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September 15, 2015

The Alcovy High School FFA chapter has been recognized as a three-star chapter—the highest ranking a chapter can receive—in the 2015 National Chapter Award Program from the National FFA Organization. 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.

According to Cecily Bullock, Alcovy High School agricultural education instructor and FFA advisor, over 200 students participate in the school’s FFA program.

“Our students participate in monthly meetings, work on community service projects, and take field trips for additional learning experiences,” said Bullock. “FFA focuses on building students into well-rounded individuals who are prepared for life after high school by offering a wide variety of opportunities and experiences.”

Chapters that received star ratings during judging July 26-Aug 1 will be recognized at the 2015 National FFA Convention & Expo, Oct. 28-31 in Louisville, Kentucky. All FFA star chapters will receive honors made possible by corporate sponsor John Deere as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

"Feeding some 9 billion people by mid-century brings with it unprecedented challenges for today's farmers," said Amy Allen, manager, national corporate contributions for John Deere. "The skills and experiences learned though the National Chapter Awards programs will help meet the critical needs."

“The FFA students and Ms. Bullock have worked very hard and I am extremely proud of their accomplishments,” said Dr. Sandra Owens, principal of Alcovy High School. “The FFA students attained this ranking through diligence and dedication, traits that epitomize the great character of these students. This accomplishment has brought honor to them, Alcovy High School, and the community.”

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 610,240 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,665 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

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About National FFA Organization

The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 610,240 student members as part of 7,665 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA 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. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at FFA.org, on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.

About National FFA Foundation

The National FFA Foundation builds partnerships with industry, education, government, other foundations and individuals to secure financial resources that recognize FFA member achievements, develop student leaders and support the future of agricultural education. Governed by a 19-member board of trustees comprised of educators, business leaders, individual donors and FFA alumni, the foundation is a separately-registered nonprofit organization. About 82 percent of every dollar received by the foundation supports FFA members and agricultural education opportunities. For more, visit FFA.org/Give.