The National FFA Organization recently selected the Miami East FFA Chapter of Casstown, Ohio as a 2-Star National Chapter for the National FFA Chapter Award Program. In order to be considered for such an honor, the Miami East FFA Chapter had to place in the top 10% in the state of Ohio. In May, the chapter learned that they were in the Top 10 in the state and would have their application forwarded to national evaluations.
This is the 11th straight year that the Miami East FFA Chapter will be recognized at the National FFA Convention in their National Chapter Award program. Two students will receive the plaque on stage during the National FFA Convention, October 20th in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The National FFA Chapter Award program recognized FFA chapters for developing and conducting a detailed Program of Activities (POA). These activities and projects provide opportunities for members to achieve in the areas of student, chapter, or community development. Every year, chapters are recognized as having earned a one-, two-, or three-star rating on their National Chapter application.
Additionally, the Miami East FFA Chapter is guided by strong leadership provided by the 2011-12 officer team. The team met over the summer in a Summer Officer Retreat to plan for the upcoming school year and FFA activities. The officers are: Angelina Henger, President; Meagan McKinney, Vice President; Emily Johnson, Secretary; Amanda Bartel, Treasurer; Danielle Sands, Reporter; Jake Eidemiller, Sentinel; Corrine Melvin, Student Advisor; and Kendra Beckman, Chaplain. Their advisor is Marie Carity. The Miami East Ag Ed Program is a satellite program of the Miami Valley Career Technology Center.
The National FFA Organization, formally known as the Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 520,284 student members – all preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business, and technology of agriculture – as part of 7,439 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The National FFA Organization changed to its present name in 1988, in recognition of the growth and diversity of agriculture and agricultural education. 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.