Submitted by Yelm Community Schools
The Yelm HS FFA chapter has been chosen as a finalist to compete for a 2016 Model of Excellence award, the highest honor awarded to a chapter by the National FFA Organization. A Yelm team will compete in a presentation and interview process for the top honor at the 2016 National FFA Convention & Expo, October 19-22 in Indianapolis, IN.
The 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.
“This award is really exciting. It was earned by all our members last year who helped implement our program of activities. The entire chapter should be proud of themselves,” said Dusti Nash, advisor. “We have incredible support from our administration and community that helped us achieve this award.”
Ben Fredrickson and Kade Brackett, YHS graduates, earned their American FFA Degree will also be representing the chapter. Less than 1% of all FFA members achieve this degree; it is one of the highest honors the National FFA Organization can bestow. The degree is given to students in recognition of their years of academic and professional excellence.
To be eligible for the award, FFA members must have earned and productively invested $10,000 through a supervised agricultural experience program in which they start, own, or hold a professional position in an existing agricultural enterprise. Recipients must also complete 50 hours of community service and demonstrate outstanding leadership and civic involvement.
Also competing is Erin Smith, 2016 Yelm graduate, who qualified in the National FFA Prepared Public Speaking Career Development Event. Erin placed first at the Washington State FFA Convention held in Pullman in May earning her spot in the national event. In addition, two students were recognized at the national level for their proficiency of a specialized skill in an agricultural related career field. Magdalena Scotto earned Gold in Agricultural Sales Placement, and Aron Bush earned Gold in Outdoor Recreation Placement.