By Jane Ernsberger
After a presentation by members of the Willard High School FFA, the Willard City School District Board of Education approved the creation of an alumni organization for the local chapter.According to Tiffany McKinney, FFA advisor at Willard High School, the alumni organization would serve as a booster to the chapter. At a recent informal chili supper, McKinney said there were 48 people from the community interested in the alumni program. When asked to indicate on a card if they were interested in becoming a part of an alumni organization, all 48 marked the box to support the group. Evan Walcher has been in FFA for the past four years and is now looking at college. Working with an alumni group would expand his networking options, he told board members. According to WHS student Kristen Kochel, some scholarships and grants are only available to students in FFA chapters supported by an alumni group. "Our program is growing," McKinney pointed out. "We need to establish an alumni group because we are continuing to grow." Willard City Schools Superintendent Jeff Ritz said the district intends to push the program into the middle school. While it was too late for this year's March deadline, he said the district will try to implement the program next year in the lower grades.