The Devil’s Advocate

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The Devil’s Advocate

The Devil’s Advocate

Meet the Staff

Keyton Lord is a junior at Lodi High School. This is his first year taking this class.

Dylan Ness is a junior at LHS. He is a writer, reporter, and yearbook staff member. This is his first year taking this class.

Arrow Schilling
Arrow Schilling
Broadcast Editor

Arrow Schilling is currently a junior at LHS. She joined the publications staff her freshman year and is currently the editor of the broadcast. Arrow plans to continue her path of journalism for the rest...

Bleed Gold and Forever Blue

Joe Jelinek
FFA Officer Team

While most students are just beginning their day, the Lodi FFA is already a whirlwind of activity. Fueled by a passion for agriculture, they prepare for their Day on the Farm event and share the infectious excitement of the National Convention. This group of dedicated students, with their unwavering commitment, has not just made a mark but has transformed their community with their significant contributions. Let’s delve into the vibrant heart of the Lodi FFA.

First, junior Summer Rake tells us about the Lodi FFA’s impact on the agriculture industry this year. As this year’s FFA president, she helps promote the amazing industry of which the FFA is a part. Rake has done so much for the FFA by planning the events and making such an impact on teaching young kids.

Summer Rake, Vivan Beld, Natalie Detert, Josie Varney, Natalie Kieffer (photo by Connor Anderson)

“I think overall, the Lodi FFA has accomplished many good things this year, which we have done in previous years to help promote and represent the ag industry. I think the impact we have is more far-reaching than we think. There are so many people out there that can be changed by our industry and open their eyes to numerous opportunities that weren’t available before,” Rake said.

Next, freshman Josie Varney, who serves as this year’s middle school advisor, shared her favorite memories and why they were special to her. Josie has been a big role model for the agriculture industry, as she is the face of the middle school FFA. Josie has taught future FFA kids the basics of the industry and its impact.

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“National Convention because it was my first time being there and my first year as an officer, so it had a bigger impact on the whole moment. It was awesome and a totally new experience for me, as I saw everything on a bigger scale. So you see problems that American agriculture is facing compared to Wisconsin agriculture,” Varney said.

FFA Advisor Mr. Anderson, a guiding light for the Lodi FFA, will outline the organization’s past and future goals. He has always been a supportive presence, allowing the students to take the lead in shaping their community.

23-24 FFA Officer team                          Photo by Connor Anderson

“I think the Lodi FFA has achieved most of their goals this year. It has been a success. We have different goals for every different event. But overall, the big goal is to increase the number of active members, and we have done that since last year, and with high-quality agriculture events, I think we have done that,” Anderson said. “For next year’s goals, I think I will leave that up to next year’s officer team to decide.”

While you might think waking up is hard, remember your fellow FFA members and officers are actively shaping the future of our community and the agriculture industry. They are not just making a change, but they are making a difference. They are the ones raising awareness about the industry and its potential. Watch out, world: the new Lodi FFA officer team is being formed, and they are the ones who will lead us into a brighter future.

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About the Contributor
Natalie Kieffer
Natalie Kieffer is a freshman at Lodi High School. She is currently taking the Writing for Publication class because she has always had the dream of one day getting a job in journalism. Natalie is involved in FFA, the equine team, Leadership Club, and 4-H in her spare time. She hopes to learn her way around a camera so photography can be in her future.