FFA members work hard to make a mark as a chapter

South Dakota FFA Association
Farm Forum

BROOKINGS — The National Chapter Award is the highest honor an FFA chapter can receive, and recognizes chapters that actively implement the mission and strategies of the FFA. Top chapters were recognized at 92nd SD FFA Convention, for their outstanding accomplishments. Chapters recognized have developed an active Program of Activities and conducted meaningful events. For the overall state award, a chapter must complete at least 15 activities: one for each of the five quality standards in each of the three divisions — Growing Leaders, Building Communities, and Strengthening Agriculture, and meet the minimum requirements outlined in the National Quality FFA Chapter Standards. Official results were:

Chapters develop technical, human relations, and decision-making skills and promote the wellbeing of students, in the Growing Leaders area. Activities develop a positive attitude toward lifelong learning experiences and promote student involvement. Awards for Growing Leaders are sponsored by Larry and Sandra Nelson, and the winners were: Beresford- 4th, Howard- 3rd, Garretson- 2nd, McCook Central– 1st place.

Chapters conduct activities to preserve natural resources and improve the welfare and well-being of the community, in the Building Communities area. Activities encourage members to become active in the community. Awards for Building Communities are sponsored by Larry and Sandra Nelson, and the winners were: Howard- 4th, Beresford- 3rd, McCook Central- 2nd, and Garretson- 1st place.

Chapters conduct activities to develop and maintain positive relations among FFA and community leaders and increase agricultural education and membership, in the Strengthening Agriculture area. Activities are also created to enhance safety, promote agriculture, and improve the distribution of food. Awards in this area are sponsored by Wyatt and Zana DeJong, and the winners were: Beresford- 4th, Garretson- 3rd, Bridgewater-Emery- 2nd, McCook Central- 1st place.

The overall National Chapter Award is the highest honor a chapter can receive and holds value outside of the FFA. The award is sponsored by Reinke Gray Wealth Management in memory of John Rist, and the winners were: Howard- 4th, Beresford- 3rd, Garretson- 2nd, and McCook Central- 1st place.