Mountain Home High School students learn leadership through FFA Association – The Baxter Bulletin

Colton Cooley (left), Madison Hutson (center) and Kelsey Roach pose for a photo outside the animal pens at Mountain Home High School. FFA students are responsible for maintaining the pens and the livestock on campus.

Mountain Home High School students Madison Hutson, Kelsey Roach, and Colton Cooley are not typical high school students.

While most students are sleeping in on the weekends and rushing to finish homework before class, this trio is at campus bright and early, tending to the school’s cows, goats, pigs, and chickens.

They’re responsible for cleaning the stalls and feeding their animals every morning and night before rushing off their next extracurricular activity. After a long day at school and their part-time jobs, they’re back at campus again, performing their nightly chores.

These students are leaders on campus, walking the halls of Mountain Home High School with their heads held high and confidence in their steps. They’ve learned how to handle themselves through hard work and by taking on the responsibility of tending to live animals.

They’re a part of Mountain Home High Schools Future Farmers for America (FFA) Association, Arkansas’s most extensive FFA chapter.

Mary Beth Russell

“The level of responsibility that these kids have, I mean they carry that throughout the entire building,” said Mountain Home High School Principal Mary Beth Russell. “We do have a huge FFA presence, and it changes the culture of