’re really honored.”
The public is encouraged to attend this free event.
“It’s good that people recognize the importance of food, fiber, environmental and natural resource systems and the educating of our kids on sustainability in agriculture,” Honeycutt said.
For more information, call the high school at 814-756-9400.