FFA Chapters from around the area returned this past weekend from the 89th Annual National FFA Convention and Expo that was held in Indianapolis Indiana. FFA members from across the country, attend the event to listen to motivational speakers, and to recognize achievements won by chapters and students. The convention also hosts national level contests and evaluations for proficiency awards. Jared McNeely, the president of the Kenton FFA Chapter explains the chapter’s high honor that they were awarded.
“We did get our three star chapter award and how we got that was we sent in our application for state and we were rated a gold chapter within the state, and then we sent that to nationals and got the three star chapter award.” McNeely said.
Only 10% of the state’s chapters are awarded the gold rating. upon being awarded that honor, the chapter is then eligible for the Star Chapter Program. Kenton, Hardin Northern, and Ridgemont, share the three star title with 170 other chapters nationwide out of the collective 7,757 chapters in the country.
Chapters that are ranked with three stars are then eligible for the National Model of Innovation and National Model of Excellence awards. Ridgemont competed on stage for this award.
As far as individual awards go, Nole Gerfen of Ridgemont was awarded the top Swine Entrepreneurship proficiency award.
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