Paris FFA is Top Chapter Award winner
COLUMBIA, Mo., April 21, 2022 – The Missouri FFA Association awarded the Paris FFA Chapter a Gold Emblem and was the Top Chapter Award winner out of 353 chapters. 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. The Paris FFA advisors are Josh Bondy and Audrey Nobis. This award is sponsored by FCS Financial.
The Paris FFA growing leaders activities included establishing the Santa Dash 5K. Members realized even the most physically active students and adults lose interest in outdoor physical activities in winter. The 5K was created to encourage both experienced runners and newcomers to live a healthy lifestyle during the colder months.
Chapter activities in the strengthening agriculture category included creating the Concert in the Park event. Leaders in FFA and the community created the event to help raise money for fairground improvements and upkeep. The chapter assisted with promoting the event and running the concession stand.
Building communities activities included participating in Buckets of Toys. Extended hospital stays from respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), COVID-19, and other childhood illnesses put stress on children and their families. The toy drive is set up to collect toys for pediatric patients at the University of Missouri Children’s Hospital providing comfort and enjoyment for the children and families.
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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Front: Josh Bondy (Advisor), Kendall Mason, Makayla Hayes, Carlee Long, Morghan Crain, Audrey Nobis(Advisor). Back Row: Maggie Cummins, Macy Bush, Owen Totten, Baylee Wade.