El Dorado Springs FFA receives Top Chapter Award
COLUMBIA, Mo., April 20, 2023 – The Missouri FFA Association awarded the El Dorado Springs FFA Chapter a Gold Emblem, a Top Chapter Award. El Dorado Springs placed 35th out of 355 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 award is sponsored by FCS Financial. The El Dorado Springs FFA advisors are Jay Martin and Amy Ford.
The El Dorado Springs FFA growing leaders activities included College Visit Day. Juniors and seniors had the opportunity to visit one college or university within Missouri. The school choices included Missouri State University, University of Missouri, College of the Ozarks, and Crowder College. Students come one step closer to their future in agriculture and are more confident in their school choices through this event.
Building communities activities included Scavenger Hunt. During this event, students visited local businesses and were asked to complete a series of tasks. Participating members’ tasks included communicating, conducting business, and taking pictures. Spreading awareness about the FFA and becoming knowledgeable about the local community were two reasons for this event.
Chapter activities in the strengthening agriculture category included Locker Magnets. FFA magnets were placed on each member’s locker to recognize them as part of the club, officers and seniors were given different magnets.
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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Pictured from left is Macy Stauffer and Jarrett Klaiber.