Trenton FFA receives Top Chapter Award, Model of Innovation in Building Communities state winner

Trenton FFA receives Top Chapter Award, Model of Innovation in Building Communities state winner


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

COLUMBIA, Mo., April 21, 2022 – The Missouri FFA Association awarded the Trenton FFA Chapter a Gold Emblem, a Top Chapter Award. Trenton placed second out of 353 chapters and was the model of innovation in building communities 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. Both awards are sponsored by FCS Financial. The Trenton FFA advisors are Sadie Roy and Kabel Oaks. 


The Trenton FFA growing leaders activities included SAE Spotlight. This activity encouraged high school students to become active in agriculture and in their supervised agricultural experience programs. This activity also promoted and educated the public about FFA members’ SAE activities.


Chapter activities in the strengthening agriculture category included Farm to Fork. The chapter hosted a petting zoo and Food for America program at the local elementary school during summer school. All second and third grade students learned about the dairy industry and how ice cream is made.


Building communities activities included the Willow Wonderland project. The Thompson River provides drinking water for the community and fertile farmland along its banks. Recent flooding issues spurred a riverbank stabilization project where the chapter planted willow stakes to slow riverbank erosion and protect the river.  

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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From left: Jesse Huber and Kaci Persell.

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