Mexico FFA receives Top Chapter Award

Mexico FFA receives Top Chapter Award


Joyce Cutright: 417-880-2625
Jeremy Whistance: 573-268-0009
Email: [email protected]

COLUMBIA, Mo., April 20, 2023 – The Missouri FFA Association awarded the Mexico FFA Chapter a Gold Emblem, a Top Chapter Award. Mexico placed 36th 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 Mexico FFA advisor is Kendra Smith.

The Mexico FFA growing leaders activities included Formality Feast. Members join the Centralia FFA Chapter to learn the technical skills of eating successfully in a formal setting. All members in attendance were able to gain skills related to employability, students learned about networking and how to make proper eating decisions during employment type meals.

Building communities activities included Blue and Gold Tailgate. As more than just a typical tailgate, members were able to network with the supporters and build relationships that could lead to employment or scholarship opportunities. FFA members help set up, serve, and clean up the event.

Chapter activities in the strengthening agriculture category included Farm Safety College. At the Missouri Cattlemen’s Safety College, FFA members had sessions on tractor operation, electricity, livestock handling, and gun safety.

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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