Members of the Amite High School Future Farmers of America plan to continue their efforts to become more involved in the community in 2015, a news release from the school said.

“We are going to keep the momentum moving forward in order to become a positive influence and leaders in the community,” FFA teacher Brandon Lebo said.

The Amite High FFA participated in the Tangipahoa Parish Public Speaking Career Development Event on Dec. 4 at Ponchatoula High School. Students from the parish prepared and delivered speeches during the agricultural competition, the release said.

Amite High sophomore Tanya Slade placed fourth in the competition, speaking about the relationship between animal antibiotic usage and its affect on human consumers, the release said.

“I felt a personal connection with the topic of animal antibiotic usage because it is part of what my family does for a living,” said Slade, whose family breeds rabbits.

Slade advanced to the district competition Dec. 9 at Denham Springs High School.

In addition to the recent competitions, FFA members held a canned food drive and hopes to kick off a project similar to the Water Way Clean-Up of the Ponchatoula Creek, a project developed by Ponchatoula High School FFA students to collect and dispose of trash and litter along the creek bed and banks, Lebo said.

Lebo asks that farmers who can teach the students about agriculture, contact him at (985) 748-9301.