ORIGINALLY WRITTEN TOM STOPPEL
Reality sometimes exceeds expectations, and Amber Nangenegger is grateful that proved to be the case when she opted to become a part of the Peabody-Burns FFA program three years ago.
Nangenegger joined FFA because “a couple of my friends are in it and they told me it would be a lot of fun.”
Nangenegger said her expectations of what FFA would be and what it actually has proven to be is a pleasant contrast.
“I thought it would just be a little group that only met once in a while, but it means a lot more,” she said. “We do so much more than I thought we would, and it’s been a lot of fun.
“FFA is a lot more than just a bunch of farm kids.”
Nangenegger, a senior at Peabody-Burns, begins her second year as FFA chapter secretary.
According to adviser Sonya Roberts, Nangenegger plays a vital role in the chapter’s overall organization.
“She does a lot of correspondence,” Roberts said. “We do a chapter scrapbook, and Amber has been very influential and helpful with that.”
Nangenegger said keeping an accurate and timely log of the chapter’s past events is a time-consuming, but fun, project.
“I do a lot with the FFA scrapbook,” she said. “Basically, we take pictures of all the events and activities we do and then put them into the scrapbook.
“We have a photo record of everything,” she added. “I take a lot of the pictures and put it together. Each event has a separate page. The book is eventually sent in to the state.”
In addition to her scrapbooking duties, Roberts said Nangenegger executes other clerical functions for the chapter.
“Amber does all of my address labels, puts the letters together and does all the mailings, which go along with being the chapter secretary,” Roberts said. “She does a great job of putting things in computer programs and files for me so that when she leaves, I’ll have everything in order.
“She’s made my job a lot easier with her organizational skills,” Roberts added. “Amber has been very active in FFA and is very dedicated.”
Nangenegger said her trip to Louisville, Ky., for the national convention ranked as the most enjoyable experience she has had as an FFA member.
In addition to being an honor student at PBHS, Nangenegger plays the trumpet in the Warrior band. Last fall she was a member of the Warrior volleyball team.
Beyond the halls of Peabody-Burn, Nangenegger is active in her church youth group and participates in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program.
Nangenegger said her free time during the summer is consumed by helping her father with ranching duties. But like most teenagers, she lists “hanging out with her friends” as a favorite hobby.
Nangenegger is uncertain about her plans beyond high school, but an education at Manhattan is a definite possibility.
“I hope to go to K-State to college but I’m not really sure,” she said. “I want to do something related to agriculture but it’s too soon to tell what that will be.”
As graduation nears, Nangenegger said the past three years she’s been involved with FFA have been positive.
“FFA is a rewarding experience,” she said. “You have no idea how much you can learn from it and achieve in it until you actually become a part of it.”