Stillwater FFA Named the National Model of Excellence Chapter Winner in Indy

Ron Hays talks with Ryne Crosthwait and Trinity Blosch of Stillwater FFA about the honors given Thursday evening

Stillwater FFA of Oklahoma was named the 2023 National Model of Excellence winner during the third general session of the 96th National FFA Convention & Expo this year in Indianapolis.

After the Chapter received the award in the third General Session- Oklahoma Farm Report’s Ron Hays caught up with Stillwater FFA members Ryne Crosthwait and Trinity Blosch to talk with them about their efforts to serve the Stillwater community. (Click on the listen bar above to hear their conversation)

Stillwater FFA taught farm fire safety by connecting members to their local fire department during a hands-on learning demonstration at the school farm. Members learned how to use a fire extinguisher as well as teamwork to fight fires and signed a pledge to practice fire safety. The chapter hosted fourth graders for a day where the children learned about animal handling practices, smoking bees, food safety and supporting agriculture.

The National Chapter Award program recognizes outstanding FFA chapters that actively implement the organization’s mission and strategies. These chapters improve chapter operations using the National Quality FFA Chapter Standards and a Program of Activities that emphasizes growing leaders, building communities, and strengthening agriculture. Chapters are rewarded for providing educational experiences for the entire membership.

National FFA recognizes the top chapters with innovative activities in three divisions: growing leaders, building communities and strengthening agriculture. Chapters that receive three-star ratings during judging are eligible to compete for the premier chapter awards. Ten FFA chapters competed for the honor.

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