Eldon FFA receives Top Chapter Award
COLUMBIA, Mo., April 20, 2023 – The Missouri FFA Association awarded Eldon FFA Chapter a Gold Emblem, a Top Chapter Award. Eldon placed 11th out of 355 chapters. Only 10 percent of state chapters receive a top chapter designation annually.
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. This award is sponsored by FCS Financial. The Eldon FFA advisors are Alex Stichnote, Nick Parks, Jacob Blank, and Justin Asher.
The Eldon FFA growing leaders activities included the Barnwarming Dance. Healthy lifestyle committee members encouraged their cohorts to participate in physical activity through line dancing and group games during the 2022 Barnwarming meeting.
Building communities activities included Adopt-A-Highway. Environmental committee maintains a heavily trafficked stretch of highway between Eldon middle school and high school. Members of this committee organized hour-long trash clean-up activities to reduce pollution and beautify the area.
Chapter activities in the strengthening agriculture category included Focus on the Future. Agricultural advocacy committee members promoted interest in the agriculture program by giving eighth graders from Eldon and surrounding schools a food science challenge, welding demonstration, animal science experience, and agricultural communications exercise.
The top chapters in Missouri will compete for the National FFA Chapter Award. Winners will be announced this fall at the 96th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis.
The Missouri FFA has 26,716 members representing 356 chapters. The national organization has more than 850,000 members representing 8,995 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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