The Skyline FFA members raised funds for their organization with a work auction at the school on April 28. Members offered various skills and area residents bid to have them come do whatever work they needed done. The auction raised just over $8,000 for the FFA chapter at Skyline.

The bidding was fast and furious Friday night as auctioneer John Hamm gave the rapid fire call for bids. But this was no ordinary auction. The bidders were Skyline parents and patrons and the "items" up for bid were members of the new Skyline FFA program and they were going to the highest bidder to perform whatever work was needed.

Each bidder received a number and an information sheet with the members name and a list of skills, ranked from 0 to 5, that showed the members strongest work area. Members were auctioned for eight hours of work by themselves, in pairs or specialized groups. The auction brought in $8075.

Students took their place beside Hamm on the Skyline stage as Hamm called out for bids. Hamm asked each member if they were ready to go to work and offered them advise on how to stand to get a better bid. Proceeds from the auction goes to FFA travel and funding FFA activities throughout the year.

The new FFA programs are all agriculture based and they have elements that can be applied in real life, said FFA advisor Michelle Keener.

There are 60 students enrolled in the classes and 40 of those belong to FFA. Students range from freshmen to senior. The percentage of students with an agriculture background is about 50-50. Class meet every day and topics include mechanics, food, animal science, plant science and a leadership class.

"We cover most of the areas of the ag industry," Keener said.

The goal of the classes is to teach the students real life skills, employment skills the need to get jobs. The students also connect to agriculture whether they go into agriculture or not, Keener said.

Agriculture has changed. It's not just farming and ranching anymore. Every aspect of agriculture is taught now.

Student response to the new program has been good and support continues to grow. As the year progressed, students better understood what the program was about and their interest grew.

Members attended the FFA National Convention this year as well as participated in judging contests in south central Kansas this year. Students judged meat, dairy, agriculture mechanics, veterinarian science.

In agriculture mechanics, students did hands-on activities with welding and electricity. In veterinarian science, students had to identify equipment, know medication amounts and know anatomy.

Proceeds from the auction went to the FFA program. The FFA members in the auction were Brynn McKennon, Sydney Koirth, Jarod DeWeese, Kami McComb, Dalton Kenworthy, Ricky Whitfield, Matthew Giles, Gracie Bricker, Kayley Cook, Cassidy Corbet, Brock Montgomery, Jay Crowdis, Seth Bower, Logan Clifton, Carson Lee, Rance Tucker, Bryson Fletcher, Nicholas Shirley, Wyatt Slade, Josh Nelson, Colton Gatton, Trayton Audiss, Bryton Fletcher and Caden Patterson.

Beef bundles and FFA clothing were also auctioned for scholarships for FFA seniors.

The FFA classes are designed to follow the FFA motto: Learning to do, Doing to Learn, Earning to live, Living to serve.

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