Every year FFA students work hard to improve not only themselves, but also their chapter. With these improvements comes recognition from the National FFA Organization. Franklin Middle School FFA of Georgia has been named the 2020 Middle School Model of Excellence winner during the 93rd National FFA Convention & Expo, being held virtually this year.
The National Chapter Award program recognizes outstanding FFA chapters that actively implement the organization’s mission and strategies. These chapters improve their 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.
Franklin County Middle FFA of Georgia identified seven key objectives as they developed the year’s activities. These objectives included increasing community awareness, parent involvement and understanding, and career awareness. The chapter recognized that several members had familial connections to firefighters, so it elected to host On Fire for Safety to educate members on the dangers of fires and their impact, as well as showcase the job duties of firefighters.
Middle school chapters that received three-star ratings during judging are eligible to compete for the Middle School Model of Excellence award, the highest honor awarded to a middle school FFA chapter by the National FFA Organization. Five FFA chapters competed in a virtual presentation for the top honor. Franklin Middle School FFA was recognized as the winner during the first general session, held virtually, on Tuesday, Oct. 27.
John Deere sponsors the National Chapter Award program. The 93rd National FFA Convention & Expo is being held virtually, Oct. 27-29. The general sessions can be viewed live on RFD-TV, The Cowboy Channel, and FFA.org. For more information on the national convention, visit convention.FFA.org.
The National FFA Organization is a school-based national youth leadership development organization of more than 760,000 student members as part of 8,700 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.