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Atlantic FFA Gives Back

The chapter changes the lives of their servers.
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Eric Miller
The members of the AHS FFA chapter stand with the grateful server. The chapter gave her a $900 tip on the last night of their trip.

Fourteen students and two AHS staff attended the annual National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. This year, the chapter found a way to give back while on their trip. AHS teacher and trip chaperone Lisa Sonntag set up a Venmo code where the money they raised would go to the group’s server for their dinner that night. This was shared on Facebook where it caught the attention of many. They tipped three different nights totaling $1,600. Night one’s tip was $500, night two was $200, and night three was $900. 

Seeing the excitement and gratitude on the faces of the servers was something they would never forget. When a group of 16 people head into a restaurant, it can be overwhelming. “It was nice when a table of 16 comes in and someone takes our table and we are able to make it worth their time,” said senior Colton Becker. Becker was responsible for giving a speech and presenting the money to the server each night. 

Our tips had an incredible impact on the people who received the money, and it was a valuable experience for every Atlantic FFA member,

— Lola Comes

Atlantic FFA vice president Lola Comes was also on this year’s trip. Doing this at first, just for fun and to feel good, soon turned into something Comes will always remember. “When I first heard the plan to raise money for tips on our National Convention trip, I was excited to continue to do good deeds as a chapter. However, I didn’t realize how quickly the news would spread throughout our community and donations soon came flowing in. Our tips had an incredible impact on the people who received the money, and it was a valuable experience for every Atlantic FFA member,” she said. 

https://www.youtube.com/shorts/KVmYbOVeTUw (McKenna Sonntag)

Sonntag was the one who decided this would be a great idea for the Atlantic FFA Chapter. She said, “Last summer, two friends of mine went on a girls’ trip for a week and they posted on their social media an experiment about the power of social media. Using Facebook and Twitter (now known as X), they asked for donations to use as a tip for their nightly waiter or waitress.” This is where the idea really sparked and she decided the group should do it on this trip. The impact made on “complete strangers” is a good feeling. “I presented it to the kids, and they were up for a challenge,” said Sonntag. The most fulfilling part of this for Sonntag was seeing “the emotion that was created at the moment and the wonderful conversations the kids had about how it made them feel,” she said. Since being back from the trip, she has had several community members approach her and tell her how watching the videos on Facebook impacted them too. Another AHS staff member told her that he got “goosebumps” while watching the videos. “The experience was a great example of using social media for good,” said Sonntag. 

The experience was a great example of using social media for good,

— Lisa Sonntag

After night three, a Facebook post was made reminiscing on the night. It was the largest amount of money they had tipped all week. The very grateful and lucky recipient, commented on the post expressing her gratitude towards all of the Atlantic FFA Chapter. She expressed how incredibly generous and kind it was of them, and that this money was going to help her so much. She privately sent a message to Lisa Sonntag stating that she had just moved to the area and was struggling with money. “I am 20 years old and I just moved to the area by myself. I’ve been going through a lot and in some money struggles right now so I needed this very much,” said the server.

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Abigail Muller
Abigail Muller, Senior Magazine Lead Editor
Senior Abigail Muller is the co-lead editor of the Senior Magazine as well as an editor of AHSneedle.com. Muller has been involved in journalism the three years that are offered. Her jobs are Senior Biographies, assigning/organizing the senior magazine, and reporting for the Needle. Muller’s favorite pieces she has written are the Ryan Hawkins story and biographies of new teachers. "I am better with getting information, and creating a story from that. Which is why the Senior Magazine is my favorite thing," Muller said. ''The first Senior Magazine story I ever did was Reagan Lenoard’s, and after that, I just fell in love with it.'' Her favorite part of journalism are the trips such as seeing the ''inside newsroom at KCCI'' that has the local aspect. She believes joining journalism gives you opportunities and has a diverse group of members. Muller said that "90%'' of the things assigned she can finish in class. ''If I focus and buckle down, I can get an entire senior story done in one class,'' she said. This facet enables her to do other activities. Mueller is also involved in volleyball, golf, AHS Fuel (secretary), National Honor Society and works at Brown’s Shoe Fit. Story by Makenna Schroeder
Claire Schroder
Claire Schroder, Staff Writer
Claire Schroder is a Staff Writer of the journalism team. She joined journalism to be involved in the photography portion. Journalism has helped me with my communication skills by having to interview people for stories," said Schroder. This has grown her confidence and ability to share her ideas.  Schroder said, I try to gauge people and draw them into the story." This is what makes her stories as she gets to the point." Her favorite piece she has written is the National Convention story. She said, I got to share the story of how we raised money for tips that we got to give to our servers when we went out to eat.  Schroder is also involved in softball, volleyball, FFA, 4-H, and she tends to sheep, rabbits, cats, dogs, chickens, and ducks. She is also employed at Brown's Shoe Fit.

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