INDIANAPOLIS (Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016/National FFA Organization) – The National FFA Organization named its top chapters today during the 89th National FFA Organization & Expo.
- Outstanding Middle School: Madison County Middle FFA of Georgia
- Model of Excellence: Yelm FFA of Washington
- Student Development: Bullard FFA of Texas
- Chapter Development: Omak FFA of Washington
- Community Development: Exeter FFA of California
The National Chapter program recognizes outstanding FFA chapters from throughout the country that successfully complete an annual set of required activities that encourage members to grow as individuals, work as a team and serve others in their communities.
Chapters that received three-star ratings during the summer judging competition were eligible to compete for the Model of Innovation award. Thirty FFA chapters competed in a presentation and interview process for the top honors.
All winning FFA chapters receive honors made possible by corporate sponsor John Deere as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 649,355 student members who belong to one of 7,859 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
About National FFA Organization
The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 649,355 student members as part of 7,859 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at FFA.org and on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.
About National FFA Foundation
The National FFA Foundation builds partnerships with industry, education, government, other foundations and individuals to secure financial resources that recognize FFA member achievements, develop student leaders and support the future of agricultural education. Governed by a 19-member board of trustees comprised of educators, business leaders, individual donors and FFA Alumni, the foundation is a separately registered nonprofit organization. About 82 percent of every dollar received by the foundation supports FFA members and agricultural education opportunities. For more, visit FFA.org/Give.