Pleasant Hill FFA receives Top Chapter Award, Model of Innovation in Growing Leaders State Winner

Pleasant Hill FFA receives Top Chapter Award, Model of Innovation in Growing Leaders State Winner


Joyce Cutright: 417-880-2625
Jeremy Whistance: 573-268-0009

COLUMBIA, Mo., April 21, 2022 – The Missouri FFA Association awarded the Pleasant Hill FFA Chapter a Gold Emblem, a Top Chapter Award. Pleasant Hill placed 10th out of 353 chapters and was named the model of innovation in growing leaders state winner. Only 10 percent of state chapters receive a top chapter designation each year. 


The National Chapter Award Program is designed to recognize FFA chapters that actively implement the mission and strategies of the organization. Chapters improve operations using the National Quality Chapter Standards and a Program of Activities that emphasize growing leaders, building communities and strengthening agriculture. Chapters are rewarded for providing educational experiences for the entire membership. The top chapters compete for the National FFA Chapter Award. Winners will be announced this fall at the 95th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis.This award is sponsored by FCS Financial. The Pleasant Hill FFA advisors are AJ Wingard and Tyler Burgin. 


The Pleasant Hill FFA growing leaders activities included The Marigold Effect campaign. Members created a social media campaign that allowed teachers to thank those colleagues who help provide positive encouragement and prevent negative impacts much like marigolds do for other plants in a garden. 


Chapter activities in the strengthening agriculture category included Rooster Tales Aggie Days. The Agricultural Literacy Committee organized a reading from the On the Farm children’s book series and reached 100% of the kindergarten students in Pleasant Hill Elementary School. 


Building communities activities included the Club Christmas Coat Drive and Contest. Student organizations competed against one another to collect coats, hats, gloves and socks to donate. Organizations also decorated a pallet Christmas tree highlighting their group.

The Missouri FFA has 25,626 members representing 353 chapters. The national organization has more than 735,000 members representing 8,817 chapters in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

The FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

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