The Wapsie Valley FFA Chapter will earn a 1st Place Gold Rating as a Supreme National Chapter this spring at the State FFA Leadership Conference to be held in Ames April 23 and 24. Wapsie Valley was ranked first out of all chapters in the state and also received first in two quality standard categories of Building Communities and Strengthening Agriculture. FFA chapters in the state of Iowa were evaluated on their activities and their involvement towards the three student-led committee categories of Building Communities, Growing Leaders, and Strengthening Agriculture.
The chapter participates in many student-led activities throughout the entire year that were included in the application to be chosen as a Supreme National Chapter. In the Building Communities category, the chapter focused on the community involvement and the correlation between the chapter and community support. Activities such as a pedal pull and grilling during Readlyn and Fairbank Days, pop tab drive, cake auction, staff grilling, Partners in Active Learning Support, Christmas service projects, and the newly renovated greenhouse were all included in the Building Communities committee category.
In the Growing Leaders committee activities, the chapter highlighted their efforts in implementing agricultural education as well as preparing students for the future with an asset of skills. Some activities included in the Growing Leaders division include a Leadership Day, Gift of Grain for seniors, recreational activities, a career and college fair, a merit trip, and the test plot. These activities range throughout the year and all members have the opportunity to participate.
In the final division of Strengthening Agriculture, students have the opportunity grow and learn through the committees and their activities. Various activities in this division include, Junior High Exploratory, PALS, greenhouse renovations, KWWL visit, National FFA Week, appreciation breakfast, service projects, and the Buckle Up or Eat Glass program are key activities implemented in this committee division.
The FFA is a national organization of more than 600,000 members preparing for leadership and careers in science, business and technology of agriculture. The Iowa FFA Association has over 230 local chapters with over 15,000 FFA members. Local, state and national programs provide opportunities for students to apply knowledge and skills learned in the classroom. FFA’s 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. It remains the largest student-led organization in the country.
The Wapsie Valley FFA chapter would like to extend their thanks to the community, alumni, and all who put forth their efforts in making a successful organization.