Chillicothe FFA receives Top Chapter Award, Model of Innovation in Strengthening Agriculture state winner
COLUMBIA, Mo., April 21, 2022 – The Missouri FFA Association awarded the Chillicothe FFA Chapter a Gold Emblem, a Top Chapter Award. Chillicothe placed 26th out of 353 chapters and was the model of innovation in strengthening agriculture state winner. Only 10 percent of state chapters receive a top chapter designation each year. The top chapters compete for the National FFA Chapter Award.
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. Both awards are sponsored by FCS Financial. The Chillicothe FFA advisors are Neal Wolf, Michael Slater, Lance Martin, Randy Plattner, and Brook Kreatz.
The Chillicothe FFA growing leaders activities included Aiming for Gold. Members of the FFA trap team set goals to maintain a “B” level grade throughout the school year. Members learned the importance of maintaining high grades, as well as the ability to set personal and team goals.
Chapter activities in the strengthening agriculture category included Litton Crusaders. The agricultural literacy program for preschool- and elementary-aged students introduced youth to livestock and production agriculture.
Building communities activities included Pop Tabs for Plunge. Members collected pop tabs and donated them to an FFA advisor of choice. The advisor with the most tabs “won” and took a plunge in the school pond. Pop tabs collected during this event were donated to the Ronald McDonald House Charities.
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 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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