A Magna Vista High School student’s entry is one of 12 finalists in the national FFA T-shirt contest, and a teacher is urging the public to vote for it before Thursday’s deadline.
The public can vote for MVHS sophomore Alyssa Moxley’s entry by going to ffa.org/shop, clicking on “click to vote now” and voting by clicking Tweet (for people signed in to Twitter) or Like (for people signed in to Facebook), said Deborah Barker, horticulture teacher and an adviser for the FFA chapter at Magna Vista.
The T-shirt is navy blue with white graphics and lettering. “DEDICATION” and an FFA emblem are on the front of the shirt, and 11 examples of dedication are on the back:
“1. You have a separate drawer for Official Dress.
“2. All of your birthday parties are FFA-themed.
“3. Your Facebook and Instagram pages only contain pictures of livestock and plants.
“4. The state and national officers are your best friends.
“5. Your favorite colors are national blue and corn gold.
“6. You have enough FFA shirts to last at least two weeks straight.
“7. You will only date someone who is an FFA member.
“8. The reminders of your calendar are all FFA-related.
“ 9. You learned the creed just for the heck of it.
“10. The only studying you have ever done was for an upcoming competition.
“11. Your life motto is ‘LEARNING TO DO, DOING TO LEARN, EARNING TO LIVE, LIVING TO SERVE’”
Voting began at 8 a.m. Monday and will end at 5 p.m. Thursday, Barker said. She added that the top six vote-getters will be the winning designs. Those T-shirts will be produced and sold throughout the year on the FFA website and catalog and at the FFA store at the national convention, which is attended by 50,000-plus delegates, Barker said.
Keri Knott, MVHS sophomore and FFA member, collaborated with Alyssa on the design of the T-shirt and is the “campaign manager,” Barker said.
“They do it as a pair,” she added.
Between the two, they submitted the maximum five entries allowed for a chapter, Barker said.
National FFA staff selected the 12 finalists, Barker said. Criteria included originality and creativity (25 percent each) and potential commercial success (50 percent), according to Barker and the national FFA website.
Barker is urging the community to get behind Alyssa and Keri by voting for Alyssa’s T-shirt. People can “Like” it on Facebook once a day, or can Tweet more than once a day if they change their messages, Barker said.
Each of the six chapters with the winning designs will receive 50 percent of the profits (after expenses) and a dozen T-shirts with the chapter’s winning design, according to Barker and the national FFA website.
If Alyssa’s T-shirt wins, Barker said, the Magna Vista chapter’s proceeds would go toward student travel and competition, such as state, Big E and national events.
“I’m so excited. I can’t believe these girls have done this twice in a row, all on their own,” Barker said. “They are just can-do kinds of kids ... .”
Last year, Alyssa and Keri each had a T-shirt that made the 12 national finalists, and Alyssa’s entry was one of the six winning designs, Barker said. Alyssa’s entry had the theme: “Most girls want their guy to drive a fancy car. I just want mine to drive a tractor.”
The FFA was organized as the Future Farmers of America.