The Clinton Central FFA chapter of Michigantown, has been recognized in 2017 National Chapter Award Program from the National FFA Organization. The program recognizes outstanding FFA chapters from throughout the country that actively implement the mission and strategies of the organization. These chapters improve chapter operations using the National Quality FFA Chapter Standards and a Program of Activities that emphasizes growing leaders, building communities and strengthening agriculture. Chapters are rewarded for providing educational experiences for the entire membership. Chapters that received star ratings during judging July 23-28 and will be recognized at the 2017 National FFA Convention & Expo, Oct. 25-28 in Indianapolis.
All star FFA chapters receive honors made possible by corporate sponsor John Deere. Chapters at the National level are ranked either three star, two star or one star and three star ranking is the best. This past year only two chapters from Indiana received 3-star ranking.
“Feeding some nine billion people by mid-century brings with it unprecedented challenges for today’s farmers,” said Amy Allen, manager, national corporate contributions for John Deere. “The skills and experiences learned though the National Chapter Award Program will help meet the critical needs.”
“We are very proud of this award. The FFA recognizes chapters and FFA members in numerous ways but the National Chapter ranking may be one of the most prestigious that reflects community service, chapter development and leadership development. As a school corporation that is proud of its past tradition this award does mean a great deal to this chapter and we are proud to represent Indiana at National FFA Convention,” states Roger K. Carr.
Clinton Central has 180 FFA members and three agriculture teacher program. The agriculture teachers are Roger K. Carr, Megan McGrady and Andy Dardini. “One of the very proud things about our program is incorporating more hands-on opportunities for students. Over the last couple of years we have an animal facility were we house and have managed goats, sheep, ducks and rabbits. We also built a greenhouse and purchased an aquaculture unit to grow fish. This past year we purchased a fodder system and are growing wheat and oats. We just purchased a plasma cam for the agriculture power curriculum. I’m very proud of the vision of my co- teachers and look forward to engaging students to benefit our program,” adds Carr.
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. The organization is also supported by 225,891 alumni members in 1,934 alumni chapters throughout the U.S.